Monday, July 16, 2012
I thought to myself “Maybe I will start tracking something else so I have more than one indicator to tell me what is going on.”
You don’t take a test and only have to answer one question to pass a course. Answering one question about chemistry doesn’t make you a chemistry wiz. Neither does one number always tell me if I am making progress or not in my ‘Get Fit and Fabulous goal for my Fifties!
I have been cutting down and eating healthier so quite a while and it has helped me in becoming slightly healthier overall. Yes- I had my weight numbers to go by but the problem with just tracking weight is that muscle weighs more than fat even though you look thinner. I know this. Still you want the numbers to go down. So adding another indicator besides the weight is something I need to do. I know this too. Last year I lost 15 inches in 4 months. That is great you say! And it was. However, I didn’t loose one pound. So what did I do? I quit working out the 4 days a week I had been dedicating myself to working out. How did that help me? It didn’t.
I have been listening to the book “The Four Hour Body” fourhourbody.com/
by Timothy Ferriss on CD. He is not a fitness or health geek. He is a numbers guy. No, he is more than that he is a time management guy. Nope that is not it either. He is a RESULTS kind of guy. Do what you can, with what you have, in the least amount of time, for the MOST RESULTS. I have listened to it once a while ago and started some of the suggestions. Now I have borrowed it from the library again and I have listened to the first CD MULTIPLE times. He talks about how important it is and how it motivates you. He also said that 5 is the magic number. If you track something a couple of times it really doesn’t tell you that much. BUT once you track something for five times- you are sort of hooked on what the numbers are telling you.
I listened to this book last year and thought to my self “Well that is fine and good for you but I am just going to do my own thing.” Well, I have been doing my own thing for the past year and I really haven’t gotten very far. So a tracking I will go.
I think all of us have a competitive side to us. That includes beating ourselves!!
So that is what I am going to do. I am going start writing down specific healthy indicators. Then I am going to challenge myself to beat that number. Now anytime I beat my last tracking number I AM MY OWN TRACK STAR!