Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Its not the hardest thing and not the easiest..

I often tell people weight loss is the not the hardest thing I have ever done but at the same time its not the easiest. We all know the steps we need to take to lose the weight right?

 We gotta eat right, work out, create calorie deficits, drink enough water, get enough sleep and so on.

Thats the easy part! Execution is where it gets hard. If you had nothing to do all day, didn't need to work, had no worries then yeah you could do all the things I stated above and you would lose the weight. Most of us don't have that luxury, life gets in the way. But that doesn't mean it cant be done.

I'll give you an example: In May of 2009 I was laid off from what I thought what my dream job. The economy was in state of panic and I worked in an industry that was one of the hardest hit. I knew for a fact I would not find a job for a extended period of time. That's also when I decided to lose the weight and I started do everything that I needed to do. I signed up for a gym, starting working out, hired a RD to  help me with my food, got enough sleep. I practically lived to work out and it showed, I dropped 80 lbs like it was nothing.

Eventually I found a job and after being free to spend my days as I pleased for a year and a half I found myself back to a state of reality. Back to a 50 hour work week, deadlines, projects, meetings, blah blah blah (Don't get me wrong, I love what I do).  I found myself trying to find that balance between my professional job and my weight loss job, yes you read that correctly I do consider weight loss a second job. Its taken me a long time to find balance and I feel that I am getting closer to it but its VERY hard work.

This is what my typical schedule looks like at the moment:

5:15 am: Wake up, pack gym bag, get dressed, make protein shake.
6:00 am: Arrive at gym, workouts usually last an hour.
7:15 am: Shower at gym, get dressed, etc.
8:00 am: Get to Work
6:00 pm: Leave Work
6:20 pm: Get Home
7:00 pm: Start prep for the next day. Make breakfast, Lunch, 2 Snacks for the next day the night before.
7:30 pm: Cook Dinner and Eat
8:00 pm: Clean all the dishes
9:30 pm: I try to be in bed, this usually ends up being 10 pm.

This is what I do Monday through Friday and its hard, to me at least. I mean there is a lot of little things I must do to make sure I have all my food with me at work the next day. If I don't get to bed on time I can forget about waking up for my workouts. I really have to disciplined about all of this and I dont have alot of room for error. On a side note I truly now appreciate what parents go through, especially ones who work. I couldn't even imagine doing what I have to do everyday with a couple of kids thrown into the mix.

I'll be honest with you since I started working again in August of 2010 I haven't lost a lot of weight, truthfully I have lingered around the 400 - 420 mark since then. Its taken me awhile to find balance, way longer than I expected but life is such.

This all leads me back to what I said in the beginning, weight loss isn't the hardest thing I have done in my life and at the same time it isn't the easiest. It takes a lot of discipline, planning, and preparation.

Everyone should know that they can do it. Everyone should also know that not everyone will do it.  You have to want it. Not your for your wife, not for your child, not for your parents..... for YOU. I  want you to think about that. Do you really want it ? Or do you think you want it?


Jillian said...

This was a great post! To be honest, I'm not working right now. I don't have a job, and I do just kind of sit around all day, but to me, that makes my weight loss even more difficult. I'm very much a person who likes routine and structure, and living without that while trying to lose weight is a major struggle. All I want to do is eat out of the refrigerator all day. This is the first blog post of yours that I've read--I'm looking forward to reading more about you!

A Girl Who Loves Cupcakes said...

I made the comment to Casey that it would be so much easier if I didn't have to work. I just can't seem to find the time to fit in everything I want to do. On Saturdays, when I get up in the morning and head to the gym and spend 2-3 hours I feel amazing. I wish I had that time to devote to it everyday but there is just no possible way. You inspired me to write about it on my blog today!

Tiffany @ Jump the Dock said...

This is a great post Alan! I have to be honest that right now, I just think I want it. And that's hard to 'write' out loud. I spend a lot of time THINKIKNG of what life will be like when I'm thin, and not enough time DOING the things that will actually get me there. Thanks for the reminder that if I really want it, I can make it happen. :)

Brittany said...

I've got this great plan all planned out, but i've got ot do the plan! It won't happen and i won't lose weight, if i don't DO IT!