DairyKing's Journal, 25 February 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Another glorious day of fat warfare. Up at four, and time to don the weapons of mass destruction: a filled water bottle tainted with Propel watermellon flavoring, and my IPOD Shuttle. Ready yourself, Wench! Jillian has no sense of humor. This morning's workout was a struggle, from halfway through my pushups to the very end. Jillian showed no mercy. I was sucking air, and making movements that did not sync with anything I saw on the video, but I prevailed. Wounded, I mounted the treadmill for one final skirmish. Today was my walk/run rest day, so 30 minutes at 3.0 mph was all I did.

Now, I know some of you think I'm crazy, and some of you are probably going to think I'm crazy. However, I'm telling you that the battle against fat primarily takes place in the mind, and the weapon that defeats the enemy is 'self talk.' That's right, talking to yourself. Those that get er done are those that convince themselves to keep going in spite of the discomfort, the impatience, the image in the mirror, the lack of encouragement from loved ones, and the tempting delectable morsels of food that lie waiting in the fridge or pantry. You can either talk yourself into grabbing that bag of Doritos and plopping yourself down on the couch, or you can talk yourself into having that apple, walking ten more minutes, doing 10 more pushups or jumping jacks when your body says it's had enough. People talk to themselves all the time; you just don't think about it. You can talk positive, or you can talk negative. How you talk to yourself defines who you are and what you can accomplish.

So, here is how my conversation goes once I climb up on the treadmill. "Gosh, I can't believe how tired I was halfway through my pushups. I've been doing these jumping jacks and warmup exercises for two weeks now, and when it came time for the pushups, I was already all done-in." "What a dumb a$$! Of course you're tired; you're doing jumping jacks and pushups with the equivalent of two 40 lb. bags of dog food strapped to your back!" Did you think you were going to just come down here at 80 lbs. overweight, and keep up with people that do this for a living." You're about a sandwich short of a Happy Meal!" "If you've got to take a break, take a break." "If you can't do them as fast, or do as many as the people in the video, do what you can, rest and do some more" "Now get your a$$ off here and give me 20" "OK, give me 10." So, I got off the treadmill and did 10 more pushups. It didn't feel great, but I feel better now.

Actually, I find myself telling myself that I'm weak, or not doing that well, and then I remind myself that I was done-in halfway through the warm-up exercises when I started. Any incremental improvement over time makes you healthier than you were when you started, and those improvements become exponential. It may seem that you are progressing at a snail's pace now, but it will become like a locomotive building steam and you will find that once you attain a certain level of fitness, you will start improving exponentially.

And that is all I have to say about that. Toodles!

Diet Calendar Entries for 25 February 2014:
1826 kcal Fat: 63.33g | Prot: 68.72g | Carb: 194.94g.   Breakfast: Toasted Multigrain Bagel, Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat Neufchatel Cream Cheese, Ocean Spray Light Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Great Value Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer. Lunch: Banquet Chicken Pasta Marinara, Coca-Cola Diet Coke (Can). Dinner: Trader Joe's Boneless Beef New York Strip Steak, Perkins Restaurant Sauteed Asparagus, The Counter Sauteed Mushrooms, Cooked or Sauteed Mature Onions (Fat Added in Cooking), Super Suppers Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes, Merlot Wine. Snacks/Other: Dairy Fresh Non Dairy Creamer, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Green Cabbage, Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy Yogurt - Key Lime Pie, Applesauce. more...
2988 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 30 minutes, Calisthenics (heavy, e.g. pushups) - 10 minutes, Resting - 18 hours and 20 minutes, Sleeping - 5 hours. more...
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So true about the self talk.  
25 Feb 14 by member: madaboutmoose
This reminds me of my posts last year about the conversations/arguments between "Old Erika" and "New Erika" on the treadmill... I'm sure they'll battle it out again once I get into longer mileage... thanks for the reminder about the positive self-talk! :) 
25 Feb 14 by member: erika2633
I so agree with you 100%. Have you ever watched any episodes of "My 600 Pound Life"? Tales of people who have weight loss surgery. Even with the surgery, those who mentally aren't "in the game" cannot lose weight!  
25 Feb 14 by member: BuffyBear
This is such an awesome post, lol. I love it! 
25 Feb 14 by member: Danyellehawkins
A fan of self-talk. Not to worry about people thinking you're crazy. Tell them you enjoy talking to intelligent people.  
25 Feb 14 by member: ClassicRocker
The trouble with talking to your self is you answer you own questions..So sorry that Jilian is giving you a hard time...but she really is trying to help...:O) 
25 Feb 14 by member: BHA
I would love to say that is crazy talk DK....but it would be a case of kettle/pot/black lol! 
25 Feb 14 by member: triaby
It's working; it's working! Just had my annual physical. Doc says,"I don't know what you're doing, but keep doing it whatever it is. Can't find anything wrong with you." I said, "Doc, you're not looking hard enough, just ask my wife." 
25 Feb 14 by member: DairyKing
I always love that one DK 
25 Feb 14 by member: Rpalmst
Good to see you back, Ryan! We've got work to do. 
25 Feb 14 by member: DairyKing
Wow .. and I thought I was mean to 'myself' in my head.. you are really mean for a guy a sandwich short of a happy meal. Then again, maybe my 'duh... cute but stupid' is just as mean :-) 
25 Feb 14 by member: FullaBella
and two taco's short of a fiesta platter 
25 Feb 14 by member: Rpalmst
There isn't just me in my head. I have a whole committee arguing up there. But you are right on all aspects. I always wonder about people that can workout at home and what their spouses have to say. I was working out behind closed doors in our spare bedroom upstairs and my husband said he was afraid I would fall through the ceiling. Congratulations on the good medical report! 
25 Feb 14 by member: Neptunebch
A whole committee, Susan? That's hilarious! Thanks. 
25 Feb 14 by member: DairyKing
That post really made me laugh, DairyKing! It was funny and still inspiring. It sounds like you're really trying and have some "get up and go". Keep doing what you're doing and have a great day! 
25 Feb 14 by member: springskinny
Funny! My wife was working out and I just didn't bother her, but now we both are making a great effort to drop a few pounds, increase energy-to keep up with our 15 and 13 year old and to improve our health-mine more so than hers! Working out at home can be tough when one or the other travels but I made the commitment to work every day for 1 month to create a habit and now if I don't get my workout in I feel like I have missed a big part of my day. Work for a little over an hour each day and have dropped 21 pounds since January 7, 2014! Only 13 more to go and I feel great! 
25 Feb 14 by member: wmaatl
Great report, DairyKing!  
25 Feb 14 by member: wmaatl
Good stuff DK! I wholeheartedly agree that the biggest battle is in your mind.  
25 Feb 14 by member: tglenna
Thank you for the lecture.Sometimes I feel guilty because I haven't made it to a 1/2 hour on the elliptical yet.But then I notice that I can go longer than when I began and I do that several times a day.I really enjoy the total body workout with resistance bands too.Positive thoughts bring positive actions and results! 
25 Feb 14 by member: rockytu
Congrats on doc report! 
25 Feb 14 by member: rockytu


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