Wednesday, July 9, 2008

This was to be expected

Well I expected it.  I gained 3.2 lbs last week for a grand total gain of 5.4 over 2 weeks.  So now you would think I would have got me butt out of bed this morning and got to the gym but no.  I am in the process of getting back on track.  My diet is much better and I am writing things down.  I know that will help.  I am committing to 5 days in the gym before next weigh in.  I had intentions of riding before my meeting last night but bad weather put a damper on that.  I have been trying to wrap my head around what has been happening the last few weeks.  Well best I can figure is that I have been very busy.  I have about 6 weeks until the start of the Mizzou season and I would love to be down a cool 100 lbs by the time of our first tailgate which is September 6th.  I think it is possible, but it will take a great deal of hard work and dedication.  However as I look back hard work and dedication is how I lost 80 lbs.  Reverting to 400 pound Matt mindset is how I put back on the 5 over the past 2 weeks.  I need to keep him from rearing his fatty head.

I also want to make mention of the importance of going to Weight Watchers Meetings.  I know they are not for everyone and I know many of you would prefer to do this in a more private way, however I was more inspired after this meeting for some reason.  Maybe it was because I had missed last week or because it was geared to re-energizing your weight loss efforts.  Our meeting leader brought this to our attention. 

At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train.

One extra degree = Exponential results

Then she had us think about what our extra degree was.  For some it is making sure they are getting in the water for others it is the 8 GHG's.  For me it is getting in the exercise.  It just seems like everything else falls into place when I do that.  So her point was to make that small extra effort to bring your weight loss to a "boil".

So back to the meetings.  They are inspriational, they are informative and they remind us that we are all human and their are so many people in the the same boat.  If you have never checked out a meeting I would reccomend it.  It may not be for you, but you might just find that it is just that bit of inspiration and accountability that you need.

So with that said....  How to you keep your formerly fatty mind from rearing its ugly head and sending you into a tailspin?


paul said...

You ask a tough question when you ask how one stays on track. What motivates each of us varies. I'm of the mindset that I'm not always going to do (or eat) the right thing. When I goof up, I try not to beat myself up too much about it. I just try to do better. I've found that for me, the more I tell myself I can't have something, or that I must do something, the less motivated I am. It's hard, because setbacks aren't very motivating, either.

John said...

For the longest time I would go to the WW meeting, drop my money, step on the scale and leave. I didn't see any value in staying in a room with 2 dozen middle aged ladies.

I got honest with myself when I was advising a client on the importance of going to AA meetings. He said they were boring and didn't do any good. I told him that just putting himself in that group, even if he doesn't talk, gets an instant accountability group.

Physician heal thyself. I started going to my own 'AA' meeting and I even discovered that those ladies had a lot to offer me in addition to accountability.

Andrew is getting fit said...

I like that story of one extra degree. And like you I've found that for its exercise.

It's much harder to stay on program when you are not losing but I'm sure you can do it.

TB--Milwaukee said...

What's your motivation? That's what makes you stay on track. Are you doing this for yourself, to give your family a healthy husband/dad/rolemodel? It is hard...much easier to be a loof and gain weight, but what do you really want?

Kathy said...

Matt...Great post. Good luck with getting headed in the losing direction again.

btw...I'm curious about your blog list. Love the way it appears with a little something about the blog under it. Is that a Blogger tool? I haven't seen it before.

new*me said...

Motivation is hard to keep on long-term basis. I am just trying one day a time. I look at each day as a brand new one that I can make either positive or negative changes in my body. My motivation also kicks in when I realize how very much I want to be healthy and around for a long time for my kids.

One day at a time!