Monday, August 25, 2008

Something to focus on…

Don’t ask me why this never donned on me before, but two things that have been key to helping me lose weight have been my “Self Discipline” wrist band and positive imagery.

First the wrist band. When I started working out at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Winchester (, in May, Mike gave me a black wrist band that said “self discipline” on it. You put it on your dominant hand to remind you about your goals. For instance, I am trying to lose weight and eat most food with my right hand. It’s a simple, symbolic reminder of what you’re trying to accomplish. The website, offers a lot of thoughtful insight into various physical fitness challenges. When I notice the wrist band throughout the day, it’s a reminder to focus on my goals.

Positive imagery…….One of my goals is to ski with my daughters Abbey and Charlotte this winter. Last year they skied about 10 times and I was so frustrated watching, knowing I was too fat to join them on the slopes. Last week, during a particularly tough workout, I got through it by focusing on being able to ski. While I pedaled away on the bike and tried to keep going, I closed my eyes and imagined myself on the mountain with Abbey and Charlotte. Needless to say, that 10 seconds with my eyes closed got me through the workout with renewed energy.

The scale says I’m down from 375 to 303 pounds and I can’t wait to get into the 200s. It’s been a long time in the 300s.

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Sweat on!!!!


Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Plateau……..a region of little or no change in a graphic representation. One of the toughest parts of losing weight is when you begin to plateau. You hit that period of time when you just don't seem to lose. It’s actually tougher than cutting back your eating habits because it usually occurs after you’ve done all the right things. You’re eating well, exercising, drinking lots of water……and not losing any pounds.

I hit such a plateau about 10 days ago. I’d been a good boy with my eating, got my workouts at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in and even did plenty of walking. When I jumped on the scale I expected a big drop, but only saw a half pound reduction. I was *&^%#$^&. It was raining F bombs as I hopped off the scale. I then had a very angry workout. I really wanted to bag the whole workout and go home, but I realized that that is what I’ve always done, in the past. I’m kind of like George Costanza on Seinfeld, right now. I’m doing the opposite of what I used to do, because those behaviors never succeeded. I kep in mind that my weight has gone from 375 pounds to 309 and I didn't want to regress in any way.

Instead, I fought through my walking, stretching and weight lifting…..very begrudgingly…..but, boy, am I glad I did. I’ve worked too hard to let myself down. I continued to eat right, exercise and keep the positive attitude.. Two days later I was down 3 ½ pounds. Don’t ask me why I lost a half pound in eight days, then 3 ½ pounds in two days, but it always works out. Stick to the plan. That’s the lesson I learned. Think big picture. If you drop out of the race, you’ll never cross the finish line.

I’m down to 309 and trying to break 300 by Labor Day. I’ve got some work to do.

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