It Hurts So Good

I hit the treadmill pretty hard yesterday after realizing that my Red Sox T-shirt had become a bit too snug for comfort. I’d love to just blame it on the holidays, but I’m sure the fast food, frozen dinners and excessive Chinese food has something to do with it. It happens to me every year. I lose ten or fifteen pounds and am good to run five-plus miles a day, and then somewhere along the line I get busy and start putting off the exercise and stop eating right. Before you know it, I’ve got some extra belly fat and the Josh Beckett shirt just doesn’t fit right anymore. I usually get back on track at some point and I think the gratifying soreness in my legs this morning was proof of that. Now, I just have to work on my consistency…

For those with commitment issues like me (I can’t imagine that I’m the only one), there’s Shape Up RI, the contest that turns fitness into a competition. Build your team of five to eleven members and pick and choose between the four divisions: pedometer steps, fruit and vegetable tracking, exercise minutes and weight loss. You can choose one, two or three categories, and even compete in all four. The twelve-week competition doesn’t start until Feb. 7 but registration has already opened up on Shape Up RI’s website, which means you have plenty of time to get your team together. Soon enough you’ll be cycling, running and walking your way toward healthier living and the winner’s circle, too.