Major Christian holidays are supposed to be days for celebration, but they are serious tragedies when it comes to sticking to my eating plan. When my mom poured the bag of Smucker Jelly Beans into a glass bowl this Sunday, my ears perked up and I came running into the kitchen just like my cat does when I fill his bowl with kibble. I’m telling you, auditory response is not just limited to the lesser animals. It’s also better if I don’t even mention how many Cadbury Crème eggs I ate. At least I didn’t have any Peeps, which of course had nothing to do with the fact that they were totally sold out of them on the day-after-Easter sale.
However, I figure I get 2 or 3 of these days a year to indulge my inner pig, as long as I eat sensibly the rest of the year. Though I must insist I still get at least one rationalization a week. I really can’t live without my rationalizations.
I also haven’t exercised for three days, which means it’s extra important that I work out today. I think fitness is a lot like the power meter in Mario 3 for Nintendo. No, really! Let me explain this for those of you who don’t remember this game or never saw The Wizard (starring Fred Savage), that thrilling piece of cinematic art that brought product placement to a new level. (Remember the Power Glove?)
In Mario 3, once you get the leaf to turn into a raccoon, you can speed run across the screen to power up your energy meter. Once your meter tops out, you can start madly mashing the B button to fly. However, if you stop running, your meter slowly starts to power back down to empty.
Fitness is the same way. If you exercise regularly, you’ll stay powered up and flexible and have nice abs. But if you stop for too long, your meter starts dropping back down and you lose your abilities. Holidays such as Easter or Christmas are like those damn killer mushrooms that were strolling all over the levels in Mario 3. They cause you to stop and your power meter to drop. Which is why it’s important to just jump on their heads and get back to running around and knocking your head against bricks to make change fall out of them. Okay, maybe not the last part.
Since I’ve been off my game the last couple days, it’s important I get back into the groove before my power meter drops too low and I lose too much of my fitness. I should probably also stop making all these video game analogies, especially since I hardly ever play them. Though I must admit, I can still play Mario 3 and remember the location of every extra life and magic coin box. And to think, I could actually be using those brain cells for something useful.