Friday, October 05, 2012
I've been in for 6 months and I am going to lose 100 lbs.
@ 51 lbs less than when i started I am right on track.
I have to admit that I have had an amazing support group through this adventure so far.
The first thing that they do is to help me keep my goals realistic. I am one of those over doer all in kinda guys. Which in this game usually leads to failure.
So it's about small goals that become lifestyle changes.
So what lifestyle changes have I made?
Smoking is out. I have smoked since I was 14. My friends tormented me daily about this. Quitting was easy when the people that you love are on your case about it. smoking = Done.
I must eat breakfast. If I don't I feel lethargic all day. I made it easy by having protein bars in the house if I don't have time. But most importantly I've learned to make time to eat right. No fast food. Ok, once a month with the kid. But make healthy choices. No soft drinks. Drinking your calories is stupid. I do love a good beer with the guys, but I save that for once a week or less. I find that I always go way over my calories on the days that I have alcoholic beverages. So I limit that.
Exercise is now an addiction. I have to do it. It's now like brushing teeth or shaving for me. I have discovered running. Who knew? I also live an active lifestyle as a scuba instructor, so I just quit cutting corners and make that exercise too. I never turn down an opportunity to get exercise in.
The other thing that they do is hold me accountable and reward me with praise. It is easy to keep this up when people are telling you that they notice a difference and p calling you out when you don't put in the work.
Because we are the sum of the 5 people we hang out with the most its easy because my friends and family are healthy living oriented. I was the one dragging them down. If this is not your situations then make it your situation. For those not on board I made it clear that I was on a mission to save my life. Get on board or get off my train. This was easy because my health issues from the previous year gave them all a scare and they were all about not going through any of that again.
After 6 months of living with these changes I see my little mole hills have become a mountain.
Just make it happen. You are the change. Blame no external factors. You are the general in this war.