Outside of boot camp, I really am a fun person, or so I think. The other day during class I heard “Uh oh, Susan’s quiet over there” and my lovely friend said “Susan’s always quiet”. It is true but only during class. It is a documented fact that I’ve always gotten in trouble for talking. It began in 2nd grade and continues today. I would’ve defended myself but I was in the middle of 50 burpees. Ugh…burpees. Where was I?
Any performance evaluation I’ve ever received, at work, is about how I socialize too much. No joke. I had one just this month that mentioned something about talking too much to co-workers. Blastmaphy! I kid. I wish I could defend myself, but it’s unfortunately true. The rebellion part of my personality wants to say “Tell me something I don’t know” but that’s just rude! I swear, talking has to be one of my hobbies. If something has a heartbeat or brain, I will talk to it. However, along with my fun side, comes the blunt, harsh, and often impatient person. I’ll call a spade a spade, even if I’m not asked. Let’s call it Brutal Honesty. Having said this, some of you may not like what I’m about to tell you.
There is no quick fix to losing weight and keeping it off. Whew….a load has been lifted off of me. You’re lucky I’m not charging you to read this. It is hard work. You can starve yourself. You can take over the counter medication. You can drink nothing but liquids. Pick whatever latest fad is out there and go for it. But I guarantee you, the weight will come back. You cannot expect fast results. Slow & steady wins the race!
It’s real simple. Calories in versus calories out. You don’t have to cut out anything. You just need to watch the portions of what you’re eating. Add more fruits and vegetables. Find other spices and seasonings besides salt and pepper. There’s a huge aisle in the grocery store of spices. Pick something you’ve never heard of and buy it! Just know that you don’t have to eat just lettuce and ice cubes. Oh & you can eat out too. Just don’t eat the entire portion that you are served. Make the most out of a meal and take half of it home. Besides, that $10 meal, just became two $5.00 meals! Boom!
The other thing you need to know is that you have to exercise. You have to sweat. I recently read a saying that just cracked my junk up. “Sweat is fat crying”. Well let me tell you, my fat is really depressed. I didn’t think it was possible that I’d be outside in 30 degree temperature in a t-shirt and watching steam come off my head. It is. You don’t have to do a marathon or train like an athlete. Walk. Jog. Ride a bike. Do a video tape (Yes I realize it’s not too popular to pop in a Buns of Steel VCR tape. If you haven’t experienced that golden nugget, you’re missing out). Just do something. Anything.
If you ARE in boot camp – amp it up. Add more classes. Do the extra workouts. Push yourself in any capacity! I recently had a horrible experience with plastic hurdles that just embarrassed the mess out of me. When I went under it, my big ol’ rear end knocked the bar down. Nobody else knocked it down. Trust me, I looked. I went from apologizing to cussing in 30 seconds. When I was supposed to jump over it, I freaked out & just couldn’t do it AND THEN I got called out. It was totally mental and I just didn’t push myself. On the flip side, I got a compliment on my running skills. That also cracked my junk up but I was super appreciative. (Sidebar: The person that complimented me, always uses what I type in these blogs against me – I love it!!) I have been working out more than 2 days a week. It makes a world of difference even though I was blessed with the infamous Spencer speed. It’s genetic. I need a shirt that says “My sprint is your hustle” or something like that.
Whatever you do, give 100%. Don’t compare yourself to anybody. That’s just a general rule of life! Do what you can do and be the best at it. We are all different, wonderful and unique people so none of this comparison business. Be you. Be your best and know that you’re not the only one out there trying to succeed.
Thu, March 1, 2012
by Susan Nooney