Monday, September 27, 2010

It's Here

Howdy from the land of cool north winds and falling live oak acorns!

Yep it is here, the first good norther has arrived!!Yeppie, hot dog and man oh man!

I got a lot of good calorie burn over the weekend.My hamstrings are sore this morning. By the count on my Caltrak I used 1130 active calories on Saturday and 882 on Sunday.That's pretty good for the weekend. I got really hungry on Sunday and stuffed myself at supper.But all in all, I had a good weekend.

This week I have to go to dinner twice for work, that is always a challenge. I plan on walking a little extra, if I can get these sore hamstrings worked out.

See ya latter in the week.

Pearl of Wisdom form the Mind of WEL
I thought I wanted a career, turns out all I wanted was paychecks.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I can influence?

Howdy from the land of late night cat fights and mad barking dogs!

At 2:20 this morning , I could have choked a couple of cats if I was quick enough to get my hands on them. I would have turned them yappin dogs out to run them off, but a couple of the damn things won't come back when ya call them.

Last week, when I was doing my Full Pak Trac a guy that jogs most days went to his car and came back wearing a weighted vest. When I caught up with him (a rare thing for me) and asked how long he had been using the vest. He told me that was the second day. He went on to say he had seen how much my vest had helped me and decided to give it a try.

Now this fellow is not fat , not even close, but he said he needed to get stronger and thought it would be good to use the vest while he walks. He asked me lots of questions and I tried not to sound like a pro (Cause I ain't)and more like---"well this is what I did and what worked for me".Anyway, we walked nearly a whole lap (1 mile) and he said he was having a hard time keeping up with me----what a thrill!!He said in some of his conversations with folks, I have been the talking point. Well, I told him I hope they did not get down on me too bad. He laughed and said they only talk about how much I have influenced them to keep jogging and such. Another THRILL for Bill!

My point here is not to brag. My point is to mention again, that we make impressions on lots of people and do not even know it. Some of these impressions are good , some not so good. We shape other people and they shape us.

If I am honest with myself (and I am getting better at this), I will recognize the fact that there have been quite a few folks in my life that shaped me negatively and I am removing them for the shaping table. I just flat ass ain't got the time to spend on someone that wants to drag me in a direction I don't want to go.

My fat loss journey is like that also. I have read some blogs written by people that have succeeded and some that are struggling. Some I continue to read and relate to. Some I don't read any more because they sound like a cry baby having a pity party.Even some of the folks that have managed to lose a bunch make all kinds of excuses for the bumps in the road. I guess it is natural to whine, I know I have done my share, but dat gum,no one likes a cry baby.

See ya down the road, go out and shape some body.

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL
Little boys playing with Barbies and Paper Dolls ain't so bad, didn't hurt me none.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Howdy from the land of wet sand and high school bands!

The weekend was wet, and try as best I could, I just could not get in enough movement. I would get wet and sticky , then I would find any excuse I could to change clothes and go sit down. When I sit down I get bored, when I get bored I want to graze.

It looks like we are in for several more days of showers. I did get over to the track at lunch for 2 1/2 miles of Full Pak Trac.Last Thursday I changed my routine up a little and walked 3/12 miles without any vest. I think I will try this again towards the end of the week.

I am working on getting my neck better SLOWLY. Patience is wearing kinda thin---but I did go back and read my last post so that might help a little.

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL

Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Chicken or the Egg?

Howdy from the land of baby calves and green winged Teal!

I pose a question to myself, "which comes first?? encouragement?? or patience??"

When I first started my journey would have said I needed encouragement first.Patience was second place.I had a long way to go and a lot to lose.

Then while thinking about that question, I asked "which is more important?'

While encouragement from others and from myself has been important and maybe it needed to come first, patience has been the hardest to obtain and sustain. Patience is an extremely hard concept for me.You might say I have the patience of a waterfall.

I guess I fit squarely into the "I want it ALL and I want it NOW" generation.

Encouragement can be gotten from myself as well as from others. Some of the most encouraging people for me and my journey do not even know how much they have influenced my trip.Some of them surely do not even know who I am.Encouragement can be received, given ,sold ,borrowed and traded.

Patience , on the other hand , has to be learned,nurtured and perfected by myself. Others can tell me to have patience,but it is up to me to accept the concept.I can vividly remember my Grandpa telling me "Content yourself". I am here to admit, that is hard for me to do.

An odd thought just crept into my brain---what if the loss of fat is not the most important aspect of this journey? Damn, now I have something else to think about while I Full Pak Trac at lunch.

Positive thinking

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL
What the hell would happen if you get scared half to death , twice?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mosquito walk

Howdy from the land of mosquitoes and dragon flies!

The dragon flies should really be happy,happy,happy.They have plenty to eat.When you get out and walk right now, you have got to use your arms as well. Just keeping the mosquitoes off of you can give you a good upper body workout. I don't know if replenishing your blood uses many calories but them blood suckers can get a tea glass full in 45 minutes.

My neck is considerably better and with mowing the grass and working on crap that needed fixing over the weekend I was able to track 3000+ calories burned each day.

I am planning on continuing with my walking and SLOWLY increasing my calorie burning level toward the end of the month.

Come on COOL weather.

Pearl of Wisdom from the mind of WEL
Muhammed Ali---Don't count the days ,make the days count.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Trak Practice

Howdy from the land of dove hunts and tropical rains!

Had us a regular tropical event this week, yes sir.Rain came down like a cow pissing on a flat rock.

Well, today I saddled up my vest and practiced on the track at lunch. It has been several days since I went across the road. My neck feels a little better but them dat gum knees are still there, gonna have to do something about them dang things one day.

It has also been several weeks since I wore my Caltrac, but it is back on now.

Phase of the month is-----left right left, one step at a time.

Fall is just around the corner and I need to be able to take advantage of the weather and move a little father down my road.I still have visions of the final intersection but I am mainly keeping my eyes on the road just ahead of me.I am sure glad I can look back and see I have come farther than I want to go.

Watch for me at a cross roads near you soon.

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL
I am blessed to live in the South, ya don't hear about many folks retiring and moving up North.