In my opinion, one of the worst things in the world is dieting. I can’t stand it. I like eating…I like food…I like eating food. And I’m not picky. I like all different kinds of food. I’ll eat almost anything that won’t eat me first. But unfortunately, after a few years, my indulgence began to show. I ballooned up to a weight that would have been OK if I was 6’4″. However, being only about 5’8″, it was starting to not work for me. When regular routine daily activities become a bit of a chore, things need to change. So at that point I had to start teaching myself the old M-word…moderation.
Such a terrible word, moderation. It sounds to me like a lack of fun. Like giving up. But at the same time, I don’t want to have to take a deep breath anymore after I tie my shoes. Not too mention, the long-term health concerns involved with being overweight. And so…the diet began. Now, a few months later, I’m down 25 pounds and still going. And naturally, I begin to wonder what the affect will be on my golf game. Will the extra weight off help with my swing? Will I be less worn out toward the end of the round? But it’s January in Connecticut…can’t really test that out now. But I can go to the range to see if the swing feels better…
So that’s where I head on an early Sunday afternoon. And after just a few swings, I can already feel a difference. My swing feels smoother and I feel like I have better balance. Not too mention, I feel like I’m doing less work – like the swing just feels more natural. I wonder if this is what my golf swing is supposed to feel like! Granted, it’s only the driving range, but I would imagine this bodes well for the course a few months from now. Of course, that gives me a few months to keep the diet going and get off even more of this unwanted weight.
So that’s what I plan on doing. I’ll keep the weight coming off for my own health benefits as well as for the benefit of my golf game. Will the experience at the driving range translate to the course? Well, that remains to be seen. But even if it doesn’t, the health benefits are the greater concern. The golf game is simply a bonus.
Swing ’til you’re happy!