Since I lifted my shirt in Croce's office in March, I've changed a couple of things. I'm a little more sensible about my diet, particularly my fat intake. And I'm doing Croce's abdominal exercises three or four times a week, combined with my regular jogging. But I still weigh about the same, and I see no difference in my gut. It looks and feels the same as always—no smaller, no firmer.
Not long ago I ran into Croce in the locker room of the Philadelphia 76ers, for whom he consults on conditioning.
"You look great!" he said with typical Crocean enthusiasm. "Hey, did you lose weight?"
"Well, maybe a little," I told him, repressing the urge to lift my shirt. "But just in my face."