By Team Speed - March 21, 2016
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By Team Speed - March 8, 2016
Weight: 298 lbs
Well guys after a couple of weeks of slacking off I've had a bit of a reset. A reset on how I need to operate going forward to hit my goals. I thought that I had it all figured out and could move away from the processes that have helped me to this point. A big process that has helped me out tremendously has been tracking my food and keeping myself accountable. I really felt like I had everything under control and could just do it in my head and just roll with it. So not true! And to make matters worse I am nursing a small injury so I’ve had to change my workouts, so a combination of not tracking my food and having to modify my workouts has led to going off the rails a bit. Getting back on track is necessary and so tracking my food is going to be a major part of getting me back on track, especially now since I am not able to burn the same number of calories.
The tracking system that I use is the My Fitness Pal app, this app is great! As long as you put your information into the app, it will track it for you based on your goals. It even has a bar code scanner so if you have to grab a snack on the move you just scan it and it enters the food for you. This app truly won’t let me have any more excuses or allow me to be lazy anymore about tracking.
This reset is not only for my food tracking but a life reset too. No more excuses, I need to realize that it's not only a short term change it’s a lifestyle change that I have to follow. I know that I can do this and the only one getting in my way, is me! Sometimes you just have to look yourself in the eye and kick yourself in the butt and get moving. This week’s plan is to get back on the treadmill and back to quality eating, hopefully next week’s update reflects the results of my “reset” and re-commitment to this process. Thanks for reading!
By Team Speed - February 29, 2016
Why not now?
Weight 298 lbs
Ok let me be honest, I’ve had bit of a set back now over the last couple of weeks. I was feeling great and if you’ve been following my numbers, you’ve seen that my numbers have been pretty consistent but this week I seemed to have hit a wall. The question of why is always a question that we have. Why am I not in shape? Why should I get in shape? Why did I lose my fitness? Why am I here? Why did I work so hard and still not lose anything this week? I don't want to get too philosophical and deep, so I'm going to stick with the why's of falling out of shape and getting back in shape. We can all point to specific reasons as to why we stopped what was going so well. We can say things like I had a hangnail and couldn't work out, or I had a cold once and missed my workout 10 years ago and decided that was it for me. Whatever your “why not” is let’s work together and work towards the positive why’s, like why are we getting better?
As we all do from time to time, I had to take a good look in the mirror to start answering some of my “why’s”. Lets look at why I lost my fitness in the first place. The reality is that when I finished playing soccer in college I was so upset about the experience that I had, I kept eating like a college athlete and working out like 50-year-old man with arthritis. That combination led to weight gain initially but I anticipated that and worked hard to lose most of that weight gain. I lost the weight with the idea that I was going to play pro soccer. That exciting dream ended with a major injury. If you remember from earlier in this blog these were the exact reasons that I said are cliché reasons to gain weight and get out of shape, but those were my reality. Unlike times past that look in the mirror has reminded me of every delicious decision that has led me to here. I claim not to be an emotional eater but the truth is, when I'm celebrating anything I eat, when I have a bad day certain foods make me feel better, etc . . . With that being said, every roll of flab and every extra breath taken on the fight of stairs, I think of the foods I have eaten to put myself here and I realize this is a true lifestyle change not just a diet anymore.
Fast forward to today, here I sit overweight again and trying again to lose it. The difference is this time I think I have a much better understanding of why I got to this point. I’ve had the hard look in the mirror, will you try to understand or even answer the “why's” on how you got to where you are? So after all that, I am recommitting to this process and getting back in the right grove of things. I’m not asking why in that way anymore. Now the only whys I will ask are, WHY NOT ME? WHY NOT YOU? WHY NOT NOW? I am back on the losing train again. So take a minute this week and have that tough conversation with yourself and make the decision and make the change. Thanks for reading, more updates soon.
By Team Speed - February 22, 2016