Thursday, August 13, 2009
Another beautiful day here and got the vehicle oil changed and inspection done this morning and ran some errands, then hit the lawnmower and got half of this football field mowed - will finish the rest tomorrow night. I had a great consult and took on 2 new clients locally today and just finished the consultation. A wonderful couple - she is a doctor in orthodontics and her husband has a business at home and cares for the children too. They have a wonderful set up and are excited about learning all they can about nutrition and training. Their children are very young and she just had the second one just under a year ago - so the conversation certainly included teaching their children a lifetime or good nutrition and the importance of exercise and activity.
Alot of great comments again today on the blog and its great to know that they are at least bringing about some good food for thought. So now I think about - we have recognized limiting factors, we have talked about looking at habits vs. addictions - and now what will you do with that information. Will you spend some quality time with yourself to determine its origin and then set some goals for how you can best deal with it? One of the things that has to be vital is setting a plan how you will work with it and at least get it into a place where you can control it.
Learning how to take a bad habit to a good habit is actually quite simple to talk about - but far from simple to resolve. It is a game of changing your mindset and relationship with that food item and also recognizing its effect on your progress. When you can finally make yourself look at what it is doing to your progress (instead of denying it) you then will have more strength to finally deal with it head on. WHY IS IT SO HARD? - there is the mindset in action, I can't go a day without that! - there is the mindset in action. This is a real form of "Stinkin Thinkin" - negative self talk. When you say negative phrases like "I can't", "I don't think I can do this", "I'm not strong enough" (the list goes on and on) what your really doing is allowing yourself to fail. Where that can most often come from is the mere fact that you don't want to really give that item up.
Can you try to put it in a different perspective - YES. How about saying "I can have anything I want, but for right now I chose not to have that" -- don't think of eliminating some poor food selections as "I can't have that" - yes you can but as I said yesterday, if you ask yourself "will this take me closer to my goals or further from my goals" can the answser just be that right at this point in your life and journey you are choosing not to indulge in the things that are preventing you from reaching your goals. Does this mean that you can never eat these things again - ABSOLUTELY NOT - what it means is that you put them on hold until you meet your goals and then with a wiser and stricter moderation you can begin to plan for those things in your new lifestyle eating without them presenting any negative outcome.
I know you have heard before that we should not think of good nutrition as a "DIET" - that word ellicits all kinds of negative connotations and actually puts the fear of god in some people. The word "diet" means something temporary (I am only going to have to do this temporarily) - what you are doing in your journey now is not TEMPORARY - it is a new lifestyle change in your eating habits that will reap all the benefits of a healthy and fit body.
Limiting factors come into play far too frequently because our attitudes about what we are doing creates them. Again, that old stinkin thinkin -- don't look at your weight loss journey in fear, nor in deprivation - look at it as a sincere choice that you are making to eat healthy for your body and your physique -- Isn't that a little easier to think about than thinking that horrible word "diet". Again these are all things that are in our mindset and we have to really look at that mindset, sort it out - throw out the old thoughts and habits - replace them with positive thoughts and new habits and it will not present the roadblock that it does now.
When people go on a "diet" all these red flags come popping into their minds about all the things that this word means to them - plain and simply do not think of healthy eating for a lifetime as a "diet" because it is in no way a diet. I am going to drop a quote below here for all to ponder. When I first read this quote I was quite uncertain if I liked the way it was worded, but the more I read it I liked it very much:
"Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving" - Dennis Waitley
This would probably mean many things to many different people but it falls back to what I have been saying in my last blogs - you have to make positive changes to achieve your goals and here more than ever comes that statement that I made - " will this take me closer to my goals or further from my goals" for you to think about when you decide what that quote means to you. No one wants to fail, and even if it takes a very long time to make some of these most important changes in your journey so that they are firm habits, we all want to win and the way to win is to WORK ON SELF.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
A beautiful and gorgeous day today and it has flown by. I got a great leg workout in today and did not do any cardio - my feet are bothering so sensibility says rest another day. Hubby is still not quite himself but god love him he is a master of tolerance - no matter what he gets dealt in his life he fnds the good in it - he is the most amazing and inspirational person that I have ever known and I love him with all my heart.
Great response to yesterdays blog so I decided I would just say thank you all and you know me I will continue. Sometimes it takes science, maybe numbers or sometimes too it just takes putting it straight out there. In what ever manner it does not matter - what matters most is that it touched you in a way that brought more light to some of the realities of why we don't achieve what we are seeking in our fitness goals. All to often it is the mindset - all too often it can be excuses or any number of things, but bringing yourself to a point of honestly looking at yourself and why your not achieving your goals is the biggest step anyone can take. It isn't pleasant to be straight out sometimes and yet if it leaves the impact that it should, it was worth the risk.
It is also very hard to have to look at yourself with complete honesty. I have had to do that more than I care to say, as many of us do - but it is something that you have to do. For me its getting on a roll with the sweets. Sweets are a huge temptation to me and yes I have had all kinds of excuses for that behavior. But over time you do develop control over those problems - but before you can develop control you have to be honest enough to look at yourself and say "You are so full of it your overflowing" and take the responsiblity for trying to come up with those outlandish excuses. Sugar is a highly addictive compound and I truly don't think I know of anyone who doesn't like them. Do you have to completely put them out of your life - this is a tough one because it is so addictive. If you can keep it to moderation and not allow the sugar addictiion to take hold, then there is a place in your nutrition for them. However, if you are one that just do that - it is best to not have it because the vicous cycle just takes off again. You have to be able to look at yourself and determine what you think you can handle or tolerate in your daily eating. But don't make excuses - if you love the sweets, say you love them, if you love the carbs, say you love them - just be honest with yourself. However, when you say that make sure you say it as a complete POSITIVE - I have great problems with sugar but I WILL work with consistency to get control of it.
Don't ever give yourself permission to fail by using that "STINKIN THINKIN" and negative self-talk - always speak in the positive and work with yourself to gain control. Set a goal or several goals, giving yourself a step system to win the battle against that SUGAR DEMON. When we as a society can begin to take accountability and responsibility for the decisions that we make, only then will we make progress - it is just far too easy anymore to blame it on anything. We only gain strength with it all when we can look inside and be honest with what we see, determine what is driving us, and take whatever necessary steps to correct the problem. It is again, not an easy task but a task that will brings rewards across your lifespan.
We can never just focus on what our body looks like from the outside - we have to focus on what it looks like inside. Our physique, if you will, will not take us through our lifespan - but what goes on inside of our bodies will bring us through our lifespan. If your putting bad oil or gas in your car, if your not maintaining that car how long will that car last? The body is the same way- if we don't take care of it - it will be broken.
If you want a healthy body that will take you through a healthy lifespan - you have to do the work to make it healthy - its that simple. As a world today, we love things and want things that are simple - why is keeping your body healthy so hard for us all to do. You can't just dream about it - you have to do something about it.
"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up" - Paul Valery
Monday, August 10, 2009
Well the computer got hit last night during our horrific and lightning that went from dinner time to even still this morning when we got up. I had to run my computer after dialysis today to the computer service store and they wanted to keep it for 3-5 days and I pushed at them hard because I surely cannot be without my computer - in the end they got it fixed so pray tell that is the end of that. Another storm just finished and I hope I can finish my blog before I have to shut down for yet another storm. There is just no way that I can catch up with all the blog comments but I did have a few things to say.
Sometimes it just simply comes down to DO YOU WANT IT BAD ENOUGH when it comes down to putting your health and fitness right up there with the rest of your life priorities. But then comes the LIMITING FACTORS - I think I have discussed that in my blog before and I will probably always come back to that - what are you letting hold you back? Is it something that justifies not putting you first? If it is then absolutely fine, but on the other hand are you letting other non-justified limiting factors keep you from reaching that goal?
There is no lack of sensitivity in how I feel about this because you will only get to goal if you make it important enough. I hear every day the multiples of excuses that people make and some of them will just about drop your jaw - outlandish, a tad. We can make so many excuses and can make ourselves so sure that what we are thinking is solid. If you aren't getting anywhere with your goals you desperately need to look at your limiting factors. If you want to get anywhere you have to put in the work and commitment or results will elude you.
Regardless of how busy I am I will give every effort to do the right things for myself that day - I may not get my workout in but I will make sure my nutrition is right on target and I will attempt as I did on the weekend to just get SOMETHING in - why, because it does mean enough to me. Is it my physique that I care about the most - absolutely not. It is my health for the long term that I care about the most, and that is what exercise, cardio and good nutrition does for you. I want and need to be strong - even just in one area, my paralyzed husband relies on me for his well being and how could I do that if I wasn't fit. Fit means more than physique. I want to be as strong, fit and healthy as I can be for the long haul so that I can always maintain my indepence, stay out of the health care arena, be able to live my life and god forbid have to suffer the many illnesses and ailments that come with allowing your body to debillitate over time.
Did you know that people experience a 2-4% decline in there RMR with each decade after the age of 25? So if RMR is affected then so is BMR which will also begin to decline from age 25-65 and beyond. We can lose up to 100kcal per every 10 years and with this metabolic loss comes muscle loss. On the average people lose about 5# of lean muscle mass per decade from age 25 to age 65. Based on those numbers, most people end up with a 20# loss of lean muscle mass. Metabolic decline is NOT AGE ASSOCIATED. It is very much lifestyle related and if people take steps to preserve their muscle mass with age they will preserve their resting metabolic rate.
So in knowing this - will I ever allow my fitness to diminish - not on your life. In some cases today people are just playing russian roulette with their health, believing that they can get away with not taking care of themselves. Are they oblivious to the reality of what happens to the body as we age? Possibly not, but everyone should be looking at that and doing something to protect their bodies - NOT FROM THE AGING PROCESS - but from their lifestyles.
In the whole scheme of things "WE ARE WHAT WE EAT, WE ARE WHAT WE DO - OR DON'T DO".
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