At the gym I pass by a scale pretty regularly. I usually don’t even notice it but yesterday I had to zig-zag around another person and almost ran into it. Today my wife asked how much weight I have lost in the last two months and I had to shrug. I don’t know. I didn’t’ step on a scale when I started and probably won’t step on one unless I go to the doctor because they are into that sort of thing. I simply don’t thing weight is a good measure of health. I will never be a small guy. How I feel and what I weigh have rarely been a coordinated thing. I have felt better only when I have been exercising and doing the right things. My best test of health is not the scale but the bathroom mirror.
My bathroom mirror has been a far better motivator and indicator of health than a bathroom scale. I can see the fat places, the muscle and my skin tone. You want motivation to exercise and eat right – stand naked in front of a mirror and give your body a long hard look. If you come to a place where you can see how your body reflects your bad health and then get madder and madder until your are motivated to do something about it, you have the idea. Then go do something(well put on some clothes first so you don’t get arrested). To me the BMI is BS and scales are BS. A long look in the mirror at you naked body will motivate you to get healthy and will eventually lead to something more important than body acceptance. It will lead you to understanding Body Stewardship.
Strength – I had two pretty tough workouts this week but I am ready to break a few milestones next week. I am very close to breaking 500lbs. on the sled. I also will be challenged next week by 225lbs for the squat and deadlift. Not bad progress for two months after a year of doing mostly nothing. I am getting back to form and I am feeling stronger. Good week.
Cardio – I though I would plateau out with all the walking on campus but it has only gotten slightly easier. Probably the heavy backpack I schlep around with me is keeping it real.
Nutrition – Once again, not worried about this as much as I will be come spring. The more immediate goal is to look good for my son’s wedding in June 2016 and so I am more interested in stead progress and good habits being developed over time.
Flexibility – Need to work on this more. I think it is time to actually use the mat room to do a more full body stretch before lifting.
Blessings and Cheers!!!