Thursday, July 11, 2013
I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.
- William Ernest Henley
I did it. I reached the first week mark in my 21 days to a new habit. The habit I began was getting my eating, exercise, planning under control. Well so far I've gotten the planning, and exercise down to a science....my trouble seems to be in the follow through on the eating. I mean I begin great and then sometime in the day I lose it. But i'm in my calorie range, I need to cut back on a few things and the fat grams, but working on that.
Your aware that a pound of fat and a pound of muscle weigh the same. One pound. But it takes more room to hold a pound of fat and less room to hold muscle. So when someone says to you "muscle weighs more than fat" they are both right and wrong. It isn't that muscle weighs less it is that it takes up less room in the body, and a plus to muscle is it burns 50 calories and hour and fat only burns 9. So if your more muscle than fat you can still burn more calories standing still than fat can. Why am I telling you this you may wonder......I want to let each of us know that is journey is not just to look good in those jeans. There is a real need to get rid of the fat bulk and build more muscle bulk.
So in my journey i'm working on the exercise part as well as the food part. I don't want to lose this weight and have myself look sick...I want to look healthy. In that it means that nope I won't be hitting a very low low in my weight....but I will look healthy and lean.
On a non scale victory for this week, my hubby brought out my leather vest that I just had to have to ride the motorcycle with. Well I just knew I was a medium.....well i'm not. So that vest has hung in the closet since it was bought. A year back now. So yesterday he brings it to me and in his wisdom he has these snap straps that the guys wear to make the two snaps meet....I laughed through my tears and I put that darn vest on....it fit better than it ever did and guess what? I snapped it on my own. the top snap....ok it came back open on it's own....need to work a bit more....but the victory is that I never thought for a moment I would wear that vest. My first words in the mirror was "oh my I am losing weight".
I had to share that moment with you all because in my darkest times...not so very long ago, I was ready to toss in the towel and just quit. I mean I wasn't moving on the scales and I was just lying to myself about wanting to reach goal. But somewhere deep I knew that if I quit it was all over but the crying and I'm not ready to quit just yet. I still have some fight in me.
So in closing chose the muscle and push that fat to the curb. We have places to go and things to see and do.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
You might not be where you want to be, but you are not where you used to be. You're OK...you're on your way.
Paul the SparkPeople programmer says:
There is no one-size-fits all solution for anything in life—certainly not for fitness and nutrition. Keep trying to find what works for you!
Relax and life journey in the same breath? Maybe not, but sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and let it out slowly. This journey is not easy, never will be, no way, but it is your journey. You can choose to eat this not that, you can choose to move this but not that, but always remember even though it is your journey at some point when a mistake is made it is up to YOU to fix it, move forward, change what isn't working, and push ahead. Relax? sure, but you also have to take what comes from doing what you want instead of what you should. After all isn't that what got us here in the first place? Making the wrong choices.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful,
perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.
- Norman Vincent Peale
You know the saying been there done that. Well I sure have. You see not so very long ago, maybe a couple of years now, I was two pounds from goal. Now i'm 24 pounds from goal, and truth is I've moved that number more than once (closer), thinking that I would never reach the said number. So for me this is like riding the carousel horse at the fair, i'm going around and around and really not getting anywhere. So why? Why bother starting over, rehashing old feelings, setting goals again? Because I liked that ME, I had energy, I felt good about myself, I could say no to food and I was enjoying the good foods, I cooked, I planned, and then it happened......
The burger was so much quicker when I was busy, the weather was too cold, hot, wet, the time to plan just wasn't there, planning meant taking time out of my not so busy schedule to do it, ok IT was really just laziness and along with that the thinking that I've got this. Well let me let you in on a little secret..........If you don't want to do it today you won't do it tomorrow.....in English that means that losing the weight is only half the battle, the real war is keeping that weight off. So live the life you want today because if you don't tomorrow is going to be full of disappointments.
So that is what i'm doing. I've had four great days and today is day five. Deja vu? yup I've been here before but this time i'm taking it slow and living the life today I want for tomorrow.
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