A Solid Friday of Food/Exercise and One Step At A Time In The Right Direction
There was plenty to jump up for this morning. I planned on attending the 11:15am spinning class, so I dressed for it early. My radio show was super busy, totally packed with multiple guest, and a few call-ins. Afterward, it was a race to get done what I needed to get done before spinning!
Frank was the instructor today, he was my first, and he worked us really hard. The routine was different than the first class I took, I guess it always changes. But I kept up completely. I was getting into it so hard and tough, Frank even shouted “look at Sean!” We were moving! It was the best spinning workout I've had so far. And that doesn't mean anything other than, I tried harder today. I made it the best.
After class, the lady on the bike in front of me, turned around and asked me my name. I told her---and she had a giant “wow” reaction right there. It turns out, she was a nurse at her fathers medical practice. I frequented Dr. Hill several times years ago. She remembered 500 pound-plus Sean. She was amazed at the difference and absolutely insisted that I stop by and see her dad one of these days. Dr. Hill was always very concerned about the effects of my obesity, so I guess I should stop by and show him that I finally did get it together. It was a very cool experience!
I hit the weight machines after class for a nice upper body workout. I was pushing myself with higher weights and lower reps, it was amazing---the sweat and resulting cardio from lifting weights still amazes me. There's certainly no doubt, it is a workout!
It was getting late in my long lunch, so instead of cooking something at home, I decided on Wendy's. But I didn't want a typical fast food lunch. I wanted something I could feel good about. I ordered a plain baked potato, saying “Give me the smallest baked potato you have,” a grilled chicken wrap---hold everything but the chicken, and some tomato slices. It was probably their strangest order all day long, but it was something I could still feel good about. The picture is below.
I traveled back to April 30th, 2009 and found this excerpt that reminded me of something very important---keep moving in the right direction:
Too many times I let the overwhelming burden of my weight discourage me from even trying to lose an ounce. The mountain before me looked way to big to even think about climbing. Just thinking about the task before me would make me depressed and then I would do what came naturally when I was depressed, I'd eat everything in sight, and if it wasn't in sight, I'd go to the store and grab it! Of course this did nothing for me but make the situation even more serious as the weight piled on. It was a vicious cycle. The more I gained, the more out of reach it seemed, and the more I gained, the more reasons I had to get busy. But just knowing that I desperately needed to lose weight wasn't even close to being enough to make me do something positive in that direction. Now I'm getting closer and closer to the mountain top. I've proven to myself that if I just keep moving in the right direction, a step at a time, I will get there for sure. I'm not there yet, but I'm making positive progress everyday. It's a consistent effort that defeats this mountain. I can see the flags raised on top of this mountain by those who've gone before me. I'm going to make it this time, I'm really going to make it! I will be up there raising my flag of freedom from obesity and helping others as they climb behind me.
I prepared a wonderful Flat-Out pizza tonight with mozzarella and mushrooms. The entire thing checked in at 220 calories. It was simply amazing! Picture below!
My good friends told me that I must ignore it, and that's really the best advice...but after several e-mail inquiries---I will address something briefly here instead of writing out several long e-mails:
There's something to remember around here. This is a weight loss blog, pure and simple. It's about overcoming food addiction and learning how to become more physically fit. It's about winning the battle against morbid obesity. It's a dissection of the mental aspects along the way. It's a constant reminder of the fundamentals and consistency that's required for weight loss success. That's what it's all about. Freedom. That's what it is, freedom. My journey has been very personal and public, I understand that. But still I try to maintain a certain level of privacy. I've learned some very hard lessons lately, and from those lessons, I will become a stronger and wiser person. This isn't a soap opera. It's a very real life blog. If you wanted something other than a good weight loss blog, you'll have to read someone else. And remember: There are two dramatically different sides to every story and don't believe everything you read---and always consider the source.
Thank you for reading. Goodnight and...
Doesn't look like a fast food lunch---but it is, purchased at Wendy's for a total of 2.99! Good choices indeed!
This Flat-Out flat bread pizza checks in at 220 calories. So good and so light!