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Let's talk about goals

I have a few and you should to.  You should make a list and write them down so you can refer back to it when you feel a little lost.  My goal is to get to a comfortable weight where I am not having back pain or knee/ankle issues and feel healthy again.  My goal is to be alive to walk my little girl down the isle when she gets married (preferably when she is 50:). I am hoping to see my children grow into thriving adults and live happy lives.  You know the American dreamish.  My weight goal is to get back down to 225.  I am not sure if that is realistic but I am told by VIP weight loss that it is.  An aside here, that is one of the best things about this place.  When you walk in, you are not greeted with skepticism but with a positive motivational mood.  They are encouraging and very understanding.  Most of them have been through what you are going through and really do get it.

OK I'm back.  So my routine with VIP weight loss is easy.  I show up once a week and get my MIC Shot and Testosterone shot.  If I need my meds refilled, they give me my refills, I weigh in, get my InBody Scan Sheet and I'm out. Quick and painless.  

What's an InBody what did he say?

The InBody is a scale that does more than just weight. It also tells you things like how much fat you have in your body compared to muscle. So you know what you should lose. One of the best things it tells me is that one of my legs is not as strong as the other so I need to work that leg more. It has a graph and the graph charts your progress over time.

How did I get here?

I am a country boy as you all know.  I like to eat and BBQ for the family.  But I guess I would have to say that my real food addiction, and yes it is one, started in high school.  When ever I was shown negativity or feeling down I would eat.  Had a fight with my girl friend? "Eat a bowl of chili that will warm you up."  Hence the term "comfort food".  I was not always fat because I was active. I was able to keep my weight down mostly in high school.  But after I moved back home from the military, I could just look at food and gain weight.  Every year I would gain 10 to 15 pounds until I found myself out of control. So I went to the doctor and they recommended Gastric bypass surgery.(more on this later)  In 2003, I had the surgery and it was a miracle. I lost 140 pounds. But I had no idea how to eat and no self control.  As the years ticked by, I gained 10-15 pounds per year and I am right back where I was before the surgery.

That last part is not entirely true.  This is me one week in remember! So I am 7 pounds down. Small victories. See ya next week or maybe at VIP

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So here's the thing. Life as I knew it is gone. I grew up in a small town I mean small, 2500 people, no McDonald's. One red light, and it only flashes.  Everybody knew everybody.  It was quaint and nice. Sure we got into trouble.  After all 'boys will be boys' as they say, but we were good kids and had good parents who gave us a life better than what they had.  People say I was good at football back then, I don't remember it like that.  I was just on the team.  I dated a cheerleader and had a truck and was healthy and happy.  It's the healthy part that I want to focus on here.  I have decided to do something I have never done in my 10 years of web development.  I am going to put myself out there. I am actually not going to create a persona or a stage name. It's just me. Bobby.

I know what you're thinking. If you have been successful in a world of wix, web, and weeblies why in the world would you change the secret sauce? WHY MAN WHY?  Trust me, I ask myself that too.  Do I really want to do this?  So much so that I did the unthinkable.  I stopped. I delayed the blog posts, researching and understanding the ins and outs of their business. But truthfully, if I am being honest here to you and to myself. I was stalling. I was scared. It had been a long time since I had put myself out there. Gone on record.   

You see. I was always the little man behind the curtain. The client had always come first even when the money was wrong or Mickey was waiting and we were gonna be late or even miss my sons first touchdown( yes it really happened) I did not fail the client but I failed my family and I failed me.  So you ask me why, well the issue is just too close to me as a person to be separated from me as some second class knock off.  I want to give this my all.  I want this to be the last time in my life that I have to worry about whether or not that store will have clothes that fit me or people snickering behind my back.

So what is this all about?   This is a weekly blog about my pilgrimage to a slimmer me. I am not an expert. In fact if you look at my history of weight loss and gain, you could even say that I must be the opposite. I am really good at gaining weight. So after 5 years of working with Mark and Rhonda and the gang at VIP, I have finally decided to actually "work" with VIP on me.  This is the story of me, Bobby 360 lbs, and my client, VIP Weight Loss Clinic. I hope you find my story helpful.

WOW! What a difference one month makes. My husband and I lost 24 pounds in one month. That is just amazing to me. I lost 11.4 pounds which is 5.9% of my total weight, and I barely did anything. I cannot wait to really get moving. Wait a minute...

Shh. Do you hear it? It’s speaking - your body.

If you are like most people, you missed it: your own body and its signals.
Some of these signals may sound (or feel) like this:

  •     Growling stomach
  •     Headache or lightheadedness
  •     Shakiness
  •     Clouded thinking
  •     Fatigue

But are you hearing what your body is telling you with these signals? Your ability to do so could have a direct impact on your health.

Your Body Is Trying to Tell You Something

On any given day, our bodies send hundreds of thousands of messages to various cells, organs, systems, and metabolic processes in order to keep things functioning in tip-top shape and in a state of homeostasis (a happy medium) - or at least as close to it as possible.
Think about your sleep patterns. How do you know when it’s time to go to bed? Your body tells you. Your breathing becomes deeper and more subdued. You yawn. You think about hitting the sack. You’re tired. Try as you might to not listen, sleep is one of those things in your body’s wiring that is inevitable. Eventually, you will become so tired you have to sleep.
"[A]re you hearing what your body is telling you with these signals? Your ability to do so could have a direct impact on your health."
But then look at your eating habits. Thanks to the fast-paced society we live in, it’s easy to lose touch with our body’s signals when it comes to food. We eat on the go, eat on the couch, drive through the takeout line, and scarf down lunch at our desk between meetings.
Unfortunately, if you aren’t in touch with what your body is saying, you are missing out on a key component to your health - intuitiveness.  Today, we are talking about intuitive eating. How to know what your body needs, what it doesn’t need, and what it is saying when it comes to your nutrition.
So let’s take a look at the signals we’re missing and how to get better attuned to them.

Getting in Touch With Your Feelings

How do you know you are hungry? A growling stomach or feeling a little bit shaky, right? And how about full? Bloated, stuffed, satiated, or no longer hungry?
When you experience these feelings, what do you do about them? Reach for the nearest snack (be it a vending machine snack bar or a run through that fast-food restaurant on the way home from a long day at work)? Or do you prepare a wholesome, nutritious meal you know will hit the spot when it comes to your hunger?
As for fullness, do you put your fork down and push the plate away, satisfied? Or do you keep eating until the plate is clean because it tastes so darn good, even though you are stuffed? Are you listening?
Do you get heartburn or indigestion? These flare-ups are your body’s ways of telling you that you’ve eaten something it can’t properly digest. When you experience these symptoms, do you pop a TUMS and forget about it once the discomfort has passed? Or do you make a note of what caused the indigestion and avoid eating it in the future?
"When your nose gets stuffy, throat gets sore, or your eyes get puffy, do you consider the pizza-and-ice cream fest you had over the weekend as a key indicator for your sniffles and sneezes?"
Or allergies. When your nose gets stuffy, throat gets sore, or your eyes get puffy, do you consider the pizza-and-ice cream fest you had over the weekend as a key indicator for your sniffles and sneezes? Or do you take your inhaler, pop your Claritin, and fire up the humidifier?
Or, one more, headaches. When a headache strikes around 3:00pm, do you reach for the Advil and try to power through the pounding? Or do you ask yourself if you might be dehydrated, hungry for some lasting power (such as protein and fat), or sleep deprived from the night before and relying too much on coffee?
More than likely, most of these symptoms are nutrition related, and if you do a little bit of digging and a little bit of listening, you could solve 80-90% of your daily aches, pains, and body naggings.

Learning to Be Mindful

Try this simple exercise during your next meal to begin practicing the art of intuitive eating:

    Prior to the meal, rate your hunger level on a scale of one to ten (one being famished, ten being Thanksgiving-stuffed).
    Acknowledge and note how are you feeling going into the meal (mood, physically, mentally, etc.). Are you shaky? Sleepy? Irritable? Worried or anxious? Emotional? A little nauseated?
    During your meal, try to enjoy it. Chew your food thoroughly. Allow for twenty to thirty minutes to enjoy at least one meal a day. Put your fork down between bites. Check in with your hunger and fullness cues throughout. Notice your hunger dissipate.
    Following the meal, rate your fullness level on that same one-to-ten scale.

Acknowledge and note how you feel now. Energetic? Sluggish? Content? Bloated? Headache-free? Can you see or feel a distinct connection between when you eat a banana and how your workout goes in the gym? What about the meal of chicken and broccoli that you paired with half an avocado? Did you notice longer-lasting energy and clearer thinking? As opposed to when you just ate the chicken and broccoli dry and alone?
Begin to practice this exercise. Like anything, the more you do it, the more second nature it becomes. Ultimately, only you can listen - and determine - what your body is saying. Are you listening?

 Shh. Do you hear it?