Sunday, November 21, 2010
I have somewhat touched on this subject before in a previous Blog "Measurements Vs Scale" www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3062487 But since then I have found other subtle changes that I find more meaningful.
Shirts- From size XXLarge down to size Large.
Pants- From size 44 down to Size 38, and they are loose!
Shoes- From size 10 down to size 9 to 9.5. I would never have guessed I would have "Fat-feet"!
Motorcycle Riding Gear:
New armored Jacket- Jacket made from Ballistic - denier material has armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back. The old jacket became so big that the armor slid down from the areas that needed protection.
New Armored riding pants- Same situation as with the Jacket, armor was moving from areas that needed protected. A very big surprise here because I was able to go down to a size 36!!
Helmet- May need to get new padding for a more snug fit. Loose helmet will not be good should I get up close and personal with the pavement. I want it to stay on.
I am much more critical with my motorcycle gear than any other part of my wardrobe. I am a firm believer of "Dress for a crash". I hope it never happens but I will be a prepared as I can be if that day arrives.
Other neat subtle hints I have made progress :
When I stand up straight- I can look down and see stuff I had not seen for a long time (keep your mind out of the gutter) I can actually see my feet! (Well OK...., in the gutter, I can see other stuff also).
Measuring tape and Scale- These are a couple of great tools, but I have learned to like the "subtle" measurable methods much better.
When I hit these dreaded plateaus, weeks at a time, I fall back onto the progress I have made over the past 10 months. Hard work, consistency, and dedication is paying off. I am working through some injuries, but I am still staying focused on the goals I have set. I have lost 63 lbs since Jan. 2010 with 24 lbs to go.
I have my eyes on more smaller motorcycle gear!!!
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
I do not want to sound to harsh or maybe I just got up on the wrong side of the bed, but why do people make the excuse "I don't have time to exercise", or "I don't have time to eat right" or "I am to tired"? I see these excuses made in many post on SparkPeople threads, from friends, from family members....etc. Pre-SparkPeople I was very guilty of making these very same excuses and a few others I made up to rationalize for myself.
The way I look at it is; I have to be truthful to myself. If I don't lose weight I generally have no one to blame but me. If I lose only 1 or 2 pounds over a long span all I am doing is maintaining my overweight status. If I sit down and talk to myself I can come up with the real answers.
I used to use the excuse "I don't have time to exercise" or "I will do it tomorrow". When I say things of this nature I "lie" to myself because I do have time to exercise and do have time to eat right every day! All I have to do is set my alarm-clock to give myself time and have a plan of action . I have not met one person in my life that cannot take 30 minutes out of their busy 24 hour day to get in some sort of cardio exercise. I have 15 min. here and 15 min, there....etc. I have time if I "choose" to take time to exercise and make healthy food choices.
Sometimes life's tragedies gets in the way of my plans and I get derailed. It is understandable to have a recovery period of life's tragedies: health issues, and other crisis issues. But it is a compareable situation to a hard workout that requires a recovery period to heal the muscles. But if I choose not to adhere to my nutrition and fitness program, it is because I made a conscious choice to divert from plan. Of course some things are out of a persons control, such as a Doctor may give specific instructions that may change your diet and fitness plans somewhat. but generally not completly.
I have learned not to make excuses but understand it is my choice when I fall off the wagon. If I don't lose weight within a certain period of time it is because I am not working hard enough to improve my situation, not educated enough, or I need more motivation.
Motivation to stay on plan/track is generally, for me, the main key for my nutrition and fitness program. I do not have a strong support system around me, so usually I need to motivate myself from within or hit the SparkPeople message boards to keep me on track. If I fall off the wagon it is generally SparkPeople, SparkFriends, SparkArticles.......you get the idea, right?
With that all being said I have no excuse but to get up from this computer, which is in my plan, and get to my planned workout , and my planned nutrition.
For me Execuses=Failure.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
I have found a SparkFriend that I am choosing for my virtual Spark "Jillian", NANCYANNE55. This girl has not pulled any punches when giving advice and telling me very straight-on what she thinks. Most of her advice is qualified from her own experiences. She even came across with a Jillian type comment: "Why are you working your shoulders if they are injured? On second thought, why are you lifting weights at ALL if you are injured? I don't know what your injury is, but do whatever your doc says and work on healing yourself above all else"
A big to Nancy Anne (NANCYANNE55) for bringing to my senses. I am going to take her advice and step back from strenuous exercises and just do some walking. My shoulders need to heal.
If anyone else wants to chime in and be a Virtual Jillian step on up to the plate.
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