It is time for me to be honest with myself. I am overweight. I am struggling to lose weight. I have tried to lose weight for the last 18 months and have failed. Now that I have it out in the open that I am overweight. It is time for me to deal with the bigger issue which is, “what am I going to do about being overweight”.

The last year (2014) has been extremely frustrating when it comes to weight loss for me. I actually tried most of the year to lose weight. I lost weight, then regained the weigh. I think I ended up gained 10lbs in the entire process. I am really tired of the dieting “yo-yo”. I am focusing my attention on learning how to eat right. I know what foods are good for me and what foods are bad for me. I just don’t know how to eat properly and put an entire day of healthy eating together. I like eating. I love Pizza. I love Sweets. I love BBQ. Worse yet is after a few days of healthy eating I typically follow it up with a few days of incredibly unhealthy eating.

Eating Healthy just doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t understand portion sizes, and portion control. I can remember back a few years when I was a slimmer version of myself and I was eating what I thought was healthy food. It wasn’t, I ate huge portions of so-called healthy foods. When looking back I was eating a few thousand calories of healthier food. However, my portions and amounts of food intake were out of control. It no wonder I am overweight today. As soon as I replace “healthy” foods for “comfort” foods I quickly gain large amounts of weight.

In 1997, leaving High School I was about 230 lbs. In 2000 I went down to about 200lbs. In early 2006 I was on my way to 300lbs, 18 months later I was below 200lbs. In 2011 I managed to get all the way down to 185lbs. Here I am at the end of August 2014 and I am back up to 240 lbs. It cannot be good for my body to have these huge weight fluctuations.

When I am feeling healthy and I have a lower body weight I have all the energy and positive attitude in the world. When I feel heavy I am tired and typically negative. Being fit not only has positive physiological effects but also has positive psychological effects.

Here are my 10 reasons for wanting to get fit and learn to eat right for a healthy life.

  1. I want to enjoy a long happy life.
  2. I want my daughter to see a healthy, strong, fit father
  3. I want to see my daughter grow up and enjoy life.
  4. I want to be able to enjoy the outdoors and do activities that I am passionate about hiking, exploring the outdoors, running long distances.
  5. I want to look awesome for my wife.
  6. I want to wear more fashionable clothing.
  7. I want to look younger.
  8. I want to outperform younger people around me at work.
  9. I want to be positive and full of energy.
  10. Did I mention I want to live a long happy life!

I am committing myself to losing 50lbs and getting back down to 190lbs.

I will be using my webpage to keep me focused on my goal. I believe sharing and documenting a journey is very valuable. I am pretty sure I am not the only person in the world that struggles with weight lost. Actually I am pretty sure it is an important topic. Book Stores have rows of books focused on weight-loss, dieting, and self-help. We all need help and reminders “Health is the Most Valuable Wealth”.

I am committing myself to losing 50lbs and getting back down to 190lbs. This goal will take me anywhere from 25 weeks to 50 weeks to complete. I am figuring this time frame based around a goal of 1lbs. to 2lbs. per week. I know the first couple of weeks I will experience more weight lost than any other time once I startp, I will hit a plateau, and then will really need to fight near the end to maintain and hit my goal.

In order to achieve my goal I have joined WeightWatchers ™ which I feel is really a good program to understand better eating habits and routines. Having studied so many diet books I think other diets may be better suited for particular goals once you understand the basic guidelines of healthy eating. However, if you don’t understand principles of healthy eating, just eating better will not help lose weight and keep the weight off. Plus I know me and what I like to eat. I can eliminate certain foods for a certain amount of time. However, I will go back to them. Like I said, I like Pizza, I like sweets, and I like BBQ. WeightWatchers doesn’t avoid foods. You get points and you have choices. I have a limited amount of daily points, plus I have my weekly allowance points. I just need to make a choice. I am in control. I like that about this system. No excuses, you succeed or fail but its all up to you. Each individual has enough points to enjoy a “Bad Habit” if you decide to over do the points then a program like this is not for you. This is why I am using WeightWatcher ™ I think it will hold me accountable to me goals.

I also will be doing exercise. I plan on using T25 for 25 minutes 5 days a week. This program is similar to crossfit. I travel for work and joining a gym just doesn’t work right now. Playing a DVD works for me. I don’t want to lift weights but working muscle groups really can help generate fat loss production.

I also run. My running over the next several weeks will be very structured. I will be running 4 to 5 days. Roughly 45 minutes for 75% of the week. 1 run will be 90 minutes per week. I will be using set times to test my fitness. All workouts will be some type of interval training run. I will run a set distance, time, or hill for my workout. I will be running on my treadmill, road, and trails. I will keep workouts limited to time and track each workout to see if I start to gain more distance in the established time per run.

Part of my journey will be to update my personal webpage once a week. This site will be my accountability partner. I am hoping that I will enjoy reading this post a year from now.

What are you doing to get healthier?

Change is the province of leaders.  It is the work of leaders to inspire people to do things differently, to struggle against uncertain odds, and to persevere toward a misty image of a better future. Without leadership there would not be the extraordinary efforts necessary to solve existing problems and realize unimagined opportunities. We have today, at best, only faint clues of what the future may hold, but we are confident that without leadership the possibilities will be neither envisioned nor attained.  – Kouzes and Posner

The Leadership Challange

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.

Frank Tyger

A powerful mindset can be the difference between success and mediocrity.   When you are in control of your thoughts and actions the universe conspires with you to help make your thoughts and actions a reality.

People that are always positive and working towards the positive outcomes are rewarded with positive efforts. People that are constantly negative and look for reason why things will not work are rewarded with negativity.

I have found 3 elements that have helped my mindset.  When I am focusing and working all 3 elements my world has unlimited possibilities.  As soon as I fail to incorporate these 3 actions into my life I can instantly feel a shift in my personal being.  What are these 3 actions?

1.    Exercise. 

Exercise is a critical component of my life. I am a runner and when I do not run I just do not feel right.   Time and time again the more I exercise the better I feel. Exercise makes me more positive and productive.   Take a simple 30-minute walk one morning and see what it does to your day.

2.    Abundance

Finding Abundance and eliminating scarcity is a critical element to having a positive mindset. Practicing abundance in all things is incredibly tough.  You cannot just focus on work either when it comes to abundance.  All aspects of life need to have an abundant thought patterns. Life, work, family, and finances.

3.    Know your Why

Its critical to know why you are doing what ever it is you are looking to achieve.  You need a clear direction to be heading in each day. When you lose focus of your why it’s easy to get derailed during the tough days.

I personally believe that if you master all 3 elements each day you can achieve unlimited potential.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve”. Napoleon Hill

“The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.”

 

Bobby Knight