Tuesday, June 08, 2010
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about successful self motivation using the formula Motivation=DVF
D: Dissatisfaction with current state
V: Vision of future
F: First Step(s) success
This past weekend I decided to reward myself by going to the beach with my "new" cargoes and t-shirt to enjoy my success of losing weight. No longer did I have to be ashamed of my appearance at the beach. Yeah, that WAS the theory.
OK, didn't go so well. Apparently as I got out of my car I gained about 170 pounds or so, because I was still the fattest guy on the beach. Really frustrating. Man, the other dudes on the beach were buff. On the plus side, I didn't have to worry about that whole annoying "girls noticing me" thing. This Ken and Barbie couple walked by me and I swear that between them they didn't have half the fat on their bodies as I do. Ugh.
No harpoon, no problem I guess.
So, fortunately now the "D" in my motivation equation is back up. After my current September goal ("191 by 9.11!!"), I am going to focus on toning up and getting my body beach ready for Summer 2011. Don't worry, I won't do another "1XX by M.DD!!" cry. Yes, even I'm getting tired of them.
On the plus side, I was able to leverage FCDA. I had a double cheesburger, fries and a "Kiddie sized" ice cream cone (it was still a lot of ice-cream. In the 1990's it would have been called "Pro LineBacker sized"). I wasn't hungry for the rest of the day. I had a small dinner and the next day's weigh-in had me down 2 pounds for the week. w00t!!!1
I hope to be below 200 this Saturday.
191 by 9.11!!
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
OK, those of you who have been reading my blogs regularly know that I have said some very strong and daring things. Things that make one think really hard and wrestle with some of the deepest and most existential concepts. Things such as:
* "If you wouldn't beat a friend up for a bad day then don't beat yourself up for one."
* "If you vary your foods a lot you won't be as hungry."
* "Forget Ginger. Baby was by far the best looking Spice Girl."
* "My gosh, this kid is TOTALLY adorable!"
Ahhhhhhh, if God ever has enough of a sense of humor to give me children, SHE will definitely flunk at least one of them in Biology class. She'll get the whole cat/cow thing by then, I'm sure. That WAS a really good horsey, imho.
But here's something even more controversial than all four statements above(*).
Go to the FastBreak portion of the Spark Diet and look at what it tells you.
No, seriously.....do it.
Notice that it tells you to pick one thing from each of 3 sections. One thing. One small thing. Let's say hypothetically you picked the 4 whole grains option. You can meet your fb goal without infinitesimally upping your Fruits and vegetables, giving up all sweets for the rest of your life and eating nothing but lean proteins and skim milk.
Here's the rub.........
The Spark Jedi Council not only understands this. They designed the program that way. It's as if they want us little SparkBunnies to take small steps get some initial victories and make gradual changes to our lifestyle rather than give up every "evil" food in the world and subsist only on celery/carrot sticks (while doing the perfunctory 3 hours a day at the gym, of course).
Tito: So why are you telling us this?
Trent: Ah! I'm glad that you asked, Tito.
I've been reading random blogs from people who are coming back from having "fallen off the wagon" and now they're going to really kick it up a notch to get back on track. Gym 6 days a week and stick right to the calorie range. I never hear anything about a ramp up period.
It saddens me. I did that for almost 10 years. 10 years! Every single time, I failed. It was actually the SP articles and staff published blogs that drove home the "Rome wasn't built in a day" concept.
So it breaks my heart to see people who are given the opportunity to break free of the aforementioned cycle of self imprisonment just keep on doing the same thing which almost invariably doesn't work. More restrictive diet! More intense cardio! The cycle continues....
I hate overused expressions as much as the next martian....but less really is more.
If you've fallen off the wagon. Analyze why. Did you try to do too much too fast. Did you try something too new. Did you give one habit change enough time to sink in. Were you so set on two pounds a week that that 0.5 pound loss psychologically knocked you to the mat?
Figure out how to start again. What was working? What came easily. If you stopped doing cardio, shoot for 10-15 minutes and add a minute or two each week. If your body craves a little more, give it a little more.... a LITTLE more.
To me, trying to instantly go from "off the wagon" for any period of time to the whole kit and caboodle (nutrition/exercise-wise) is like surviving a 100 mph car crash and then getting right into another car and driving 100 mph again. What's going to be different this time?
I love you and I want you to succeed. Pick an option from the 3 areas of the fast break stage and do them and only them for a couple of weeks (unless of course your doctor/nutritionist is telling you otherwise). Take it slowly.
As the funny meowing cat who wants turkey would say....
That's right, funny meowing cat who wants turkey! You said it!!!
191 by 9.11!!
- TD Out.
(*) Except for the Spice Girl choice. I know that I'm going to get cr4p from the Scary Spice fans. 4ll y'4ll r H-8-R's!!!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Goal: To Weigh 191 pounds or less by Saturday, September 11, 2010
The first week of June. I will do 60 minutes worth of cardio (yes, 60 min total for the whole week, not per day). Each week, I will add 10% to that number (66, 73, 80, etc.). I should be up to about 240 minutes per week by Labor day week.
for the month of June, I will eat an average of at least 1 fruit per day. Each month I will add 1 to that until I reach 7 for the month of December. This is a slightly longer term goal, but it applies.
Calorie Flavor Disassociation. I will vary my foods, especially the high calorie meals. Try to eat different foods and at different restaurants. Regarding sweets, I will not eat the same candy bar, cookie or pastry more than once a month. This will mediate hunger and cravings. It's been working really well for the last month for me.
* Build Strength and Muscle.
* Big full body weight workouts to burn more calories while ramping up cardio.
* Don't worry about numbers. Eat when hungry. The body always craves calories when beginning a strength training routine and muscle weighs more.
I hope to maintain. Any loss is good but it's not what I'm striving for at this point.
- TD Out
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