Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mind games

Howdy from the land of peach trees and blooming dewberry vines!

Yep, it looks like a wonderful spring approaching us.

If you have read some of my older posts, you will note that when I started my fat loss journey I was really concerned about my weight.I still am but not to the extent I once was.In the beginning, I would weight faithfully twice a day.

I would weigh at night just before bed and the first thing in the morning.I would write the weights in my day book. I would plot graphs and scheme what my next checker board move would be based on my weight.

After several months I noticed I would 'bounce" up 1-3 pounds over the weekend and lose that same amount from Monday to Tuesday. After a while I began to make poor choices on the weekend knowing I could lose it by Tuesday.I was playing games with myself. Now I was learning a lot also but looking back, I was still playing mind games.

Muata will tell you that fat loss is as much a mental challenge as a physical one and I agree.

For the past two months I have focused more on gaining strength than losing weight. I still have a burning desire to lose FAT and by gaining muscle I am losing some fat. Kinda like trading quarters for a dollar. I can tell I am losing some fat in the process by the way my skin is hanging and clothes are fitting.In the past two months I have only been weighing once a day, in the morning. I still notice a bounce on the weekend, all fluids, and still lose the bounce by Tuesday.

However, I think because I know about the bounce and I know about the loss of the bounce and on Tuesday I confirm this Bounce----I am still using the info to play a little game with myself.

SOOOO--I came up with a new mind game.In April I am gonna weight twice ----April 1 and April 30.That will teach me to play mind games for a damn month and not a week.I think it will be a challenge to stay off the scale for 30 days, but that is the plan.I think it will also make me more mindful of my food choices on the weekends.

I'll post a weight tomorrow to kick off the April Games-----and it won't be no April Fool's joke.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
Inside every old person is a young person saying---"What the hell happened!"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Life in the fast lane

Howdy from the land of good intentions and folks with problems!

I wonder why we fly down the road of life in such a damn big hurry.We all want what we want right now!We get in such a rush to get to the next stop sign that we miss seeing the man on the side of the road in purple underwear!!

Crap, folks slow down!

We need to take a good long look at the world around us. I need to take a good long look at myself. If I want something different in my life ,I got to fix ME.

Our country is going down the road to Hell as fast as a speeding train and all we can do is grab a cell phone and stop at the drive thru window for another 1200 calorie meal.

I am a firm believer in that , without self improvement there is gonna be no community improvement.We all have good intentions but most of us fall a little short on implementation.

Now , I hope this post does not sound like a sermon but there is a reason for my insanity.My boss' wife had a double bypass heart surgery 6-7 weeks ago. This week she is #1 on the regional heart transplant list---she is not 40 years old, they have 3 boys under the age of 10!Their priorities have changed since New Years Day.

This post has less to do with fat loss and more to do with self improvement but I think it is important for us to remind ourselves who and what is important while we fly down the fast lane-----health, life,and someone to love is all we get---the rest is calf slobber. Don't know what in the hell I'm talking about do ya? It is kinda like a coconut cream pie----ya got to have a HEALTHY crust to hold the pie together and the LIFE of the pie is the coconut cream , that is what ya really LOVE. The meringue on top is just calf slobber( that white foam around a calf's mouth when he has been sucking)---looks white and sweet but ya really don't need it if you have the rest of the pie.

Get your priorities in line, take time to look at yourself and the world. Slow down a little , the fast lane is dangerous.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
We live in the land of the free because of the brave.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Falling leaves

Howdy from the land of green winter grass and howling north winds!

Last week me and Janet raked leaves three evenings in a row . We loaded the trailer with three loads and I put them on the tank dam for compost. I got some good exercise those days on top of my walking and BWE.

Then Saturday a norther blew in and it rained 2 inches and the wind BLEW!!I mean Bleeew! And the leaves fell again. Not quite as much to rake this time around. Kinda of a 2 step forward and 1 back deal.

My fat loss is like that right now also.I feel I'm gaining muscle, because I can do more BWE than a month ago,and the skin on my legs is getting a little looser. But the scale is moving real slow. 2 steps forward 1 back.

I'll just keep walking and raking and hauling leaves and doing push ups until I get er done.

One day all the leaves will be moved and the fat will be gone.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
There is no stopping a man that knows he is in the right and keeps on coming.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I call myself a Cowboy

Howdy from the land growing up kids and budding out trees!

I take pride in calling myself a Cowboy. Now I don't ride a horse much anymore but I prefer the Cowboy mentality in all things.

To me the American Cowboy symbolizes common sense ,fair play,integrity,stewardship of the land and beasts.It also brings meaning to personal responsibility and being proud of who you are.Too many people in this country have lost sight of these things in the quest for " I want it NOW!".

Fat loss is taking a first hand approach at personal responsibility. If I don't do it, it ain't gonna get done. It is the same with you.

I have been doing BWE exercises each week and trying to increase the sessions. This seems to really be helping. The dumb bell lifts in the office during the day are helping also. I can feel more muscle and less fat around my old belly and thighs.

I have also begun to work on improving my form when doing my push ups.It is amazing how much harder a damn push up is when ya use the correct form.

See ya down the fat loss road, holler at me and we'll do a few push ups.

Pearl of Wisdom form the mind of WEL
Call yerself a Cowboy ---and mean it.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My north star

Howdy from the land of Shiner beer and fine cowboy music!

I sure like good country music--cowboy songs in particular.In one of Red Steagall's CDs is a song about pointing your wagon tongue towards the north star.

Now this was an old trail drive technique. When making a cattle drive north to the rail the cook would point the wagon tongue towards the north star , in the evening. In this manner if it was cloudy in the morning, there would be no doubt which way north was. As the plains were wide open , with no landmarks, if one could not see where the sun rose and set it was easy to lose direction.

So as the song plays out the reference to pointing your wagon tongue toward your north star is used for guiding oneself thru the obstacles of life.In other words, having GOALS, something to shoot for,some direction or a sense of purpose.

A goal even one like mine , That keeps on moving around is better than just drifting along with no purpose. I sure am glad I have a North Star to point my wagon tongue toward.

Just remember:
My life has been a good one
My hair is turning grey
I've seen a lot of sunshine
But there has been some cloudy days

I suggest you find your North Star, you damn sure don't want to drift too far of course.My North Star---200 pounds, stronger,tighter,better balance. What is your NORTH STAR??

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
You'll never lose direction
And you'll know just where you are
If you'll always point your
wagon tongue towards that ole North Star

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Howdy from the land of thistles and burr clover!!

We Humans think we are really something. We put great stock in ourselves and tend to place our species above all else.

In reality Humans are just an animal nothing more. The big difference between us and the rest of the beasts is we can reason, plan,cheat ,steal , plot and connive.We also hold our own individual ,as well as our species' ,fate in our hands. And at times that is a heavy cross to bear.

I have often said I have control of my fat loss road map. Which way I turn is my choice---and it is.In admitting I have control of the map , I also must turn loose of any excuses I have been carrying around---just in case someone says something I take offense to.

Control is kinda like credit---it is a wonderful thing to have but comes with a price.With control comes individual responsibility. The pay back for control is looking in the mirror and saying ---yep --you did it(good or bad).

So my focus this month is on responding to my control of my choices. This month I am working on the amount of BWE I do for each week.Last week I did 40% more than the week before. This week, I plan on adding about 20% more than last week.If I can increase enough BWE time , I would like to finish the month by doing twice as much as in April.

I think I can make this goal without hurting myself. I can already feel the difference in my body.

Next month, I want to put in the same amount of time but gradually work on better form with my BWEs.

Stay tuned for updates along the road.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
Where wildlife cannot survive, man cannot exist.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Making do dumb bell vest update

Howdy from the land of spring flowers and busy farmers!

Yep, spring is just about here,if ya put stock in the corn farmers.There are busy planting seed corn.The Indian Pinks are beginning to bloom and there are a few peach/pear trees blooming.

I thought I would give an update on my dumb bell/weighted vest.I am getting 25 reps four times a day. It seems to really get my heart to thumping.I gave blood yesterday so i did not do BWE last night , but I will tonight.

I should finish the week with hitting BWE 4 times, next week the goal is 5.

Also my knees are getting better, another week I may be able to get back on the treadmill at home.

I hope everyone has a good weekend and gets in some exercise.Go outside and wave at some stranger going down the road----really WAVE---make them wonder who the hell was that??

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
When everything is coming your way---you are in the wrong damn lane.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Making do

Howdy from the land of renewed focus and sore shoulders!

This weight loss trip can damn sure be humbling.I want the trip over now,I want the weight to leave now, I want the skin to tighten up NOW!!

But it don't work like that.

Now I have never been accused of being a real patient feller. In fact , I have about as much patience as a water fall on most things.I am however doing better with my fat loss journey.I have accepted the fact that my completed journey will never really be over. I will need to think about my food choices and calorie burning the rest of my life.I am OK with that.

One reason I am OK with thinking and burning calories is I am gonna get stronger and stronger as time goes on. I will feel better and be able to do more as time goes on----watch out Superman!!I may be able to jump tall buildings one day---LOL

The past few weeks I have been looking at my BWE and thinking about a way to bump up my calorie burn during the day. I thought about doing a few more push ups 3-4 times a day at work.I then thought I did not want to do too much of any one exercise for fear that I would then burn out on that method. I felt it would be better to find a different exercise to add to my routine.One that my knees would accept. I keep going back to Muata talking about resistance training with sandbags and dumb bells.

I thought about going to Academy and buying some dumb bells to bring to work. I did not want to spend any money and my office is really a storage closet so space is limited.

Then I remembered something my old Grandpa used to tell me. Now Burdette was a smart man and he is one of three men in my life I use as an example of a GOOD MAN.I place a lot of stock in the life lessons he let me see and evaluate. Anyhow, he used to tell me "content yourself" "make do with what you got".

So , Monday after I got back from my Full Pak Trac at lunch I slung my 40 pound weighted vest in it's corner of my office (closet) and sat down thinking about this dumb bell thing and wham!!I said to myself "myself there lies a 40 pound dumb bell".

So I have added a new routine during the day. I close the door for a few minutes,I bend over hold onto the vest,while straightening up I lift it to my waist and then over my head, back to my waist,then to the floor--25 times. It might not sound like a lot to the body builder guys but it works me pretty good. I did it twice during the afternoon Monday. My goal is to do it 4 times a day by weeks end.

It is fun to do , makes me more active and it must be burning some calories because my shoulders are sore today.

So here I go down the road, the end is way out there but the real benefit is looking at the scenery while on a road trip.Come travel with me , point out the highlights as we go down the road.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
Poor folks got poor ways---man oh man ---I miss that old man.