I looked at my last blog here. Wow, I have not improved at all. But I have figured a few things out.
I have 168 hours in a week. Just like you or anyone. That means I do not have time to do everything. I have over extended myself by a lot. So I am considering how to get through that which I am already obligated and then focus on things in order of priority.
In this same vein I have realized that if I work overtime, of which I now have the opportunity for quite a bit, I can pay for 2-3 hours of labor on other things. Specifically the house I need to prepare to sell.
Stuff ties into that. Literally all the stuff I own. I have found, living between two houses, that I have a lot of stuff that I never look at and do not need. Some of the hours I have will be dedicated to getting rid of things that I no longer need but simply have not gotten rid of. Donate and dump. All the clutter slows me down when I am trying to get things done.
Organization...or lack of it, is tied to those 168 hours. During the donate and dump phase, I will be organizing as well. I have already been making more concious choices to actually keep what organization I have and to clean up as I go. Not always the best on those fronts, but working on it.
I have been working for a few years now on getting rid of pretense in my life. I am not perfect at it, and I still work at and struggle with it. But the more I reduce it, the less drama, the happier I am. I have found myself saying things like, " I care about you, I am here for you, but I will not participate in hostile or negative activities with you. If you want to be upset/angry/sad that is up to you. I will look for a solution to the problem and move on."
That has reduced my Drama Lhama in size to about the size of a Drama cat. I am happier.
Now to prioitize the cooking and the exercise. Because I am back up quite a bit...and I am not emotional about it. Just trying to find the solution that I can stick with that works for me. I am sure that will change throughout my life, but I will keep working at it.
Rock on and be an awesome you.
Posted on 1/13/2015 by BruteSquad
Here I am, looking at the weight I have gained back. Not happy about that, but it hits me that there is no emotional response this time....Yes this is not the first time I have gained back a loss.
I am looking at it as problem to be solved, a challenge to be over come. I think that is progress. I have had so much emotion tied to the weight, and in the past a serious gain sent me into a tail spin that added more weight. But today I get up, drink my water, have some coffee, look at the plan for food for the day and exercise for the week. Hunker down and do the work.
I know what happened. It is not an excuse, it is just what happened. Finishing up an accelerated degree, dealing with two houses (redoing both), as well as all the things a full time job with overtime and being involved with family will throw at you. I lost that battle with weight as I was simply unable to do it all and maintain. I did not find the time to cook as I was, and money was not what it had been with all the obligations of the houses and paying for school out of pocket. So some of the staples during my big losses were no longer available. I made poor choices and allowed some really crap eating because it was fast.
I can evaluate, adjust, and move forward. The degree is done. 4.0 gpa. One house will not get enough attention to sell it. I am pushing the development of a small business in 2015, so I have to get the food straight and get the workouts in like I used to do them. I want to lift, but I need to be flexible and do a body weight workout when I cannot lift.
So I am happy that I am not all emotional about the gain. Not happy about the gain. But I feel that I have moved forward. I am not a failure, I am strong and capable. I simply need to ensure I spend enough energy on my health.
So let's see where this goes.
Posted on 11/05/2014 by BruteSquad
I have been trying to encourage a number of people both here on MFP and in a few other forums that deal with health and exercise. Some like what I say, and others are less than happy to read what I have to say. But I only put my honest opinion. Key word being opinion.
One of my friends thanked me today. She is a lovely woman that struggles like we all do. After reading her thanks, it dawned on me.
I assume she knows I am a train wreck too.
After making a comment that was meant to encourage her, and it seems to, I decided to open my diary to my friends.......because I had closed it.......because I wasn't logging at all due to the tail spin I was in with food. So I had to make it private so I would log honestly and actually see what is going on.....because just like her and a number of the people reading this.....I struggle.
Sometimes I can relate to you most closely when I have no one telling me the things I am telling you.....because it is easier for me to believe in you than in my ability to carry on and do what I know I should be doing. Sometimes believing in you helps me gain perspective on myself.
So thank you for accepting my encouragement, my congratulations, my view into your world. Because, dude, I am a train wreck too.
Posted on 8/06/2014 by BruteSquad
I can see it happening right now. Right in front of my eyes and I am aware of it. The problem is, what can I do?
This is NOT a "poor me" post. This is me really trying to figure out what is going on, and if anyone else is out there going through this, you know you are not alone. Because right now I am very alone.
So what is happening is that my life, like so many others, is going a bit sideways. This is what has always happened in the past. I get some good results....then slide back...then get some good results....and slide back.
I am, without a doubt, overextended. I am working a full time job that has recently spun into pure overload. Even with overtime all the time I cannot get all the work done. My boss knows this and is working to get another person hired, but that could be 6 months to a year out.
I am going to school full time in an accelerated program for my Bachelor degree in Health and human services management. I have hit the first few classes that require me to actually study and put in time on projects.
Before the opportunity for school showed up, I bought a second house that was forclosed and have been reworking it. Due to school and work commitments it has been a year and a half in the process.
So, I am paying two sets of household bills, water bills, taxes and insurance. So I really need any overtime I get. But I need the study time so when not working overtime I am doing the study for school. And occasionally I get a little work done on the house.
The work on the house is at least very physical. But my food is out of control. Even if I do alright through the day, I eat too much in the evening. I am not getting any sort of regular workouts. All I want to do is sleep and escape. (yes mild depression as mentioned below.)
School is over in November. But I can do a lot of damage to myself in three months. I don't want that.
I have no illusions. This is all about what is happening in my brain. In the past I would ignore it until I had to move up a pant size, be disgusted with myself and then start over while hating myself for letting it happen. This is a sincere effort to not let that happen. But I am losing. I think most people know that it takes you into a tail spin....you have a bad day, make bad choices, and then feel bad about the choices and yourself....which leads to starting a day where you already feel bad about yourself and your life and makes bad choices easier.....I am trying to break that.
There is no day that I cannot get a 15 minute HIIT workout in, only excuses.
There is no day that I cannot eat what I should. I have prepared a ton of food and it is in the freezer, all I have to do is heat and eat. Pack the lunch that is premade. I do often get breakfast and lunch right, as listed above. But I am eating out of lonliness, stress, and any number of other emotions, I am sure, at night. (Read as mild depression due to over extending myself and feeling a bit overwhelmed.)
I do not have a good answer to this problem. Certainly no easy to follow road map. The only thing I know to do is to suck it up and attempt to change my view point.
I am going to attempt to impersonate the person I would like to be for awhile and hope the real me gets there while I am doing that. Because I cannot keep doing what I was doing.
I sincerely hope you are not facing this. I wish better for you. But for those that are, you are not alone. Keep fighting and I will do the same.
Posted on 6/25/2014 by BruteSquad
A lot of those that will read this know I have been doing stronglifts 5x5.
Last night I could not get myself under the bar. I don't know what is going on with that. I suspect it ties into the overextension of my time and energy in every other part of my life. I have been working a lot of overtime and homework from my college classes (going full time) has been more intense than in the past.
So instead of skipping my workout, I did a HIIT workout with boxing as the focus. Compared to the last few weeks, this is a major win! I have been considering mixing up my workouts for the next few months just to get my body doing some other things. So I started last night.
I am coming to understand that I need some variety in my workouts. Not something different every day, but over months I need some variety. I develop a mental block after too many months of doing the same type of workout. (To pursue the strength I want to develop I am considering getting some strong man training equipment eventually. This should allow me to mix it up and still work on strength.)
My point is that I realized last night that I was not going to lift. It just wasn't going to happen. But I did do pushups, squats, and a lot of heavy bag work. I didn't give up or let go of a workout as I figured that any workout was better than none.
I am worth the effort. The effort may not be perfect, but I am worth the effort.
If you are reading this, you are worth the effort. This is a long term thing. Make the best choices, get some workout in and don't kid yourself. Be brutally honest. But know that you are worthy of love as you are and you are worth the effort. Because I believe you are. I believe we are worth the effort. If you cannot see it, trust me for now....you will get there.
Posted on 6/20/2014 by BruteSquad
I do not know why so many things in my life seem to run in threads, but they do.
The latest thread is about being manly. I have a specific idea of what a man is or should be. Not a male, but a man. It is my contention that in our society we have a bunch of boys running around that are in thier mid 30's. There are men that are so worried about political correctness that they are afraid to be a man. Sorry, none of that business here.
Now before all the extremists flame me, and you know who you are, you should probably try and understand what I mean by being a man. But let me explain this to those that want to flame me. Go ahead, flame away. I am a confident man that does not need your approval and I do not live by your distorted idea of what I should be.
A real man, in my opinion, is not the macho masogynist that is portrayed in the movies. Let's get that out of the way. A real man has no fear of strong women. No matter how strong, good, awesome, or incredible I am it does not make anyone else inferior. No matter how strong a woman is, or another man for that matter, it does not make me any less...it takes nothing away from me. People that are inferior make themselves that way through one psychosis or another.
A real man can make mistakes, own up to them, and correct what went wrong or at least attempt to fix it. There is no shame in making a mistake. Only in trying to hide or ignoring the problem is there any shame.
I take responsibility for myself and my people. I, in this case, am fatter than I should be because of my actions. I own that. I am trying to correct the behavior that got me here. I am not rich, but I am responsible. Part of my contribution to society as a whole is being responsible. I choose other charity and work, but at the very least I should be responsible.
I will not bend to views that state that I should be less so that others can compete. That standards should be lowered so that it is "fair". Life is not fair, men and women are different, and none of that should be a problem. We should celibrate the strengths of each individual and the differences that make it interesting.
I think that there is nothing wrong with being a real man. Being reliable, dependable, strong, as well as compassionate. It is part of what it is all about in my opinion.
I do not believe in limiting someone because they are male, female, gay, because of religion, or because of any such differences. However, I know that not everyone can do every job, not everyone can be what they would like to be, not everyone can do the things they would like to do. That is part of life.
I will continue to attempt to be the best man I can be. No matter how much I accomplish, that will never take anything away from you. I would like to see you be the best you can be.
Posted on 4/02/2014 by BruteSquad
I found myself saying these words to a woman I know. Well let me tell you more about the woman. She has faced many challenges in her life but she works out all the time and is in great physical shape. Has never been overweight, and has had every excuse to give up on life and just sit....but...she looks at exercise as an escape and a savior....that said I said, "Even at my goal weight, I will never be as physically beautiful as you. I will not be as aesthetically pleasing to look at, and I am okay with that. I have the build of a warrior, not of Brad Pitt."
It was interesting because I realized that........yes I finally believe that. They were not just words coming out of my mouth that sounded cool and as if I were in control. Not that I would lie. I knew intellectually that I do not have that body type and it is okay. But I didn't really believe I would be okay with it. Wow. I DO NOT HAVE TO LOOK LIKE BRAD PITT OR SOME CALVIN KLEIN MODEL! (side note: The irony of Brad Pitt commenting on the Calvin Klein models in Fight Club during the bus ride was not lost on me...) I do not know what my ideal weight will be, but I know it will be over 250 lbs. I am a very large guy. This makes a big difference in the numbers I deal with. It makes it difficult to find many people like me...but that is okay, my friends list has a diverse wonderful group of people.
First I have to say, that all the people both online (you wonderful, diverse group) and in my day to day life that love me as fat as I am and have been have helped with that. It is huge. It makes a big difference in accepting the physical being that is me.
Part of this realization has come with the mirror. Yes I still avoid it some days as it will depress me. BUT, since I have been lifting I have noticed I am developing a shape...other than round. Thus looking at what is becoming I have come to the following conclusions.
I will never have a narrow waist. My core will be thick.
My legs are short for my height. 31" inseam @ 6'4" tall.
My beauty has never been in what people see physically, but what they see in the person I am.
I can lift Brad Pitt and whatever he is carrying....he can't do the same to me.....
I need to focus on what I used to focus on. Doing the most I can with ME. I used to never compare myself to others...I WAS AFRAID IT WOULD LIMIT MY GOALS. And so I have let it creep in and it has limited my goals....but no longer. I will compare where I am only to where I have been and where I want to be.
Go make a great day!
Posted on 3/28/2014 by BruteSquad
Okay here it is. I have a friend that is not eating well because life sucks sometimes and the time and effort.......blah blah blah.
Crock pot (if you don't have one, get one it is less than $30)
dump a bag of frozen veggies in the bottom, add 1/4 cup water.
Put in a whole chicken, or I usually load it up with chicken thighs.
Garlic powder, salt, pepper, sage, thyme, oregono, basil. Any combination of them.
Dump a bag of frozen veggies on top. Put on the lid and set on low. It will be ready when you get back.
Freeze what you don't eat and take as a lunch and eat for dinner.
You forgot to do the crockpot thing and you have frozen chicken or beef....I don't care
Boil it in about 6 cups of water for 20 minutes with salt and any combo of above listed spices OR garlic powder, cumin, hot pepper, salt and pepper. Meanwhile turn on the oven to 400 F.
Ppull it out of the water, dump a bag or two of frozen veggies and 1-1.5 cups of basmati rice in the water.
Pop the meat in the oven for 15 minutes.
Remove rice and meat from heat. Eat and freeze. Lunches and dinners.....
Frozen lean burger meat...in a skillet , brown and drain.
Add a bag of frozen mixed veggies and your favorite chili seasoning. (I do garlic powder, cumin, hot pepper, salt and pepper, and hot pepper....yes lots of hot pepper) and a 1/2 cup or so of water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for a few minutes. You can add a can of crushed tomatoes if you want.
Eat on a pita, over rice, or just out of a bowl.
I do so adore you and want what is best for YOU. EAT right.
Posted on 1/03/2014 by BruteSquad
I decided to try something that sounded logical, it actually is quite logical and scientific. I gave it two months following it per design. And the experiment mostly failed.
I look in the mirror and I am disgusted with the reflection. So, I can feel bad about it or do something about it. I choose to do.
I say mostly because it was worth it to find out some important things about me and my eating. And as such I can use something that does work as well as aspects of the program I used that work as well. I do have a lot more muscle mass, and I have learned.....all worth the effort.
What I have discovered about me is that my signals for hunger don't work properly or I am flat out unable to interpret them due to years of eating the way I did. My fault, and I need to fix it. I cannot rely on feeling hungry to eat. When I do, I go most of the day without eating and then am instantly starving. I even experienced a sugar crash and that is less than optimal. So the best plan for me is to eat on a regular basis that is basically planned (have to build in some fleixibility) and log log log.
WHAT I eat I will keep from the program I was using. I felt full and energetic, but without logging, I have no idea how many calories I am taking in. More so when I only eat when hungry. I have not mastered that basic ability. And no more carbs without protein. Plan and log and plan and log....
The basic schedule will help with my workout plan as well. The biggest issue I am dealing with is the same one that I have always delt with, well for the last 17 years, work. My schedule is MORE predictable than in the past, however, I still get surprise nights of late work.
Speaking of workouts, let me stand on the mountain and preach it....well not really....but I did body weight workouts for a long time, and they are very helpful and have a lot of benifit. BUT I have to do them 5 or 6 times a week to really see any gains. That gums up my schedule. Lifting heavy 5x5 program, I have seen great gains in three workouts a week. During the month before, and the last month, body weight was all I was doing. I went back to lift..Yes I deloaded dramatically...and hurt myself. Not terrible, but enough I took the last two weeks off. Body weight can be added to my training, but I don't think, for now, it will be the mainstay.
So I am going with the new plan on a Sunday, before the first of the year as I have found that starting on Mondays, or on the first of the year is just a way to fail right away. And really not starting, just tweaking the program to work for me.
I hope you are geared up for the new year and ready to continue or tweak as needed.
Big fat scary love from the big man.
Posted on 12/29/2013 by BruteSquad
It is Christmas time for me, my cousins just celebrated Hanukka.
In my family that means a number of big meals and baked goods galore as well as chocolate, maybe a whiskey or a glass of wine, craft brewed beer, and the ever present coffee.
My family started changing the extremes of food and we have some healthier food at meals during the holiday that have become big hits. Turkey breast on the grill is a big favorite.
I started thinking of how this time of year affects so many people that are on my friends list. Specifically the women that are so supportive and so very very hard on themselves. So I would like to point out a few things.
You are beautiful.
Your ideal image is what you can become, not what some NY model that hasn't eaten solid food in a month looks like.
You are beautiful.
You must not use this as an excuse to slack or not do the things that improve your health. You should try to improve in areas of your person that are not what you would like them to be. But you should love yourself as you work toward the you that you want to be.
You are beautiful.
Beauty truly comes from the person you are. It is cliche, but beauty comes from inside. I have met some physically beautiful women that after they open thier mouth I have no attraction to them whatsoever...none, nada, yuck, the selfish evil hateful disgust me.
You are beautiful.
So go become the great physical being you can become, but stay beautiful.
If you have a rough day, do me a favor......
look in the mirror and say out loud:
"John knows I am beautiful."
Repeat about ten times and then say,
" I know I am beautiful."
" I know I am beautiful."
" I know I am beautiful."
" I know I am beautiful!"
Do that for me, it will make my Christmas time better. If you can't see that beauty after doing that , just look through my eyes. Because I see your beauty.
Posted on 12/10/2013 by BruteSquad
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