Saturday, 22 June 2013

Stave off cravings: fight fire with fire

I had a hard night last night.  I was ultimately craving an alcoholic beverage.  I was ultimately craving junk food.  I was starving.  I was starving because I didn't eat a big enough lunch, and now I was paying the price.  Something had to be done.  What?

Well, the logical answer would be to go for a run, but I already did that, and that may have been part of the problem.  Earlier in the day I ran, worked out on the elliptical at the health club, and did lower body.  I also played basketball and went for a bike ride with Myles.  So I was overly exhausted, starving, and craving a beer.

So, what I did was, instead of letting myself crash, I had two beers and a few extra pretzels.  I think that was much better than getting lost in a pizza, drinking five beers, getting bloated.  I basically ended my craving with about 300 extra calories as opposed to 1500.  Sooooo, kudos to me.

My advice, therefore, is it's better to give in to your cravings, just enough (barely enough) to take the edge off, than it is to crash.  Having a nibble of a chocolate bar once daily (my wife lost 50 pounds doing that once), or having a beer a day, or whatever, will not prevent you from losing weight.

If you can lose weight by giving everything up you love, great.  However, if you are having temptations: fight fire with fire.  It's better than crashing ans staring over.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

No more starting over

About a month ago my wife signed me up for a competition at a local health club.  I weighed in at 112, which was kind of disappointing considering I was down to 202 after doing the BFL from January to March.  I would like to note here, however, that I am now down to 200 and I will not go back up this time.  I am soooooo tired of quitting, and, thus, I am going to make that my new motto: "I'm tired of quitting."

Actually, I think the following would sound better: "No more starting over."  It's frustrating starting over, especially when you get down to where you were three months ago.  Actually, last year I was down to 192, so it's still hard to feel excited even about 200.  

However, I feel good, and that's what it's all about.  I feel good right now.  I feel like I have lost weight.  Better yet, I feel as though I've been eating healthy and lifting weights.  I feel good.  That, my friends, is what it's all about.  It's not about how much weight you have gained or lost, it's about how good you feel.  If you feel god about being overweight, then go for it: have another pizza.  

Me, on the other hand, I'm sticking to my new mottoe: "No more starting over."