This Getting in shape thing is tough. I know, let’s blog about how tough it is!
This week I attempted to do some nutritional experimentation to get ready for an all out assault on my own fitness goals for this year. What has taken me so long? Well, in a previous blog, I indicated I was taking my time in this process. I wanted to sort out and try a few things. I wanted to make sure my life could handle the stress test of getting health.
This past week I stress tested my nutrition plan to make sure that I understood the bumps in the road a bit before I decided to put the full fledged plan into action. What does that mean? I wanted to try and focus on just eating healthy without needing to complete a weigh in or measurement on the table. So, essentially I tried to follow my guidelines (Slow Carb is the plan, by the way) and determined where I found difficulty following the plan.
This may seem like a stall. I decided to take another week before I started REALLY following the plan, etc. etc. I assure it was not. I have attempted to hit the ground running with a lot of dietary plans over the years, and within the week I am back to my old eating habits. So, I decided to try and follow the plan and track where things went off the rails. This proved to be a valuable exercise as now I have to plan around those events more cautiously.
For example, on Thursdays I have this appointment that requires me to drive across town, meet for an hour, and then drive across town back. It occurs right around lunch, and in my rush to get back to the office, I often stop at a drive thru to grab a bite. This is a great example of poor planning. On the days, where I have this appointment, I should make sure I have a lunch prepared that I can eat either before or after I return from the appointment.
That was what the stress test told me. I showed me the points where my plan would falter, so I could prepare for that ahead of time. This week! We go LIVE!
This is the year 2016. While I have been trying to find a healthier lifestyle since 2007, it feels like I have been doing the New Years Resolution thing for a ga-jillion years. Once or twice I actually made progress.
Going in to 2016 I had to have a good hard long talk with myself. I asked a few hard questions? Am I healthy? No. Am I physically fit? No. Why? …. um… yeah.
Why? What is it that keeps me entrenched in my own failure? Failure may seem like a harsh way to look at it, but let’s be honest, if you are not meeting your goals, you are failing, and failure is okay. You learn from failure. So, what have I learned.
Schedule is too busy? Probably. Don’t buy great food? Yes and No, home pantry is well stocked, it’s the eating out that kills me. Time to talk care of myself? Oh, shit, what’s time?
And so there is the excuses of a lot of folks in my position. Over-weight, over-worked, and over-whelmed. So, I decided to NOT do the same thing I have done every year. I decided to NOT create this incredible life changing plan that left me exhausted by Day 3. Sorry Tony Horton, I can’t keep up with the Crazy 6 day a week work out schedule. I just don’t think I am a 0 to 60 in one day kind of guy.
Every year, I start out too ambitiously. I try to exercise, change my diet, blog every day, track progress, log meals… oh Lord, it’s a full time job. How about I start simpler. How about I start with some healthy habits first, then we can start building? How about I create a mentality of intention before enacting some huge plan.
Let’s just try to form a few healthy habits.
- Drink (2) Glasses of Water before I go to work, and all the required water each day.
- Walk or Ride My Bike Once a Week.
- Start writing a journal every day.
That’s a lot slower, but it’s doable. Here I’m forming a habit about what I’m putting in my body. I am integrating exercise back into my weekly routine, and I am getting used to the idea of daily tracking.
This is what January Looked like. And for the most part it worked. I have no idea how much I weigh or measurements or any of that, but I’ll kick that off this weekend. And next week we start working in MORE healthy habits.
My Journey towards a healthier me begins slowly and intentionally.
Label it Failure. Why not? I had those wonderful good intentions, and this blog is a graveyard of good intentions and clean starts, followed by the eventual confession of failure. I started the #BlizzconSlimdown in April, and it started off very well. I dropped some weight, was re-focused and felt good about thing through May.
Then crazy happened. June and July were wastelands of stress and exhileration and a pace of life I find myself woefully regretting, becasue that break neck speed swallowed my focus. It swallowed my drive, and it distracted me with excuses and empty promises. It cost me. It cost me time and committment, but then suddenly I came out the other end and realized with regret, that I lost about two and a half months. So… we move on. We re-group. We re-focus.
A well intentioned follower on twitter told me to not sweat it. Why was I trying to lose weight by Blizzcon? I didn’t have anyone to impress. What a lovely thing to say. Really, that’s great to hear that people will accept you no matter what. I own this is my own issue though. It’s my problem, and it’s not that I want to impress people with a sweet six pack of abs. I just simply want to be LIGHTER.
Last Blizzcon I came home on Friday night, completey spent, exhausted, tired. I had gone hard from 7am – 12pm and I was feeling every bit of it. I strolled into Blizzcon at 299 lbs. Big for me. I could feel everyone of those extra 99 lbs from my ideal weight. This year committments look to be the same if not worse. I cannot walk in there at a near 300 lbs again.
I have to drop some weight. Time to re-group, again. I have been eating Slow Carb now this week and last week. I have started doing DDP Yoga again and incorporating walks and swimming 2 – 3 times a week. We make mistakes, we move on, we get better.
That is the Goal. I am hopeful. Stats tomorrow.
Fear NOT Blizzard Fans. While Blizzard may have pooped in your soup yesterday with their news that Flying may never return to future Blizzard Expansions, I bring you good tidings of Joy! The #BlizzconSlimdown keeps on rolling down he track! This week really good progress was made for me personally! Despite an already documented disaster, I recovered nutritionally and delivered another drop on the ole’ scale. I also finally kickstarted another phase of the #BlizzconSlimdown! Let’s get to the stats! Four weeks in, and we’re doing fine!
- Weight 302.9 (Down 2 lbs)
- Chest 50 inches (no change)
- Waist 52 inches (no change)
- Hips 46 inches (no change)
- Thighs 29 inches (down .5 inches)
- Biceps 17 inches (down 1 inch)
- Neck 17 inches (no change)
- Calves 18 inches (no change)
- Body Fat 31.87%. (up .16%)
So, I’m down 2 lbs and 1.5 total inches across my body. Since the Body Fat % stayed mostly the same you could say I lost only minimal body fat. I choose to see progress! This now means tht I’ve dropped 6 lbs in about three weeks. A good steady drop in weight. My goal was to try an maintain pace of 2 lbs dropped a week, and I seem to be getting there!
This week I added more exercise as I fired back up on #DDPYoga! DDP Yoga is kind of a combination of Body Resistance Training with Cardio and Yoga. It’s not a pure yoga, but it’s a great workout. And what I need to do is focus on flexibility and health now that I’m pushing into my late 30’s. My Power Lifting Days are well behind me. I picked up on the DDP Yoga Intermediate Schedule. So, I’ve completed Week 1, and I’m excited about it! I’ll be adding a day of crossfit & kettlebells as well. I’d like to get an exercise Bike to have at the house, but I really cannot afford it. However, I need a little extra cardio as well.
These are things to work towards though. This next week, I stick to DDP Yoga and (1) extra session of Crossfit / Kettlebells and see how this builds! I’d love to break the 300lbs Barrier this week! That’s my ‘stretch goal’. Oh, and I saw BOB on Friday. So, I’ll be writing a piece about taking care of your body as you transform it, and how that often times is painful. Pain is a part of this process. You cannot over-look it!
Let’s talk about Failure. As I said on my last #StatsDay post, I have become a bit more forgiving of myself for fairly significant mistakes while trying to maintain a more healthy lifestyle. When creating my former regiments, I made the mistake of setting unrealistic expectations for my ‘performance’, and thus I would often beat myself up mentally when I made a mistake, missed a work out or had a mid-weak cheat. My plans previously looked like this.
- Follow Diet Program X Perfectly six days a week with one to two Cheat Meals on the 7th Day
- Exercise Six Days a Week
- Drink Preciisely 150 oz of Water
- Stay Postive All the Time!
How feasible does this sound to you? At the time, I thought it was PERFECTLY logical! Set high expectations! Shoot for the Moon, because if you falter you’ll hit the stars! Even if you manage to get through week 1 with those expectations, you will burn out by week three. Perhaps, I should be more specific. If you are like me, you will burn out by week three. So, what do we do? Give up? Hell, No! We just need to have a healthier attitude towards failure. Setting goals and creating schedules is great. It’s helpful to put you in the ballpark of where you want to go. However, Goals or at least failing to attain goals, can also lead us to over-look progress.
Take my goal. I want to lose 50lbs by the First Weekend in November. Now, if I only hit 90% of that goal, I will have lost 45lbs. If I hit only 50% of that goal, I will have lost 25lbs. That is all still progress. The point I am trying to make is simple. When we set big goals and we encounter failure we have to evaluate the failure, instead of mourning it. Morning it can result in shame spirals and before you know it, you’ve given back the 5 lbs you lost and you are at square one. However, if you step on the scale for your weigh in and you see you gained a pound. Stop. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath and say, “Well, I failed this week.” Then examine your week and determine what was different that may have hurt you. Then change it.
I had a big failure this week. It happened yesterday. I ate two donuts. Yep two donuts were consumed. You would think after donut one, I would have stopped myself, but then I saw that Apple Fritter, and we all know what happened next. So, what did I do? I assessed my problem. I could have avoided the donut box probably all day. I chose not to avoid it. That was the mistake. I have to adjust for next time.
Will this day of failure affect my stats at week’s end? Probably, but all I can do is adjust for next time. And that is my philosphy for this version of the Spare Tire Project. Focus on the moment, not the end result. Make choices that are positive and pat myself on the back for the times I do succeed and allow those moments of success to grow into the norm. My new plan looks like this:
- Eat Whole Organic Foods when feasible
- Move and Exercise when feasible
- Sleep more
- Be Gracious to yourself.
That last bit is important. You need to be good to yourself and forgive yourself for the mis-steps. Essentially, that is what livign a healthy and fit lifestyle is about, being good to yourself.