Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Part of the BSG challenge is to share who or what inspires me, so here goes:
Eight years ago my oldest brother was taken from us at the age of 48. He died of a heart attack in his sleep during a business trip. He was not exactly the picture of health. He was over-weight (obese), and he had diabetes. I fear my youngest brother is following in his footsteps. Today, he is as heavy if not heavier than my oldest. He takes several kinds of medicine for controlling his blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar.
Both of my parents died what I feel as early in life, in their mid to late 50ís from heart attacks. You can say heart disease runs in the family, but I say we are not exactly helping to alter that history either.
Even when I was overweight, among us three I was considered the healthy one. Can you imagine, from my high (more like a low point) of 268 being considered the healthy one!
My youngest son started walking in my family histories footsteps. Certainly not all at once, I allowed it to happen. I was not exactly a proper role model for him.
So, my inspiration is not a single person. It is a collective experience of events that took place in my life. I need to be the example. It is for me, it always needs to be for yourself first. But, by doing this for me I have seen, or at least starting to see results of being the example in the people around me.
Because, I donít have a role model, Spark People and the people I have met there continue to be my role models. I look toward Spark People and the SP Class of 2009 to continue to be my inspiration and to provide me my needed motivation. It is the events in my life that have given me the needed push in the right direction. Spark People and the people I have met keeps me going in that direction.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Weight loss and fitness on the surface is all physical, but what I have learned over these last 9 months is that it truly is a mental game. You need to find ways to keep yourself motivated. You need to find ways to keep your self inspired. Life will throw at you setbacks and temptations and you need to have ways to handle them.
Some of the tools I use include:
A big list of Whys? ...Why do you want your goals or weight loss goals. When you have a list of whys the hows get easier.
Keep your focus. This is where Spark People is so valuable, if you use it daily then you have a daily reminder of your goal.
Motivation and Inspiration. Again Spark People is valuable to me for that. I find a great deal
of inspiration and motivation on the site and with the BSGs.
I also find a great deal of motivation and inspiration in song lyrics, quotes, and yes movies.
Reflection. At the end of the day, reflect on the day. Reflect on how you did. If you slipped by partying too much, eating too much, talked yourself out of exercise, learn from it. Recognize how you could have done better. It will help you with the traps of tomorrow. If you fall down get up immediately.
The mind is like a garden, it needs the sunshine, it needs the rain to bring forth a good crop, and yes it needs cultivating. If you let the weeds grow soon they will take over the garden. The garden will become far less productive or cease to produce at all if you allow the weeds to take over.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The last couple of months seem to be the hardest but I finally made goal. Back in January I was shooting to make goal by Aug 1. I had to settle for the end of August. Part of that was my fault. I saw myself slipping ever so slightly with the eating.
The last couple of weeks my wife started Weight Watchers (I tried to talk her into SP) and not having chips in the house helped me out a lot! Still very very much my weakness, and football season right around the corner. Summer was also hard with the BBQs and outdoor picnics. At least it wasn't too hard to get in a lot of activity.
Okay now that I made goal, I'll have to set another one. I think maybe 190, with 185 not being out of the question, but I'll have to think about it.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Am I the only one. I seem to always fight a little voice in my head. Have you?
You know the voice' "You don't have to wake up now to get your work out in, sleep in, one missed workout won't hurt you" OR "It's too hot to go outside and workout, how about a nice nap instead" OR "Go ahead and have that second helping what harm can it do"
When I first started Spark People I would have to say the voice was a lot louder and more tempting than it is now. Sometimes it is ok to give in to that little voice as long as it truly is your decision, you've weighed the consequences , and have a backup plan. For the most part I have learned it is best to ignore that voice and follow through with what you know you should do, and most important what you had planned to do. The reason is that when you make an exception, it becomes easier to make another and then another. Pretty soon that little voice is controlling you.
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