Getting Healthy, Part IV

Posted by jamirhowerton on May 24, 2011 – 1:40 pm

Tuesday, May 24, 2011:

Cleveland Browns fans, welcome back to my Getting Healthy with the Browns blog.

The toughest challenge for me was just going away on vacation to New York and I’ve got to admit, I stuck to my goals Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I worked out twice and got to go back to my old high school, Bayshore High, where we have a beautiful track and a great facility. I got a chance to run, jog and do some sit-ups and push-ups just to maintain. The challenge was going to various restaurants and definitely hitting up a couple of nice spots. With one Italian restaurant in particular that my dad and I go to, we shared our portions. That was the thing, I got a chance to taste the good, rich food, but I shared. Instead of a bowl of soup, I got it broken down into a cup. Where you would get three big, huge chicken cutlets for your chicken parmesan and six huge stuffed shells, I just broke it down and said, ‘Let me just have two stuffed shells and a piece-and-a-half of chicken.’ I was able to cut my portions down and still enjoy myself on my vacation. Not to give up any numbers on my weight, I maintained. I didn’t gain and I didn’t lose.

Now that I’m back, I’m back on it. My dad thinks this is great for me. He wishes he had an opportunity to do something like this, but now that I’m back, he made a joke, ‘Oh, now that you’re back in Ohio, are you going to start recounting your calories?’ I’m like, ‘Yep.’ I started this morning and I’m back to my strict diet that Monica Horn has put me on and back to my working out twice a day because I have four weeks before I have to meet up with my strength and conditioning coach, Kent Johnston. I definitely want to have my body mass down and my weight down.

I definitely needed that break. I left on a Thursday and I definitely worked out the three days before I got to New York. Friday and Saturday mornings, I definitely got a chance to exercise, so I maintained. I didn’t get a chance to lift weights or do some of the exercises Coach Johnston had me do. I’m back home now and I’m going to be good.

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