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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!)

I’ll be honest. Sometimes I’m not motivated to exercise. I just don’t want to do it. In the past 15 months or so that I’ve been exercising, it happens more than often than I’d like. When it does, I just go back to the basic tenet of 1 Meal – 1 Workout:

Anybody can eat healthy for one meal. Anyone can workout one time.

So I just tell myself, “I can do one workout. In an hour, this will be behind me. I’ll be done.”

Then…I go do it.

Next time you don’t feel motivated to get active, try it. You might surprise yourself.

If it doesn’t work, call me…and I’ll yet at you like a drill sergeant. Hey! Different things work for different people.

 ”1 Meal – 1 Workout”…you may have seen that name/phrase bandied about lately by me on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or any of another number of places on the world-wide-interweb. But what does it really mean? Maybe it’s time to revisit the basics.

Last June when I made the decision that I needed to lose 100+ pounds, I really didn’t have much of a plan, but I did know one thing. As a 42-year-old fat guy, I had tried and failed to lose the weight multiple times over the course of my life. The way I had approached getting fit in the past hadn’t worked, so I need to make a fundamental change. As I thought about it, I kept thinking back about my past failures. It usually went something like this:

  1. Sit up late at night for no reason.
  2. See Tony Horton selling P90X (or some variation thereof).
  3. Get disgusted with my current condition and decide “it’s time to do something about it”.
  4. Day 1 of my new lifestyle: Make drastic changes to my eating habits and activity level. 
  5. Day 2 of my new lifestyle: Discard all changes and continue life as before.
(The reality is that half the time I never got past step 3.)
 
So what’s different this time? What’s sustained me for the past 14 months? It’s really a simple, fundamental shift of thinking. I started to think that I didn’t need to try to lose 150 lbs. I needed to lose just one…one pound…and then do it over and over.
 
From that, I decided to break it down even further…all the way down to a single meal and a single workout. All I needed to worry about was eating as healthy as I could, making the best choice I could, at my next meal. I didn’t have to train for a marathon or try to get six-pack abs, but just concern myself with getting to my next workout.
 
Sounds too easy, right? Not necessarily EASY, but very SIMPLE. That simple change did a few things:
  • It made the task do-able. It was something I could wrap my mind around. Anybody can eat good one day, right? Anyone can put in one good workout.
  • If When I failed, it eliminated the guilt and condemnation.  I hadn’t “blown it”.  There was no diet I had failed.  Instead, I just needed to do better at the next meal, or put more effect into the next workout.
  • Procrastination was taken off the table. No more “I’ll start over after the holidays”, or “on Monday”, “or next month”, or “next week”. Start now!
That’s how I did it. That’s what worked for me. I put a string of healthier meals and more active days together.  Fourteen months later, I’ve lost just over 140 lbs. One meal at a time, one workout at a time.

Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help!