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Move that Scale

Since the beginning of the year I’ve always been in some sort of weight loss challenge which is always a great motivator, I mean who doesn’t like a little friendly challenge amongst friends. While the competitive side always wants to win, my reality is I’ve already won because I’ve committed to the challenge. Well that’s partially true as I’ve been half-assing it lately and the scale has been my reminder. While I’ve got my desired weight loss goal set in stone I’m failing miserably as I watch the scale. Telling many in the past to not pay attention to the scale and watch for the visual changes, I feel as if those are slowing down considerably as well. Even with taking lunch, healthy snacks and my daily runs with the wife it’s becoming harder and harder so this is my official wake up call to myself. No longer will I procrastinate on running or even trying to finish my workout routine, which is my way of procrastinating on working out. I will also not be a slave to my sweet tooth and give into my desire to indulge. This will prove to be my ultimate test as my job is going to prove to be my biggest challenger due to the fact that on any given day you’ll find sweets flowing pretty much everywhere and we have our own soda fountain which is like 100ft from my office (my biggest weakness). With committing to working out and continuing my healthy meals, but watching the sweets I’ll move the scale in the right direction. This week was great for me as I managed to lose 2 pounds, which was great as the scale had been stuck at the same weight for about 3 weeks.

What motivates you to lose weight? How do you keep from falling off the wagon?

Stop The Scale

Those are three words I don’t really like but if I had to sum up in three words they’d be “stop the scale”. It seems as though I’ve hit my first plateau in my renewed weight loss journey, but I’m sure it’ll be a temporary one. I’ve weighed in for the past three weeks now at 228.8, which some may say maintaining is great but not what I’m looking to do currently. The question is how long will I be at this plateau? Many years ago I had the same issue while working out and managed to stay at the same weight for three months. Trips to the gym became more of a “chore” and “obsession” at the same time. Every trip to the gym would start with a weigh in and then I’d go off to do cardio for an hour generally ending back up on the scale. There were actually days I’d do this for hours and honestly it frustrated the hell out of me. While it took many changes both physically and mentally I finally conquered that plateau and continued on. Knowing this was actually mentally unhealthy for my weight loss, but still not able to control my actions. While maintaining is actually a great thing it can mess with you mentally and cause one to lose drive. Not exactly what I had in mind when trying to lose weight and I actually became obsessed with the scale at that point. I’ve had to take a step back to see what I can change as plateaus are usually your body’s way of adjusting to your lifestyle change. Whether it is by changing diet, exercise, or even both that’s what I’ve had to do in the past to beat the plateau. One thing is for sure….. This is the week that scale will move again. I’m just hoping it’s in the right direction.

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Have you ever hit a plateau when dieting or working out? How did you conquer your plateau?

New Beginnings

Back in December I covered some of my New Year’s Resolutions and I’m going to commit to yet another one on this day. Today gave me some insight into my current state of cardio. The wife and I went and ran/walked the Memorial Causeway in preparation for her upcoming Iron Girl Half Marathon next month and boy was it an eye opener for me. I remember three years ago when doing boot camp three times a week I could run from one end to the other but not today. I got about halfway over and had to stop as I was winded and needed a break. I know inclines have the ability to change things but I was totally unprepared for what I ran into this morning. As an individual who plays paintball there are a few key pieces to the puzzle and cardio is definitely one of them. I’ve had several guys from Tampa bay Damage a professional paintball team constantly remind me of this fact on several occasions. Even in their off season they’re constantly training and preparing the next season. I talked about this in January, so I’m committing again right now publically to make more of an effort to improve myself physically and mentally on and off the field for my 2013. I know I’m off to a late start, but after all it’s never too late to start something new.

 

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What New Years Resolutions have you not acted on yet? What’s been holding you back?

The Weighting Game

 

A few months ago the wife and I joined up with a bunch of others for friendly little weight loss challenge. The thought of competition seems to light a fire under me, well at least most of the time. This time seems to be a bit different for me as I’m struggling a bit more than usual. Where I’m normally motivated by the smell of victory, I can’t help but think to myself “why bother”? While my numbers have been smaller I’ve started to notice changes physically and others have noticed as well. See I’m usually a numbers person when it comes to weight loss and I tend to obsess over them and are usually my downfall. Reaching the halfway point I’ve found myself giving into temptation with the stressful week I’ve had. It’s no secret that my weaknesses are chocolate and peanut butter, which around this year turn into Reese’s peanut butter eggs. The other day while dealing with a ton of stress I found myself at the store and purchasing those evil little eggs (which to make matters worse they were BOGO). Here it is the end of the week and I’m set to weigh in but those two bags of eggs are nowhere to be found. Yes I ate them both and feel guilty as hell, but at the time it felt oh so good. My downfall when it comes to fitness is my sweet tooth and that’s usually what gets me into trouble. Coming home early Thursday and going for a nice walk was a nice surprise and my attempt at trying to keep from falling back into the egg trap. While I do still feel the urge to have one, I currently only have one (singular) in the house and that’ll be my reward for walk I did tonight. I’ve made a pact with myself to try and prevent that from happening again and only time will tell if I’m successful or not.

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What motivates you during weight loss challenges? Have you ever “Given in” to temptation and fallen off the wagon?

Breaking up is hard to do

Well after much deliberation and thought I’ve decided to call it quits. I’ve thought long and hard about it and there’s just no way around it. This weekend is officially the last weekend Starbucks and I will be together. I’ll make it a weekend treat from time to time, but the day of my regular visits are a thing of the past. It’s not the money, well maybe a little but more so what it doesn’t do for me. Weight loss and Starbucks go together like McDonalds and a Body Builder. So this weekend as I sit and relax while enjoying every last drink, I’ll also be thinking of how much money I’ll be saving and how much better I’ll be treating my body. A long conversation with someone who I feel has become a close friend after all the stories and laughs we’ve shared told me I need to find a way to curve the sweet tooth and kick my workout in the ass. So as of now it’ll just be a weekend treat.

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What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to say goodbye to? Has it managed to make it way back into your life?

My new obsession

I’ve determined over the years that I have an addictive personality when it comes to certain things. When I find something I’m into I tend to get to the point where I’m almost obsessed. My latest obsession is the scale, it is for this reason alone the wife and I don’t have one in our house. I’ll admit there are days that I’ll jump on the scale at work as many as three times in a single day. While I know this can be bad for motivation, I find myself drawn to that contraption that either makes us happy or can make us cry with the displaying of just a few little numbers. Keeping that in mind I find this obsession to be a love/hate relationship. I love it when the #’s are down, but hate it when my #’s are up. Often counter-productive and uncontrollable at times this seems to play head games with me and can alter my mood tremendously for better or worse.

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What is your latest obsession? Do you have an addictive personality as well?

Confusion and workouts

As part of my New Year’s Resolution I was to start working out again. While I’ve introduced cardio into my routine by walking with the wife it’s still not consistent. Sitting at work today I was thinking about what I wanted to do as far as working out and I’m totally confused. When working out previously I was doing boot camp three times a week and not focusing on heavy weight but more on losing weight. As I sit and look at my workouts prior to boot camp I was concentrating on building muscle. At the ripe old age of 40 I’m conflicted on where I want to go. On one hand I can stand to lose about 30 pounds which is my goal for the year but I’d also like to get in better physical condition.

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Diet has been key in weight loss for me as I’ve been lacking with the workouts. The wife is pretty good about keeping me in check in that aspect to insure weight loss. Snacks and sweets continue to tempt me at work and I occasionally give in but feel extremely guilty after the fact. That’s part of the battle but the harder part is motivation. Motivation and commitment to go to the gym and make the changes I’m wanting to but only I can make this happen.

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Workouts are the most confusing part for me at this point. I’ve spent the last four weeks looking over some of my old workout sheets and trying to figure out my course of action. Part of me wants to do three days a week like I was during boot camp and focus on weight loss. On the other hand I want to max out my time and do a six day workout schedule breaking up my body parts into three days and then repeating this twice a week. On the other hand I’m thinking five days a week with two days off is another option. I did the six day workouts and while I like the results I don’t think I was a very pleasant to deal with because I was always working out and somewhat miserable. I love the results but the constant work killed me mentally as well as physical. So I sit here conflicted on which route to go and need to make a choice soon.

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How many days a week do you work out? If you could go back and do it over would you choose the same path?

Setting visual goals

As part of my New Year’s Resolution I decided that I was going to lose weight. While I did have a number of pounds to lose I also chose an article of clothing for my goal. Not surprising but I chose a pair of paintball pants as my article of clothing. They were given to me as a gift by a friend who I consider family and that’s why they’re special. I could have very easily had them swapped for a size that fit, but they are my motivation pants so I kept them. The motivating part is in the fact that they are a medium/large (which is a 32 to 36 waist). See when I started playing paintball I started in XXL pants and over the past year I’ve been able to move down to an XL. While playing this past Sunday I noticed that my pants were getting loose so I decided to try on the medium/large pants that up until now I couldn’t get into. Much to my surprise I was not only able to get into them, but button them up and move around enough to possibly play in. While I may hold off on playing in them, it surely was encouraging to see that my goal is attainable. Finding motivation in any way shape or form is important to keep on the right track. In my case the scale has been moving slowly, but I can see it in my clothes and now my motivation pants.

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What goals did you set for yourself in 2013? How do you plan to measure your success as you go towards your goals?

I love a good challenge

About this time for the past few years my office usually does the “Biggest Loser” weight loss challenge but I was sad to find out they wouldn’t be doing it this year. A friend of the wife approached a group of people and asked if they’d be interested in doing something similar and I responded immediately with a yes. The challenge for me isn’t about winning or losing, but about achieving goals (with a little incentive at the end for the biggest loser). It’s about commitment, lifestyle changes, goals with rewards and all that drive our inner competitive nature to be the best that we can be. This particular challenge is health driven and those participating will be losing weight in a healthy manner. This is the best part as I’ve been in other contests where individuals have gone to the extremes and used diet pills or even dehydration to the point of being sick for several days after the competition. While these individuals may have won the competition, they failed the test. See, the objective was to make a healthy lifestyle change and stick to it. While they dropped the weight in record time, I’ve revisited those individuals and they have gained it back and then some. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to win, but the way I look at it is if you’ve committed to participate in the challenge then you’ve already won.

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Do you have plans for a healthier New Year? What changes have you made to make it happen?

New Year….. New Rules

With 2013 starting off on a positive note I’ve decided it’s time for some changes in my life. No longer will I allow others to dictate how I spend my time and I’ve decided to allow for more “me” time. This year will be filled with the things I love such as paintball, theme parks and plenty of fun times with friends. Last year I allowed my life to be dictated by others and this made for some pretty miserable times. With that being said I’m holding myself personally accountable for the following.

Family:

This year I’ll work on trying to deal with family in a better way. I’m fine with most of my immediate family; however there are a few that the relationship is strained between. I’ll do my part to try and rectify things, but it’s a two way street and I’m not going to put in 100% of the effort.

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Paintball:

2013 is the year of paintball for this guy and I’m committing to do at least three different scenario games. Whether they are at our local field, South Florida or even Georgia they are on my radar and I will pick at least 3. I missed out last year on a few events that I wished I had done, but time just didn’t allow for it. This year I won’t allow that to be a factor. I’ve made some good friends thru the sport and look forward to expanding and making even more friends who share this common interest in 2013.

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Fitness:

This year I’m committing myself to a fit life. No longer will I be a slave to the sweets and allow them to affect me physically or emotionally. This is important to me as it will help me pursue my paintball aspirations. I know last year I said I wanted to play at least one tournament and I think this will be my year to do so. In 2013 I’ll be devoting more time to a sport I truly love and fully support. For those I know who play as well I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming season.

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Relaxation:

I’m holding myself personally accountable for at least one fun day every two months. This could be a simple as a quiet day at the beach with my wife or visiting our favorite Theme park (Universal Studios) for some fun filled rides and excitement. Either way it’ll be about taking time away from work to spend with the wife, something we are both equally guilty of doing.

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Sleepy Blue

Charity:

With the year kicking into full gear already we’d like to spend more time doing charity work. This could literally be anything from helping out at Habitat for Humanity or even helping out with Toys for Tots. We’ll also be collecting bikes again for Jingle Bikes for Kids again. I was genuinely surprised at how few bikes they had to give out this past year.

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What changes have you vowed to make in your life for 2013? How do you plan to accomplish them?