Or put another way, how do you measure progress?
Most, if not all of us measure how well or how badly we are doing with weight loss, fitness etc. by the numbers on the scales each week, a product of years of being told that that is the way to assess how fat or thin we are. But we also know that that really isnt the whole story.
After all you can have two people of the same height and weight yet their body composition can be vastly different. One can be an incredibly fit person with bulging muscles yet the other is very definitely overweight – but they both weigh the same. So taking that on board surely we have to look at more than the scales to tell us how we are doing?
BMI charts and table - much favoured by governments and statisticians, a measure of weight and height that takes no account of lean muscles. The result? Professional sportsmen often categorised as obese!
So, if we discredit BMI and pure weighing as a measure of how we are doing what are we left with? From my own journey I tried really hard to abandon the obsessive scale monitoring and things definitely got easier once I stopped worrying about why I put on a pound in the last couple of days.
So what are the answers, how do other people monitor or measure their success or failure? What measure gives the best overall reflection of how well a person is doing?
Would be interested to hear what other people do…..?
I make no excuses for such a short post – just read this great article and training plan from the inspirational Rachel and Alwyn Cosgrove: TRX Body Transformation Plan
If you haven’t tried it yet I urge you to – TRX is simply the best, easiest all round work out you can do, all abilities, all ages, all body weight and something that can really challenge you.
I while back I stumbled across Jesse Pavelka (the very fit in both senses of the word) fitness/life/weight loss coach on Sky TV and ITV.
Whilst I don’t necessarily agree with some of the editing or the portrayal of those people taking part in “Obese, a year to save my life” etc etc, I did find Jessie Pavelka interesting (yes that does mean interesting in a ‘ooh look he’s taking his shirt off again kind of way’!) and inspiring. So, take a look at his blog and the message he has posted about extreme weight loss;
“… we are all human and we all want the same thing: to be happy and to be fulfilled. I can promise you this, if you think for one second that going back to where you were will give you those feelings, you are gravely mistaken. You will soon find that all you where doing was covering up the truth….”
“…never give up, never be too afraid, too complacent, too closed up…”
I think many of us can take his sentiments on board and apply them to our own lives. Never give up. Never be too afraid. Never be too complacent. Never be too closed up. We all have the capacity to change, today, tomorrow, next week whenever and we don’t need to accept that where we are right now is where we will stay – grab hold of your life today and make one simple change and see where it takes you….there is a whole world of possibilities out there!
Try it, you never know where life will take you!
Having had a tough time getting my head around my numbers lately and what the scales say, I have been looking into the effect of cortisol on weight and weight loss. Weirdly I have come across the same analogy from two different people about what happens when we get stressed. When we were cavemen stress was good, it was what kept us alive, it made us aware of the lion across the field or just about to start chasing you. Our stress levels went sky-high as we were being chased across the fields or about to be attacked – our fight or flight response – and our stress levels didn’t begin to return to normal until we were safely back in our caves away from the nasty lion (or whatever).
Nowadays we aren’t chased by lions – well not very often anyway – but our stress levels are raised as a result of the way we live our lives. We are available 24/7 by mobile, blackberry, email, Skype, whatever and wherever, someone always manages to get hold of you. Now that’s fine if its your beloved other half who wants to say I love you or your son half way round the world letting you know he’s OK or your daughter who missed the last train home but not so good if its your boss reminding you to call that client first thing in the morning or the client complaining at 11.30 on a Sunday morning! Not exactly a lion I know, but the affect on your cortisol levels is more or less the same!
And combined with the constant high expectations we place on ourselves (particularly women) our cortisol levels remain pretty high all the time. We live as if the lion is sat outside the front door waiting patiently to pounce as soon we step out….
There has been plenty of research that shows high levels of cortisol affect your ability to lose weight and moreover, it is suggested that high levels of cortisol are associated with increased amounts of fat storage especially around the middle. And that wont make us feel stressed at all will it?!
So what do we do? We can’t all suddenly become technophobes and switch off all of our mobile or electrical devices so we can’t be contacted but we can learn to live with the lion. ’Cos if you accept that the lion lives just outside and you learn to relax, find pleasure in simple things and learn to calm down, chill out whatever you call it; you might just find that it’s not a lion after all but a pussy cat!
I know, I know…its been a while. Again!
Life has a habit of getting in the way of things and that’s exactly what has happened but in a good way. Have been caught up in business planning and buying as well as decorating and working…..all in all its a been a busy, productive, great few weeks!
Have made some major steps forward in getting the new business off the ground and hope to launch in the next few weeks, I am so excited its beginning to look really good and is something I have wanted to do for a few years now. I will share a bit more once the website is up and running and you can see for yourselves just how fabulous its going to be!
Life is good to be honest, pain in my back and hip hasn’t gone away but I finally have a date for my first treatment so, I am hoping that once that gets started and I have some intense physio I can finally get back to normal and start exercising properly. It feels good to know that I am at last on the road to some kind of treatment so there does feel like a bit of light at the end of the tunnel; bought myself a replacement TRX last week which I love but have to balance doing anything with it with managing the pain so its slow going. On the upside, my knee appears to be much better so I have a suspicion that it isn’t in fact a meniscal tear but just overcompensating for my sore hip and back!
Keeping things short so onwards and upwards but look out for some exercise related posts in the next few days, including a TRX one!
Have posted a few general posts of late, all relevant but mainly about health and fitness so I thought it was time to check in as me again!
Life is pretty good to be honest (apart from being soooo bored by the incessant rain and flooding) , my attempts at healthy eating are right back on track this week, give it another week and I am determined to do some kind of exercise come hell or high water – oops thats not a sentence I should be saying given the amount of hell and high water we are experiencing!!! Hopefully you get the determination behind the sentiment!
Anyway, in case I haven’t let on yet we are well on the way with business planning for our amazing new company, strategy is in place, suppliers and stock are being sourced and the website is almost up and running. Next business meeting this week and hopefully we can finalise a few more bits – I think we may go live on 1st April (ish) but it will depend on stock and making sure the other partners pull their weight! Not telling anyone anything yet…..all a bit under wraps but I promise to tell you all as soon as we go live!
All in all, life is damn good! I know that makes me a very lucky girl but just remember, its the small victories along the way that help you to get to your goal. Push forward and don’t look back!
Someone sent this to me so I thought I would share it with you today, Happy Valentines Day (even though I think it is a load of commercialised meaningless nonsense created by card companies and florists)!
1. “Love is a game that two can play and both win.” - Eva Gabor
2. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” - Lao Tzu
3. “A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.” - Rupert Brooke
4. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Maya Angelou
5. “There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder.” - Charles Morgan
6. “Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” - Willa Cather
7. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” - Dr Seuss
8. “Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the what makes the world worthwhile.” - Franklin Jones
9. ”The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” - Victor Hugo
10. ”Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning, a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” - Bruce Lee