The biggest revelation of knowledge that I received in my studies this week is that every time we step foot into a gym we need to know exactly what we are going to do. We need to know what exercises, how many reps, and how much weight we are going to do. We also need to know how long it should take. If we are not focused and know what to do we are wasting our time. We will mess around and do a few things with no exact meaning and either not get a good enough workout or over work a muscle that should be resting. Working out is like a science. If it is done correctly it can be very beneficial, but if done wrongly it can hurt you.
I have noticed a couple people ask me about how often I weigh in, so I am going to throw this new knowledge out there. You only want to weigh yourself once a week at the same time preferably with the same type of clothes on if not at home undressed. This way you are consistent and can get a accurate reading. You don't want to weigh after a workout one time and then before a workout the next time. It will look like you have gained weight. This goes back to the science in it. You have water weight so when you work out you sweat it out and you weigh less. This is what boxers and fighters do to get down to weight.
Another thing I recommend because it is working so well for me is the 5 to 6 small meals a day. It keeps your metabolism working the whole day and you burn up more of the food in your system. Every time your metabolism works it only burns up so much. This is different for everyone but if you are putting in too much at once the rest is stored as fat. You also don't want to eat to little because your body thinks it is starving and will store whatever fat it can get. If this is happening then your body will start to eat away at your muscle which is never good.
I recommend if you are looking to make a lifestyle change learn as much as you can. The more knowledge you have the more chance at success you have. I am here to help you with anything you may need. If you have questions let me know. I don't know a lot, but I have a lot of friends that do. Lol
Love you guys and have a blessed day.
You know it can be tough when you look at the big picture sometimes. I was thinking the other day that 260 pounds is a lot of weight. That is a huge mountain to climb, not too different than what it must be like to climb Mount Everest. Mount Everest is 29,092 feet above sea level. It has five camps along the way, which gives the climbers a chance to regroup and focus on the overall goal and to rest up and get ready for the next challenge that lies ahead of them. Also, if you want to climb Mount Everest you have to make plans in advance and strategize to make it happen. You do not wake up on a Monday and say, “Hey I think I am going to go and climb Mount Everest this weekend.” It takes strategy and a team of people to help make it happen. You have to put together a team who is going to help you get to the top.
What I have discovered with weight loss is that we have to do the exact same thing. If I look at my big challenge to lose 260 pounds to save my life it can get extremely discouraging sometimes. It can seem like an endless battle that I will never achieve. Five pounds a week, compared to 260, seems like it will never come and like it is not a big success when 5 pounds a week is actually really amazing. What I am doing is setting camps (goals) throughout my journey. My first goal was to get below 400 pounds. Now that I have achieved that my new goal is to get below 350 pounds. With setting goals along the way, it helps revive the overall goal and gives you a sense of achievement. No one will ever climb Mount Everest without stopping along the way to regroup and it is the same with weight loss. If you focus on the big picture and you try to do it without a plan you will not succeed.
We have to be focused on the next camp in our journey. That should be our only focus. I don't need to focus on a size 40 waist while I am still at a 50. I need to be focusing on a size 48 and then on a 46. It is easy to get discouraged when your camps are too far apart and you are starting to get malnourished because you have gone too long without rest or you end up going back to the bottom because you took on too much to handle. There is a lot we can learn from the journey to the top of Mount Everest that we can use in our every day life. Climbing that mountain is one of the toughest feats in the world. Living a healthy life is not nearly as tough and it can be done.
Surround yourself with a great team of people who have done it before you and want to see you succeed. Then put together a game plan and set up your camps along the way. And last but not least, use your experience to help others get to the top with you. It is life changing, and your experience will drive others to be better people and be more self conscious about their actions.
Love you guys and really hope that you got something out of this.
Tuesday started out on MIX102.9 and it was awesome. I had a lot of fun. I met all the DJ's and they were great people. They were very encouraging in my journey. They hooked my up with Fitness Instructor David Thompson with campdavefit.com and he is letting me come to his Boot Camps for free and that is a huge blessing. I then left the studio and went home and played tennis with my roommate Gil for about an hour and half. It was really hot that day so it was a great workout.
Wednesday I met with my trainer John and I weighed in and I lost another 4 pounds. I am up to 58 now for the year. Only 202 more pounds to go!
Thursday, and Friday were standard cardio days, and I burned a normal amount of calories.
Today I had my boot camp class with campdavefit.com and I have to say it was tough but it was awesome. He does it every Saturday morning for an hour. He only charges $20 on line and $25 the day of. He supplies everything but the water and a mat to lie on. It is an intense one-hour workout that will work your whole body. I was the least athletic one there but no one made me feel out of place and Dave helped me modify the workouts that I was not able to do. I had a lot of fun. He is also in a competition right now for Best of Big D in personal training. Everyone should go to his site and follow the link and vote. He is an amazing guy.
So the next few months I have a lot of stuff going on. I am going with the church to Colorado Springs for a youth trip. I am excited because I want to hit the trails and do some hiking. I will be able to burn some good calories there. I am also going home for a wedding, and then most importantly and what I am most excited about is that I am going to Tennessee for a three-day conference on weight loss. They are going to have 35 contestants from The Biggest Loser there giving advice and tips on weight loss. This is something that I think will be a huge step in my journey because it will allow me to be around people who have lost the weight. I want to be able to pick their brains. This is going to be an expensive trip, so I am asking that if there is anything you can do to help me reach this goal it will be greatly appreciated.
Last but not least, I got a job at OC Burgers and they are going to basically let me build my schedule to work around what I am doing and give me the time off to take the trips that I am taking. It is awesome all the stuff that is lining up into place. It is going to be great. I want to thank all of you for your support this past month. All the encouragement means a lot to me. I don't have a lot of family and it can get lonely sometimes and just knowing that you guys care about me pushes me. Don't get me wrong the family I do have is amazing, but there are very few of us left. The words you guys say really mean a lot to me.
Have a great week and remember if you are inspired to lose weight let me know how you are doing and I can put your progress up on the board.
I did not believe any of this until yesterday. Before I always thought I was just week and didn't have the will power to be successful. But yesterday I went through a real funk. It started off as missing my parents and then turned into being mad at them for not taking care of them selves and teaching me the correct eating and working out habits to be successful and then moved into a happiness this morning because it made me realize all that I was going through right now is because of what my parents taught me. I realized that because I am changing my future, my kids will not have to go through what I am going through right now. They are going to have healthy parents who will teach them good habits.
I know that it is good to focus on the good memories which is what I do most of the time. My parents were two of the most interesting, odd, crazy, loving, fun, spontaneous, caring, generous, and faithful persons to walk the earth. I am very grateful for the time I did have with them. I guess my point today is that we sometimes need to focus on what they did wrong and use it to make you stronger and to teach you what to do right. I am grateful now for everything they did do and everything they didn't do. It would have been easier if they had taught me good eating habits but it is making me a stronger man to learn them on my own because now I will never forget them and I will be able to use this to help many people in the future. I want to use it to help parents who are making the same mistakes change so there kids do not have to lose both their parents while they are still in their early 20's.
I love you guys ant thank you for all that you are doing for me. Thank you for your donations, your prayers and last but not least your motivation. It is forcing me to face the future and I am doing it with my head up getting ready for a bright future.
I am going to add a new thing to the sight. I want to start keeping track of how much weight we are losing as a group. Let me know each week as you weigh in and I am going to do a running total of the weight you have lost. I am really excited at all the people who want to be healthy.
Also I want to play basketball Saturday morning. So if you are interested let me know and we will get a group together and play. If we don’t get enough we can play tennis. We will be at BBR in the morning playing Tennis at 7am. You should come out and join us. We will be there till 9:30. Have a blessed day.
I am starting to feel a lot better and can tell that I am getting more energy. I played Tennis with my boy Seth on Tuesday mooring for an hour and I had a lot more energy that I normally would. We played for an hour and then I rode my bike for 30 minutes. And today I worked out with John (trainer) for an hour and then I did water aerobics for another hour and swam for 30 minutes.
My last day at Dunkin in May 29th and I have a couple of things lined up one is definite and the other is the one I am hoping for. Either way they are both part time and will allow me to focus more on losing weight.
For those of you who will be sponsoring me that is when I will start to need the money. I have been keeping the money I have gotten so far in Paypal or my bank account. I did purchase 10 more sessions with John. I am meeting with him once a week so he can push me and help me with all my goals. I have paid up my cell phone bill for five months and my insurance is paid up till December. I am trying to get as much done as possible while I still have a full time job. Through all of this my goal is to be as transparent as possible. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I want to be held accountable.
So starting next week we are going to start scheduling some events to get everyone involved. One of my main goals it to help get my friends in shape along with me. It will also help push me and make my journey a lot more fun. So if the weather allows it we will start playing Tennis on Tue and Thu mornings starting at 7am and play till around 9 to 9:30. People can come and go as they please and stay as long as they want. I will stay till around 9:30 and then head to the gym afterwards. This is just one of the ways I want to get everyone involved. If you have any ideas or have something you would like us do let me know and we can schedule a time for it.
Thank you guys so much for your support through all this. All the encouraging words and prayers are huge. Love you and hope you are having a blessed day.
Overall things are going great. I am getting some sponsors. I still need a lot more but God is opening up doors left and right to make this stuff happen. I am looking for a part time job so if you here of anything let me know. I want to get into a positive work environment out of all day temptation at a donuts shop which I still have not touched since I started the program. I will rule at the temptations on The Biggest Loser. Lol Thank you guys so much for your support and your prayers. Have a blessed week.
Also tonight we are going out to TCC in Hurst and playing Tennis at 8pm if anyone wants to come. I have a few extra rackets if you want to come.
What I mean by this is I had come to a point to where I was just existing. I had lost the drive to become great and that scared me. I would go to work and then come home and watch TV or just hang out on the computer. Also I had let my self image get so low that I didn't see myself worthy of being great or accomplishing anything worth while. I had let myself be broken by what society thinks is successful or beautiful.
I want to let you know that we are all beautiful. God showed me through revelation on the next few days, that no matter how we look or where we come from we are all beautiful and special in the eye's of God. We have to get to where we are happy with our self based on who God wants us to be and not what we think the world wants us to be.
Health and being fat is a whole different story. Our bodies are a living Temple for God so we must take care of them. This is something that I have been in denial for years. If yo don't love who you are as a person you will never be able to succeed because you will never feel worthy. Your self image will drive you to become who you want to be. It is driving me to become a better person and achieve the goals that I am going after because I know I deserve it. I didn't feel worthy enough to focus on myself for years but now I know that I am worthy and I owe to God. So are you. God loves you and you are beautiful the way you are but you owe it to yourself to be healthy. Chose to live.
I will weigh in tomorrow and will post my results. Have a great day.
I met with John (Trainer) and Aunt Susan at the Keller 24 hour fitness. She purchased me the new Bodybugg and the wrist watch that goes with it. He set me up on a 1,800 to 2,000 calorie diet and set my daily goal to burn 4,500 calories which I have done every day since I got the Bodybugg. After that I hit the weights and walked a mile on the treadmill. It was a good workout.
I worked in the morning and then as soon as I got off I went home and changed and the headed out to be on the Angie Strader Show on Wishuponahero.com. It went really well and had some viewer feedback and was able to get a lot of encouragement out of the show. I did not get a workout in with all the stuff going on but I still burned 4,800 calories for the day.
I had a steady day at work and then when I got off work I headed out to the Keller 24 hour to sign up for lessons with John. I will work out with him on Wednesday mornings at 8am. I then got on the treadmill with plans to walk a mile but after I finished the first mile I still felt great so I walked a second mile. I was still feeling pretty good so I decided to keep going. I walked 3.1 miles (5K) and burned over 900 calories in one hour. I felt great and could have gone longer but my feet were starting to hurt. I ended the day with over 5,800 calories burned.
We had an extremely busy day at work and as soon as I got off I headed straight for the gym. I was already tired from work once I got their but I was determined to get in some kind of a workout. I did 2 miles on the bike and a mile on the treadmill. I then went and sat in the sauna for 15 minutes and then went home to go to bed. I did not get a great workout in but I still burnt 5,600 calories for the day.
Each day so far I have kept my caloric intake under my goal of 2,000 calories. The best part is that it isn’t that hard to do because when you are eating healthy 2,000 calories is a lot of food. It is hard working at the donut shop but so far I am on day 4 without sugar, soft drinks, fast food, or anything fried. I will be working and totally forget that I am doing this and start to grab a donut and then remind myself of the bigger picture and I win the battle. I know that my overall goal is more important than a temporary satisfaction. It is not like most of the bad stuff really tastes good; it is just that my taste buds had gotten used to it. Water starts to taste good once you get used to drinking it.
What makes it easiest for me is Tuna, because I love tuna. I have been getting up in the mornings and having cornflakes for breakfast with 2% Milk and then at work for a snack I am eating some fruit. I am mixing it up with bananas, oranges, apples, pears, and strawberries. Also for my snack I will eat a Yoplait light yogurt. Then a few hours later for lunch I will eat a tuna sandwich. Then I will have a protein shake for my second snack and end dinner with some steamed chicken breast and some steamed vegetables. Overall it is a lot of food and actually taste pretty good. I am getting my balance of proteins, carbs, and fat. My goal is to learn as much about nutrition as I can over the next year so once I get to where I am healthy I can use it to help others.
Have a blessed day and let me know if you want to get together and work out with me.