Time to Get Real – Week of March 27

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I don’t remember it being this hard last time.

Of course, I’m 7 years older than last time.

But I made the changes I wanted to make.  I worked out six times in five days.  I worked out every single day of the week.  Including this morning.  I charted my food and stayed on track all week.

My pants are looser now than they were at the beginning of the week.

But the number this morning didn’t budge.  Actually it moved slightly but it wasn’t significant and it was in the wrong direction.

Sigh.

It’s tough when so many positives get colored by a single item that doesn’t work.

My body is making adjustments.  I just need to keep working in the direction I’m moving.  The weather is getting better so I can get outside and moving more often.  The bike will be coming out next week.

I’m not done.  I’m not giving up.  I will make this change.

The Goal

My resolution remains :

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good.

 

The next milestone is getting back below 195.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

199.2 pounds

Weight Change this week – +0.6 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date – 5.8 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/30

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Time to Get Real – Week of March 20

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Several things went wrong last week.

I’m late posting because I spent three days last week without Internet services.  Also it makes tracking steps with my Fitbit difficult.  Not a good week.

Plus my weight went back up.

Incredibly frustrated.  Just beyond expression.

The difference between this time and the time that worked was the exercise.  So it’s time to stop kidding myself.

New gym routine plus the weather is better so I can get outside.

Just frustrated.

And angry.

Gotta change.

Will change.

That’s a promise.

The Goal

My resolution remains :

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good.

 

The next milestone is getting back below 195.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

198.6 pounds

Weight Change this week – +1.2 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date – 6.4 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/30

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Creativity and Myths

Without thinking about it till I was well into adulthood I have always had a creative side.  Acting out stories, making them up to amuse myself, singing, acting, a little sketching now and then were all ways that I was expressing that creative desire in myself.

I’ve been blessed to be around a lot of creative people in my life who have inspired me and encouraged me in my own efforts.

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Along the way I’ve run into two things that my experience says are common to creative people.

The first are those folks who look at what I do and say “Oh, I wish I could do that/be creative”, and those days when it seems like I’m just missing some small part that will finally let me be creative.  What I’ve learned over the years is that both of those are myths.

A couple weeks back I came across this article on one of my favorite blogs, Lifehacker, “Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing”  by Jory MacKay.  I thought it crystalized a lot of what I believe about creativity even as it pointed out myths I still haven’t quite gotten left behind yet.

Points 1 and 3 go primarily to the wishful folk, that you have to be born creative and that creativity can not be learned.  Genius may be inborn but most of the rest is technique.  Look at virtually any child and watch them create with abandon.  That creative impulse tends to ground down in us but I believe it is always there.  We also want to believe that somehow creativity is effortless.  I’ll pause now while most creative people laugh hysterically.

The other points, You can’t control inspiration, the Lone Creator, and Creativity is only for those with Time and Means, address myths that insist on trying to stop those of us who have decided to give it a go.   MacKay offers some very sound basis for the points made and I mean to keep reading this article till the points all sink in.

In the meantime, I’m going to get about the work of being creative.

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Time to Get Real – Week of March 13

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The week felt good but the number wasn’t what I expected.

The number didn’t go up so it was effectively I just had a “hold” week.  That’s not bad but not what I am hoping to do each week.

Last week a friend made a comment about measuring my weight loss through inches rather than pounds.  That’s a legitimate idea.  As our bodies change it’s not always a clean line with weight loss.  For example, this week felt really good despite the fact that I didn’t drop a lot of weight.  Why?  Because my clothes were decidedly looser, especially the pants.  That means my waist dimension dropped.  So I feel better about myself, which in the long run helps me maintain my discipline moving forward.

Of course it also occurred to me that when I get to goal weight these current pants will be my “fat pants”.  So the fact that these pants are looser is good but fitting into this set isn’t the goal.  It’s the next set.

So I’ll take this as a positive week.

The Goal

My resolution remains :

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good.

 

The next milestone is getting back below 195.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

197.4 pounds

Weight Change this week – -0.2 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date – 7.6 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/30

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Time to Get Real – Week of March 6

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The work continues.

My first reaction was negative.  I only lost a pound.

That’s just dumb.  My goal is a pound to two pounds a week.  So I achieved the goal.  I’m one step closer to the next milestone I’m working on.  I increased the number of days in the gym.  I charted my food and stayed at or below my daily numbers six out of seven days.  I only went a couple hundred over on that other day.

Heck, I can actualy wear something other than the fat pants.  They’re a little snug but I’m not in pain any more.

But I want this all fixed NOW, despite the fact that I know that’s not how it works.  A pound or two a week.  At that rate it’s about 22 weeks to my goal.  Right around five months.  Mid- summer.  Nice.

One of the things I’m trying to focus on right now is water consumption.  There’s a whole raft of benefits from drinking enough water but here’s another upside.  It keeps me feeling full and therefore less inclined to snack.

The Goal

My resolution remains :

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good.

 

The next milestone is getting back below 195.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

197.6 pounds

Weight Change this week – -0.8 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date – 7.4 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/30

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Creativity, Return of?

If you scroll waaaaaaay back to the beginning of this blog you’ll see I intended this as a place to play with my creative projects.  Then there was a short period of time when it was about travels, wine and beer.  A time of creativity-illo-2posts about finding a new job.  As of the last several months it has become strictly my weight loss blog.  I will certainly continue to blog on Fridays about that process but I do want to expand the breadth of topics again.  Eventually I will get back to my weight goal and then what will I do?  Endless weeks (I hope) of recording how I’m maintaining my new weight?  Don’t know about you but that would bore the snot out of me.

So I will start adding some other posts to the blog once again.  I am still exploring the greater RVA area.  Once the weather warms I think I’ll have lots to add there.  I’ve visited several eating spots that I would love to share.  Biking weather feels like it’s not too far off so we can explore there as well.  Perhaps the occasional jot on beer and wine as well.

But I really want to get back to that “creativity” thing.  As with my health journey, my creative energy ebbs and flows.  One of the ways to channel that is to be more intentional about it and writing about it (guitar and music, various “little projects” and, oh yes, my writing) is a way of being more intentional.

Creativity is something that has always been a part of me.  It expresses itself mostly in some form of storytelling, verbal (oral or written), visual (photography, drawing, acting), musical or in crafting things (I’m not sure how else to express that.  Examples to come).  In my experience I am happiest when some part of my life is being creative.

I suppose that’s something else I should note.  I do not believe that creativity is something that is apart from life.  At its best is always a part of life.  Creativity can be integrated into virtually any part of life.  At least, that is my experience.

For the moment let’s make that enough said.  But I’ll be back to this, I promise.

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Time to Get Real – Week of February 27

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OK, better.

I can’t settle, I’m still a LONG way away from my goal.  But I’ve started in the right direction.

Again.  Sigh.  LOL.

This week saw an uptick on exercise.  Still have room to improve but headed in the right direction.  Food was much better.  This whole logging food thing is a pain in the butt but it works.  It keeps me focused, insures that what I eat is something that is INTENTIONAL.  That makes a huge difference.  (I use MyFitnessPal because it offers both online and app access PLUS it can be linked to my Fitbit.  I know I’ve mentioned this before but there are some new readers showing up)

So a week where I lost over 2 pounds is a good week.  I need to focus on that rather than the overall number right now.  That overall number isn’t where I want it.  Of course, that’s why we’re doing this.  So, no let up.  Keep focused this week.  Bump up that exercise.  Warmer temperatures are just around the corner so I can do more walking and break out the bicycle too.

Good week.  Good week. Good week.  That’s what I’m thinking this week.

The Goal

My resolution remains :

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good.

The Kid looked at some photos from back then and it took a minute to realize it was me.  That makes me sad and mad (at myself, not her!)

The next milestone is getting back below 195.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

198.4 pounds

Weight Change this week – -2.4 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date – 6.6 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/30

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