I’m not obsessed with my scale, but I am obsessed with numbers. For instance, I like to make my gasoline purchases come out to interesting numbers (like $23.45 or $21.12). I watch my odometer for patterns (104401). So, I like to hop on the scale more than what’s recommended, just to watch the way numbers fluctuate. I have two favorites. One: night time weight versus morning weight. Two: I’m not telling you, but I know some of you do it. Probably guys.
So last night’s weight was 231. I looked at that number long and hard. Because at the beginning of this year, I weighed 240. Now, my NIGHT weight was well below my realistic weight. Of course, this made me anxious for morning. It was like being a kid on Christmas Eve.
It’s astounding how many times one can learn the same lesson, and see it fresh and new. A long time ago, while listening to the audio program of Stephen Covey’s 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE, I remember hearing the good doctor saying that all the habits were like spiral staircases unto themselves. Once you met with success on the lower levels, through your success you’d be transported up to the same material at a different level. Miraculously, he’s right.
I’m sitting here writing my book. Yes indeedy. After far too long procrastinating about it, I’m doing the grinding stuff and getting all these thoughts down and collected. But you know what? It’s the same lesson as learning to run. It’s the same thing that gets me out the door in the early morning to hit the gym.
Oh yes, if there’s a way to squeak a bad pun in there, I will.
I was asked about stretching, and I assume the request was something more to do with what I thought might be a good stretching program. Let me tell you this as my first off disclaimer: I stretch as little as possible, because I just haven’t seen much in the way of results from doing so. EXCEPT for my back. That said, here’s what I believe about stretching.
It arrived last night. 20-something feet of 1 1/2 inch thick climbing rope with a big eye spliced in one end for easy loopthrough. After a dozen attempts, I got it up and over the beams in my loft’s ceiling. So now, I’ve got a sixteen foot climbing distance.
Deborah asked me what I might say about tricks and motivations for exercising. I thought it was a neat thing to consider, so here’s what I have.
#1: Tie your shoes. This is a flat out theft from Matthew McConaughey’s recent article in Men’s Health. The notion is simple. Just make that first step towards doing the workout and getting out there. I take it a step further. Because I work out very early in the morning, I do my prep before going to bed. I throw my gym clothes, my towel, and my iPod in my bag, and put the bag by the door. I set the alarm (because I can’t naturally wake at 4:30AM). Getting my stuff together means I’m one step closer to hitting the gym.
An online friend was asking me for tips with emotional eating, and this was my reply:
Here are a few tricks I’ve used to keep myself in check with emotional eating.
Now that I’ve remembered to actually charge the damned thing *and* bring it to the gym the last few times, I’m really happy to have my own music on board while training. I believe the recent articles saying that it improves intensity. At least it does when you’re rocking things that make you move.
A Current Sample of the Mix:
I was at my parents’ house and found myself with control of the television for a moment. This is dangerous. So, I saw the last part of some show where Public Enemy’s Flava Flav is dating Brigette Nielson (aieeeee!), but then it went into a show called Celebrity Fit Club.
There’s not much reference for me, here. I don’t watch TV, so I didn’t know this thing existed. I guess it’s the celebrity version of The Biggest Loser. Which, hey, if I’m only going to watch one episode of a show, I might as well watch a bunch of neary famous fatsos instead of the average ones, right? (shrug). This show has the Fat Baldwin (Danny), Mia Tyler (Liv’s sis and Steven’s kid), Wendy from Snapple (who’s the nicest lady the world ever made), and uh… well, a bunch of oh! Biz Markie (Youuuuuu, you got what I neeeeeed…). Remember him?
Oh, did I mention I did 3 chinups in a row yesterday? And, just because I was feeling cocky, I did 1 pullup, too. (Definitely harder, so that’s the next progression). I credit using negatives to get me to that level. Doing a negative means getting up on the bar, standing where I’d be at the top of a chin-up, and then slowly (SLOWLY!) lowering yourself back down to the beginning of the motion. Ever since starting this effort, I’ve done 15-20 negatives in between the few positives I’ve managed to get out. I feel the more work I do with negatives, the better my success.
More neato news. For the first time since somewhere in high school, My weight is in the 220s. 229 to be specific, so let’s not get crazy, but hey. That’s the first 22X I’ve seen on the scale since Poison, Cinderella, Ratt, and Bon Jovi topped the Billboard charts. Of course, this still means a hell of a lot of hard work between me and that 210 interim goal. This also doesn’t mention the slip back upwards to 234 and the subsequent scissorfight to get the weight back down again.
I just read this huge but interesting article about when a bunch of professional food people (critics and stuff) followed the new US guidelines for eating for a few weeks. It’s pretty interesting once you read all the way to the end (it’s a LONG article, though).
However, I was struck by the fact they seemed a bit like whiners. Maybe that’s really what the non-fitness-focused world thinks of the healthy eating set. No, here’s what I think it is: I think the guidelines must still be flawed, in that they don’t explain enough of the thinking behind HOW to eat. Know what I mean? It’s not just what you have to put in. That’s like saying it’s easy to make lobster bisque. Just throw that stuff in a pan and put it in the oven.