Saturday, April 30, 2011
Just 10 letters, but to so many of us it can sometimes feel like an invisible object just out of reach. We all have a plethora of reasons why we are here; to be healthier, to be happier, to feel more accepted, to be able to enjoy life more. But holding onto motivation sometimes feels impossible.
The goals listed above are all valid reasons for wanting to lose weight. But I believe they are too big to keep us on track. For instance, saying I want to lose 110 lbs. so I can look and feel good on my next birthday (11 months from now) is great, but it will not keep me on track day to day. Heck, I have 11 months to lose the weight, why be in a hurry today?
Instead I try to give myself smaller goals to aim for each day. On some days I really don't feel like doing any kind of workout. But I will make a deal with myself, I agree to not feel guilty if I do at least 5 minutes of some cardio or strength work. I know that 5 minutes isn't much, but it's 5 more minutes than I was going to do!
Every time I do this I train myself to workout and each time I go to do my 5 minutes, I always do more. For me it's not the working out that I dread, it's the getting my sore butt out of the chair to do the workout. Once I hit the 5 minute mark, I don't want to stop. I know that if I can do 5 minutes I can easliy to 10 since I have momentum on my side now. I will keep doing "5 more minutes" sometimes up to 45 minutes. Then after wards I can tell myself "that wasn't so bad".
So, dear people who end up reading this, convince yourself to do 5 minutes and see how far you can really take yourself!
"What you do in this life, echoes in eternity"
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
My week 2 weigh in came on Monday, the day after Easter. It wasn't a good week for me. Felt tired all week, didn't get in enough exercise, diet was all over the place. Top all of that off with the fact that a friend of mine fell off of a 2 story scaffolding at his house Saturday around noon, landing on concrete. He received 14 facial fractures, 3 broken ribs and a small lung puncture.
He got his jaw wired shut and several other bones wired back together on Sunday. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. If it had been me that fell from that scaffold, I'm sure the damage would have been much worse.
My friend weighs approximately 150lbs, I weigh 309lbs. He practically floated to Earth, compared to how I would have fallen. Just another reason to lose weight, be thin and in good shape. We never know what perils await us around each corner. Being lean, strong and flexible means we can walk away from accidents that may otherwise kill or maim us. Add this to your reasons for being here.
Week 2 weigh in I lost 2.6lbs. Not too much, but great for such a bad week!
Monday, April 18, 2011
So today was the first weigh in for my Biggest Loser contest. I wasn't dreading it, I was looking forward to seeing some pounds come off. This was also my first week on SparkPeople.com so I am still learning how to use all of the available tools.
I know I can watch my caloric intake better, cut out some small things, try new recipes, etc. My water intake has been good, only one day did I not get at least 8 glasses. As for exercise, as I get stronger I will be able to do more and push myself harder.
Now onto the weigh in...
Starting Weight: 317.2
Current Weight : 311.8
A loss of -5.4 lbs!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I turned 41 on March 31, 2011. I signed up for a local Biggest Loser contest on April 11, 2011 and learned about SparkPeople.com from the contest literature. So, here I am and I find it to be very helpful. I used to be a gym rat, ate all the right foods, took supplements and spent 10-15 hours in the gym each week. But then I got injured at work and life went down hill as my weight went uphill.
Reasons why I can't lose weight:
9 knee dislocations
3 shoulder dislocations
2 herniated discs
being a student
lost my business in '08 due to recession
full time single dad to 14 year old son
Reasons why none of that matters:
When everything in life is going wrong, the one thing you can control is how you treat your body. Feed it properly and exercise it and it will respond. Once you are in control of that one thing, you have the strength and confidence to tackle something else.
So start off easy, but get started!
being me since 1970
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