I put on some weight in the offseason that is drawing to a close. Not much, three or four pounds but still more than I want to carry into the season, if I am even able to call this year.
So, I have redoubled my efforts at eating decently and working out. Diet and exercise will not catch on but I have some good results from past years.
Now, here is the perverse body thing working. I constantly have to change workout rhythms and body angles to thwart muscle memory. That is, the body wants to take me back to what is comfortable, where muscles are stronger, calories can be hoarded and exertion is, thus, less rigorous. This is why we can get a workout down, think we are in shape, only to tremble like Isaiah in the temple when we encounter an unfamiliar workout.
In short, to have a good, continuing result, we have to do what is uncomfortable because it is unfamiliar. The body responds with sweat, strained breath and muscle development when we give it what it does not want.
Again, this will never catch on.