DairyKing's Journal, 06 February 2013

Good Morning, FS Warriors!

Going to be in the 40's today! Yay! I am already getting that spring fever. I'm starting to feel much better since I've started back up on my run/walk program. I'm even considering signing up for another 5K in May. If I do run one in May, my goal will just be to run the whole race, and not worry about speed. I'll save my energy for the 5 minute mile pace later this year. :D

I warn you in advance. I am feeling abundantly verbose today. If you choose to read the following, you might want to grab a cup of coffee or tea and make yourself comfortable.

Attention, all Yo-Yo Dieters. Yeah, you know who you are - about 99% of us on here. For those having been fortunate enough to reach your goals - more than once - haven't you ever just sat and wondered why it is that history continues to repeat itself? I know I have. And, I'm pretty sure I know why. It's all about what motivates us to lose the weight in the first place. For me, it was always to pass, and even excel, at the semi-annual military PT (Performance Test) Test. For one woman, it may be to get in that size 6 dress, or the guy that wants to get back in a size 34 waist for the next high school reunion. How about looking good in that swimsuit for the beach this summer? What do all of these goals have in common? Exactly; they are all temporal goals. What happens after you get there? Some continue to make short term goals that drive them until they run out of goals, and then they go from an orchid to an hydrangea. All I'm saying is this: take the time - as long as it takes - to identify the deeper, more eternally meaningful reason for losing weight. It may be that you need to lose the weight, for health reasons, just to survive. However, having taught leadership classes, I have identified a number of different things that motivate people, and fear is one of them, but it is typically a factor that only motivates a person for so long before they throw in the towel. Think about what the benefit of having a good healthy body would give you. Would you like to run like a gazelle just for the fun of it whenever you felt like it? Would it make for a more intimate relationship in your marriage? Would you like not to get out of breath when you go up the stairs, or be able to toss your grandkids up in the air into your old age? If you're always in pain, wouldn't you be in less pain if you were to lose weight? There are lots of things I can think of, but each person really owes it to themselves to really think about this. Short term goals are great and necessary, but they should be stepping stones to a more eternal goal, and you should reward yourself for reaching each of those short term goals. If you don't look like Cindy Crawford when you're fat, you're not going to look like her when you lose the weight. Have realistic short and long term goals. For example, I really enjoy running and swimming. I am probably 60 pounds overweight. Have you ever seen 30 lb. bags of dog food. Right now, when I run, it's like carrying a 30 lb. bag of dog food over each shoulder. I don't feel like a gazelle when I run. I don't want to be one of those old people that when they gather at the restaurant, they talk about having gas, constipation, and how their joints ache. Even now, when I gather with people like that, I change the subject to something more positive. A merry heart does good like a medicine. You are the biggest obstacle to what you can achieve. You have to believe to achieve. And in order to believe, you have to think about what it is that you really want to achieve and why. IMHO.

I hope this helps someone. I think it helps me, just writing it down.

Toodles!

Diet Calendar Entries for 06 February 2013:
1893 kcal Fat: 66.86g | Prot: 101.69g | Carb: 225.47g.   Breakfast: vanilla yogurt, granola, blueberries, orange juice, pineapple, coffee brewed, Non-Dairy Creamer. Lunch: white rice, diet dr pepper, chicken breast. Dinner: spaghetti with meat, diet coke. Snacks/Other: Non Dairy Creamer, hard boiled eggs, rice cake, coffee brewed , diet coke. more...
2926 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 30 minutes, Running (jogging) - 5/mph - 10 minutes, Resting - 18 hours and 20 minutes, Sleeping - 5 hours. more...
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Interesting journal today (as usual). I wonder if it would help if we changed our goal from losing weight to being healthy (any weight lost would be a beneficial side effect of healthy eating).  
06 Feb 13 by member: BuffyBear
Happily reading your journal so as to procrastinate getting work done :) Your comments are so very true... I struggle a lot with the long term goals. No hurry on things... I make excuses... we all do. My current one - I'm hoping to have kids soon so what's the big deal I'm gonna ruin my body anyways and I can fix it later. LOL.  
06 Feb 13 by member: Bkeller1023
To Bkeller - learn from my mistake - there is no fixing it later!  
06 Feb 13 by member: BuffyBear
Dianne, you're a trip! [Do they still say that nowadays?] Anyway, I see some women on TV in bikinis that have had 4 or 5 children, and still look like beach body bimbos. I don't think having children dooms your body to a hopeless blob. I think you just have to be even more health conscious while you're pregnant - healthy food, exercise and creams for the skin. You can do it! And Buffy, I think you're right. Losing weight is like a negative motivation; becoming healthy is a positive one - and every pound does make a big difference. I showed a picture of a pound of fat in one of my Moderation Motivation posts; I think 1 lb. of fat was the size of a coffee cup. 
06 Feb 13 by member: DairyKing
:-). I have to admit to skipping the last paragraph BUT.... Got hooked on the 'potential" 5K .... :-) 
06 Feb 13 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
BKeller- Do it now and stick with it. Last time I got pregnant I said o well I am going to get big anyway and ate what I wanted. That also equaled starting back from square one when I could have started 30 pounds less easily. It realistically took me 2 years to get myself back to where I was. Between kids and mindset of getting back with the program. It sucked and it was harder the second time cuz I was kicking myself in the a$$ the whole way. Lesson learned, never again! That is also why I am always such a good girl now. It wasn't worth it! 
06 Feb 13 by member: iamachristianjesusfreak
Oh boy, the moon phases must be inline! I just wrote a similar sort of journal before reading yours:-) What motivates us... Or maybe, WHY doesn't anything motivate us??  
06 Feb 13 by member: Lizzygracemusic
Haha thanks guys. I'm not REALLY using that as an excuse. Just sometimes when I feel like being a cow haha. I know it just gets harder with kids and age! I'm keeping up til then, plan to be reasonable during and will get back to work after... just like to have my excuse every once in a while like the rest of em :) 
06 Feb 13 by member: Bkeller1023
Helped me! thanks! And a note to BKeller! I was 28 when my son was born and believe it or not after nursing for a couple of years my body was better than prior to giving birth. I think all the added stuff/nutrients to make the baby help our own health! 
06 Feb 13 by member: Neptunebch
I would love to see someone running 5K with 2 bags of dogfood on their shoulders :D That mental picture really made my day!!! And Oh are you right about the health vs beauty (whoever thought up the idea that beauty=size 4). Im not on this journey to wear a small bikini or show off my bellybutton, I want to feel in sync with my body, be energetic and know myself. As it is, my body shields me from that (sorry - sounds weird, but it's how I feel) and that bugs me. So when I suck it up and crawl back into the healthy eating after another period where I lost it, I might dream of that beautiful dress and knocking the socks off my friends and family, but most of all I do it because I know it's my pass to myself and my future. And sorry for going all weird and philosophical - I just get lost in words from time to time :)  
06 Feb 13 by member: Makitsi
I'm with you Makitsi; do it for "you" because you're worth it. 
06 Feb 13 by member: DairyKing

     
 

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