About Fogdog's Weight Loss

Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day #7 - Those Magical Moments

My generation was the first to grow up with regular doses of TV.  As a teen in the 80’s I was quite accustomed to magical moments.  You know what I’m talking about right?  Your typical 80’s movie involved things going totally bad.  Then, just when it seemed hopeless something magical would happen, something that no one expected, and then everything was instantly better.  I’m sure some of you are nodding your heads as you think back while others have no idea what I’m talking about.

I brought that up because I believe that TV has really altered many people’s perception of reality.  Life doesn’t have anywhere near the amount or intensity of highs and lows as TV does and quite often everything doesn’t just work out in the end. 

Media is around us everywhere now and not just TV but social media as well.  Again with all this media, I think people get distorted views of what reality is.  Even so-called “Reality TV” is incredibly distorted; it has to be.  Why in the world would anyone watch normal life, they can just do that at home for free.

I believe that I’m one of those people with an altered perception.  I always feel like there should be more to my life; like I’m never doing enough.  I’m also waiting for those “magical” moments where things can’t possibly get any worse and then instantly everything gets better. 

This is something that I’ve discovered about myself and it’s important because happiness and excitement come from within and take perception into account.  Quite often we feel unhappy because our current state doesn’t match what we perceive it should.  Ever see someone who appears to have it all but seems unhappy?  Why?  It’s because in our reality they have it all but in their reality they are missing something.

Mind you, this is not a “be thankful for what you have” type of thing, but rather, “Be mindful about how you perceive yourself and your surroundings”.  You might just be making yourself unhappy without realizing it.

All in all, not a bad week.  I’m beginning to come out of the funk I’ve been in and I’ beginning to take stock in my progress over the week:

On the positive side:
  • 12 pounds lost
  • No smoking
  • Stayed mindful of how I was feeling
  • More walking than I’ve done in a long time
  • Maintained my commitment to my health despite being in a lousy mood
Areas for more growth and opportunity
  • Had a few drinks Saturday night
  • Another wasted weekend with very little accomplished
  • Still could be doing more in the evening after work

7 Days in the books, on to day 8 and the start of another week.

-Stay Strong!


  1. Glad you're defunkifying, sounds like good week. Here's to an even better one! Keep pushing!

  2. "Another wasted weekend with very little accomplished
    Still could be doing more in the evening after work"

    Are you expecting more of yourself than you are capable of giving? Those expectation of yourself should be abandoned. You have been 7 day smoke free, lost 12 pounds, and getting more exercise than you have in years. Is that not enough?

    1. not expectations, but rather areas of opportunity for growth. I have a tendency to lay around on weekends/after work and do nothing so it's an opportunity for further development. It has nothing to do with the great results I had last week.

  3. I think you've accomplished amazing things this week. Congrats!

  4. Keep focusing on the positive FD! Negativity will only lead to one place... back to where you started.