Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Some habits are good

Howdy from the land of a fading summer and an approaching fall!

Man,it has been a long hot dry summer. But I can feel it slipping away and fall coming closer. We have had rain and it is no longer 100 degrees.

Me and Mac went on a trip to Wyoming for a week and had a real blast. While we were gone I was not able to use the Internet and do any blogging----I missed it.I have been in the habit of reading Mrlowbodyfat each morning and Theantijared at lunch , along with several other blogs. I have been in the habit of posting on this little blog as well.

Some habits are good, some not so much. These blogs have become habits that I think are really good and important to me.They give me inspiration, great ideas, some "oh shit that's me" insights and a good dose of accountability.

Because of the habits I have acquired from the blogs, more habits have developed. I am in the habit of taking my lunch to work instead of eating out,I am in the habit of thinking about how much I am eating and how many calories it has.While I walked a great deal in the mountains in Wyoming I missed doing my Full Pak Trak at lunch---but hey---yesterday I fell right back into my habit, Full Pak Trak @lunch w/28lbs, 30 minutes on the treadmill at night and BWE and stretches to follow.

I am glad to be back and still in the habit of walking the right direction down the Fat Loss Highway. Come join me , like Martha says------that's a good thing.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
It is frustrating when you know all the answers but no one asks you any questions.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ripples at a crossroad

Howdy from the land whitewing doves and red tailed hawks!

Choices----we all make them, we make some good ones, some bad ones and some that don't really seem to matter. But unless we stick our hands in our pockets and make sounds like a carrot we make them. Some of us even learn lessons from the choices we make.

When I've come to a cross road in life and I am charged with making a choice on which way to go, I seldom think about how the choice will effect others. I mostly just think about what the effects will be on me.The choices I have made are ,to me , like standing on the bank of the lake and throwing a rock in the direction I want to go. The rock flies one way , but the ripples it makes goes out in all directions. Those ripples effect others without me even knowing.

Like wise, the choices that others make have ripples that effect me.Take my lovely bride,Janet,she has made ripples that have moved, shaped and guided me along more than any person I can think of.Good,bad or indifferent her ripples have effected me in more ways that I can count and she will ever realize.She has helped me (not a complete cure) make better choices and be a better person.

I think we should all take time out to reflect on the ripples that touch us from others and what we learn from them. We will, as grandpa said , learn a lesson a day if we only keep our mouth shut and our eyes open.

As I travel down my fat loss highway, I try to slow down long enough to think about the knowledge I have gained , not only on this road but along my whole life's travel. I have learned a whole gaggle of lessons along the way. I have no problem telling you I have screwed the pooch on several choices and have dodged the bullet on several occasions. But all in all, I think a bunch of ripples from a bunch of folks have helped me do OK.

Make a good choice today, just one,I promise it won't hurt. Send out some ripples, you don't even have to try, they are on their way.

Eat less, move more, build muscle,lose fat.Have a positive effect on others.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
Having an ADVENTURE usually means, ya used poor judgement but ya survived.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A new low even for me

Howdy from the land of Jody Nix playing western swing and Bill & Janet cutting a rug!

Went to Sengellmann Hall Saturday night and did a little calorie burning in the form of dancing with my lovely bride. Had a real nice time, although I don't think my knees or Janet's are up to a hell of a lot of dancing. But for a while we pretended we were 25 and torn up the floor.

Friday when I stepped on the scale I weighed 217.2 which is a new low for me. Thursday or Friday is usually my lowest weight for the week.This puts me around 87.8 pounds of fat I have shed on my journey.

This week is gonna be a slow it down kinda week. Me and Mac are traveling to Wyoming Friday night after work for a week. So this week I plan on walking Monday and Tuesday--Full Pak Trac, treadmill at night and BWE. On Wednesday I plan on walking at lunch with no pak only. Thursday and Friday I am gonna rest and get ready for the drive.

Stay tuned to more youthful exploits from yours truly.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
Growing old is mandatory,growing up is optional.

Friday, September 11, 2009

September showers

Howdy from the land of thundershowers and green grass!

I have not got to talk about rain much this year but what a difference a few days make.It has been raining around our area, not much at the house, but others have had really nice rains.We can all count our blessings, count them one by one.

Grandpa always said , it rains on the deserving and the un-deserving alike.

Yesterday, a fella asked if the rain was cutting into my walking at lunch. I told him no way, I ain't scared (of rain, lighting might be different).Today I am gonna try to walk an extra mile at lunch. I have been doing that once or twice a week. I can really feel the difference at night when I add an extra mile at lunch.

Just got some emails from the lunch time track crowd and it looks like the turnout will be light today----getting a real good shower now.

Well, I am going to walk, it feels good and to be honest---I am a little scared if I make too many excuses NOT to walk, it will be too easy for me to go backwards. I just can't stand the thought of turning around on my fat loss highway.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
Meanness don't jes happen over night.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Simple Truths

Howdy from the land of gopher mounds and burned up pastures!

Truths by their very nature tend to be simple things.Most of the truths are not complicated.Despite the government claims , despite your bosses explanations and despite what the television says----most of the truths we encounter in life are pretty simple stuff. It is only when we try to get around the truths or cheat our own common sense that we get our issues so damn complicated a preacher , two nuns and a snake oil salesman can't straighten them out.

Fat loss is a lot that way too. It is simple really----go back a read the Energy Equation--calorie is the king, it is quite simply Weight Loss' Golden Rule---and that young grasshopper is a simple truth.

I don't know why I tend to get all twisted up like a Bohemian Hatchet Knot ( that is a knot tied by a Bohemian that is so complicated it takes a hatchet to un-tie it).

Anyways, there have been several times when it seems like I am not moving any further down my fat loss highway, kinda stuck. I begin to thinking and scheming and trying to decide what I need to change. Maybe I need to eat more ju-ju beans or maybe I need to get a kettlebell and go to lifting it. But, if I just relax and continue on my routine it seems to all fall in place.

It is simple really, if I consistently move more than I consume, the truth is I lose some fat.The simple truth is consistent practice is the best.I remember I guy telling me Practice does not make perfect---Practice makes permanent.The truth is he was right.

Tell yourself the simple truth.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
As a child I learned, no matter how hard you try, you just can't baptize a cat.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

And the "I"s have it

Howdy from the land of western swing and camp fire songs!

When I was in high school I was part of the FFA.One thing I learned from this experience was a good bit of parliamentary procedures. I always remember the phrase "And the "aye"s have it and the motion carries". It is just stuck in my library of memories.However, being from Texas and rural Texas at that we pronounced "aye" ---"I"-----the "I"s have it and the motion carries.

Either way you say it the meaning is the same ---positive vote, yes,we can,we should,we will.

As I ease down my fat loss highway I have discovered several "aye" votes I have made:
I can eat better.
I can eat less.
I can move more and gain strength.
I can feel better about myself.
I will continue to learn.
I can gain muscle and I will lose fat.
I agree that "calorie" is the King.
I have discovered a load of crap is shown on TV about weight loss.
I realize some of the best fat loss advice is freely given, by folks that have been there and done that.
I have learned to seek out success stories of others and don't waste time with the ones that vote "nay".
I can add more motion to my movement as long as it is gradual and consistent.
I can practice my motion and burn calories anywhere,I don't need a gym.
I can get to where I want to be on this journey-------and will.

If you think you would like to lose some fat, call for a vote.Let me know and I'll vote "I"-----you should too, "I" did.See less of you down the road!

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.