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Update plus a little on motivation

Friday, January 10, 2014

Today I'm home from work recovering from a minor hernia surgery I had done yesterday. I was initially apprehensive about getting this fixed now, because I felt it would throw a monkey wrench into my overall get healthy plans, but I came to the realization that getting it repaired now is actually one step in the direction of being healthy without future pain. This hernia did not bother me at all until I started to do push-ups, planks and try to do pull-ups a month or so ago. Those are activities I plan to do in the future again and don't want any problems developing into something worse later. So here I sit... sore and wishing for a quick recovery. My doc did say that I could walk as much as I wanted starting today. Therefore much to my wife's chagrin, I got on the treadmill this morning for 20 minutes at a VERY SLOW pace of just 2mph and a slight grade. This is just to keep all my parts moving that need to move. I plan to maybe get back on later this evening for 20 as well. It will depend on how I'm feeling though.

Weight loss goes well. I went back to see my weight loss doctor last Monday to fill him in on my surgery that was gong to happen and he was pretty happy that I had lost 13 pounds over the holidays instead of gaining. I officially broke 50 pounds lost last week, but I'm still struggling with a slight plateau. I have been stuck in the low 240#s. Yesterday morning before surgery I weighed myself at 239 but after surgery this morning I was back to 243. I guess I'm holding fluids and stuff from the surgery. Anyhow, I'm still focused and eating good.

Motivation - Lots of people are beginning to ask me how I'm losing the weight and what keeps me going. I have been thinking a lot about my motivational factors and have come up with what works for me. For me motivation comes in the form of resources like the Spark People web site. However this is not my sole motivator. I constantly listen to health and fitness podcasts like the Jillian Michael's Radio Podcast Show, Spark People Radio, Running Academy, GetFitGuy, Cut The Fat Radio and others. I have also incorporated listening to some inspiration running or fitness audio books into my commute in the morning. I think my wife may think I'm obsessed with my methods for my journey to weight loss and healthy living, but its what it takes to keep me motivated and moving forward.

Additionally, somewhere between the time my dad passed away last January from a "stealth-bomb" heart attack, and October of this past year something clicked in my head and I said NO MORE! I didn't want to sweat to death just from walking up one flight of stairs or have my knees wrack with pain. I have been fortunate enough that I have always been an extrovert and made and keep lots of friends no matter if I'm the fat guy or not.... but I didn't want to be the fat guy forever. I needed to get well. I knew it forever but couldn't do anything it seemed. I really think that losing my dad put me over the edge to realize that no matter how healthy we think we are... we need to take care of ourselves. That moment, whenever it was exactly, I decided to throw away my old habits and begin learning new behaviors. The switch was turned and it won't go back!! I think I have it this time around for good.

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    Love it! Super job of taking care of yourself!

    Re: "something clicked in my head"...clicking for me lately too!

    Keep the SPARK! :-)

    1398 days ago
    I am very sorry for the loss of your father as well. It's so beautiful that you are turning your loss into an about-face for your health. You deserve it.

    Investing in your health seems to me to be honoring your father's memory in one of the best ways possible.

    2014 is going to be a great year.

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    Way to go on your work on the treadmill. Wishing you excellent healing.

    1409 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2014 9:28:41 PM
    I'm sorry you lost your father. Good for you for making a decision to become healthy and it's good that you have found motivators that work for you.

    Hopefully, your recovery from the surgery will be speedy and complete & then you can do those planks & pull ups to your hearts' content.

    Hang in there!
    1410 days ago
    emoticon You are now at step three of living a longer, more healthful life. emoticon emoticon
    1410 days ago
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