Losing Weight - Part 3
So I’m now at 235lbs which is not where I want to be, but I’m still making progress even if in very small steps.
I’ve said it before but the problem for me is not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of motivation and the fact that I am in physical pain a lot of the time. Whether it’s waking up feeling as though my head will explode (about a third of all mornings) or my surgically repaired shoulder hurting or one of my other various health issues, my good intentions are often derailed before I can even start.
All that being said, I actually made it to the gym yesterday morning. My session was fairly simple but a good starting point. The main thing for me is that I actually made it to the gym. This is what I did:
15 minutes on the upright bike.
10 minutes walk/run on the treadmill.
Machine Bench Press
Seated Cable Rows
I have to be careful what I do for resistance training as my left shoulder can react pretty badly to the wrong movement.
I really struggle with my diet as well. Again, it’s not a lack of knowledge. I could talk for hours about diet and nutrition and speak from a position of knowledge and authority. However, my issue is that I eat when I’m bored and the sad truth is that life bores me a huge amount of the time. Part of the reason I created NowWeLive is out of that boredom. I wanted to create something that was interesting and fun.
I bought some electronic scales the other day as I wanted to measure body fat and lean mass a little more accurately. In predictable fashion the scales don’t work and I’m having to return them but the point I’m getting to is that body weight on its own as a measure is not the be all and end all. For now, knowing I am a good 30 kilos overweight, I think I can get by just by concentrating on lowering my overall body weight.
The target for next Sunday; 232lbs.
At what point does compromise become capitulation? For a happy life, in which you interact with others, compromise is necessary. It's not always nice and quite often can bruise the ego, but sometimes it's for a greater good. The greater good can be peace between nations, or a peaceful night between people.
The thing about compromising is that it can become capitulation by degrees. Compromising does not mean that two people meet halfway. Sometimes one person has to give up their position completely. Sometimes a nation will surrender in war to save the people of that nation. Sometimes a husband will agree to do something they do not like to make their wife happy.
I think the phrase, "give someone an inch, and they'll take a mile" sums up what I'm thinking. Compromising with others is essential. Compromising oneself is not.
Looking back over the last week I've been really bad in my eating habits. In fairness, it has been a very stressful week. For the past few months I've been going through a very complicated and drawn out break up. However, things may be looking up on that front. The only problem is my girlfriend's family do not approve of the relationship and they found out about us starting again in a less than ideal manner. Suffice it to say, it's been a very emotional week.
I'm a firm believer that physical and mental health go hand in hand. I don't think that one depends on the other, but rather I view the relationship as a symbiotic one. If you struggle in your mental health I believe it more likely you will struggle in your physical health. I also believe the same can be said of good and bad habits. If you have good physical habits, then it promotes good mental habits. For example; a good sleeping pattern (physical) will help with concentration and problem solving abilities (mental).
In the last week I've had a few takeaways and have snacked a little more than I should. Long hours in the office, emotional and stressful events and just general exhaustion (physical) have led to poor decision making (mental) in my eating habits. Instead of throwing some pasta in a pan and having a simple meal, I can open my mobile and order a pizza for delivery; a pizza that will contain approx. 2,000 calories.
I always find that when things are in danger of spinning out of control it is always best to try and find an anchor to build around. It has to be something simple and something that can act as a foundation. In this case, the answer is a good breakfast each day. Last week my breakfast each day consisted of a latte at my desk due to the time I started work. This coming week I have a bit of a later start. I'm going to aim to have a good, healthy breakfast to start the day. By taking control of the first thing I do in the morning, this should help with both the physical and mental habits.
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