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Yuck! Still MAD that you lost ONLY ONE POUND?

We tend to be so hard on ourselves. One of the biggest mistakes we make along the journey is not realizing how far we have come!

I sometimes forget myself, in the moment, but honestly I never really forget how horrible my health was back then.

It's not that I don't have health problems now. I'm older, my body is wearing out, but it would be so much worse for me now if I still had that excess 85 pounds.

On January 1st this year, I took my first pictures and assessment in the 1st Phorm App. I had the vision in my mind to do this "On Every Sunday". It became routine and I learned how to do the assessments quickly and efficiently.

It served me well. It empowered my life in many ways to stay in the game.

See, most people either gain or maintain most of the year, then gain a little during the holiday season (right now) and then repeat the process the following year.

On average, it might be 5-10 or more pounds of weight gain each year. Then people will suddenly say, "This is what happens as we age!"

It is not age, it is calories! Some of us have to have more awareness and manage calories like a budget.

And protein, that's huge too. I wrote about anabolic resistance that happens as we age.

But it's not impossible to overcome all this.

Total, I've lost 5 pounds this year, 3 pounds during this last challenge since October. I've mainly been focused on the calories and protein in order to keep my weight down to prepare for upcoming surgeries.

My focus is on my health and keeping my life empowered for survival and doing the things that I enjoy. I also enjoy how my abs and waist feel when I'm on the leaner side, so I can keep going just a little. I know what it's like to feel lean and ripped at 116 pounds, but I don't need to go that far!

As those who finally take their pictures in the App with me, it keeps us in reality. Most people go about their lives, kind of knowing they are gaining weight, but not realizing the extent of it until they take their pictures. It's a wake up call.

But it doesn't have to be discouraging. Embarking on a simple meal plan, with foods of your choosing, seems daunting and overwhelming at first, but as most people who put the effort in realize, it's pretty simple. It's just that change is hard, and learning to find simple comforts in life that don't envolve food is hard, but once you start, it's a fun game.

Comfort eating never solves the problems. In fact, it can make us mad at ourselves and beat ourselves up, and we dig our health mud pit even deeper. It doesn't have to be that way.

I enjoy food tremendously, and I enjoy everything I want, parsed out in good portions along the way. I savor things slowly. I've learned patience, and that took years of practice too.

Even now, it's easy for me to say that those 5 pounds I lost all year wasn't good enough. I can be hard on myself. I have to stop and remind myself, look how far I've come! And, YUCK, that one pound is freakin' huge, look at that picture!

It was a big accoumplishment for me this year. Even bigger was fighting through the pain of bad hips (that I thought was a back problem for almost 2 years now). Even still in so much pain, I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I will finally see a hip surgeon in two weeks. I'll have a plan for resolving this problem soon.

During the last two years I have DREADED gym workouts. I fought hard and worked through that, with trial and error, building my upper body only weight lifting routine with many modifications. I am finally able to bench press my body weight for 5 sets of 10 reps on my stronger days. I'm building up my pushups and pullups. I've slowly losing body fat in a healthy manner.

We all have to WORK at keeping our head in the game. That means doing things when we don't feel like it. I almost never feel like taking my pictures and doing my assessments, but I made it a habit, on every Sunday, and I'm nearly to the end of the year with NO MISSES!

As I was leaving for the gym last night, telling Randy I didn't feel like it, he was preparing for his run outside and said "and I don't feel like running either. No one ever succeeds at anything by succumbing to 'I don't feel like it.'"

So, did you lose that one or more pounds? It's HUGE, pat yourself on the back. And if you still have a goal, keep going! One foot in front of the other even when you don't feel like it.

If you want to join me in the 1st Phorm App I'll be there for you. Year after year, season after season, all year long, just like this years "On Every Sunday". There are several in the App losing many pounds and gaining much strength and I look forward to showing them off soon. They are empowering their lives. No reason you can't do it too. You just have to decide, and you will also need to commit. Be ready to do that. I will walk this path with you all the way.

If you have questions, message me. If you know you are ready, simply install the App and send me a text message in there and we can get started whenever you are ready. I expect a commitment from you, and I expect you to keep me updated and to give me something positive each week. You have to do things even when you don't feel like it too, just like the rest of us. IT IS WORTH IT.

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