To cheat day or not to cheat day that is the question!

big_oatmeal_raisin_cookiesTo cheat or not to cheat that is the question. Now let me clarify many people have cheats days that they subscribe to when they are on their diets (and in my opinion they are on diets, not a life change). A cheat normally works something like a person eats well and watches their intake for 6 days then on the 7 day they reward themselves with food or the concept that the can now ingest all the foods that are not good for them simply because they refrained for 6 days. Let me ask you a question if a person is addicted to crack cocaine and they wean themselves off of it for 6 days should we applaud them for then indulging on the 7th day? I (as you can probably can tell) do not believe that any diet or life change will be successful over the long haul if you don’t break all of the old bad habits. I think by incorporating a cheat day you are only reinforcing the bad habits that you have. Now don’t get me wrong I do think that you should cheat every so often but not as frequently as weekly and not for a whole day. I has fell off the wagon plenty of times, heck I even planed to cheat on Thanksgiving. The thing I don’t do however is subscribe to a cheat day. Lets look at this example: Lets say during lunch I decide I want a scoop of ice cream, I ‘ve just added about an extra 500 or 600 calories to my daily calorie count. Bad, yeah but not horrible. Now lets say on my cheat day I have pancakes, grits, and eggs for breakfast (1100 cals). Then a cheese burger, fries, and a shake for lunch (1510 cals). Finally a big bowl of spaghetti with cheese, garlic bread, and a piece of cake for desert (1332). I would have consumed a total of 3942 calories about 1942 calories than I should have. So I suggest that when you cheat and you will make it a meal not a day and don’t do it as a reward or on a weekly basis. Alright fam as usual I will Holla…..

I can now clap……….. Push ups I mean.

I did my first 10 clap push-ups today! That’s right CLAP PUSH UPS, those are the push ups that when yon come up from the decline position you then clap both hands together and then repeat. I had been doing push-ups all day and just felt really strong so I decided to give it a try and I did it. I actually think that if I had tried this sooner I could have did it. Next I’m going to try the one hand push up, if fact I’ll give it a try now……………… O.K. as I pick myself up off my face I am clearly not ready for the one hander, but I got something to shoot for. Oh well I going to do a few more clap push-ups and call it a day.

Gym at home………

What up people! I haven’t had a whole lot going on this week. To be honest I haven’t been doing much this week, I’ve been pretty unmotivated this week. I have however stayed on my diet (It has gotten easier everyday), so that OK. My weight-loss has  fluxuated between 215 and 219 all week and I haven’t lost any weight in about 2 weeks. I’m not overly concerned though because I know as long as I stay on my diet I’ll be O.K. One thing that I am doing tomorrow is buying my weight bench, weights and a few kettle bells. I dedicated my garage to being my new gym. I think I will still join a gym but I haven’t found the right one for me yet. I like that body tribe gym that’s in San Diego, but I have yet to find one that is comparable in Atlanta. Who knows maybe I’ll open a gym when I grow up (I’m a toys’r’us kid). I did find a great artical on muscle gain, it address the what, the how, and the when so check it out.

http://exercise.about.com/cs/exerciseworkouts/a/weight101.htm

I holla………

Why ask me…… I’m still learning myself!

Recently I have had a ton of folks ask me how I’m losing weight, which I don’t mind and always answer. The problem that I am starting to run into is when people want me to tell them how they should lose the weight. I have a problem with that because as I read and learn more I understand that each person is unique and that each person must find the plan that is right for his or herself. I have been suggesting reading for people that have been asking me what they should do to lose the weight. The funny thing is that when you tell people the truth they typically don’t want to hear it. I’m starting to understand that if your not mentally ready then it just wont work for you. So to steal a line for Muta over at Mr. Low Body Fat, if you not ready mentally then don’t waste your time. Enjoy those fatting food that you have been eating and don’t put yourself through the pain. Just accept it that your fat and happy and that O.K. I was fat and happy for many years (I thought) it was when I became fat and unhappy that I made up my mind to do something different. AND I STRUGGLE EVERYDAY TO STAY FOCUS but I got a goal and I determined to reached no what the effort or time period, and if your ready you can do it too.. We all Can!!!!!!

You Scared……. I am, just a little..

What up peeps! I really haven’t learned anything new this week, I’m trying to fill my head with as much knowledge as possible because I’m so sure that I’m going to make it to the finish line. I also know that once I get to a comfortable point in my weight loss I want to help other people like me. Kids that have been heavy their whole lives. Its ashamed that I’m still fat at 215 (lots of flab) but this is as thin as I have ever been in my adult life and the closer I get to my goal of getting under 200 pounds I’m a little scared. I don’t know why I’m scared but I am. It funny I did not intend on writing about me being afraid but it just manifested itself through my writing. I guess it O.K. to be afraid of the unknown, I have never known this me. “Hi my name is Freddy, nice to meet you”

I’ll Holla

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better” -Pat Riley

I have been really steady this past week (so far at least), I have already exercised Sat, Sun, and today (Mon). I even incorporated some of the body weight exercises that Jillian recommends in her book. I have always liked the quote by Pat Riley that “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better” but now I feel like I’m living it. I strive to do a little better each day and I’m seeing the results (so is my wife). The things I am focusing on now is exercise (I still don’t like it, but I feel great after doing it…. weird) and making sure I get the right vitamins and nutrients. Also started rubbing my body down with vitamin E (I’m to sexy for my shirt… lol). The reason I’m doing this is to ensure that my skin is moisturized and healthy, I’m afraid I’m going to have the dreaded loose skin and I’m try to beat it at the pass.