Measuring Truth

I’ve had my reservations about this TV series (and others like it) since the first time I saw it. Besides the apparent and allegations of abuse that the contestants talk about, the emphasis on and requirement of quick results, speed weight loss, and the constant use of the scale to measure results without giving any mention or thought of other modes of measurements or life after the show baffles me. My biggest mistake when I started losing weight was only using the scale to measure my results. As time went on, I learned that there are other measurements and results such as body fat percentage and waist size to name a couple that are really important to consider as well.

The show also emphasizes quick weight loss without any recognition or emphasis of the life after the show or the life after one has lost all that weight and the huge transformation. The biggest secret about the show, says a past contestant in this article, is that “just about everyone’s gained the weight back.” (Link to the article below).

Maybe it has unfortunately, true to its name, actually turned its contestants into the biggest losers. The article title really says it all.

http://nypost.com/2015/01/25/were-all-fat-again-more-biggest-loser-contestants-reveal-secrets/ 

Funny and Informative

I actually find this kind of article funny. If I eat something unhealthy, I like to enjoy it without having to think about how much exercise I have to do to burn the it off. Having said that, it does put the unhealthy food in perspective in terms of what it’s worth in regards to exercise and not just an abstract amount of calories:

http://news.spartan.com/burpee-equivalents-understanding-junk-food/?utm_source=fans&utm_medium=facebook&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=blog_2015#prclt-3

Wow, A Truly Unbelievable Response!

Thank you to the overwhelming response, support and acknowledgement I received on the Throwback Thursday post. It really helps to have the support of others on such journeys. My hope is that at least one person was inspired by it. Life is a constant lesson, learning experience and inspiration not only for ourselves, but for and from those around us as well. Embarking on an unknown journey can take one to unknown destinations. Stay strong on your journey an remember that enjoying the journey is in fact enjoying life.

Exercise Time

When I workout in the morning, I feel ready for anything: ready to take on the world. When I workout in the evening (which is most days), all the struggles of the day disappear. Either way, I win!

WINNING

Do you feel the same? Do you prefer exercising in the morning or evening?

Throw Back Thursday; The Journey Continues

At last! I’ve finally found an old picture to put the “before & after” I promised together. Here it is:

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It’s been a long journey full of ups, downs, struggles, extremes, sadness, happiness, achievements, failures, mistakes, learning, and fun. I first started simply to challenge myself, believing in myself that I could accomplish my goals, and prove my strength of character to myself. My original goal was to loose weight (obviously) which brought about many different states of mind. The struggle to accomplish the desired results were often immense, leading sometimes to undesired extremes. In the beginning, I got so caught up with results that I felt like resorting to unhealthy measures to achieve the results. Thankfully, I didn’t pursue these measures, and I still haven’t achieved some of the results I set of to achieve. But I’m okay with it!

I’m okay with it because I learned so much more. Throughout the journey, hard work, struggles, and many hours of research, I stumbled upon a mindset. A mindset that has allowed me to live it and love it, learn life lessons and life applications. A mindset that I have been mastering myself to unbelievable effect and trying to convey on this blog.

For this picture, I would prefer to call it a “me before me” as there has been no after and my journey continues and will continue for the foreseeable future.

I post this picture not to showcase my achievement (although satisfying), but to make a point of how much I have learned along the way about myself, life, and the world. Fitness is not simply about results. Results based fitness can possibly lead one to bad extremes as I myself discovered. I have learned that fitness is about life, mindset, personal control, pushing myself to new limits I never dreamed possible. I have yet to come across another life aspect that I can push myself as hard as I do with fitness. It’s then about applying what has been reached and the lessons learned in fitness to other aspects in life. It’s a journey well worth it in which every moment matters and it is essential to enjoy each and every moment of it.

Apply this lesson to life, and understand that you have the power to achieve anything you want to achieve that is within your control. It is a journey of moments in which mindset and perspective are essential to reach optimum power and results. Focus on the journey and the moment, the results and accomplishments that you will achieve…. You will be surprised.

To end with one last note (I promise, last one): I want to thank those who have supported me in whatever way (even those who simply did not recognize me at first when seeing me after a few years even though we grew up together, slightly offensive but definitely satisfying) along this journey so far and an advance appreciation for the continued support (I hope) as my journey continues.

That’s all for now,

Cheers!