over a can of worms if you're not prepared to pick them up and
send them on their merry way. Does anyone remember the topic of
last week's newsletter? I'll give you a hint. Fat. I didn't expect
to win a popularity contest with my spin on the subject but fat
needs a frontal attack and reactions interest me. A few people
signed off the irononline subscription list and a few people e-mailed
to say way-to-go. A draw. I deferred from putting copies on the
front counter at the gym, which is my usual practice. Did I mention
that live, in your face reactions do not interest me…not in the
jiggley business had not yet cooled my friend Super Jeff, editor
from Muscle and Fitness, contact me requesting "a thousand words
or so on the psychology of fat loss for an upcoming mind and body
column." How could I resist? I offered him an altered-to-fit version
of the Straight Talk To The Overweight newsletter and crossed
my fingers. The man gave me a big thumbs-up and we'll see it in
thing is the commentary presented no tangible solutions, only
the unpopular and unwisely evaded problem. The solutions are,
well, the same as they've always been: diet and exercise and will
power. Who wants to hear that, I ask you?
for a moment that we're all reasonably healthy-no medical weirdness
we know of. Losing weight is no easy trick but it is not impossible
and it's not complicated. The task requires a few minor adjustments
in one's lifestyle, replacing some non-constructive habits for
some constructive habits, responsibly exercising with appreciation
and rolling along with time. It's going by with you or without
you. Let's call this patience, discipline, assertion and self-control.
What an impressive collection of attributes you display. How handy.
You just go about your days and keep your focus on the target.
You aim, you fire, the bullet travels slowly but surely to the
bull's eye. Pow. Maybe not Mr. Bayonne or Ms. Auto Plaza but,
hey, you pared off the pounds and saved the muscles, bones and
cardio-respiratory system; you rid yourself of unneeded stress
and a sorry self-image. You look younger, you feel younger and
your jeans fit. Simple.
Why then is
losing weight America's number one pain in the pants? You know
what I think the real problem is? Maybe? Everyone concerned likes
the idea of being trimmer but they don't carry it one more step
to "desire." Desire dwells within all of us: I want this or that.
But "desire" or "heart" resides deep inside us and needs to be
ignited. Desire does not come and go like hot water in an old
tenement building. You want hot water you need to put fire under
the kettle. You want hot water tomorrow you need to keep the fire
going. The desire we speak of here doesn't come from thinking
about losing weight and how hard it was last time you tried. It
doesn't come from complaining or struggling or procrastinating.
Desire comes from wanting very passionately something meaningful
and realistic and imagining it as yours in due time. You set an
intelligent plan in motion and stick to it. That's all. I think
they call it commitment. You say that's too easy? Try it. You
say it's too hard? You'll never have desire, you'll never have
heart. Try it anyway and prove me wrong.
intelligent plan, you ask? Boy, for someone without heart you
ask a lot of questions. I think there's hope for you.
Start a lower carb, high protein meal plan, with enough Essential
Fatty Acids (EFAs), arranged in five meals throughout the day,
sunrise to evening. Drink two quarts of water a day. At 12 to
15 calories per pound of bodyweight to maintain your weight, start
to drop your sugar calories by 100 per day for five days and stay
at that point to adjust to your new regimen. Do not miss meals.
Use your handy, el cheapo calorie counter from any supermarket
checkout stand. Sweep your refridge, tabletop and cupboards of
the junk. Replace the junk with vegetables, fruit and whole foods
that'll nourish you and work for you. Every time you whine I can't
do this or that, you lose, partner, and it's not fat. Take your
first class vitamin/mineral. Ignore all other diets. You must
have confidence in your plan from start to finish or you'll find
yourself vacillating, doubting and applying yourself half-heartedly.
Be strong. Sing Praises.
People with lots of heart stay busy. Do productive things around
and about. Wash my truck. Get into the ole exercise program with
purpose. You're going to lose some fat and keep the muscles where
they belong and add a few on top. We're getting stronger and more
energized and fit (got carried away, I'm including myself in this
madness). Three 30- to 60-minute superset weight workouts a week
plus three 20-minute aerobic bouts (walk or walk and run combos
for starters) will set you in motion. Fuel yourself before your
workout and feed yourself after your workout. Don't forget. Train
as hard as you can with all your heart. Get involved, be attentive,
focus on the metal and the muscle and the motion (practice, practice),
recognizing the power working out has on your daily living and
the precious days on down the road.
This is too
tough, you say? Remember your purpose, what you want, the end
result, the wonderful desire that eludes the weaklings. This is
a triumph, a precious character-building, back-fortifying, stress-eliminating
joy. This is a proper mission to breath life into your Life. Strength
in place of weakness is exhilarating. Results and rewards are
Make the above
logical schemes a habit. You can do this. Exchange some dead TV
time and inferior food for a more exciting, enduring and creative
person. More fun than a puppy.
friends, have a terrific Thanksgiving. Stuff yourselves, Bombers.
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