Thursday, March 31, 2011

Quitting the herd

Howdy from the land of butter flies and yellow clover blooms!

The ladies asked me if I wanted to go eat lunch with the group today. I said nope, but that they could go walk with me, they said nope.

Now three years ago I would have went to lunch with them. I always went into town at lunch and had a "good" meal.In this town the choices are Mexican food , BBQ or fast food.So just about any way ya cut it , you are looking at 1000+ calories.

Now days I walk at lunch 95% of the time and eat around 450 calories.

In quitting the herd and eating this way I get to #1 burn some calories #2 control my calorie intake better and #3 I don't lose near as many arguments at lunch ( because my herd is down to one). WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER !!!

Another thing I have come to realize is, I look forward to walking at lunch! Oh,on occasion my legs will feel dead I will take a break.

I better change clothes the herd is gathering.

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL
There are two theories to arguing with a woman---neither one works.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Raging River

Howdy from the land of hills and valleys!

"You can not predict tomorrow and yesterday is done and gone, you only control today. The raging river is always in the way."

That is a line from a poem by Red Stegall.In many ways it can be used for everyday life.The challenges we encounter are like the Raging River.Ole Red says the river ain't too bad or too wide if we prepare.We can build our self a bridge or a boat and get across the river.BUT if we turn around we are the victim of defeat----and that young man ain't good.

I encourage anyone to learn how to face your Raging River and find your way across. I have read and listened to success stories from people that had real challenges to over come.The one common method in all of those folks----they kept on plodding one foot in front of they other.

Sure we take wrong turns , we fall down, we slide back ---and sometimes we just got to rest----then we take one more step.

Face your river, it ain't all that bad.

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL
The older I get, the fewer things I find worth waiting in line for.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Jeanne Robinson

Howdy from the land of bonnets painted Blue and clover lush and green!

I met Janet and a couple of our high school friends in San Antonio and we went to see Jeanne Robinson at the Empire Theater.Jeanne is a former Miss North Carolina and Miss America contestant turned speaker and comedian. She is a hoot!!

Her message struck a chord with me and I thought I would pass it along.It went like this;
You get what you look for!

If we spend our lives looking for the bad , the negative and for all the reasons we can't do something---well we find it!

If we spend time looking for the good , the positive and searching for the solutions to our challenges---well we find it!

If we can not find the humor in our lives and the humor in ourselves we are not looking for it.`

Check Jeanne out on YouTube or on the Web. She is funny and positive and she says NO cuss words or off colored jokes. She is a breath of fresh air.

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL (I've said it before)
Call the problem
Devise the solution
Develop a method
Achieve the goal

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Against the wind both ways

Howdy from the land of strong south winds and let's see--strong north winds!!

Nearly everyday I go ride my bike after work. I am up to 8 miles per day and having a good time with it.But Monday , I swear I rode against the wind both directions!!

I huffed and I puffed and after about five laps I began to cuss---why? because when you are as wide as I am the wind is tuff to challenge. It never relents.I mean come on, it just would not make up it's mind which way it wanted to blow( I thought maybe it was democratic).

Away, after about seven laps I began to laugh at my cussing. That is about the time I thought , hell if the wind wasn't blowing I would have to ride 12 miles just to burn the calories I am burning today in 8!!

I did not mind the wind after that.

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL
You can tell alot from a man by the way he treats his horses.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Strong enough

Howdy from the land of thistles and burr clover!

Spring is here in South Texas, the weeds are coming up green and strong.

What makes one person do the right thing and the next person do something they know is wrong?What makes one of us make a good choice or a poor choice? I have the knowledge, I know I do, why do a make a poor choice?

It just makes me wonder sometimes how humans try their best to set their selves up for failure.It seems sometimes I am as weak as a cat. Other times strong enough to succeed.

My journey did not start out with the end in mind. My journey started out with the burning question of "can I accomplish anything?".Each step I have come has lead to more strength and better choices.Each mile stone I have reached has given way to picture the path ahead in a clearer focus.

I have often quoted A MER I CAN as a worthwhile banner to carry, but where do we get the strength to pick it up?

For me , I get strength by looking at leadership from unexpected sources.I find strength in things that lots of folks just glance at and don't really look at. I find strength in people , that to most, would not seem all that strong.You know the kind of folks I am talking about.The kind of a man that never brags about himself. The kind of woman that never toots her own horn. The folks that get up everyday and set examples that are mostly ignored by the masses.

Old Art Coles told me one time "You never know what you can put yourself thru , until you have to".He was correct.

Sometimes I worry if I am strong enough.

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL
I used to be indecisive, now I am not so sure.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Roundy round

Howdy from the land of medical miracles and high fiber cauliflower!

Kelley is doing well and her chest goes up and down!What a wonderful blessing!For those that don't know, Kelley has had a Heartmate2 pump doing the work of her heart for 10 months.While this pump has kept her alive, she has no heart beat nor pulse. The first thing Darren told me after her surgery was "her chest goes up and down"!What a miracle.

We truly take for granted our heart beat and pulse.

On another topic:
I have a little bit of a hard time accepting advice from others at times. Yep I do, it comes from me thinking I know it all, but I guess I don't. Janet tells me I would be much better off if I just listened to her, she is probably right.Lately I have been listening to advice more and trying to thank folks that give me some that works for me.

Back around the first of the year Dr. J , over at the CalorieLab , suggested I try riding my bike to help with my knee pain. Well, I tried it and he was right.I started slow by riding 1 mile and doing a few BWE then riding another mile.The total the first few days was 2 miles a day. I also felt a little un-comfortable with my balance.This week I am riding 8 miles each day and doing some BWE on Tuesday and Thursday. My balance is way better as well as my comfort zone---not Lance Armstrong yet but much better.

While my knees continue to get worse, riding makes them feel much better during and for several hours afterwards.I still walk at lunch but I only wear my weighted vest once or twice a week.

The bike riding is also moving me slowly toward my fat loss goal at a steady pace.

So Thanks Dr.J !

Bottom line is , there is lots of good advice out there , seek it.There are many ways to lose fat as long as you remember the Energy Equation,try one until you find what works for you.

Work hard, eat well,move more and listen to a HEART BEAT.

Pearl of Wisdom form the Mind of WEL
Some folks hear voices, some see invisible people ---some have no imagination at all.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Think ya got trouble?

Howdy from the land of dry sausage and cow pen welding jobs!

You know you can travel across the country, cruise around town or just walk the halls at work; and find someone having a pity party.Been there myself, I mean I can get down right , in the crapper, over my weight or my knees or the status of my bank account.

Then ya see someone that ya need to take your hat off to. Someone that makes you wonder how do they keep getting up and plodding along.

My boss's wife is in surgery , as I write this, having a heart transplant at the age of 37. She has been thru three chest cracking surgeries in the past 13 months and has been surviving on a mechanical pump for ten months. Can you imagine? Having to be hooked up to a battery or the AC outlet 24/7 , while trying to be a mother to three young boys has to be a real mountain.All the while she remains upbeat and positive that all her issues are a plan of GOD.Now you talk about having your plate full.

Next time I get down in the dump about some of the trivial crap I think about, I hope someone will say "Hey, Bill, shut up and get your ass to work".

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL
Remember the guy that said I cried because I had no shoes, until I saw a man that had no feet.----Quit yer crying!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Simple man

Howdy from the land of a sometimes over active mind !

Had a friend tell me last year that his wife told him "Ya know Bill is a simple man".

At the time I took that as a compliment. Maybe it was a barb, I don't know.

I got to thinking about that statement on my way to work today. Why? Hell I don't know, I get to thinking about things that happen in the past---sometimes years ago. I think of ways I should have done things different or how I could have said things in a better way.In this process I tend to get things a lot more complicated than is really necessary.

I am , after all, a simple man. I tend to like simple things---simple food, simple clothes,simple questions, simple explanations, simple answers----you get the drift.

I guess that explains my fat loss plan--- Simply Eat Less Move More.

Pearl of Wisdom from the Mind of WEL
I can't complicate things too much, ain't much room in my brain.