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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Started working out with Kyle yesterday. Kyle is going to be a good trainer, I can tell. He asked me my "weight loss goal." I could give him a number of pounds to lose to put me back into a "healthy" range and that good health is important to me. However, I could not tie this number to a "why." I had no reason to lose weight that resonated within me.

As for why I don't exercise or eat right...I told Kyle it wasn't a problem of "lack of knowledge" or "lack of resources" or even "lack of confidence." It was purely a lack of motivation. This only became clear to me when I was unable to give a reason to want to lose weight.

There are many "good reasons" to lose weight, so there is not even a "lack of reasons." There was no one reason that evoked a passionate or emotional response which could really motivate me. In the end, I picked a reason of the many available, the blase' "I want to wear a swimsuit nicely, by June or July." I don't care about wearing a swimsuit nicely. But it seems like I should care, so that was the reason I gave to Kyle.

After he left, I gave that a great deal more thought. One of my driving passions in life is helping young people succeed. My son and his friends that he grew up with who became part of my extended family, to be specific. I really love helping them accomplish their goals and reach higher in life. This passion is one of a few that drive me.

Kyle is starting his education and career as a personal trainer. For me to best help Kyle accomplish his goals, he needs a rocking good testimonial to attach to his resume's and/or marketing.

My "why" is because I want to help Kyle accomplish his goals. I have all the equipment so he, as he rightly pointed out, he can come over and train me even before he has invested money in his own portable equipment. I have all the knowledge on nutrition and fitness, so there's no great education curve for him to help me overcome. Plus I've been through this before. 10 years ago, I was 80 lbs overweight and I lost 80+ lbs in less than a year. So I know that I'm capable and worthy of the weight loss. With these three keys in place, I am capable of giving Kyle an amazing testimonial to launch his career as a personal trainer. THAT is a reason I can get passionate about.

It may not be the best "why" for everyone. I can hear the critics suggesting an interesting egg to crack might be why "being the best me" isn't a good enough reason. All I can say to that is mind your business. I have my why and it will work for me. The rest will follow.

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YENGLISH100 3/1/2014 5:31PM

    I think any motivation to start to lose weight is a good motivation. It may change over time, who knows. Kyle is a lucky trainer. The difficult thing is to keep the weight off.

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3-Weeks - Finally weight loss

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Have been tracking calories in and out diligently now for 3-weeks. In the same 3-weeks, I've begun to exercise with intensity for at least 20 minutes 3-4 times per week. The first week, while I was tracking my food, I was routinely outside of my range for each day. Week 2 I had finally adjusted and have remained within my range every day. Steadily I've been working out with intensity and athleticism and only after 3-weeks have I finally lost my first 2 pounds. My body was simply not going to let go of that and it took awhile to fire up that furnace, I guess. Hopefully we can keep up this momentum.

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FATBASTICH 11/5/2012 7:58PM


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3RDBABYWEIGHT 11/4/2012 11:23PM



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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/4/2012 8:20PM

Awesome! Keep up the great habits and you'll get a good steak of weight loss going for yourself!
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TEE-RACY 11/4/2012 1:50PM

    I've heard that muscle weighs more than fat, so I was feeling good that I didn't gain weight, because I am stronger for SURE! emoticon

Thanks for the encouragement!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/4/2012 1:31PM

    emoticon !

That can happen when you get much more active right off the bat. Muscle retains water while it is repairing after activity and adds weight that you want to have that can offset fat weight being lost to some degree. The scale can't tell us that we gained half a pound of muscle, a pound and a half of water and lost a pound of fat - it just gives the net of one pound gained.

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Eating for weight loss

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Before I recommitted, a friend also was feeling off-track and out of focus and she recommitted first (which was a catalyst to finally motivating me.) She joined weight watchers and began to focus on her eating and talk about her progress. I started focusing on logging my food with honesty and diligence without a great deal of shame in what I ate. I've put a lot of energy into increasing my activity and doing regular workouts with intensity. My focus was on developing the base habits - logging food and exercise and getting back to a 4-5 day a week exercise habit and burning calories.

Yesterday was day 10 of logging every calorie with honesty and the first day I actually stayed within the range. Woot Woot! And so far this week I'm still on track for 20 minute dvd MWF. With Boot Camp on Saturday, I'm establishing a base of 4-5 days a week of exercise. I can build from that base and go longer during the week as I get stronger. I'm actually feeling pretty good today.

After about three weeks in her program, she's lost 7 pounds and after 10 days of mine, I've lost absolutely nothing. LOL! It seems that eating within your value points makes a bigger difference than exercising like a maniac. SO, with that lesson learned this week....I told her if I was eating like her and she was exercising like me, we'd be onto something!!

But I think what we've learned is that what you eat affects your weight more. I think exercise is more effective as my defense against depression. It is also good for "tightening" everything up and dealing with appetite. Essential for good health - that is exercise. Eating right is essential for weight loss.

Here's to another day of staying in our range!!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/26/2012 12:17AM

    I've read that nutrition is something like 70-80% of it and exercise is the rest. I think that when I focus on what I eat, I do much better.

Good luck! And congrats on staying in range!
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New Committment

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 5 of logging everything I eat. Doing great and patting self on back for the discipline to write everything down, the good, the bad and the ugly. Learned Friday of the successful suicide of a dear friend. Ironically, the day I found my new found committment to self control is the day she took her life. Totally unrelated events, of course. Just something that struck me as I was looking back over my spark people nutrition log for the week and the date on the day I started. I am sad this week.


Off Track

Friday, October 05, 2012

I am so off track with my portion control and I'm only exercising once a week now. I can feel the drag, and I can see the poor results, but I can't get motivated to change it. Blech.

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NUTRON3 10/6/2012 6:20AM

    don't give up, you will do this!

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SOPHIEDO13 10/6/2012 12:32AM

    I am in the 5 min a day challenge, maybe you could check that team out...There is also 10 min a day challenge....Hopefully that helps. emoticon emoticon

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KIMPY225 10/5/2012 3:10PM

    Hopefully you will figure out what is best for you soon!
Maybe you can try changing just one thing a week - making too many changes all at once can cause some problems.

Good luck!!

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