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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hey Everyone,

What a great day! I was reading several postings on message boards today and invited a few newbies to our little band of fitness devotees.

As I read through the posts a common theme started to emerge. "Where do I start?" I'll bet I read this at least 10 times a week. I send a question back, "Where are you now?" I told my new friend "Tim" the road to health is like a road map. You can't get to where you want to go if you don't know where you are now. Have you ever seen one of those maps at the mall that read "You are here" with the red box and arrow? That's what we need to create for ourselves, a red box and arrow.

If you've been on the program for a while and you're getting frustrated with a PERCEIVED lack of success, start over! Create a new base-line and make NEW goals. If you need ideas on creating a base-line read my posting from October 2nd on "Point of Origin" it should get you started.

One of my main goals is to be healthier. So I track many things most people don't think of and I don't track one thing everyone else seems to track, MY WEIGHT. I believe weight is just a number, and I don't care what that number is. If I get healthy, that number will go down on it's own without me thinking about it or worrying about it.

"So, Jonny Mac, what so you measure and track?"

I'm glad you asked. I measure MY HEALTH and PHYSICAL FITNESS.

1. I take my body measurements starting at the top: neck, chest, waist (across the naval), hips (across the biggest part of my butt), thighs (L & R), arms (while loosely making a muscle).

2. I take my Blood Pressure (BP), resting heart rate (pulse), and my cholesterol (I donate blood every 8 weeks and the donation center does it for free).

3. I also measure and track BODY FAT. I am also fortunate to belong to a gym with a pool where I can do underwater weighing to determine my body fat. If all you have are the calipers then use them. They aren't very accurate, but they are better than nothing.

So there you have it. I believe it is more important to concentrate on improving each of these areas than to concentrate on some number you can't control. If you are healthy, exercising and reducing your inches, the weight will come off automatically.

Join the team. Invite your friends. Leave a comment on any of my posts. If you have a topic you would like me to research for you or you just want some support or feed-back on what you're doing for your program, send me an e-mail. I love those the most.

Until next time, GET WET and JUICE TO YOU ALL!

Jonny Mac

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    I originally came to sp for weight loss, but I Am going in your direction, I would rather feel healthy than light

    . I have a friend that is so focused on the weight she used to be that she does not seem to care about the other benefits of exercise and good eating. I encourage her efforts but fear she might chuck her healthy goals if her scale shows something other than reduced weight. I hope she loses some weight for a few weeks until she starts feeling the other benefits and can focus on that instead.
    1893 days ago
    It is a good thing to collaborate and cooperate in areas of mutual interest.
    1896 days ago
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