Friday, January 17, 2014
I watched the day 12 fatloser.com
video today and got a shock.
He talked today about being an adult vs. being a child emotionally. An adult makes a commitment and follows through without whining, making excuses or breaking promises. Adults accept delayed gratification. Children expect immediate gratification. They whine, make excuses, blame others and want to be cuddled and made to feel better by others.
Because I've reached maintenance for the second time with Sparkpeople, I already knew that I had to think differently than I did the first time if I wanted to continue maintaining. Today I expected to find that I hold adult beliefs about diet and exercise. It turns out I was half wrong.
The homework question was "how many child-like beliefs do you have about exercise?" My shocking answer was this statement: "I need an expert to run my strength training program. Huh. I didn't know I had that one. It's not true. I need to begin with what I know and at the same time do some research to find out the next thing to do." (Note: I do cardio almost every day, so it's not lack of exercise I'm talking about, but strength training.)
Wow. I still can't believe I wrote that first sentence. I've done strength training both by myself and under the guidance of a personal trainer years ago. I know proper form and even many of the exercises...it's which exercises to do together and the number of sets and reps that confuses me at the beginning stage. So! Beyond the homework is taking action on my strength training. No more excuses. No more delays to beginning or half-hearted, quickly abandoned attempts. I'm strength training today and planning for the future.