I’ve written many posts where I state that weight loss bloggers are 1) numerous and most importantly 2) there to help others on their weight loss journey. I’d like to use this post to create a small blogroll of the weight loss blogs that I read on a daily basis. These blogs have given me inspiration, motivation, ideas, suggestions etc. I truly enjoy reading weight loss blogs and I’d like to share with you the blogs I have enjoyed.
Note: this list is by no means a complete list of weight loss blogs. There are probably hundreds of weight loss blogs that I haven’t had the fortune to find yet. If you have a blog or know of a blog that isn’t on this list, I would love to read it and include it in my list.
A Deliberate Life
All The Weigh
Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit
Living in the (k)Now
Log My Loss
Monster Soprano’s Weight Loss Journey
My Awkward Existence
One man’s trip to the half
Pounds off Playoff
The Clydesdale Project
The Heavy Man’s Diary
Watch My Butt Shrink
Who Ate My Blog
Your Inner Skinny
Again, this list is not all-inclusive of all weight loss blogs. These blogs are the ones that I have stumbled upon and read on a daily basis (via Google Reader). Please contact me or leave a comment if you would like to add your blog to this list, or you know a blog that has inspired you in your weight loss journey.
I was really excited for The 2011 Fight For Air Climb. I had lost about 50 pounds and was looking forward to how well I would do after shedding so much weight. I the previous years, I finished in the 19-20 minute range. I was on a mission to set a new personal best, however, I was still a bit unsure of how well I would do.
This year, I wore a heart rate monitor to help me gauge where I was during the climb. More importantly, I wanted to push myself and having the monitor told me that I could keep going when I wanted to stop and rest. That strategy paid off! I finished with a time of 13 minutes 12 seconds. I shaved off over 6 minutes from my personal best!
While I was pumped up and excited for how well I did, I was a little bummed that we had our least amount of team members. Hopefully we can grow our team again for 2012.
There really isn’t a magic formula, but in my opinion there is a formula to losing weight. Its not a secret either. People that have lost weight know the formula. The formula looks something like this:
20% Desire/Will + 25 % Sacrifice + 20% Diet + 5% Exercise + 30% Action = Weight Loss Success
Before you dismiss my formula let me state that this formula was developed by me. People who have lost weight probably have a similar formula of their own. The numbers probably vary slightly from person to person.
Desire/Will - You’ve got to want to lose weight. You really have to have a desire to change your lifestyle and take back your life. Without the desire and/or the will to lose weight, you’ll never lose the weight. Some people say they want to lose weight, but then don’t take action with any amount of desire. You’ve got to want it.
Sacrifice – Losing weight is easy, once you’ve learned how your body works. The hard part is getting through the tough part of the learning curve. To get through it and to see results, you’ve got to learn to sacrifice. Gotta sacrifice your favorite fast food joint. Gotta let go of the weekend drinking binges. You’ve gotta workout instead of watching your favorite tv show. You’ve got to give to get.
Diet – What I am about to say may be in complete disagreement with what you’ve read, but you don’t need to exercise to lose weight. You need to exercise to get fit and healthy, but to simply lose weight all you need to do is control your diet. Diet is a major factor in the battle to lose weight. Eat right and you will lose weight. Plain and simple.
Exercise – While this is contradictory to what I just wrote, exercise is mildly important to losing weight. You can lose weight and still be unhealthy. To really get fit, exercise is key. There are a ton of other benefits to exercise. But for weight loss, it only accounts for 5% of my success in losing weight. I do workout regularly and follow a program. You can see my program on My Workout page.
Action – This is by far the most important component of my weight loss formula. You can have all the desire in the world to lose weight, but it means nothing without action. I previously wrote about just that topic. If your weight loss plan includes eating right, making the sacrifices you need to and to workout, thats great! But you’ve got to put your plan into action. You will not achieve results by doing nothing. Take action!
Success - Weight loss is attainable. You can lose weight and be the person you want to be. Its out there for you…you just have to go get it!
I’d love to hear your magic weight loss formula! Please share in the comments!
Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed several commercials from leading athletic performance companies (Nike, Under Armour, Reebok, Adidas etc) that all target the same market. All of these companies are targeting the in-shape, fit athletes. And, to be honest, it makes sense. They manufacture performance apparel, they are endorsed by professional athletes, and they have a fairly large market with amateur athletics like high school sports, trainers etc. But I think they are missing the boat on a larger audience and market.
What if these companies researched and created products for people trying to lose weight and get into shape? That is a huge market that they aren’t currently promoting to. Even if overweight people (like myself) buy performance products, they aren’t made for me. Being overweight and trying to get fit, I require products developed for that use. I don’t, currently, have a need for ultra-performance athletes. For example, I won’t wear a tight dri-fit shirt to the gym. I’d love to have the functionality of a dri-fit, but there is no way I’m wearing something form-fitting in public. We need the performance and functionality, but we need to use it differently from athletes.
I’d love to see one (or all) of these companies develop gear for people who are overweight but are currently exercising and trying to lose weight….if any product reps read this, I’d love to help develop those products!!
I’ve lost close to 50 pounds and I feel great. I still have some weight to lose, but this is a journey. The weight won’t fall off overnight. This knowledge makes my ass go to the gym four to five times a week. I love going to the gym. I feel amazing when I walk out of the gym after a great work out. Today was different. Today I left the gym with two feelings that I’ll never forget. Unfortunately, one of those feelings was anger. Let me explain…
By no means am I the most overweight or out of shape dude in the gym. On the flip side, I am by no means the most fit guy there. I fall somewhere in the middle. As I was leaving the gym today, they had a free sample booth setup (think Costco) with some after workout drink they are trying to promote. They even had one of the fit trainers there answering questions. I stop to survey the scene and I notice three fitter looking guys go by the sample table and the trainer engages them, almost goes out of his way, in a conversation about the product and how it will help. They take the sample and leave. As I’m approaching the table, which is near the door, the trainer looks at me and says “have a good night”. No conversation about the product, no attempt to tell me its benefits and no where near an attempt to hand me a sample.I should have picked up a sample and tried it out, but my mind was racing at this point. I was fired up. I left with anger and a bad attitude.
As I’m walking to my car, I tweet:
After my anger subsided, I realized what the guy actually did. Which is the second thing I left the gym with…motivation. This guy gave me a kick in the butt. He didn’t do it out of goodwill, hes an ass. I chose to let him give it to me. But then an amazing thing happened, which kicked up the motivation even more. I received two replies to my tweet:
These two tweets made my day, but they did much more than that. They show what the true weight loss community is all about. We’re all in this together. The guy at the gym doesn’t get it.
There is a great lesson I’ve learned in all of this; don’t let anyone hold you down or stop you from trying to achieve and that there are amazing people out there, in the same place you are, who are there to support you and want to see you succeed. If you feel down about losing weight, if you need some motivation to get on track, please contact me. I am here for you…you are not alone.
A very heartfelt thanks go to Chris and Miller. You have no idea what those tweets mean to me.
Losing weight isn’t hard. Let me clarify…the act in and of it self of losing weight, is not hard. What is hard is all of the emotion, planning, preparation, lifestyle changes, motivation, mental aspects etc, etc, etc. It’s tough to get motivated to go to the gym at 6am. It’s tough to eat a chicken breast instead of two slices of pizza. It’s tough when you’ve worked so hard but aren’t seeing any results on the scale. It’s tough to prepare three meals in the morning that you’ll eat throughout the day. It’s tough when your buddies want to go to the bar and you know that alcohol is the fat loss enemy. It’s tough to make all of the right decisions. But why is it that way?
Are these decisions tough because the old decisions and lifestyle made you happy? Do you feel like eating healthy and making other health decisions are making you sad, angry or not as happy. I know that I am happy when I sit down with a pizza and devour over half of it by myself. The problem is that I wasn’t happy with myself after I ate it. I felt guilty, ashamed, sad.
To get myself in the right frame of mind with the decisions I was going to have to make to lose weight, I started playing a little mental trick with myself. I don’t compare the two foods to one another; I look at them individually and try to feel what my level of happiness will be after I eat them. While this may sound silly, it has help me make good eating decisions. Good decisions eventually lead to being happier (strictly my opinion and not based in any research!). When I make a good decision, I feel good about it, I feel happy with myself.
Over time, I’ve noticed that I don’t mind not eating pizza (or other junk food) if I am happy with my eating decision of eating healthy. Like the old adage “mind over matter”, if I don’t mind eating healthy, then pizza doesn’t matter. If I am happy with my decision, it makes it easier to forget crappy food. This mindset helped me break old eating habits and form new healthy eating habits. When these new habits were formed, I had successfully changed my eating lifestyle and that’s when I started to lose significant weight.
You may be eating healthy, but are you eating healthy unhappily? Change your mindset and go into a happy place when making a great eating decision. Happiness leads to extraordinary things. Be happy with the decision you made, it was the right decision!