My motivation to lose weight is still strong.
Today’s P90X exercise was “Shoulders, Arms and Ab Ripper -X”. Funnily enough I quite enjoy this one. No jumping naturally!
My greatest success today was completely 50 Mason Twists. Ouch! The first time I did this I got to 15 and was howling to the moon in pain. The second time I got to about 20. But it has only taken me 10 days to be able to complete the full 50 Mason Twists. If you’re not sure what this is, sit on the floor, raise your legs, inter-twine your fingers together and then twist and tap your joined hands onto each side of your body on the floor. Like you’re kayaking. You’ll feel it in your thighs first!
The reason I share this with you is because at the beginning I thought there’s NO WAY I am ever going to be able to do this. And after 10 days I’m already completing the challenge. And it’s not about how I look – it’s about how I FEEL about getting stronger.
It fuels my motivation to lose weight!
Check this photo out. I’ve got a lot more work to do on my spongey tummy but I don’t care! Because I know I’m making progress.
And that’s what I really want to impress ANYBODY out there who is trying to lose weight. Throw away the scales and the tape measure and find a different way to measure your results.
The scales lie and we all know that. Water retention, muscle mass and a host of other things we’ll never fully understand affect the results you get on the scales. But if your goal is LONG TERM weight loss, who CARES what the scales say today.
Measure your results differently. How many more minutes did you do today than last week? Challenge yourself to go a little longer or a little harder at whatever it is you’re doing.
Losing weight is not that complicated really. Think about it. What’s the REAL equation here?
How do you move a pile of dirt? You grab a spade, pitch it in and then heave the dirt away. If it’s a huge pile of dirt this may take you a while. But as you’re huffing and puffing you’re burning energy and the pile of dirt is getting smaller and smaller. I don’t know how big your pile of dirt is, but the bigger it is the more you’re going to have to keep heaving it away. It’s a metaphor, but you get my drift right?
So the simple equation to losing weight looks like this:
Eat healthy foods + walk around the block however many times you need to = SEXY YOU!
It really is that simple. After 33 years of dieting I am SICK and TIRED of all the Weight Loss Guru’s and their scientific calculations. Did you ever see a fat caveman/woman in any of your history lessons? Me neither. Why? Because they had to run and catch their dinner.
There was no Mickey D’s Drive Thru! It was catch and kill your own.
So my philosophy for weight loss is really simple. When it comes to eating, if God didn’t make it – don’t eat it. And no, God didn’t make Twinkies! If it’s in a package and it’s crammed with stuff you can’t even pronounce let alone understand, it shouldn’t be going in your shopping cart let alone your mouth!
And when it comes to exercise, just go and do something you enjoy! Don’t make it bone crushingly difficult. Because if you don’t enjoy it you’re not going to keep at it. It will just be too easy to give up when the chips are down. But if it’s something you love doing like walking on the beach, or walking in the park, or jogging, or running, or whatever it is, you’re going to want to keep going. But if you choose something that’s a chore, you’re going to find it hard some days to get motivated to do it.
So that’s my two cents worth for the day.
Have you worked out YOUR motivation to lose weight yet?
Join me here and we’ll do it together.
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