Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I've just completed the second step of eighteen in the Transformation challenge. This assignment dealt with developing a balanced exercise routine...one that is reasonable and able to easily fit into my lifestyle on a weekly basis.
I'm doing aerobic exercises on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for about 20 minutes each. I'll also be doing strength training with weights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for around 40 minutes each day.
Note....that is only three hours a week. It pretty much destroys any excuse about not having time to exercise.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Yesterday, I wrote about what is going on with me now. It's part of the process of developing goals. I mean...you can't really think about where you want to go unless you have an idea of where you are starting. I see this in a lot of people (myself included) where goals are set without bothering to take stock of where one is at, why, and just how to get to the end result. Without knowing the starting point, most of us end up wandering around in a big circle time and time again...until we give up the goal altogether.
So, first I answered questions about where I am starting. Now I answer questions about where I want to end up in 18 weeks.
Heart and SoulI will feel good about myself and be able to share that with those I love.
EmotionsInspired to encourage others to seek transformations.
MindsetI'll prove one is never too old or too out of shape to change.
BodyI will tuck my shirt into my pants.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Transformation Challenge is not your ordinary diet and exercise program. In just about every other program out there, the impression is 'follow the plan and you will get results'...eat these foods, don't eat those, do these exercises on these days and, voila, you'll have a ripped body in no time at all.
It's all about the outside. That's good to a point because, let's face it, everybody wants to look strong and healthy. Yet, if my experience and profession have taught me anything, it's that the way we think...the way we view ourselves and the world around...is at the core of everything we do or attempt. Transformation utilizes that principle in providing 18 assignments that are geared to really taking a look at oneself. The assignments are not easy (if one is honest in doing them). The first one, and my answers, are below.
Heart and SoulI do not like the way I feel in my own body. It seems that I am always slightly sick.
EmotionsAshamed of my condition.
Anger at myself for not doing anything to improve.
MindsetI'm too tired.
BodyMy present physical condition is evident in my before photo.
This is where I am now. Tomorrow, I'll answer the questions of where I want to be.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
There were three more pickup loads just like this, all sawed up nicely and taken over to the local forestry disposal site. Not the way I anticipated starting off my vacation, but I suppose it would have been worse to come home to broken trees all over my house.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
No...not that kind....this
I've come to a conclusion about why my attempts at losing weight and getting fit seem to fizzle out all the time. It's mainly because I'm adding things, like diet and exercise, to my lifestyle...but not really changing all the stuff in my life which caused the need in the first place. To put it simply, what I have been doing isn't working because the way I live isn't working; at least as far as fitness is concerned. I can lose weight..sure. I can exercise...big deal. Nothing changes because nothing has changed.
What I'm getting at is that I need to transform how I live rather than just fiddle and tweak here and there. I need to alter pretty much everything I do around food. I need to clarify in my mind exactly why I want what I want and what I am willing to do....and...more importantly...what I am willing to no longer do.
And who knows....perhaps it's not too late to at last become a real transformer.