Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Week 4 Day 3

A lot of people think, that when I counsel people, I just sit and offer up advice and solutions to various problems. More specifically...that I fix those problems.


My job, and it's much harder than fixing some one's problem, is to get the other person to realize that their solutions are not working. It's often a source of amazement for me to have a person desperately seeking my advice spend a whole session telling me why they are going to continue doing the things that got them into their unhappy situation in the first place. I often end up asking them the famous Dr. Phil question..."so, how's that working for you?". It's considered a major breakthrough when a person can come to the conclusion that "it's not working very well at all" and open themselves up to trying something different.

I'm no different. My very good friend, Boyd , made some observations and comments concerning my diet that I had been listing for a few days. Good, sound advice and given with his sincere desire to help me attain the goals I wanted.

But what did I do with all that great advice?

I argued. I rationalized. I read every comment he made with a "but, but, but" going through my mind to explain why I was doing what I was doing and why it was the right thing to do. Even while complaining that what I was doing wasn't working. embarrassing. Time to take some of that advice which I make a living out of giving to others.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. Sanity is the knowledge that if you want something different in your life, you have to do something different in your life.

Thanks Boyd.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Week 3 Day 4

Meal 1: bowl of oatmeal, pat of butter

Meal 2: small bag of Cheetos (my bad)

Meal 3: leftovers of meatloaf and wild rice

Meal 4: missed

Meal 5: pork & veggie stir fry, rice

Meal 6: handful of unsalted in-shell peanuts

Workout: jogging

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Week 3 Day 3

Meal 1: Oatmeal with pat of butter

Meal 2: No time to eat

Meal 3: Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake frozen was really yummy

Meal 4: Homemade fruit salad

Meal 5: Meat loaf, wild rice, broccoli

Meal 6: Grapefruit

Water: 16 oz per meal

Workout: Lower body, at home with hand weights

Wednesday Cat Blogging

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Week 3 Day 2

What I ate today:

6am Meal 1: 1 bowl oatmeal with blueberries

9am Meal 2: 1 cup cottage cheese, 1 yogurt

12pm Meal 3: 1 bowl homemade fruit salad, handful of nuts

3pm Meal 4: Protein shake

7pm Meal 5: serving of steak and peppers, 2 whole wheat tortillas, 1 cup sherbet

10pm Meal 6: 1/4 ounce cheddar cheese, 1/2 grapefruit

and 12 glasses of water (about a gallon)

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Week 2 Day 4

It can be discouraging. Wanting to lose a bunch of weight, watching what you're eating, exercising, hunger, temptations, sore muscles....then stepping on a scale and thrrrrrpppppt! After more than a week on this challenge I've lost a grand total of 1 lb. I contribute that to the theory that I've already lost most of the easy weight and losing more bodyfat is going to be a slow process.

I am starting to feel better. Much more energy and not quite as hungry all the time.

Still sore though.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Week 1 Day 3

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I have difficulty eating breakfast. My usual habit is to drink several cups of coffee, supplemented with a few cigarettes, in an attempt to jump start my brain and body in the morning. That works for the short term...but very bad for me in the long view. So one of my challenges in this challenge is to start the day with a healthy meal. The photo above is one of my standards; two poached eggs and two vegetarian sausage patties. It totals about 200 calories with 32 grams of protein and 8 grams of carbohydrates. No butter or oil, just a bit of hot sauce on the patties and black pepper on the eggs with a glass of water on the side. The whole thing takes about five minutes to whip up so I can prepare it, eat it, and go.

It's pretty tasty too.