I don’t eat that much pizza.
Don’t get me wrong; I think pizza is awesome. I’m not weird!
I just don’t eat it that often.
Except during Christmas break….
My favorite pizza place in the world is Johnny’s Pizza from Louisiana.
It is probably just psychological (Laura says it’s not that good!) as I have fond memories of eating there as a kid, but regardless of the reason, I love it.
What’s really great about Johnny’s (besides the sauce) is that they do a “Take and Bake” option.
The pizza is assembled with the only thing left is to stick it in the oven, take it out, and then stick it in your face.
I mention this because for Christmas my mom came into town and brought me TEN large pizzas from Johnny’s. I ate them all – in about 3 or 4 days!
Consequently, combine that with not exercising while my family is in town.
Later, I decided which led me to step on my smart scale a few days later.
The weight app wanted to confirm that it was in fact ME because I was so much heavier.
Darn “smart” scales. Didn’t know it meant being a smart-ass ☺
I don’t worry to much about this though as I know I can drop the extra ten pounds in a matter of a week or two (I’m already down five in just five days).
How is this possible?
It is called homeostasis.
Our bodies want to stay the same and will fight hard to do so.
The only way to change homeostasis is with allostasis – change your lifestyle habits to change your body and fitness levels.
Now, this can seem like bad news if you aren’t already in shape. Your body wants to remain out of shape – homeostasis.
It takes a lot of work over a long period of time to create a big enough change that the “change” is in fact the “new normal”.
On the bright side, once you get in shape the right way, homeostasis makes it easier to rebound back to being in shape.
Your body wants to stay the same – in shape – and it will take a very long time of doing unhealthy things to get and keep you out of shape.
My body wants to remain the same and a subtle nudge back in the healthier direction is plenty for me to “bounce back” to pre-Johnny’s Pizza fitness levels.
Even if I eat 10 large pizzas while sitting around watching Marvel movies for a week because I have been exercising and eating well for EIGHTEEN YEARS.
The longer it takes to create the shape, the longer the shape will remain.
So, if you start a new fitness program and don’t see dramatic results it’s okay as long as you are following a structured long-term plan.
The changes you make with such a plan are more permanent and will give you more leeway in the future to indulge in life’s delicacies – or Johnny’s Pizza.
Reap the rewards for a lifetime.
You can do this,
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