I ran across an interesting story this morning while I was checking my email. Personal trainer Drew Manning wanted to better understand what his clients go through when trying to lose weight and build strength, so he forced himself to gain 75 pounds in six months and then turn around and lose it. I don’t really know anything about him as a person, but I liked the fact that he said it was “humbling” when he returned to the gym as an overweight person. Sometimes I think that people who have been fit and healthy all their lives don’t understand what a struggle it can be for people who have not been that way all their lives.
I’ve personally been struggling with my own efforts in this area. I am in my fourth week of the Weight Watchers program, but if I’m honest – probably my fifth DAY of starting over tracking what I eat. I have determined that one of my challenges in this “project” to become healthy is a lack of focus. On the days that I’m not diligently documenting everything I eat, I will actually forget that I’ve eaten something earlier in the day. For example, on a particularly busy day, I ate breakfast (usually a cup of coffee with stevia and non-fat creamer plus some Chobani non-fat Greek yogurt) and hit the ground running. Appointments kept me tied up until late in the afternoon, at which point I thought “Man! I’m hungry! I haven’t eaten all day!” So I ended up going through the drive-through and getting something totally NOT on plan, because I “hadn’t eaten all day” … and then I remembered that I HAD eaten.
One of the things that he mentioned in the article linked below was the need to plan, plan, plan your meals. And this is where I am really struggling. (I started to type “failing,” but failing indicates defeat and I refuse to be defeated YET.)
So I’ve begun, yet again – I had my coffee with my Chobani yogurt this morning. I’m drinking a glass of LaCroix sparkling water right now (I like fizzy water better than still water – LaCroix has sparkling flavored waters that don’t have any artificial sweeteners). I plan to have a Smart Ones frozen meal for lunch in a couple of hours. I need to figure out what to do for dinner BEFORE dinner tonight.
I hope to start exercising soon, too. I injured my knee in a fall a few months ago and it is not getting better. So Thursday I have an appointment with an orthopedic doctor to find out what’s going on there and what I can do to get moving. I don’t want to do any further damage since I can tell things just aren’t right “in there”.
I think I’d like to read Drew’s book, as well. Let me know if you’ve read it or have any thoughts on what he says.