Sunday, June 29, 2008
I have given thought as to what makes me gain weight.
It could be those days when I just can't seem to stop eating, even after I am full. I thought about how I would handle that next self-sabotaging-binge day. I decided to make a nice logical emergency plan.
I typed this out and hung it in my kitchen:
READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS:
FAILURE TO READ AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL RESULT IN REGRET, DELAYS IN MEETING YOUR GOALS, POOR HEALTH, and DISAPPOINTMENT,
Michael, this is your rational self speaking. The one who is in control of his diet and is motivated to succeed. Now we've been together a long time and you know you should trust me and should just listen.
If you'd have listened to me before then you'd be retiring from the Air Force next year and hitting the road with your newly formed rock band, the world might never have heard of Lance Armstrong, your wife wouldn't be able to keep her hands off you, and you would never have even known what it was like to experience a midnight fire at sea.
DO THIS NOW!
1) Call the dog.
2) Set the food that is in your hand down low enough for the dog to reach it.
3) Close your eyes and count to ten. If he didn't eat the food, well, you know he sniffed it and licked it, and you don't want it now.
4) Grab your water bottle and leave the kitchen.
5) Go outside and do something. It doesn't matter what...just drink some water while you do it...
Here are some ideas for you -
Take the phone with you and call someone,
Go refill the bird feeders,
Go pull some weeds,
Take a book and sit under a tree and read,
Take your journal and write,
Go admire your motorcycle, or go for a ride on it,
Imagine what it will be like when you succeed with your weight loss and fitness goals,
Just sit on the porch,
it doesn't matter.
Once you've thought about your goals, and given yourself a good positive pep talk, then you can come back. Understand?
Then get going...
I'm not playing...
go on now...
don't make me say "I told you so"...
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Aren't kids helpful in this battle of the bulge?
I'll give you an example -
Our son sees my weight ticker and suggests a new design:
"Instead of a star moving over a black background, you should have a potato moving across a couch."
Way to help out there, son.
As I look through the cabinets for a healthy breakfast food, our son suggests: "Can't we just have pizza for breakfast?"
I've also heard this: "But Twizzlers, Sweet Tarts, and War Heads are fat free, come on!"
"Videos games ARE exercise - look at all this finger action!"
"Why should we take the dog for a walk? He doesn't need to lose weight."
"But I just drank some water yesterday."
Kids really can present some interesting challenges to our day. Whether they are asking for a box of Little Debbies at the grocery store, or critiquing our performance during our Taebo workout, we have to remember that they are often a reflection of our own lifestyles and choices. That makes it all the more important that we succeed and that we remain positive examples for them in all that we do.
Not only will I encourage better choices for myself and our son, I pledge to include him in the celebrations of our accomplishments, remembering that he will be more likely to taste a healthy dish if he also tastes the victory that comes from making healthy choices.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
At least 8 cups of water, it says. Eight cups, 8 cups, I think to myself and then it hits me - 8 CUPS!!! That's a lotta water. A person could drown trying to get that down! That's not for the faint of heart.
Being the trouper that I am, I began to drink...
The folks at the water department came over in their swim trunks. From the looks of my water meter, they thought I had bought a swimming pool.
With that kind of water consumption, I have experienced a new exercise. This exercise doesn't seem to be listed in the fitness menu here at Spark either. I call it Mad Dash to the Restroom. (If you're into yoga, you might call it Race Horse Pose. I believe that in martial arts it is referred to as The Dance of the Eyeballs Floating.) If you are very far away from the bathroom, you could amass some decent cardio minutes from it.
On this, my third day of racing to relieve myself every 4.2 minutes, a relative asked me, "Are you okay? Eat something that didn't agree with you? I have some imodium if you need it."
I assured her that I was fine.
I'd write more, but I gotta go...you know where.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I often start weight loss with a big bang and immerse myself in it completely. I count every single calorie consumed or burned - I learn everything I can - I try to do every single thing I learn immediately - I get up earlier, work out harder, drive everyone crazy with my goals, etc.
When I found Spark, I thought, WOW look at all these tools! I have to learn the entire website, join a dozen or so teams, fill my page with 97 friends, post on every board that pertains to me, etc - and that's just on day one.
Then I began reading to learn all about Spark and during that reading time I kept receiving the message that I didn't have to do everything all at once.
I thought to myself, Whoa Tiger, slow down, take it easy. Don't burn yourself out in the first 3 or 4 days like you have tended to in the past. This is the first really cool thing I noticed about Spark: it calls for real changes that are made slowly over a period of time.
What a concept! If any other program has asked me to do that, I haven't noticed. I'm always plunging in over my head in the first 10 minutes. When I try to adopt 42 new behaviors all at once, none of them stick.
New resolution: Take it easy. Make real changes. I am convinced that nothing short of that will ever work.
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