Man, today's workout was a doozy to get through. Seriously. This is what happens when you don't work out even semi-regularly.
However, my heartrate was blasting in the 140s and 150s the entire time, which is fantastic! I definitely need this.
My friend Jon posted a very interesting entry yesterday at the site I was previously posting at, "Lose 100 in 2014." He said it best, "What's easy to do is also easy not to do." Seriously, it's easy to NOT workout. It's easy to NOT look out for yourself. It's easy to be lazy. It's easy to eat whatever you want and not keep track.
I need to make Jim Ashley my number #1 priority. I love my family, 2nd family, the girl I've fallen for (and, there have been bumps in the road), and the rest of my friends DEEPLY, but, I have to love myself more. I have to take care of me in all aspects, including my physical health.
The snow in West Virginia has, admittedly, gotten me down this year. For some reason, cold weather always makes me depressed. It has to be Seasonal Affective Disorder Syndrome (SADS.) Haha... nice acronym for it, right? I told myself I was going to use DDPYoga to combat SADS, but, sadly, I've done a piss-poor job of that.
I've also had a few setbacks in my personal life that have gotten me down. I still haven't been able to find consistent work since December, but I've enjoyed most of the time off... got to go to the Carolinas TWICE (December and February) and see two of my really good friends and a lovely lady who I hold in very high regard. Now, it's time to get back to work and get back to getting paid that awesome money... I have WVU Football season tickets and Bama game tickets to buy! Also, this same lovely lady who I really wanted to spend a weekend with backed out of a vacation in April (a friend's wedding that was going to turn into a weekend trip in South Carolina), but it was due to their personal situations they're dealing with. Hey, Pitt happens. (See what I did there?) It just sucks because I had this day marked on my calendar for a long time, and I was actually looking forward to that entire vacation. I'm still going, though, just a 1-man party. Ugh.
I could let all these setbacks continue to drag me down, or, I could make halftime adjustments, so-to-speak, I can continue to lean on to those that truly mean the world to me for support, guidance and advice, and I can listen to the best Heavy Metal ever (Metallica, Newsted, and Iron Maiden) to pump myself up every day. And, I can look forward to the future and know that EVERYTHING that I want to happen WILL HAPPEN, even if I have to bide my time and wait. Although, I'll admit, the waiting part sucks. Patience is not my strong suit, even though I pretend it is. Things just take time. Things that aren't in my control will have to run their course. All I can do in the interim is just work on myself, like I should've been doing all along.
Know this, though, I WILL NOT GIVE UP! People expect me to give up because of bumps in the road. My biggest gripe about that? People give up way too easily these days. Nobody wants to face adversity and roadblocks head-on. They'd rather hide and give up. Pathetic, as far as I'm concerned.
I need to move back to Morgantown, or as close to that region as possible. I am not happy in Parkersburg (really, I've never been happy in this town); I need to start looking into purchasing a car (whether it be a Chevy Cruze, Chevy Impala, a Toyota RAV4 or a Mercedes Benz C250.)
I decided that I'd rather lose 70 pounds this year than 100. I think 70 is easier to attain. Right now, I am weighing in at... (goes to scale, weighs self) 293.4 lbs. Last week, I weighed in at 302.00 lbs. That's a LOSS OF 8.6 LBS in one week! This is great. I've already lost a little over 10% of my goal weight. I really wanna be at 220-230 by the time WVU Football season rolls around. I wanna look GOOD in Atlanta! Right now, I've set my goal for 250. (Make it attainable, then take it further.)
Also had a buddy send me his meal plan. It consists of a lot of chicken and eggs. Hell yes, sign me up! I LOVE chicken and eggs! (Thank you, Ron!) I'm also going to look in to his suggestion of Flax Seed and C4 to accelerate my weight loss. I'm also going to look into Stacker2 and decide which is best for me.
Let's address Lent. Here's what I'm giving up:
~Fried Foods (still my biggest culinary enemy)
~Processed sugar (candy, cookies, etc. This one will hurt the most)
~Sugar drinks (carried over from last year)
~Fast food (carried over from last year)
Last year, giving up sugary drinks and fast food allowed me to drop 11 lbs, and that was before I started DDPYoga.
Taking my life back begins today! No more bullshit, no more distractions!
Read this quote on Zig Ziglar's Facebook page yesterday, and I truly feel like it was directed to me:
Just because something isn't happening g for you right now doesn't mean it will never happen. Keep the faith, stretch yourself every day, stay focused on your goal and eventually you will achieve the results you desire.
Let the NEW journey begin!