Monday, March 30, 2009

Vest Update

Holy Crap Bat Man!!The vest was great.It felt a lot more balanced with 10 pounds in the front and 10 in the back, instead of 20 in back.I will let you know after a week how it makes my back feel.

One thing I know for sure, the more I move the better I feel.I might not feel like doing anything but once I start moving I feel better than ever.

Come down the fat loss road with me, remember --------------


Cowboy goes High Tech

Greetings from the land of milk and honey.
Today is Monday and I had a real good weekend.By my Caltrak I burned 3182 and 3056 calories on Saturday and Sunday.I feel so much better than I did 8 months ago it is unreal.

I also went by Academy and bought a Weighted Vest. You can add from 0-40 pounds in the vest. High Tech stuff, it has 1 pound bags of steel shot so you can add as many as you want.Breathable mesh vest so the sweat can hit the ground while I fly around the track.

The reason I bought this high tech gear is, my back was beginning to hurt down low from my back pack with the sand bag in it. So I felt this would be better and today I will give it a try with 20 pounds in it. I will let you know how it feels.

Also, Muata suggested I get some trekking poles to use while walking in order to work my upper body. The trekking poles would work the same as the ski poles while cross country skiing.

So being that I am all into "Go Green" instead of buying a pair of carbon fiber poles I got two cedar stays from my son and whittled me a pair of poles. I have to get me some straps today and tomorrow---look out--folks can think once again---Bill is weird!!

My poles weigh a total of 6 pounds and I have counted and ciphered that I would pick them up around 2500 times during my walk.That my friend is picking up 15,000 pounds while I walk!!Don't worry , if that is too much I can always throw them down and come back and get them.----Pole report in a couple of days.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
Even a blind hog will find a acorn every once in a while.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lieing to yourself ain't all bad

I have had a couple of real smart people tell me that my fat loss story would help motivate someone else to start their journey. I think they may have been right.I have also had two comments in the past few weeks that went"I just can't seem to control what I eat,I feel like I will never be able to do what you did".

I have said before I ain't no politician---that statement is pure horse shit. It just all depends on how you look at things.If what I am doing is not working then I need to change what I am doing OR accept where I am. The second option is not the best one----if all else fails , tell yourself a LIE.

Some people that know me think I'm a little weird--LOL--if they only knew!!

Some lies are not bad, some are good for you. I have gone into the bathroom,closed the door so no one can see the weirdo.Then I look at myself in the mirror,then look up at the ceiling, hold my hands out like money is falling from the ceiling and repeat "I Love My Job" over and over. I have said I deserve to be happy, I deserve to be thinner, I Can Do This!! And if you tell yourself these lies enough times you will come to believe it---just like I did when I would lie to myself about not being able to lose weight.

This trip I am on is as much a mental journey as a physical one.No one ever told me I could not lose fat but me.No one ever convinced me I could lose fat but me.

Oh sure people would tell me I could/should lose weight but no one CONVINCED me but me. No on can do it for me, all I had to do was lie a little bit in the beginning and there I go, down the fat loss road.

Now granted, if I lie to myself about starting my journey Tomorrow, then the lie is bad. The trick is to lie to yourself for the positive.

It has been said that 1 of 3 people will have some mental issues in their life time. Well I looked at the person on my right and then on my left, they looked OK so maybe it is was time to look at me.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
A good free Cowboy peice of advice-start your journey, tell yourself a little lie, tell yourself the truth in the end, just start.Travel with me--- I CAN.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Mountain Movement

Well, it is Monday and i am back to work. Man am I ever glad I have something to do.

Five of us went to the mountains of west Texas and chased Aoudad sheep for a week. We had a good trip with no mishaps and only one near miss--large rattlesnake VS small leg---snake missed--now that is a good thing.I asked everyone sitting around the camp fire one night what they thought the poor folks were doing.Everyone said --working. Not me, I felt the poor folks were the ones sitting some where feeling sorry for themselves. I never had much money but I have always been rich, just sometimes I forget that fact.

I wore my Caltrak while I was "vacationing" and was surprised to see that I was averaging around 3700 calories a day burned.I did not write down my food but I did notice I ate in moderation 95% of the time. I weighed 3 pounds more on Monday morning than when I left the week before on Friday. Typically I will be 3-4 heavier on Sunday night or Monday morning VS the previous Thursday. I felt good about the week and my knees felt pretty good except coming down off a mesa---no cushion in them knees makes for a pain when I come down hill.

I walked the 2 1/2 miles at lunch with my 20 pound pak and it felt real good. So we are back in the routine.I am planning on stepping up the Body Weight exercises after this week.

I better go catch up on more paper work.Keep moving---it's like milk---it does the body good.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
Ya can't hit the ball, if ya don't swing the damn bat.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spotlight on American

Yesterday I was spotlighted on What a thrill!! Janet encouraged me to let Muata spotlight my fat loss journey after he asked. They were both right about it being a good thing to do.

I would encourage anyone trying to start a trip like this OR anyone on a fat loss journey to go to Muata's site and read. This guy is one of the people that HAVE IT.He also has too many links of inspiration,nutrition,exercise and gym less training to mention. PLUS he will not talk down to anyone and is always there to encourage a Cowboy.

I thanked everyone last night that commented about my spotlight and would like to mention here a word I heard in a speech about 40 years ago.This speech was given at the Texas state FFA convention, by a state officer.It was on his favorite word in the English language----AMERICAN. He said if you pronounce it a little different it becomes A MER I CAN. I never forgot this speech and told others about it.30 years latter my son used this story and what it meant in his run at being elected to state officer in the FFA also.

Although I had never forgotten the speech, I did stray from the lesson learned from it--A Mer I Can.In my fat loss journey, I had to find that meaning and just say I CAN. It does not come instantly but it can be done.

Anyone out there that needs encouragement or confidence---just start like I did, Go into the bathroom with the door closed (where no one will see you and think you are nuttier than they already think you are) and look into the mirror and say I CAN. That is what I do everyday.

If I can , anyone can.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stupid Commercials

Hello from the proud gulf coast area of Texas.

Today's posts is about stupid commercials and that is one of the reasons the world is going to hell in a hat basket.Let me explain,last night I saw yet another stupid commercial where two pigs were sitting eating ham at a restaurant talking about cell phones!! Crap what is the world coming to? Every day we are bombarded with crap from the advertising world and most of it is pure horse shit.We sit mindlessly soaking up this garbage and then gripe when the product does not do what the paid model on tv said.

This holds true for me in the fat loss world also. since I have been on the fat loss journey I notice how much garbage is out there, telling me in 20 minutes a day 4 days a week , I can look like the hunk on TV.Or , if I just drink one drink at breakfast and lunch and swallow a spoon full of gruel I can cleanse my colon of 30 pound of Spackle and lose all my fat------------horse shit.

It has not been that easy for me, but it has been simple once I began to get a quality education----eat less/move more.
I got my education for free, just started reading. Not books at the book store, not from the health magazines---I started by reading about regular folks just like me. Folks that eat too much, move too little and added pounds gradually over lots of time. Regular folks just like me that work hard, struggle to roll the right dice, and want someone to tell them the truth.

They will ask their doctor and he will say eat less, get some exercise and they will say that is easy for him to say, he is skinny and can afford a gym membership. Well, that is a crock of cold cat crap.I did not need a gym and I ain't skinny. All I needed was to see folks just like me succeeding in fat loss.

Regular folks succeeding without having something to sell.Now I am not against someone making a few chips but I wonder how do some of these people sleep.

Now the way someone else losses their fat may not be a good way for me to lose BUT the basic method is the same---eat less/move more---and this ain't coming from a pig model on TV, it's coming from a regular person.

Go get some education, it is free, the world wide web has good stuff-go ask regular folks.SOAP BOX OVER.

Practiced yesterday and today , full pak trak with 30 pounds in the pack. Yesterday was tuff, legs were tired. today was good, my legs felt strong.I will rest my legs Thursday and Friday , as I leave for the mountains of West Texas Friday after work to chase Aoudad Sheep in the rocks for a week. I will get in plenty of walking there.

See ya down the road.

I am borrowing a PEARL from my daughter, because it fits this posts.

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Faith and Values

Thank you for reading my blog.I don't profess to be a writer and I might offend someone, if so Oh Well.

I have posted my journey from July1 , 2008 until now.I am only trying to let anyone that might be trying to start a fat loss journey know, you can do it!I have started and you can too.

Today is Wednesday, this is rest day for a normal week. Yesterday I bumped my Full Pak Trak up by dropping an extra 10 pounds in my pack.I am now carrying 30 pounds.My legs are a little tired today.

Anyway, I ate my lunch , read the news (mostly trash) and listened to Red Steagall'Faith and Values". Man this is my kinda music--cowboy stuff, real faith,real values.It got me to thinking---I do a lot of that sometimes.Regardless of who our Gods are, we all have values, we need to use them.My first value should be me and my health, without this how can I be of value to my wife, kids, family or community. Without this value I become a liability.

On Monday I answered Muata's interview questions for a spotlight on his site. I also set my March goal.Sharing a goal before I meet it is new to me, but my goal for March is to get down to 240 pounds. I have Faith I can make it because of my renewed Values.

Stay with me and prod me on.

Got to go, folks in the office are howling at my singing!!!

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
We are a product of our raising, trick is to improve the next product.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

February 2009

Welcome back, we are all most caught up to real time on my fat loss journey.

I started off the month weighing 250.8 and setting a new goal of getting down to 245 pounds.My goal of getting below 250 pounds for the first time in 25 years was well within my reach. AND on Feb. 4 I weighed 249!

I cannot describe how good this felt. I was really amazed. I told Janet and she seemed really glad for me.I looked back thru my day book several times that day to reflect on reaching this milestone.

Janet also told me a should start a blog like Muata and Tony had done, because I might inspire someone to start a fat loss trip also. I was real hesitant being that just a few months ago I didn't even know what a blog was.

I had been sending Muata comments on his posts for a while and mentioned my fat loss at 56 pounds. He immediately sent me an email of encouragement and asked to allow him to spotlight my journey on his site.What a thrill, but I was reluctant.What if I failed to complete my journey? Me inspire someone else?It is strange how we think sometimes.

On 2-5-09 I learned how to start a blog, hot dog, even a blind hog can find an acorn every once in a while.

On 2-6-09 I carried my 20 pound pack a full 2 1/2 miles--Full Pak Trak , I named it.Damn I was feeling good.

NOW GET THIS, on 2-11-09 I had a comment from a viewer of my blog.What a thrill this was for me.I can not put into words how one comment made me feel and how much Janet was right when she told me it would be good for me to write this trip down.

I averaged a week in my day book, I was eating an average of 2249 calories and burning 3120. This is good for me.More or less a typical week.I was cutting calories(not dieting) and not feeling deprived . I was not "working out" I was "practicing" ---I would Practice walking with my full pak trak, practice shooting my bow for upper body strenght , practice walking on the treadmill----hell practice just sounds so much better than "working out".

All this calorie cutting and practicing lead me to 2-26-09, I weighed 245 pounds of educated, fat burning,joy.

That makes 60 pounds of lard lost so far.

This posts also takes me to almost real time in my journey.Come travel with me , if I can do this anyone can. I am a regular guy with regular dreams and demons.Don't let your demons kill your dreams.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL

(kinda gave it away) Even a blind hog will find an acorn every once in a while.