Monday, December 31, 2012
Happy New Year!! The Holidays are over and another year is done! And once again weíre at that time of the year when we all start making New Year resolutions for things in our lives that we know we need to change but have not got around too. I canít tell you how many New Years have I said that this is the year I do something about my weight? That this is the year I start becoming an active participant in my life instead of just a spectator? Since college, and for those that know how old I am, thatís a pretty long time!
But the problem Iíve found with New Year resolutions is that either we give ourselves the whole year to accomplish them, which means we donít need to get started right now and we can wait till next month or the next. Or we start out strong but peter out once life gets hectic again or we donít see the amazing results we initially envisioned. Either way resolutions really do absolutely know good unless you make the commitment to start today and keep at it for at least a year, regardless of the initial results. Otherwise you might as well make a resolution that this year Iím going to win the lottery, doable but not probable.
Last year I procrastinated until March before I decided to start making my New Yearís resolution a reality. As I look back my only regret is that I didnít start sooner. As everyone knows it has been hard work, but for the first time in a long time I can say Iím in better shape now than I was last year at this time and it feels good. During the course of the year Iíve met some of my goals and didnít meet others, but when I didnít, it didnít mean I gave up. It just meant I needed to take a deep breath and focus on the two things I had control of; how I ate and if I worked out. The biggest thing Iíve learned this year is that getting in shape isnít about a specific weight or a specific time frame, itís about everyday making the effort to be in better shape than tomorrow that I was yesterday. The rest takes care of itself!
This New Years I can finally look back and be proud of what Iíve accomplished over the year. I still have the same New Yearís resolution, to be in better shape at the end of the year than I am now. But this year Iím not waiting until March to start, I start tomorrow!
Hereís to everyone having a great 2013!
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
- Jim Ryun
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
This time of year is always so joyful festive and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are such a wonderful time full of Family, Friends and of course Food. And in my family, our tradition has always been the more of all these things is always better. Everyoneís houses are decorated from top to bottom with lights and tinsel and bows, and every oven is working overtime cranking out holiday treats. I think I gain weight just thinking about it.
We also have a great tradition of gaining about 10 pounds during this time of year and then vowing to ďget back in shapeĒ at the first of the year. Of course this never happens and we swear that next year we will do better. But this year I have decided I have worked too hard to just eat away and then have to rededicate myself to RE-losing the weight I have work so hard in losing in the first place.
So in talking with my trainer, we decided I needed a game plan. And not just of what foods I could eat, which was a hard fought debate, but also when I would work out and my biggest weakness, how much beer I could drink. For Thanksgiving the plans was to work out that morning and eat a good nutritious lunch before heading to the family gathering. The plan for dinner was lots of vegetables, minus the marshmallows, lots of turkey, a small portion of potatoes, a small portion of stuffing (my favorite part) and two beers. The morning after I was to also work out and everything should be good.
Well plans are great, if you are able to follow through, but as always life doesnít always work out the way you plan. My biggest mistake was that I was running late and didnít get a good lunch in before I left. So I was unable to resist all the hors d'oeuvres and treats put out, even though I tried to stick to just the healthy snacks, I knew I was in trouble. I did well during dinner and ended up having only one beer the whole day! Then next morning I did my work out and felt pretty good about myself, the problem was it was only Friday.
I did the best I could the rest of the weekend, but after a few more dinners with friends and family and a few more beer I ended up gaining about 4 pounds over the holiday. At first I was pretty disappointed in myself, that I couldnít be disciplined enough to stick better to what I knew was healthy. But I soon realized that Iím human and with that Iím going to mistakes. The trick is to learn from these experiences and be better prepared for the future. Hopefully I can do better during Christmas!!!
Friday, November 30, 2012
The last six months or so have definitely had their share of struggles and challenges to overcome, but it seems these last few weeks have been the most difficult for me. Iíve been searching, trying to find out a reason for the change of mood and drive Iíve been experiencing, but nothing seems to add up. At first I thought it was just due to the normal burnout or boredom I typically feel after trying to lose weight for a while, but with as close as Iím getting to reaching 100lbs of weight loss, that canít be it. I also thought that it might be due to the fact that I turn 40 years old last monthk. And while that definitely had me depressed for a while, with all the encouraging ďhelpĒ (ridicule), from friends and family I seem to be over it.
I only other factor that sticks in my head is the weather? While we are no strangers to the clouds and rain here in the northwest, after having the great fall we had, the winter grey seems to leave me unmotivated. Every morning when I wake up its dark and when I get home from work its dark, and I no longer can head up into the mountains on the weekends to hike, like Iíve come to love.
Any suggestions on things I can try? Or possibly new activities I can do during the winter? Iíll let you know if I find anything that seems to help.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
During the summer of 2011 I was lucky enough to get to go on a dream vacation to Disney World with my family and my 11 year old nephew. We spent months planning whereíd we go and what weíd see. Before we left we knew all the rides we wanted to go on, I thought the anticipation was going to kill us!
But things were very different then we had planned once I got there. At 350 pounds I was not suited for walking all day. Within hours of the first day I had multiple blisters and each foot and my back was in absolutely excruciating pain and I spent most of my time looking for a place to rest. And then to top it all off I did not fit into any of the thrill rides my nephew and I had planned on riding. I was devastated! I knew I was out of shape but was in denial as to the extent. So after we got back I did like any other overweight and depressed person would do, I continued to overeat and feel sorry for myself.
It wasnít until it was six months from my fortieth birthday that I decided that something had to be done; I couldnít spend the rest of my life watching other people live active happy lives, while I continued to make excuses. I had to make my health a priority, but what could I do? I had tried dieting and exercising but I always eventually became bored or overwhelmed and would give up. On television I would watch people lose over 100 pounds in a matter of months without any problems, was it that easy?
I knew from past experience that motivation was going to be my biggest obstacle, as well as my lack of knowledge in exercising and in general nutrition. I wanted to find some individualized training to start with so I started looking into gym memberships where they had a trainer and I could possibly take a few classes, but I hated the thought of having to walk into a gym full of in shape people while I struggled to touch my toes. Plus from what I had heard of the big gym trainers is that they were great for showing you how to use the equipment, but how much did they know about weight loss?
While searching the internet for local gyms and for different options I ran across Energy Personal Training in Mill Creek. Not only did they have a smaller, more personal gym with the individual training I was looking for, but all the trainers were nationally certified. It still took a lot of effort for me to write an email asking for help, I knew Iíd never get up enough nerve to just walk in, but Iím sure glad I did!!!
After an initial evaluation meeting, I began training twice a week after work, and at their advice started tracking my food with an online program that they could also track and we would discuss every week. And then three days a week I was doing cardio on my own on my treadmill. It was perfect!! Not only was I getting the great workouts that I needed but I was learning how to work out correctly and also how to eat healthy. And once a week we check my weight which was giving me the accountability I also needed.
After a couple of weeks I started seeing some gradual changes to my body and weight started coming off, I was hooked. Six months after I first walked into Energy Personal Training I turned 40 years old and Iím happy to say I was 90 pounds lighter than I first walked in. It has been and incredible journey and one I look forward to continuing.
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