Wednesday, February 20, 2013
This post is not for me. At least, not for me, now. As I blogged earlier today, I was up 4 pounds this week according to the scale, and that's OK. But it wasn't always OK for me. Once upon a time, when I was just starting out on this "journey", a gain would send me spiraling.
This reminder is for that person. The one I used to be. Perhaps, a person a lot like you.
It bears repeating, over and over and over, because in the beginning, we often focus entirely too much on the number. So, listen again -
YOU ARE NOT YOUR WEIGHT
You're worth so much more.
So take a deep breath. Smile. It's just a number.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Over on Dailymile today, the Dailymission was:
"What would you say is your primary source of motivation?"
This question has been done to death, but it bears repeating.
My primary motivation? To be less like the top 6 pictures, and more like the bottom 3 pictures. For the rest of my life.
What motivates you?
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
I guess it is that time of year. Time to look back on the last year and see what went well, what didn't go well, and what adjustments need to be made moving forward.
By the numbers:
January 01 2012 => January 01 2013
Weight: 219.2 => 191.4 ... -27.8 LBS
Waist: 44" => 39.5" ... -4.5"
Waist (smallest above belly button):
Hips: 44" => 40" ... -4"
Neck:15.75" => 14.75" ... -1"
Chest: 46" => 43" ... -3"
R Thigh: 26.25" => 23.25 ... -3"
L Thigh: 25.75"=> 23.75 ... -2"
R Calf: 17.5"=> 16.75 ... -.75"
L Calf: 17"=> 16.25 ... -.75"
R Bicep: 16.25" => 14.5 ... -1.75"
L Bicep: 15.75"==> 14 ... -1.75"
Success on all fronts. I was actually down to around 176lbs in the summer, but gained a little bit of that back while training for the VT50 and then a few extra pounds over the holiday break. The good news is that my clothing has not changed dramatically (from the lowest weight).
So, What Went Well?
- Cross training! I started a new job with access to a gym in the office, and I took full advantage. Added over 1,000 miles cycled for cross training. Also worked on push-ups, chin-ups, plank, and other body-weight based exercises. I love these now!
- Eating less grain/carbs. In Spring, I shifted my diet to be "paleoish", and cut out bread, dairy, soy, legumes, etc. I've since re-added legumes and some of the other paleo no-no's, but getting off extra refined sugar and many grains made a huge difference for me. Nowadays I focus on eating vegetables and fruits, lean cuts of meat and fish.
What didn't go well?
- Late night snacking. I just could not kick this demon. I still tend to enjoy coconut ice cream and dark chocolate, and often, wine, later in the evening than I'd like.
- Sleep. I did not get enough rest during 2012.
Plan for 2013:
I reset my ticker. I'd like to get back down closer to 180 or even under it. My plan to get back here is to keep doing what I've been doing, with minor tweaks here or there. I'm not planning on competing in a bunch of races or anything this year. Instead, I'd like my focus to be more inward - developing and cultivating habits that will increase mindfulness - in eating, in drinking, in exercising, in resting.
Last year around this time, I wrote a blog post titled "You are what you think". I believe this is still true. Success comes from repeatedly making good choices. Good choices come from good thought patterns, and the key to it all seems to be cultivating mindfulness and staying aware and consistent. This is what I hope to continue to do.
All the best to you and yours in 2013!
Monday, December 17, 2012
Do you eat your beets?
I never really at them all that much until this year. But they are one of the alleged "superfoods" and are chock full of goodness - folate, manganese, potassium, fiber, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and all kinds of vitamins (A,B1,B2,B6,C).
Eat yo beets!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
It's easy to get down on yourself when this journey isn't going exactly as you planned. But stay the course. Real change takes time, and success isn't always something that you can see. Next time you get in a rut, and maybe it seems like everybody is making progress except for you, remember that you are are doing so much better than you realize.
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