T Minus 53 Count Down - Perspective
Monday, January 17, 2011
This past 10 days or so, I have just been amazed by what a difference having a plan and being consistent makes. I feel wonderful! My clothes are already feeling a little looser, my energy is through the roof and I feel like I am getting physically stronger every day. Now, if you ask the scale about my progress, it will say "She's been up, she's been down, she's held steady, been back up and is now down again."
I learned over the summer that the scale is not a reliable measure of my progress. As a matter of fact, the scale can be a deterrent for me. If it is down a little I might be tempted to get even stricter on my diet or exercise to increase the speed of weight loss. If it is up, I might feel like giving up on the plan I was using and try something new. Trying this, trying that, manipulating and tweaking until I would be numbed into complacency. Over the summer I only lost 10 lbs. but I went down two pant sizes.
Tonight in the gym something funny caught my attention. This guy was in the gym working out in the weight area. This is the same guy I taught how to do a snatch a couple weeks ago. But today he is looking confident in the weight room, he has obviously lifted several times over the past couple weeks. As he is leaving the weight room he meets up with a girl and says "wait, I need to weigh". He steps on the scale and holds his arms up in triumph. He announces to the girl that his weight is up 'because of these' and he flexes his biceps. How many woman do you know who would celebrate their weight being up for any reason? He and the girl high five.
This same guy is walking down the corridor in front of me toward the locker rooms and as he approaches the locker room, another athlete comes out of the locker rooms and says "Dude, you are getting huge!" The guy again holds his arms up and flexes! Yes! He is so happy. I can't help but chuckle . . . would any woman ever be happy about getting 'huge' even if they are trying to build muscle.
I just find it interesting the difference in language and perspective on size and weight.
Today I have been 100% on plan! A+
Make a plan! Make it sensible! Work the plan!