Posts Tagged ‘life change



08
Jan
09

“Weight Isn’t the Problem; It’s A Symptom of Something Else”

Here is a great guest post written by a great woman, Melissa.  She is a fellow journeyer.  She has a wonderful blog at talesofadisorderedeater.  It is a very encouraging and informational blog.  Make sure you check it out.  It is there helping lots of people on their journey.

.You’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard about Oprah’s recent confessional: how much weight she’s gained the past few years and how unhappy she is about it.

This past Tuesday night on his show, Larry King interviewed Oprah’s team of advisors: her doctor (Dr. Oz), her spiritual advisor (Michael Bernard Beckwith) and her personal trainer (Bob Greene), to see what was going on with the mega-star.

During the segment, Bob Greene nailed the issue of weight on the head: (I’m paraphrasing here): “Weight isn’t the problem; it’s a symptom of something else.”

It hit me like a ton of bricks, just how spot-on he was. Even with all her success, even with her team of experts, Oprah still hasn’t found peace with her body.

Continue reading ‘“Weight Isn’t the Problem; It’s A Symptom of Something Else”’

01
Jan
09

What kind of weight loss post would you like to see in my blog.

puzzledquestionmarkI thought it would be fun and participatory for the wonderful visitors of this blog to share what they would like me to post about.  So, what would you like me to post about?  Do have a particular weight loss question for me?  Is there a weight loss topic you’re interested in?  Do you want to hear more about my journey, running, weight loss, struggles, etc?  LET ME KNOW BY LEAVING A COMMENT WITH YOUR SUGGESTION.  I will check out the comments and after I write the post, I will email you so that you can look for it in the new posts.

24
Dec
08

Funny habit: I’m still adjusting my shirt after losing the big belly:)

Over weight belly

I realized the other day that I carried with me a funny habit through the weight loss process into the present maintenance stage.  It is a familiar habit.  So familiar that I didn’t even realize that I still did it.  This habit is one that I think just about every over-weight or self-conscious person does.  What is it you ask?

THE SHIRT ADJUSTMENT!

The shirt adjustment is performed when you sit down, position yourself comfortably, and pull your shirt away from your stomach as to minimize the appearance of its size.  You know what I mean.  Men and women both do it.  It is what we do to feel better about our stomachs.

I still find myself performing this most important task.  Even after going from a jean size of 44 to a size 32, I still do it.  When I sit down, I pull my shirt away from my stomach so that it looks more loose.  I didn’t realize how ingrained my old habits were.  Just a silly post about something funny a discovered myself doing.

21
Dec
08

Unveiling the “fat” mind inside the skinny body

 

Fat guy with the "fat" mind

Fat guy with the "fat" mind

Skinny guy with the fat mind

Skinny guy with the "fat" mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read a post today that I identified with very closely.  I never thought that I would identify with a post such as this, but it sure hit home.  In my journey to becoming a healthier and fitter person, some things have gotten distorted.  Especially things within my “fat” mind.  You know, the thoughts and perceptions that fill your mind as a person trying to lose weight.  The fears, the hopes, etc.  In order for me to really express this “fat” thinking inside a “fit” guy I will need a bit more room than this post allows for.  So make sure that you check out each part of the story below.  The story will follow the same format as the original post, although some of the aspects are a bit different.  I have also provided a link to the post that inspired me to unveil the crazy journey into my mind.

The root post that inspired me was written by Melissa at Tales of a Disordered Eater.

20
Dec
08

I blundered my weight loss program, but I’m getting up now.

cookies

I botched it up, fell off the wagon, backslid, and blundered my plan.  Well, it wasn’t that horrible.  It was just a moment, a couple of hours.  I consumed a significant amount of junk, stuff I usually stay totally away from.  As you can see from the picture above, cookies were a big part of my blunder.  At work I got this enormous gift pack of candy, cookies, pretzels, etc.  It must have weighed like 20 lbs.  I kept SNACKING.  Overtime I had eaten a whole lotta nothin (Well, nothin that was good for me).

WEIGHT LOSS BLUNDER.  It happens to all of us.  It is a normal part of our growth process.  We can’t reach our goals without messing up so we might as well prepare ahead of time for them.  It is important to have a game plan in place for these instances.  What I really wanted to post about was what we do with the screw up.  Continue reading ‘I blundered my weight loss program, but I’m getting up now.’

19
Dec
08

My life changing realization

Graffiti art by Bansky

Graffiti art by Bansky

In 1997  I took this class in college.  This class was simply called “Life Learning Skills” and it was created by a man named Willard Tate.  The class basically taught us college students about life and love.  It was a tremendous class.  I was having trouble during this time of my life.  I learned one of the greatest truths that I learned in life.  Here it is:

CHANGE  IS  UNCOMFORTALBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At the time I was trying to get involved with school and church and what not, but I was so nervous about meeting new people.  Understanding that change would be uncomfortable and that there was no way that I could change without being uncomfortable transformed my outlook on life.  I learned that if I embraced some degree of uncomfortableness, I could break through and change into what I desired to be.

And so as I have lived and moved on from those days, I have not let go of that simple truth.  Though I may dread the scale, or starting a new exercise routine, or going to my wife’s office christmas party, I now understand that being uncomfortable will bring about positive changes.  It is uncomfortable, it is growing pains, it is stretching, and molding.

Let’s get real here.  It is not comfortable for us to look in the mirror, and see what we see sometimes, and listen to the thoughts we’re thinking; but if we can face that to see it for what it is and then decided to move forward oh what miracles we can see in our lives.  It may be weird to change how we think when we look in the mirror.  We can do it though, and when we do, we move forward towards health and joy.

Embrace the uncomfortableness.

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