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If You Want It, You Make It Work

Saturday, March 30, 2013

This week I didn't have time for workouts.

I made time.

1 minute to get in my workout clothes, 20 minutes to work my circuits, then 5 minutes in the shower. A blip in the radar. Everything that I needed to do later in the day got done.

I didn't have a lot of time to prepare meals, and going through the fast food lane was awfully tempting. But how long does it take to shred lettuce, toss in a tomato, open a can of tuna, and mix with lemon juice?

It was shocking to realize that after wrecking my metabolism and body, it took me 10 years to get back to where I started. Most people have goals that they want to lose xx pounds before their wedding, class reunion, or the summer, then get downtrodden when the scale doesn't cooperate.

Been there myself, and if I hadn't been such a stubborn you-know-what, 10 years would have turned into never.

You have two choices. Keep going, or give up. We all have weeks where things didn't go our way.

I sure wish I could have figured out all the right pieces and lost my weight in the first year, but I didn't. It was a learning process. There was a progression.

DENIAL: "I'm fat because of my 'slow' metabolism. " or "It must be my age."
GET THIN QUICK SCHEME: "I'm going to drink this Slim Fast every day for a month."
FAILURE: "I lost ten pounds on slim fast, and I gained back 15! I'll never lose weight!"
UNDEREAT, OVER-EXERCISE: "I'm going to eat 1000 calories, and do cardio at the gym for a bazillion hours."
FEAR: "Why aren't I losing weight anymore? I'm scared to eat more calories or stop exercising or I might regain!"
QUESTIONING: "Why are other people able to eat so many calories and still lose weight? How is it that bodybuilders can drop bodyfat at will? What's going on here?"
EPIPHANY: "Nutrition controls bodyfat; lifting heavy things raises metabolic burn. I got this."

If you want to lose weight fast, then skip through all the crap and get to the crux of the final steps.

But if motivation is totally tied up in seeing results quick, you're not even close to the end.

If you're doing the same thing over and over again and not seeing results, then something is still wrong with your diet or exercise routine. Saying "I did everything right, but nothing happened" doesn't make a lot of sense. If you're doing what your body needs, it will respond. If your body fights against you, it's a message.

If the response to this is, "But everybody's different and I can't lose weight because of x,y or z," then that is denial. Whatever special challenges you have, if you want it, you make it work.

BTW, this guy's name is Josh Sundquist, a paralympic athlete. joshsundquist.com/

Who cares if someone else can eat as much pizza as they want and still lose weight? They aren't you. And I guarantee, if you lose weight eating fresh freggies and protein, you'll be a million times healthier than the pizza guzzler.

If you aren't getting the results you want doing what you're doing, then change it. Or give up, and start over.

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    I LOVE this blog! Thank you so much for bringing my attention to it!
    1882 days ago
    Thank you for the very motivating blog and the great visuals. The excuse one for Josh Sundquist kind of bit my backside big time.

    There is so much time wasted on things that don't matter in the long run, but time spent on health and well-being is never wasted.

    Wishing you strength on your journey.
    1884 days ago
    Great blog! Love the visuals....and the message!
    1884 days ago
    Was just talking to someone about this:


    NAFLD (Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) is becoming more and more common, and is now being found in children as well as adults! This is, basically, cirrhosis for non-drinkers!!!! Hypertriglyceridemia is found in these cases (and triglycerides are derived from excessive carbohydrate in the diet). "A dietary strategy to minimize postprandial hyperinsulinemia and overall fat intake, such as a low glycemic index diet, may be the best dietary strategy." At least they recognize that!
    1884 days ago
    Even today's pimply teenagers aren't immune. I read about a 10 year old with pre-diabetes! :(
    1884 days ago
    Good on you little sister....I hear a renewed motivation kicking into gear (must be the pullups!)

    I'm with you; fitness and health take planning, dedication, and commitment....and some mental toughness dealing setbacks....sounds like you've got plenty!

    I'm slowly becoming convinced that these successes take longer as we get older (actually it's a suspicion that those fairy tale success stories only apply to pimply teenagers who can eat what they want and not gain a pound). So we need patience and consistency cause it ain't gonna happen fast....but it is gonna happen!
    1884 days ago
    Yup, yup, and triple yup! Good blog - thanks!

    The one that resonates the most with me is "Never give up on your dream because of the length of time it will take to achieve it." And the important bit: "The time will pass anyway."

    It kind of relates to "A year from now you'll wish that you had started today." A year from now I might only be a tiny bit closer to my eventual goals than I am today, but I will be closer and "the time will pass anyway!"
    1884 days ago
    26 min - a blip in the radar YES! So often we overcomplicate ;)

    I choose the "keep going" path, today and always! Thanks for all the weekend fitspo & motivation!

    1884 days ago
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