About Fogdog's Weight Loss

STARTING OVER (AGAIN)...

Through failure we learn to succeed! This is a blog about fighting back. It's about picking yourself up off the floor, dusting yourself off, and getting right back in there. It's about holding yourself accountable, having the right mindset, and learning to live a healthy lifestyle.

I have failed more times than I can count. I've reached a point in my life where I've decided that giving up is no longer an option. I've decided to devote 360 days toward my health and well being in the hopes that I can turn my life around.

Join me as I take the journey and try to stay on the path. Learn from me through my successes and failures, and help me learn from you. As one blog I am weak, but as a community we are very strong. Let's Succeed Together!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Day #58 - Quiet Success

The last two days have been quite successful.  I've managed to eat nothing but healthy food and on both days I've gotten my gallon of water in.  It's interesting I read a lot of people that talk about struggles with drinking water, but that's never really been a problem for me.  My wife says I'm like a water buffalo.  I find that I have my best success comes when I drink a lot of water each day.  I've actually noticed that I can eat the same amount of calories from week to week, but see vastly different results depending on how much water I drink.

Anyway, I titled this post "quiet success" because that's how it feels right now.  No big hoopla about starting a diet, in fact I'm not even sure you call it a diet; I'm just focused on eating healthy foods.  No counting calories; it feels a little weird like I'm not really doing anything.  But I know I am; just after a few days of eating healthy I feel better.

Today was my second day of no carbs (except for at breakfast).  Tomorrow is a full carb day so I'm looking forward to getting a little more fruit in tomorrow.  The last time I did carb cycling I noticed I was a little tired by the end of the second no carb day.  Today is no exception; I fell a little run down tonight so I think I'll get to bed early.

Still hanging one day at a time, Day #58 is over; on to day #59.

Stay Strong!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Day #57 – My LEGO Tower of Health

When I was a kid I loved to play with LEGOS.  I had a big plastic tub of them and I would spend hours using my imagination to build great structures.  My favorite thing to do was build a tower; I built some really cool towers in my day.  In order to build a cool tower you need 2 things: Materials and a Plan.  You need to take stock of what you have available to work with and you have to craft your plan based on those materials.  I started many towers only to get halfway there and realize I didn’t have enough blocks to finish it.  The plan you create doesn’t have to be exact, and you can improvise along the way, but you at least need the basic framework.  Once you have your basic plan and parts, you are ready to put it all together. 

Even though today is day #57, there’s a part of me that feels like it is more like day #1.  The other 56 days have really been spent getting myself ready to build my tower, and today I’m finally starting to put it together.  That’s when the fun starts right?  You put the plan together and you got yourself ready for the big build.

When I look at past weight loss failures I see a common thread (besides the obvious that they all failed).  I notice that I never really took time to make a plan and take stock of my materials.  Usually it was just a spur of the moment type decision that I was going to flip the switch and instantly become a health nut.  My plan was always the same:  I’m going to track my calories, eat less than 2000 each day, and exercise for at least 30 minutes 6 days a week.  Does that sound familiar to you?  That certainly wasn’t a great plan and I didn’t even bother to check to see if I had the materials needed so ultimately I got halfway into the tower and then realize I couldn’t complete it.

Now when I talk about gathering materials needed to execute my plan I’m talking about more than something physical.  I’m talking about gathering knowledge about who I am and what will (and won’t) work for me.  I’m talking about gathering a little bit of confidence through some small victories and compassion through some failures.  I’m talking about gathering the mental strength I need to complete my tower.

For the first time, I feel like I’ve done what was needed to start building my tower.  I didn’t just dump out the box of parts and start building in random fashion, I took my time and prepared.  I’ve got my parts and my plan; time to start building!

 
[Photo: Flickr / Matija Grguric]