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I’m writing this post 1 year, 5 months, 3 days, and 50 pounds since my last one. I, of course, would love to be able to say that I’ve LOST an additional 50 pounds, but unfortunately that’s not the case.

I could enumerate the reasons/excuses for my weight gain, and I may do that in a future post. But for now, this is just my announcement that I have pulled myself out from underneath the wheels of the wagon and climbed back on.

I’m not sure how many people are actually still subscribed to my site. It doesn’t really matter. Just like when I first started blogging/posting/podcasting, I’m doing it for me. I have to make good choices for me and my family. I have to do the right thing for me and my family. Yes, I DO want to help others. Yes, I DO care if other people are healthy, but that can’t be my primary motivation. It’s got to be internal.

So, what’s that internal motivation for you? (See…still trying to help others, too!)

This week the guys discuss motivation with Gretchen Agans!  Need a little? Come get some!! Click HERE to start listening!

Recipe/Cooking Tip: “Does It Touch? Nail It!” – Brought to you by Elizabeth Knecht of the!

Every week Aaron gets some of the same questions about his fitness success.  Here are the questions…and the answers! And as a bonus, some great discussion about healthy eating choices. Click HERE to start listening!

In the news:
Esquire: Best Athletes of 2012 – Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man, makes the list!

Recipe/Cooking Tip: Cooking Is Fun! – Brought to you by Elizabeth Knecht of the!

Like I’ve mentioned before, I still get the “how did you do it” question quite often. One of the things that I did that I think really helped with my success was an intentional mental shift in the way I regarded working out.

That was a long complicated sentence to just say “I changed how I looked at working out.”

I started thinking about what I needed to stay motivated about working out. How do I turn one workout into two, two into three, and so on? For me, I decided to treat “working out” like “going to work”.

When my alarm goes off in the morning, I don’t think, “I don’t feel like going to work today…I think I’ll just stay home.”  I get up, get dressed, and go to work. I do it for two reasons. First, I enjoy my job. I have a great job and I work with great people. Second, and most important, it’s how I take care of my family. My job puts food on the table, clothes on our backs, and a roof over our heads.

Once I put working out at the same level of importance as work, it all seemed to come together. And the truth is, IT’S JUST AS IMPORTANT.

Working out is part of what keeps me healthy so that I can provide for my family, be a father for my son, and be a husband for my wife. When it’s time to work out, I go. I use my normal work ethic as my litmus test. If I’m so exhausted that I need to stay home from work, then I can skip working out. Conversely, if I’m not sick enough to call into work and take a PTO day, then I don’t need to take a PTO day from working out. (This could be a problem for you if your personal work ethic stinks…sorry…that’s a blog for a different day.)

It’s usually easy for us to see the consequences for not working. We get fired. We don’t have money. The consequences are usually fairly immediate. But when we don’t work out…well, that’s a different story. The consequences are often delayed. We blow off a trip to the gym and nothing really seems to happen.

“But Aaron”, you say, “I don’t want working out to be like a work.  It’d feel like I have a second job! If I wanted a part-time job I’d deliver pizza.”

I understand that. But it’s been said that if you have a job you like you never have to work a day in your life. That’s my final advice to you. Find something you like, or even better, love to do for your work outs, and you won’t mind going to work!

 Since I was injured last fall, I’ve waffled back and forth a bit on my weight loss goals, and I’ve yet to really get some traction now that I’m (mostly) healthy.  I’ve got some things in the works that’s going to help get me moving again, but in the meantime, it’s import for me to stay motivated on a day-to-day basis.

I recently set up Google Drive on my PCs at home, and as I was syncing my photos to my new storage, I ran across some old pictures of myself.  My typical “before picture” that I use is actually after I had lost 20 or 30 pounds by, believe it or not, delivering pizza.

These pictures that I found are me at my heaviest. I also included my typical after picture at the bottom for contrast. Have a great week, and stay motivated!

My huge neck.
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This week, Aaron and Don talk to Shawn Kibel, the “other half” of Element Opie Productions. The topic? MOTIVATION! Click HERE to start listening!

Healthy Recipe Tip: Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash

This is a surprisingly good AND simple dish. If you like garlic (at all), you’ll love this one!

Tonight it’s 56 degrees and drizzling raining. I had a little discussion with myself on the way home from work, and I decided that instead of using it for an EXCUSE, I would use it for MOTIVATION! I made it into a challenge. Stay home because “it’s raining”? How wimpy is that! 

So I put a fresh podcast on my MP3 player, threw on my Road ID, Tough Mudder headband, headlamp, gloves, and Legion of Superheroes t-shirt, and headed out the door to put in a few miles.

I didn’t run a marathon tonight. I didn’t even run a half marathon…just 2.5 miles…but I felt like I had climbed a mountain!

This week the guys discuss staying motivated: how to do it, what to do when something’s stolen your “mojo”, and more! Need a little pick me up? This might just be the prescription. Click HERE to get going!

In the news:
You’re Only as Old as You Run

Eat less:
Meatless Monday
Spicy Foods

Exercise more:
Take a break…but be intentional with it.