Tuesday, January 17

January 17, 2011 - Just Because I Different Doesn't Mean I Am Wrong

Hello All,
My weight loss has slowed. In fact, I gained weight last year. Of course, EVERYONE has an opinion on what I should do now. Here is some of the advice I have received and my response.

Skinny Friend; “Well, maybe you should consider weight loss surgery. Surgery is now available even if you only have 50 pounds to lose!”
Me; “No. I have been just as successful as someone with lap band. Thanks for the advice though.”

Friend That Doesn’t Exercise; “You are not exercising enough. You need to work out every day.”
Me; ‘Ummm. No. It is not calories in versus calories out. It’s hormones, too.”

Friend With No Patience; “You need to do a liquid diet. You will lose the weight REALLY fast.”
Me; “This is about a lifestyle change not about losing weight quickly.”

I love the feedback. Someone might actually have a good idea that works. However, if I do not take your advice that does not mean I am an idiot or that I do not care. It just signifies that your idea is not something I will explore at this time.  Just because I am doing my weight loss differently from the norm does not mean I am wrong.  Dr. Pita told me one time that I reminded him of Tara from The Biggest Loser (the Biggest Loser that Helen won) she just kept going and did not let the external noise distract her from her goal.

I repeat. I love the ideas, but I don’t have to take every proposal and run with it.  

The lesson I am sharing today is that in EVERYONE has an opinion about how we should live. We should appreciate that people have an opinion because you never know when there might be a good one. However, accepting the opinion does give the advice giver permission to ridicule the individual for not accepting their counsel. The person that ridicules when you don't accept their advice is the idiot...not the person in charge of their own life.

And if the advice and ridicule continues...LET YOUR HATER BE YOUR MOTIVATOR!

Til Next Time,
Published to http://kristiasher.blogspot.com

Wednesday, January 4

January 4, 2012 - I Hate Boot Camp

Hello All,
I awoke this morning 10 minutes before my alarm was to start blaring its obnoxious sound.  I woke up MAD! I do not want to wake any earlier than necessary.

Confession: I always set my alarm 1 minute past the time I actually want to get out of bed. For example, this morning I wanted to be out of bed at 4:30 so I set the alarm for 4:31. It is my hope that one day I will wake up peacefully at the PERFECT time. Yes, I am aware this is crazy. Don't judge me because I am a genius.

My mood did not improve. I REALLY did not want to get out of bed today!  I grudgingly got ready for Boot Camp and headed out the door.

The only reason I went to Boot Camp this morning is because I made a "deal" with myself. (In reality, I also clued Tabata Tod in on the deal, too.)  Basically, if I do not show up for Boot Camp I have to donate 20 dollars to the Saturday morning Boot Camp charity. Now, the toughie is not going to be the problem of not showing up for Boot Camp, per se. Historically, I miss very few Boot Camp sessions BECAUSE I can also go in the evening. I know this about myself so I also stipulated if I do not go to the 6AM class I have to donate 10 dollars.  Knowing that it was only the second session of the year and I already would have to donate prodded me to the car.

Once I was in the car the whining started. ALLLLL the way to class I wimpered and cried. Seriously, I did cry. I was tired. My body hurt. I could not see the purpose of Boot Camp AT ALL! More than once I thought; "I hate Boot Camp!"

So...Boot Camp went like this...

Tabata Tod; "Warm Up!
Me; "I hate Boot Camp."
Tabata Tod; "Kettlebell swings and Pull Ups"
Me; "I hate Boot Camp."
Tabata Tod; "Blah, Blah, Blah"
Me; "I hate Boot Camp. Have I paid for this already?"

I did finally perk up toward the end of Boot Camp.  I was glad I managed to get my lazy patootie out of bed and participate.  I was smiling and laughing. Something that seemed impossible just 90 minutes earlier.

The moral to my story is that we do not always LIKE exercise or anything good for us, but if we stick it out the endorphins really do kick in and help us make it through the day. We all need to remember this when the initial motivation for our resolutions starts to wear thin!

Til Next Time,
Published to http://kristiasher.blogspot.com