Lifetime Momentum #30 (Life in Moderation)
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Another cold day in Northeast Ohio for this time of year. It was only 42 degrees when I went out for my mid-morning walk break at work, but at least today it isn't raining (yet). I had a pretty good day yesterday. Even got in an extra workout last night doing about 30 minutes of cardio on Wii Active. I checked afterward with the BodyBugg and the calories I actually burned were much higher that the calories the Wii estimated I burned. That gave me a bright happy feeling inside. I add a lot of additional movement to the routine, but it's nice to know that the way I do it has such a good impact on my overall activity level and calorie deficit.
I am partnering with a friend of mine as an accountability partner in this journey. We have tried to do this a number of times before, making it into competitions, pushing each other, and doing any number of things to try to motivate each other. The thing that is different this time is that we aren't competing or comparing our successes. We are monitoring each others progress but only to help us provide encouragement to stay on track. Not to find fault in ourselves. We were talking about it today and it seems that the biggest problem that both of us have faced when we have tried to lose weight before is that we are both extremists by nature. When we try to lose weight we go all out eating ONLY healthy options, exercising every chance we get and trying hard to push the weight down faster than the other. Then when we hit a wall, we walk away defeated, sit on the couch and eat with the same extreme enthusiasm we had for the healthy lifestyle. We have promised ourselves that this time will be different. We both recognize the need to make changes in our lives to promote better health and ultimately major weight-loss. This time the change needs to stick. The only way that is going to happen is to not go to extremes. Today my friend tells me that he can forsee a major binge coming on because he's craving greasy, fatty foods. In his tendancy toward extremes, he has been denying himself any of those things lately. My recommendation, have some! Just use your head and have some in moderation. Don't order two Double Cheesburgers, have just one. And then don't treat the rest of the day as a throw away because you already gave in. It's just one meal. Eat the healthy foods the rest of the day being satisfied that you ate what you wanted. Continue with any planned fitness. In the end you will be far closer to a healthy outcome and will have done it in a way that promotes long term sustainability. No more burning out! I told my buddy that I was preaching to myself as much as I was to him. This is a lesson that has been hard for me to learn, but it's what will keep me on track. Life can't be lived in extremes. When it is, failure forces us (at least me) to the extremes that will ultimately defeat me. Patience is a hard pill to swallow, but well worth it given time.
Never Stop Moving