Monthly Archives: December 2019

Hitting a Wall

I am now going into my 10th week of recovery from rotator cuff surgery. Physical progress is being made and the range of motion of my arm and shoulder is amazing. I am into the 5th week of my plans to make improvements to my food intake and increase my level of activity. Through this, I hope to make a huge impact on the next 20 years of life. 

I have been doing physical therapy 2x a week. I still have pain in the shoulder, but I am able to keep that down to a level of nuisance pain. I can still go about my day and be productive. I have also started at a local gym for 1x a week working on the fundamentals of posture, breathing, and balance. My shoulder recovery will take another 3-5 months and my balance, endurance, and strength will take a bit longer than that.

I have started a good practice of being mindful of what I am eating and how much, and I have lost 15 pounds since my surgery. I have researched several diets and meal plans, but I keep asking myself the question: Can I sustain this diet for the next 20 years? There are a LOT of great diets that will help me lose 50+ pounds in 2-3 months, but can I continue (sustain) that diet for 20 years? These quick result diets just can’t stand the test of time, over many years, only lifestyle changes can sustain this.

Now I feel as if I hit a brick wall. Not so much with my head, but what’s IN my head. This past week has been difficult to stay on task with my food intake and activity level. With all the holiday feasts, parties and treats, I have lost track of most of the things I wanted to track. My goal wasn’t to really track every calorie, carbohydrate, or pound, but to begin to eat less, more specifically, half the amount of food I would normally eat at a meal. Then, I haven’t been able to get to “mall” walking and bike riding as often as I wanted to. So needless to say, not a lot of progress.

The past several weeks is not all lost and I don’t have to start all over. I know I have made good progress each week and now there has been ONE week with little or no progress. I just wanted to say it “feels” like hitting a brick wall. This week, I will pick up where I left off. I will not try to make up for poor choices, I will just begin to make better choices again. Even though it is Christmas week and there are more feasts, parties, and snacks to be had, I will make better choices in everything I eat. I will also make better choices in my activity by walking a mall, swimming in a pool and riding a bike while I am in Minneapolis this week.

I Can DO This!

Today is a New Day

Yesterday, I messed up. I messed up in my work, relationships and goals. When I make mistakes, I do my best to own the mistakes. No reason to be ashamed or beat yourself up over it. We ALL make mistakes. Many times it is harder to forgive yourself as it is for others to forgive us. The most important thing to remember, Yesterday will not define who I am or what I can do today.

Jim Rohn, wrote in his book, The Five Major Pieces To The Life Puzzle (©1991) :
“Today brings each one of us 1,440 minutes; 86,400 ticks of the clock. Both the poor and the wealthy have the same 24 hours of opportunity. Time favors no one. TODAY merely says, “Here I am. What are you going to do with me?” How well we use each day is largely a function of attitude. With the right attitude we can seize this day and make a point of a new beginning. Today does not care about yesterday’s failures or tomorrow’s regrets. It merely offers the same precious gift – another 24 hours – and hopes that we will use it wisely.”

So, I will not use the 24 hours of TODAY to rehash my mistakes, wallo in regrets for my mistakes, or even hold guilt over another person for their mistakes. I will choose to have an attitude of forgiveness and anticipation what is possible today. A new change of mind, a new attitude about who I am, what I am, what I want, and what I am going to do.

Make TODAY reMARKable!

In It For the Long Term

It’s been 10 days since I had my “coming to Jesus” meeting with my neurosurgeon and neurologist. They told me the BEST THING I could do to avoid certain surgery for my neurological problems is to LOSE WEIGHT. They didn’t say, chiropractor, physical therapy, or any other type of “treatment”, simply lose weight. Not the “simple” prescription I was looking for.

So for the past 10 days, I have been researching all the “lose weight” programs, pills, and diets and decided to simply eat right, eat less, and be more active. I thought to myself, if I were to do a program, take pills or do the latest & greatest new-fangled diet, could I do one of these for the next 20 years? I understand that the purpose of many of these programs is to just give someone a quick result, I am not sure I could afford to any one of them for the long term over the next 20 years.

I had to be sure I had a plan before I say anymore to you about what I plan to do for myself. I don’t know if what I am doing will work for anyone else. My plan is for me. I encourage you, if you are looking for a weight loss program or plan, be sure it is something you can sustain for the next 20 years. Better to plan for the long term.

MY PLAN? Eat half of what I would normally eat and eat more healthy (greens & unprocessed) and increase my activity any way I can.

Ready, Set, GO!