Spring is upon us, and its time to switch gears

20 03 2012

While I have been slacking in regards to posting, I have been moving quite bit lately.  I had another very busy weekend with volleyball and tennis, and I’m continuing to play basketball with the kids.  This year is still very young, but I have probably moved more than I did all of last year.  I’m not satisfied in the least, but I’m very happy about being more mobile.

I am really working on my diet lately, and it has been starting to show a bit in my energy levels, but I still have VERY big problems with binge eating and fast food.  I have always been a big eater, but from early on in my military career I got hooked on fast food, and I never really got away from it.  It’s pretty sad to put this in my blog, but not a day goes by that I don’t have an inner conversation with myself about staying away from fast food.  The sad truth is that I give in far too often.  I know what I am SUPPOSED to eat, but its just so easy to give in to the temptations.

My daughter is really trying to work on her weight lately, and specifically her diet.  I have to make wholesale changes for myself and my family.  I can’t constantly sabotage her work, and by not being true to myself, I will do exactly that.  Anyone that knows me personally can attest to the fact that my family means everything to me, and I have to stop eating the way I do or I will be taking years away from my life, and by extension their time with me and vice versa.

Yesterday in class we were talking about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and I have never really had that strong desire to work towards a goal long term.  I was always an active kid, and I was generally the first one picked or I was the one doing the picking on the playground.  I didn’t really have to work hard to be one of the best.  I worked “hard enough”.  It’s going to take some work to figure out how to bring out that inner drive, but that’s exactly what I am going to be working on starting now.

If anyone has any ideas regarding staying away from fast food and changing that inner dialogue to something useful, I’m all ears.

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20 03 2012
22 03 2012
bgddyjim

You had to know I’d get here eventually brother. Here’s how I kicked fast food: A Big Mac Extra Value Meal with a Coke is 1,680 calories – give or take. At your current weight, you’ll have to run 10 miles to burn that off (this is why you can’t outrun a bad diet by the way). Every time I’d think about pulling into a fast food joint, that’s exactly what I’d think… “I’ve gotta run 10 miles to eat this f’in’ burger”. I was cured that day – and I dropped Coke a few days later just for good measure. Four 2 liters a week (about what I drank) is more than 4,000 calories – that’s more than 1 pound brother.

Also, compartmentalize this a little bit – you don’t have to change for your whole life, just today. The trick is that tomorrow never comes. When you wake up in the morning you just have 24 hours to stay away from fast food. Anyone can do that for a day.

Good luck my friend.

22 03 2012
The Show-Me Cajun

As always, your advice is right on. Thanks again!

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