Man Sculpting: Less of Mori is a good thing

FEATURE The adage of “be careful what you ask for” could never be truer.

Just a week or so before 2018 came to an end, I mentioned to St. George News’ editor in chief that if any opportunities arose to be a part of a weight loss challenge through Canyon Media’s connections came along, I’d happily volunteer.

The very next week I’m told about the six-week challenge at the Summit Athletic Club and the ball gets rolling.

As you can see in the video above, I’m not a small man. I hover around 300 pounds and have started to experience some mobility and health issues because of it.

It wasn’t always like this, of course, but I’ve also never been one for physical activity or eating healthy. I tend to tell people I’ve simply grown – and expanded – with my job at St. George News over the last eight years.

Personal efforts to motivate myself to exercise and to eat right have been about as effective as a firefighter throwing spit at an inferno.

Though I’ve allowed myself to become a sedentary lump that moves with the speed and grace of a beached whale, it really didn’t start to hit me how fat I really was – and how much I needed to change – until my knees started to hurt while walking up the stairs at Dixie Tech to get to my digital media class last fall.

At that point I started taking the elevator and soon after told my editor I’d jump on a weight-loss challenge if one came around. I figure that if I can’t motivate myself enough to get off my butt and start exercising and the rest that goes with it, putting myself out in the public eye where’s there a bit more accountability might.

The next thing I know, I’m signed up for the Summit’s six-week challenge along with TGIF’s Sheldon Demke and a few others, and it’s been an experience.

Mori Kessler, the fat man of St. George News, wearily eyes the wall separating him from the “kubes” at the Summit Athletic Club, St. George, Utah, Feb. 1, 2019 | Photo by Mori Kessler. St. George News

As I have limited time during the week to do much outside of school and work, the way the Summit challenge is set up through the use of its “virtual trainers” and “kubes” at its Bluff Street location has been a godsend.

At the gym, Sheldon and I, along with our teammates, make our way through a maze of pods, or kubes, where a virtual trainer system shows us what exercise routine to use over a two-minute period. Once the two minutes are up, the system tells you to “advance” to the next pod. With 15 pods in all, it’s a 30-minute workout that has been utterly destroying me.

I love it.

Our fitness director, Megan Dutson, is great and routinely checks on us through texts to make sure we’re hitting the gym and eating right.

Ah, food, the other part of the challenge. Gone are the days I subsisted on a routine diet of Mountain Dew, Little Caesar’s Pizza and Taco Bell, the latter for which I weep. I love their tacos and miss them so (I still love you too, Midget Roman, but only during the weekly cheat meal).

As an alternative I have to become reacquainted with counting calories, eating more fruits and veggies and drinking water. Lots and lots of water. Let me just say bathroom visits have been on the rise thanks to that.

Overall, I’m looking forward to becoming less of a man.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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