SALT LAKE CITY — My life has been kind of hectic lately.
Trying-to-catch-shuteye-on-a-hospital-couch-and-in-cramped-airplane-seats kind of hectic.
I blame (thank?) most of that on my job, of course. One day I'll be in Salt Lake City, and the next I could be in New Orleans, San Antonio or Memphis. Or I could do all four of those cities in four days like I did earlier this month as part of my sports-writing duties of covering the Utah Jazz's every move.
My family life has contributed to my hectic lifestyle, too.
One day I'm a father of three and a husband of one, and the next I've got yet another hungry mouth in the house.
That was the case when we added to our Genessy clan last week. Now, I'm a father of four.
Between the start of the NBA season and our family expansion, this has been a challenging couple of weeks when it comes to my weight-loss efforts. Good grief, I even managed to gain 6 pounds and 6 ounces in one day. Granted, it was a very cute weight gain.
My problem, aside from an addiction to making cheesy jokes, is that my default lifestyle mode is to pig out and to not work out.
For me, it's extra hard to be healthy when all, um, hectic breaks loose.
My brain is hardwired to tell my mouth that I deserve a treat — or a bonus snack or pastries or pizza or lots of fried food with salt and ketchup or all of the above — to compensate for the madness I'm dealing with around me.
Of course, that kind of thinking led to me getting back up to 301.8 pounds on Memorial Day after I'd spent the past five years in the 200s (even in the 190s for a few short weeks in 2009).
In other words, my default mode is a faulty mode.
I've got to learn to find consistency in the chaos.
That's especially true because I don't ever really remember a time when my life wasn't chaotic. And as much as I love them, adding more children to the mix isn't exactly conducive to non-chaotic conditions.
The way I look at it, I have two choices:
- Learn to manage my mouth and habits in the madness of the wonderful and wacky life I have; or
- Settle for the self-destructive defaults that taste oh-so good but take their toll.
Utah Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy chronicles his weight-loss adventures in this monthly column. Total Health & Fitness co-founder Rick Plenert is consulting Jody in this phase of his dieting journey. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TWITTER: DJJazzyJody