Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lost in the Shuffle....But not for long!

This weight loss thing can be down right confusing at times and crystal clear at others. There are days when I feel like I know exactly what I am doing and other days when I feel like I am lost. I'll be honest I haven't lost any substantial weight in months, I have been hovering between 400 - 410 lbs for what it seems forever. And yeah some of that has to do with my own self sabotage, I can admit that. But I also feel like I have gotten lost in the shuffle. Over the weekend I read  something that sort of struck a light bulb with me, an epiphany if you will. The first thing I read was something my good friend Janessa wrote on her tumblr page in which she said,

"(for the umpteenth time) you will NOT lose weight by joining a gym. A membership does not guarantee weight loss. A DIET (Did I Eat That?) doesn’t equate to fat loss. No magic trick can save you, if all you ever do is sabotage your efforts. 
I don’t care what potion, powder or pill you inject, sniff or slurp, you are not guaranteed results. The warning labels on the bottle blatantly inform you of such, clear as crystal.What many fail to overstand is that your mind is the engineer, your will is the mechanic and your heart is the engine. Your trainer, gym, DVD, exercise guru, gadget, supplement, internet resource, platform, forum, ________(fill in the blank) is just a key. And not all keys are calibrated to start all engines; you might have to try a few before the car will run. But ultimately, YOU were given this car and you have to drive it; funny shameful how many cars are in better condition than their owner’s body. But like any car, peak performance can only be attained by optimizing it efficiently in all terrain; manufactured to outlive the toughest of variables. weight loss begins in your mind."  

I read this over and over, not because I didn't understand it but because it what I needed to hear.  I started to analyze why I hadn't lost weight in the past 6 months. My quick answer is that I sabotaged myself.... alot. But my more in depth answer is that I got away from what was working for me. I stopped losing weight right about the same time I joined a new gym. Its a great gym, has amazing facilities, has plenty of different types of fitness classes. Its also where I got lost in the shuffle! For those who don't know I lost most of my first 80 lbs by lifting weights. That's right people, you heard me right, I dropped those 80 lbs by lifting weights. Did I do cardio? Of course  I did, but it was only a supplement to my weight training. I think when I joined my new gym about 6 months ago I got lost with all the new classes they offered. I stopped my lifting routine and started doing zumba, kickboxing, and a few select other classes. Now don't get me wrong these are great classes and I thoroughly enjoyed them, but they aren't the keys that my engine needs right now. Lots of people have lost alot of weight many different ways, not all methods work for everyone. For me I have to go back to my basics and do what worked for me. I'll still do a zumba class or kickboxing class occasionally but my focus will be on the weight training.

Lets do this!


Lily Fluffbottom said...

Good for you for not giving up, for trying new things and finding out what works for you!

@soulwindow said...

Alan this is SO TRUE! Recently losing my job and my sick grandmother are stressors that have caused my attention to shift and I am determined to get back into it!

Tishia said...

Interesting that I ended up reading your blog tonight ... I was just heading to bed and decided to scan my RSS feed first and well now I'm here. lol

Anyways...I can't even begin to say how much I needed this right this very moment!

Good for you Alan for knowing that you need to go back to doing what was working for you in the beginning!

Pam said...

Great post!! Glad you can re-focus your efforts and get back to feeling good. You know the tricks and secrets to fuel your body for success. I enjoy what both of you wrote. Your goals always help you and once you remember how it feels to lose weight you'll be back on track in no time.


Shari @ FindingAWeigh said...

Ive been stuck here for a while too, after I read your post I realized its ok that Im at a different level then others, at least Im on a level. Thank you for helping to re-inspire me. We WILL do this =)

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