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Pleasurable Motivation

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Well, I've been working hard to do everything I can on this site to shake a ton of pounds I have accumulated. I'm reading articles, getting emails, I set up a page,connected to facebook, printed my little card and hung it on the fridge, follow the nutrition and fitness guidelines...etc, etc, and I am seeing results!

This morning, I did my strength training and added the 10 minute Pilates "no crunches" abs workout....that about killed me! I sure learned how out of shape I am...as the online instructor easily did the workout (while talking) seemingly without effort, I was a ball of sweat, pain and had to plain give up more than once...I just laughed a few times! This stuff is WICKED!

Still, after that I came up and had my breakfast. I was due for whole wheat waffles with 1 tablespoon of syrup-no butter (in the past that would have been about 4-5 tablespoons syrup, butter AND whipped cream). I also got a strawberry yogurt.

My point here is simply how AMAZING the food tasted. It is so much simpler (and less) than I have grown accustomed to...yet after doing all this work and learning for a month, changing my eating habits, trying new foods and recipes, it is beginning to pay off in unexpected ways.

The whole wheat bagel, with the touch of syrup--heavenly.
The yogurt--dreamy...so good.

With portion limits, I find myself savoring every mouthful. I truly experience the way the food tastes.

It's as if the food has been enhanced due to the work. There is a new respect for food and a new love of healthy flavors...there is a pleasure in moderation instead of being stuffed.

The asparagus cooked in olive olive, discovering legumes mixed with spaghetti, red beans, chicken with a touch of Teriyaki sauce, etc. are truly tasty and filling foods.

I don't even have the need to snack..........I'm full all the time. Last night I couldn't even finish the meal I was supposed to eat and trust me, I usually eat ALOT (most definitely everything on my plate and most likely seconds too).

And that is the end of my pleasurable motivation talk for today. I hope some of you are experiencing what I am because, bottom line, it really is cool!

Enjoy! emoticon

  


Pleasurable Motivation

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Well, I've been working hard to do everything I can on this site to shake a ton of pounds I have accumulated. I'm reading articles, getting emails, I set up a page,connected to facebook, printed my little card and hung it on the fridge, follow the nutrition and fitness guidelines...etc, etc, and I am seeing results!

This morning, I did my strength training and added the 10 minute Pilates "no crunches" abs workout....that about killed me! I sure learned how out of shape I am...as the online instructor easily did the workout (while talking) seemingly without effort, I was a ball of sweat, pain and had to plain give up more than once...I just laughed a few times! This stuff is WICKED!

Still, after that I came up and had my breakfast. I was due for whole wheat waffles with 1 tablespoon of syrup-no butter (in the past that would have been about 4-5 tablespoons syrup, butter AND whipped cream). I also got a strawberry yogurt.

My point here is simply how AMAZING the food tasted. It is so much simpler (and less) than I have grown accustomed to...yet after doing all this work and learning for a month, changing my eating habits, trying new foods and recipes, it is beginning to pay off in unexpected ways.

The whole wheat bagel, with the touch of syrup--heavenly.
The yogurt--dreamy...so good.

With portion limits, I find myself savoring every mouthful. I truly experience the way the food tastes.

It's as if the food has been enhanced due to the work. There is a new respect for food and a new love of healthy flavors...there is a pleasure in moderation instead of being stuffed.

The asparagus cooked in olive olive, discovering legumes mixed with spaghetti, red beans, chicken with a touch of Teriyaki sauce, etc. are truly tasty and filling foods.

I don't even have the need to snack..........I'm full all the time. Last night I couldn't even finish the meal I was supposed to eat and trust me, I usually eat ALOT (most definitely everything on my plate and most likely seconds too).

And that is the end of my pleasurable motivation talk for today. I hope some of you are experiencing what I am because, bottom line, it really is cool!

Enjoy! emoticon

  


...The struggle continues....

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I've tried to get fit quite a few times over the years with some to much success. A couple of years ago I was down to my current goal weight and even road cycled in a 100 mile organized event. It was amazing! Somehow, slowly and with time, I have slipped back into a time of eating whatever I felt like and the exercise gradually disappeared. I again put on weight until I recently had to go to see a foot doctor. I had to write in my weight on a form and quickly discovered I was at a new all-time high weight.

I knew I was slowly gaining weight and I had moved up to my largest pants size in the closet (there are 3 sizes in there....) but even those had been feeling tight. Weighing myself confirmed my suspicions...I was way over what I wanted to weigh. My foot was giving me trouble (plantar fasciatis), my clothes didn't fit well, my shirts are always untucked and I wasn't working out.

This gave me the motivation to get back on the bandwagon and start anew. Each time I exercise, I can feel my body and soul telling me this is something I simply need to be doing. I love so much to eat, especially the foods listed on my page...but I am starting to believe again that I love being fit just a little bit more.

I want to be healthy for my family, my wife and three children and also for myself. I rode my bike 14 miles at 14.3 mph hour average yesterday and felt fantastic--exercise gives me a purpose and a high that really, nothing else can. I simply need to remember this fact!

....the struggle continues....

  


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