MCCRIGHT's SparkPeople Blog MCCRIGHT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Training smarter not harder. I am finally getting it. Hello, <BR> <BR> This should just be a positive blog. Enjoy this as I am imparting the wisdom gleamed from my many successes as well as my many failures. I just got done reading an article about training smart not hard. I am not going to plagiarize, but I will give you the gist of the article. They talk about lifting iron as a means not an end. Meaning that you are lifting weights for a reason other than to get the most weight or reps. I am not powerlifting for sport, so I don't need t... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:01:25 EST Time for the sabotage blog :( I said I would do this, so here it goes. I am forever sabotaging anything good in my life. I want to tell the details, but I am afraid people might read this and then my life could be changed because of it. I made a HUGE mistake on Sat. by sabotaging things at home. I decided that I will tell the people in a private message about this area of my life. The general idea is that when things start going well in my life I get scared and I mess things up. I don't know if it is intentional or... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 04:47:34 EST Something I never thought I would say. LOL (plus blog idea reminders) I have been crazy obsessed. Yes, that is my nature. I am a Capricorn. Slow to start and never ready to quit when I get going. I am so obsessed that I am breaking some of the guidelines that I set up for myself this time. I told myself that I wouldn't put exercise ahead of my family. I am at the borderline right now. I don't let anything stop me from exercising. I am getting the results like I have been wanting. Someone at work today told me that they could tell I have lost weight sin... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 03:09:35 EST DTA. Yes I said DTA and I MEAN IT! Preface: DTA = Don't Trust Anybody. It was something the the WWF/ WWE wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin used to say. Wrestling may be scripted, but this lesson is real. <BR> <BR> Life will teach you the same lessons over and over if you don't learn them the 1st time. Actually, it will continue to teach you these lessons over and over again. I learned the hard way last week that I can't tell people anything personal. If you spill your guts to someone, the will slice your belly open to le... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 18:00:45 EST Remember Optimistic or Stupid??? Why does this continue to haunt me? I had some great news last week. I was getting cautiously optimistic again. I was getting scared that I might not be able to handle it even though it seemed like it should be a breeze for me. Yes it was a job. I had a tentative offer. I got a phone call and an email. I got another email telling me they filled the position with someone else just one day later after they offered me the job. I was in the process of apartment hunting and thought we could afford a larger payment now. I soo... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 03:40:02 EST Here come the take on somebody else's blog. Preface: This blog is not a slam on someone else, their blog, their weigh loss methods, or their road to happiness. We all get where we are going by a different means and by a different path. Now the rant. <BR> <BR> I read a blog about some positivity garbage and achieving emotional stability or something of that nature to achieve his or her weight loss. This won't work for me. First of all I will likely never achieve emotional stability. Second, my craziness is what is driving my diet... Wed, 30 May 2012 05:04:56 EST I hope I didn't scare anyone. I fighting a war inside my head that seems impossible to win. I just keep coming back from the M.A.S.H. unit. I thought I might have ruined my life. I am too stupid to realize I couldn't ruin my life in just a few days. I have been destroying it for years. If it all crumbles down now it is because I allowed the foundation to be ruined. I have been trying to rebuild everything from the ground up for the past 8 months. I don't know if it can be done. I am still trying. <BR> In a very cr... Mon, 7 May 2012 16:37:19 EST Optimistic or stupid???????? I found out! See bottom of blog I am cautiously optimistic for first time in probably over a year. I am being sucked in by the negative thoughts in my head. I am thinking the worst and trying not to get sad. I have been almost giddy the past few days. I should know if I should continue to feel happy and optimistic or if I am right and I am now in a worse place than before. I might have ruined my life thinking only of myself again. I just wanted to not have to feel miserable every day of my life. <BR> Why do I do this ... Sun, 6 May 2012 01:00:41 EST Workout/ body goals going into May 2012 Ha ha ha! I just finished reading my goals stated at the beginning of March 2012. I thought things were going to be radically different. Boy was I wrong. <BR> I am doing the same cardio circuit I was doing with a few minor modifications to get a slightly different workout. I have mastered this workout, but I just push myself harder and end up covered in sweat. I am able to do 25+ pushups now instead of 19-23. This is difficult because I am doing a chest workout with 3 types of pushups... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 02:08:49 EST New goals I stopped losing weight. I know the scale doesn't lie. (It really doesn't) I also know that your bodyfat percentage is more important the the number on the scale. I don't have any money or access to equipment to measure my bodyfat. I just have to go by my looks. I just want my 6 pack. I am getting there. I didn't stop eating right or exercising I just changed my workout and stopped eating like a bird. That's not a crime. I would like to get below 200 lbs. I know I would be skinnier... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:14:04 EST Exercise and diet better this time around??? Is my diet and exercise routine going to be better this time around than any other time I have done this? Maybe not better, but it will be good. I am at a real crossroads in my life right now. I I am shifting my priorities. You can't see it from this site as I have returned from a long hiatus from this site. I came back because the support has always been incredible here. Thanks to anyone who helped me in the past. <BR> I have changed my priorities. I will miss a workout here and there... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 13:11:07 EST The master becomes the student. Really????? Wow. I helped my 15year and 11+ month year old son become a beast of a boy. I didn't do it. He put in the work. He watched his diet. I worked out with him in our home gym. I helped him with a workout program when I wasn't able to work out with him. I did Insanity with him. Basically what I am saying is that I was his trainer and dietition. He did all the hard work. Things are completely different now. I am in no position to tell anyone the first thing about anything. I am not in a... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 10:08:27 EST Wow the long winded verson of things I am learning Man, I feel so stupid. All the things we already know: Eating the right foods in smaller quantities more often. Exercising with increased intensity as we get in better shape. Have a day of rest and recovery w/o exercise onece a week. Get more sleep. Drink more water. Yes, there are many more. I don't need to try to list them all do I? You can do that in the comments section. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> The real truth is that all we can do is follow them the best we can. Do... Wed, 19 May 2010 16:28:44 EST Yes!!! I am finally insane. (the good kind) Update: 5-19-10 Still going strong with a 2nd cycle of insanity. <BR> <BR> I noticed that it was Jan 8th that I wrote a blog about not being able to do the Insanity Plyometric Cardio workout. I did not attempt to do any of the insanity workouts until my oldest son completed his wrestling season and could do them with me. I am very proud of him. We started Feb 8th, and we are still going strong. We have to get up before 6am to complete the workouts before he has to get ready for school... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 21:34:24 EST I guess I am a failure..for now anyhow I tried to do the first workout (Plyometric Cardio Circuit) in the Insanity program by Shawn T and beachbody. I did the fit test yesterday and I was exhausted. I have been doing Richard Simmons Disco Blast-Off (almost 30 min. long) and R.S. Sweatin' to the Oldies 3. (almost and hour long) with what I thought was at least good success. Man was I wrong. I am waaaaay more out of shape than I ever imagined. I couldn't get half way through the Plyometric Cardio Circuit. I just gave up. I w... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 19:11:27 EST Kicking it into overdrive I haven't spent alot of time on the site lately, but I am staying strong. I have been working out with weights and doing cardio to get in shape and loose weight. I have been eating every three hours and avoiding bad carbs and sweets. I have been seeing great results thus far, but I always want more. I made the decision to do it. I accept the responsibility for gaining all my weight back. I made those decisions. I just couldn't muster the will power to resist. There were a million thi... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 14:16:04 EST OMG Bacon Idea (turkey bacon) I saw on a web site that turkey bacon can burn easily and get REALLY crunchy. So what you ask? They recommended crumbling it up and putting it on a baked potato or a salad. We have a winner. Enjoy this tip people. This is the exact type of idea that can help keep me going. Man I obsess about food tooooooo much. I guess that is why I got fat in the first place. One reason anyway. Thu, 3 Dec 2009 13:53:14 EST How did I get here? I have a few ideas (by ideas I mean excuses). I got laid off from my job after 13 years of service. I have a Masters degree and couldn't find a decent job. I started a store with my wife. It took all of our time for several months. We went out to eat constantly. I started back on the cycle of working my but off with little to no break, realizing that I am famished, then get the wrong food and gorge on it. 2-3 huge meals per day of crap food. That will do it. I didn't have time to exe... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:39:17 EST Man I love pizza...I mean I hate pizza I went to my parents house this Sunday. They took us to Hideaway Pizza. Yes it is the best pizza in Oklahoma. I love it, but I ate more than I should have...BIG Surprise! My oldest son and I had a Medium Big Country (Meat topped wonder) all by ourselves. I even had a piece of my mom's small sausage. I couldn't control myself. Why do I love pizza so much? It is the meat and cheese with the carbs, I mean crust. Hideaway has to best crust. I only hate it because I can't control myself... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 13:12:15 EST When I exercise, I feel... Like I have some control over my life. I get pumped up and feel a great sense of accomplishment. There are very few things in life I can control and this is one. I have used the extra energy to get more done around the house. Fri, 21 Nov 2008 02:33:02 EST