Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

A New Goal..A New Plan

I have to remember that this is a journey I am on. There are times when I wonder if I will reach my goal. Sometimes I wonder what my goals really are. Sometimes I wonder if I am on the right path. Then something inspires me, or have and epiphany and it all makes sense again.

This time I realized that I am on a journey to true fitness. I am not just trying to lose weight, although I am enjoying that part of it, but but I am actually growing as a person through all of this.

I am learning new skills, creating new relationships, and learning about myself more and more every day. I learn more about what kind of person I am. What motivates me. What I care about most.

In fact what I care about changes often. For example, I am leaning more about nutrition and supplementation. I am not interested in having a beer with the boys, if you know what I mean. I can’t stand to sit in a smokey bar or restaurant anymore. It literally hurts me.

I am learning how to run. Actually how to run properly. How to pace myself. How to enjoy the time I am spending doing it. I am learning how to strike properly, etc…

This journey is about getting healthy again. That means cleaning up the things in my life that make me unhealthy. My environment, not just recycling, but my home, my car, my office. Looking at the products I use, changing the air filters, etc…

It also means understanding what I put into my body. The food I eat, trying to eat more whole and natural foods. Learning more about nutrition and changing my eating routine.

And of course there is the exercising. Besides running, like taking different classes,and trying different workouts. Kickboxing, MMA conditioning, Spin, Yoga, Cardio Max, etc… By trying different classes and workouts I learn more about me. I learn more about what I like, what tools I have that can help me achieve my goals.

All of this leads to the fact that through all of this exploration and experimentation I am changing my lifestyle forever. I am growing as a person, and will never be the same man I was when I started. So the journey never ends, and there will be many new goals along the way. That’s the point!

Pushing through barriers….

Have you ever set a goal? Have you ever had problems achieving that goal?  What did you do to break through it?

In fitness you hear the term plateau thrown around often.  Usually it refers to losing fat or gaining muscle. However, it can also refer to performance.  (No Enzyte necessary, it wouldn’t help here anyway)  Seriously, I have had this problem getting myself to run for longer than 10 minutes on the treadmill.  Part of that is because I hate running, or at least I used to.  The other part is purely mental.

Well, I have broken through that by warming up with a run.  I raise the incline a bit, and push the speed up.  As I am running I remember that I am not afraid to breath heavy.  My heart will not stop (hopefully). And the pain in my legs is subjective. I recite, ” My mind will quite before my body”.  It helps.  I also find anything I can to take my atention away form running.

Before you know it my warm up is done, and I am on to the real workout.  What’s great about that is that now my muscles are really going to get worked.  I start with lunges or squats, or both.  Then I start to incorporate my upper body. I pretty much work legs every day to build stamina. I just don’t focus on them every day.

So the point to all of this is simply this. Do the thing you hate the most, first. Push yourself hard in the beginning to break through that plateau, that glass ceiling. By doing this, you might find out your weakness becomes your strength.

Now, I would love to hear what other people do to break through their glass ceiling.  Are you sicking to your plan this year?  Are you letting life keep you from being successful?  Time is shrinking every day, get to work!

The pros and cons of weight loss vs. muscle gain

Sundays are my day off. I weighed myself… and was crushed to find I have only lost 1 pound… in an entire week. I had to remind myself that this is not going to happen all at once and that process is gradual. This is especially important considering I am doing bootcamp and building muscle mass so even though my weight is not down, my body composition is changing.

This change was noticeable when I put on a pair of dress pants that previously were snug and now they are almost too big.. And I have one belt where I am on the last notch.

SO, moral of the story, NOT all progress is accurately reflected in what the scale says, although my goal IS to lose 40 pounds by Christmas.

After dealing with the emotional issues of the scale not reflecting a lower weight, I still feel I made significant progress this week and my experience with my pants confirmed that.