Posts Tagged ‘Weight Loss’

Exercise: Insanity Max Interval Circuit Calories

Burned: 1082

Total Calories Burned for the week: 1,748

Weight Watchers Daily Points Used: 42 of 42

Weekly Points Used: 10 (29 left for the week)

Activity Points Used: 0

Activity Points Remaining: 17

Successes: I did okay. I took my son to the doctor, thankfully he just has bronchitis and an ear infection. That meant a late supper, so just grabbing something quick was my only option. I got a burger. Not the best option, but there were plenty of other options that would have been a lot worse.

Failures: Just the burger. Pretty much an okay day.

Outlook for today: I have everything planned out for the day, so I just need to stick to it. I also already got my workout in which makes my frame of mind so much better. I hope you have a great day ladies and gentlemen and may all of your fitness dreams come true!

Justin

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Getting healthy. That is the whole point of my entire blog. It’s not getting skinny. It’s not losing weight. It’s all about getting healthy. Being healthy deals with a lot more than just the number that you see on the scale. To get healthy, you have to start by liking the person you see in the mirror everyday. If you don’t have a positive body image, there are some things you can do to help with that. If you like these tips, you can thank my wife for these tips. She is the one who taught me all of these tricks!

Words of Wisdon

Words of Wisdom

Do Not Pick Yourself Apart Limb By Limb

You just stepped out of the shower. You happen to look in the mirror, and you start looking at everything you hate about your body. Next thing you know, you can’t find one thing you like about your body. The key thing to remember is that your body is not perfect and it never will be. There will always be things that you would prefer to look differently. Understand that, and only focus on those body parts when you are taking active steps to correct them. The rest of the time, focus on what you like about your body. If you continue to swear up and down that there is nothing to like about your body, at least try to find things that aren’t as bad as the other parts. Focusing on the negative all the time will make it seem like you are facing an insurmountable goal. Stay positive. It seems obvious to say that staying positive is essential to having a positive body image, but it can’t be reiterated enough.

Dress Your Body Appropriately

The biggest mistake most people make when they look at themselves in the mirror is they don’t wear clothes that make them look attractive. It is possible, regardless of what size you currently are. You may not think that is possible, but I promise you that it is. It’s all about picking out correct sizes and understanding what is going to look good on your body.

Don’t Wear Clothes That Are Too Big

A common misconception that many have who are trying to dress their body in an attractive manner is to wear clothes that are too big. I did this for years. The logic is that if I wear things that are too big, then people will think I am smaller because my clothes are so big. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. People are going to assume that there is more of your body there. On top of that, add in the fact that you look slouchy and unkempt when you wear clothes that are too big. Nothing about that is attractive

Don’t Wear Clothes That Are Too Tight

This is also true, but for the opposite reason. Clothes that are too big make people assume that there is more person under the clothes. Clothes that are too tight highlight areas that you don’t want highlighted, or they are going to squeeze parts of your body that don’t need to be squeezed. It’s not going to do anything for your self-esteem to see fat get squeezed into a ball because you wore a shirt that was one size too small. If you are trying to lose weight, I know you are probably wanting to get into smaller sizes, but getting into that smaller size too soon isn’t going to do anything to help you reach your goals. That brings me to my next point.

Don’t Be A Slave To Size

Every single clothes manufacturer makes their sizes a little differently. I like to think of sizes as more of a suggestion, not a hard fast rule. For example, I wear a size 32 for most of the pants I wear. There are a few brands where I need a larger size and some where I need a smaller size. Don’t let it get you down if you see that you lose weight and try on some brand new clothes, but your size according to the manufacturer hasn’t changed. It may just be they make their clothes smaller than most. Find something that fits, not a size you want to fit.

If you want to be successful, at some point, you are going to have to like your body. You can’t always hate it. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make changes, especially if your motivation is to get healthier, but if you are ever going to have a positive body image, you have to start thinking positively starting today. Changing that thought process isn’t easy. That’s the reason we have so many health problems related to our weight today. People just don’t like what they see in the mirror.

I hope this helps you to get the positive body image you need. Have a great day ladies and gentlemen, and may all of your fitness dreams come true.

Justin

Good thing to remember

Good thing to remember

Exercise: Insanity Max Interval Circuit

Calories Burned: 1,068

Total Calories Burned for the week: 1,712

Weight Watchers Daily Points Used: 42 of 42

Weekly Points Used: 3 (45 left for the week)

Activity Points Used: 0

Activity Points Remaining: 17

Successes: Yesterday was another really good day. Sticking to my meal plan and getting my exercise in makes a huge difference in my energy level. I feel more refreshed, and I have a noticeable difference in how I feel when I do.

Failures: None. Nada. Zilch. Yes, that’s the same as yesterday because it’s the same result.

Outlook for today: No obstacles that I am aware of, so just don’t give in to any temptation that may pop up.

My workout this morning was P90X Arms & Shoulders. Still my favorite workout on P90X. I also am trying to focus more on my form, so I have gone down in weight for a lot of the moves.

My goal for today is to just do what I plan to do. If I do, it should be a good day. I love it when I eat healthy and do what I know I am supposed to. I just feel better all around.

I hope you have a great day ladies and gentlemen and may all of your fitness dreams come true!

Justin

Fitness Update 3/26/13

Posted: March 26, 2013 by Justin M. Strawn in Fitness Updates
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Exercise: P90X Chest &Back

Calories Burned: 644

Total Calories Burned for the week: 644

Weight Watchers Daily Points Used: 42 of 42

Weekly Points Used: 1(48 left for the week)

Activity Points Used: 0

Activity Points Remaining: 4

Successes: Great day yesterday! My wife and I have had some crazy schedules the last few weeks, so eating as a family has been a challenge. We both got home at a decent time last night, and not only did we have a good, healthy meal, we also got to have some awesome quality time as a family and hear all about our son’s day at kindergarten (I am sure my daughter would have shared hers too, but it is kind of hard for a nine month old to share).

Failures: None. Nada. Zilch

Outlook for today: No obstacles that I am aware of, so just don’t give in to any temptation that may pop up.

My workout this morning was Insanity Max Interval Circuit. It’s my second day in a row to. Get my workout done in the morning. I prefer it so much to doing it at night, but it’s hard to get back into that mindset. I forget it takes my body longer to warm up in the morning, so it makes it a little harder.getting it done in the morning means time for more important things in the evening. Much better all around.

My goal for today is to just do what I plan to do. If I do, it should be a good day. I love it when I eat healthy and do what I know I am supposed to. I just feel better all around.

I hope you have a great day ladies and gentlemen and may all of your fitness dreams come true!

Justin

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Beginning Weight: 195.8

New Weight: 195.2

Weight gain or loss: -0.6 pounds

Total Weight Loss Since January 1, 2013: -4.0 pounds

What went right, what went wrong

Last week was full of mixed results. I only got in 4 workouts, I like to get in 6, possibly 7. I also ate terribly on the days that I didn’t work out. It’s always hard to maintain my discipline with eating when I don’t exercise.

On weeks where I don’t get as many workouts in as I would like, I have decided to make the Insanity portion of my routine the priority. Of the fours days, I did Insanity 3 days and P90X once.

Goals for the week

1. Get a full week’s worth of workouts in. Holidays throw me off a lot, and I am still seeing that from when I was out during Easter.

2. If I don’t get a workout in, I want to really practice being more disciplined when I eat. I nee dot get better in that area.

3. Just pay attention to the way my body reacts to the reintroduction of weight lifting. Adding weight to my body isn’t a bad thing so long as it is muscle. That being said, I also have to pay close attention to the way I eat because if I eat poorly all week and my weight goes up, then it probably isn’t muscle.

One other thing, I am going to try to blog as often as usual (1 or 2 times a day) but we are getting really close to State tests so my time will be really crowded during these last few weeks of school.

Have a great day ladies and gentlemen, and may all of your fitness dreams come true!

Justin

Fitness Update 3/22/13

Posted: March 22, 2013 by Justin M. Strawn in Fitness Updates
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Exercise PictureExercise: Insanity Max Plyo Interval

Calories Burned: 943

Total Calories Burned for the week: 3,251

Weight Watchers Daily Points Used: 42 of 42

Weekly Points Used: 16 (23 left for the week)

Activity Points Used: 0

Activity Points Remaining: 32

Successes: I followed most of the plan that I had set out, so that’s good

Failures: I planned to have one White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie. I had two. Not horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but it was more than I needed.

Outlook for today: No obstacles that I am aware of, so just don’t give in to any temptation that may pop up.

My workout tonight will be P90X Legs & Back. I plan to start back with morning workouts next week. I haven’t done Legs & Back in a while. It is by far my least favorite workout on P90X. Chicken Leg syndrome runs in my family, so doing leg work kills me. I am hoping that all that Plyo I did with Insanity helps make this easier.

My goal for today is to make sure I get my workout in. I want to get back to doing it in the morning. It may not happen this week, but I plan to get back into the swing of things by next week. Have a great day ladies and gentlemen, and may all of your fitness dreams come true!

Justin

Buyer Beware

Posted: March 21, 2013 by Justin M. Strawn in Encouragement
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You’ve made the big decision to lose weight. Congratulations, it’s something you definitely won’t regret. And I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “It must be easy with all of the products that advertise how simple it is!” I wish that were the case, but it isn’t quite that simple. There are a lot of phrases that these companies use to sell their products. The other frustrating part of this is some these companies are legitimate weight loss companies and they use deceptive phrases to lure you in. Here are some things to remember when you are contemplating using one of the many products or services.

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Weightwatchers likes to tout you can eat whatever you want.

This phrase or something similar is technically true. On a lot of diet plans, you can eat whatever you want. The key is how much of it you eat. Weightwatchers uses this phrase a lot in their advertising. I use it, and I have pointed that out on many occasions, so I obviously believe highly in what they do. And they aren’t lying. You just have to factor in how much else you are going to eat if you have a half pound hamburger covered in mayonnaise. You probably won’t be able to eat anything else the rest of the day if you want to stay within the boundaries of their program.

No Counting Calories

You here this one a lot. The selling point behind this is it is difficult or annoying to count calories. Once again, this is based in truth. Programs that promote this don’t make you count any calories. They typically give you pre-prepared meals. This doesn’t mean your calories are being restricted. Typically, these programs typically keep women to 1,200 calories or so, and they put men on about a 1,500 calorie diet. You are still getting your calories restricted, it is just someone else is doing it for you. As long as you don’t venture outside if the pre-packaged meals, you should see a lot of success with these programs. Just don’t go into it thinking that you are going to be free to eat as much as you want.

Nutrisystem can keep you from counting calories.

Nutrisystem can keep you from counting calories.

You Can Have The Sculpted You Want In Five Minutes A Day

Is there truth to this? A little bit. You can spend five minutes working one body part a day for five minutes everyday and see results. Will you see it on your entire body? Not unless you are spending five minutes a day working each body part. There simply isn’t any way you can spend that short a time frame with one piece of equipment. You also are going to have to incorporate some changes to your diet as well.

This dude didn't get this ripped just using the Shake Weight.

This dude didn’t get this ripped just using the Shake Weight.

Why Do These Companies Advertise Like This?

It boils down to the one thing we all want, a quick fix. We get frustrated with how we look or how we feel and we want it to go away and go away now. As hard as it is to believe, we don’t get unhealthy overnight. It takes time to put ourselves in that kind of situation and it is going to take time to get out. These programs aren’t lying to you, but they aren’t necessarily presenting themselves in the most truthful manner. They can help and many of them are great tools that you can place in your weight loss toolbox. If you’re looking for a quick fix to your weight problems, I’m afraid you are going to be out of luck.

Have a great day ladies and gentlemen and may all of your fitness dreams come true!