Hidy ho there! How’s life been for you? That’s wonderful. I’m glad. It’s been awhile since my last post, I know this. You don’t need to point it out. Life has been full of ups and downs, and it was a busy summer workwise. Not much of an excuse, but it’s the only one I have for you.
Anyways, this isn’t the first time that I have been in a weight loss transformation, as I have said before. While going through this most recent change, I was coming to some realizations that I had came to the last time. I had forgotten some of these, others are things that I knew but haven’t mentioned, others I have.
I thought it would be a good idea to put these in a nice list form for you people, especially the ones out there with the attention span of a gnat (lists are fun!). Now, I aim to provide links to some of these that need them. You know, so you can see I’m not just blowing smoke up your ass with my own opinion.
- You Are The Reason You Fail
Redundant? Damn right it is. It is one of our major philosophies here at Tough Love & Kittens, and with good reason. Remember when I spoke about Bob? You know, that little voice in your head that tells you you aren’t able to do that? Or that there are too many problems keeping you from achieving your goal, or that it will take too long. This is you, psyching yourself out. You CAN do this, and have to. You got yourself here, you’re the reason you keep failing.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are medical reasons why people have issues here. There is a video that came out recently by comedian and satirist Nicole Arbour. She has gotten a lot of backlash for saying what she said about fat people. Do I think that’s deserved? Hell no. I agree with a lot of points she made.
One video was put out there in response to it, and the individual was going off on how you can’t tell what’s going on with a person just by looking at them. This is true. I have some things going on, and am correcting the problem, and moving forward in becoming less fat. Other people don’t seem to care, and say “Fuck it. I am this way and that’s good enough for me.” That’s okay too. If you want to be a poor example of a person and use a medical excuse as the reason your life isn’t the greatest, that’s fine. Just shut the fuck up anytime you get flack for it.
- Not All Weight Loss Is The Same
This question I have asked a lot of people, and the amount of times it gets answered correctly is quite frightening.
“Which weighs more: a pound of fat or a pound of muscle?” I’ll give you a second to answer that, without using Google. You’re probably wrong. Most people say muscle, as it is a myth that has been ingrained into our minds from day one. They weigh the same. Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat. Don’t think that you have lots of muscle, it’s just under the fat. I mean you do have muscle, it’s just covered by fat.
Muscle and fat have a different density. Look at a cut of beef that hasn’t been trimmed for example. If you exist in a world that encompases only you, are from Toronto, or are just stupid. you probably have no idea what I am talking about, so I’ll explain.
Muscles are tight, and compact, ie have a higher density. Fat, is the opposite. It’s less dense, meaning it is more spaced out and lucid, like water. It occupies more space. This is why you can have two people stand next to each other that are the same height and both weigh 250 lbs. The major noticeable difference will be the fact that one is a healthy and less fat, with more muscle definition, and the other is not (that’s a nice way of me saying they look like I did back in January).
- Failure Is Inevitable, And Okay
People get really hard on themselves when they stray from their path. “I ate this piece of cheesecake, then the rest of it. Diets done MAOR CHEESECAKE!”
This above scenario happens a lot. Way more than most people will admit to others. They usually end up alone, depressed, and binging on junk food. But I am here to tell you a little secret. It’s a big one that people try telling you, but you don’t want to hear it. Mostly because you still feel bad.
It is OKAY to fail. It’s inevitable. There are going to be days where you will fall off the wagon and not eat 100% healthy. There are going to be days when you can’t get to the gym. There are days where you just don’t go because you made some bad choices.
Life gives you obstacles and days where you can’t make it to the gym. That’s okay, just remember to go hard when you do. When you can go, go. You will be happy. I put my back out and for the last almost two weeks I didn’t go. Granted I wanted to make sure I didn’t over do it. But I still felt like a sack of smashed assholes, and guilty as hell. The gym is relaxing, and therapeutic.
Don’t believe me? You’re either still making bad decisions, or you’re doing it wrong.