Nothing Motivates Weight Loss More Than Seeing Yourself on Camera

Fortunately, I was only shown from the shoulders up in this latest video:  https://crashthesuperbowl.doritos.com/video/1313

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Most of us do not like the way we look on camera.  Therefore, viewing yourself can be a motivator.  Take a video of yourself to see how others view you.  It’s a great motivator for change if you don’t like what you see.  If you do like what you see, congratulations on the reward for your hard work.

Not all blogs have to be long.  This little hint should incentivize you or at the very least; it should provide a method by which to gauge your progress and/or ability to maintain.

Create that Awesome Body and then Dress Appropriately #weightloss

Hello,

This blog is a reference to a well written article about dressing properly for travel.  You have gone to great lengths to look good with your workout efforts.  Why not showcase your body with attractive clothing?  When I lost my weight, I went from wearing extra large to size small.  I threw out a pile of clothes that was 3 feet high and replaced them with smaller sizes.  If these starting getting tight, I knew it was time to begin to slim down again.  This has resulted in success while keeping the weight off.  Try this, you’ll like it!

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I’ll Keep An Ear(bud) Out For Ya #weightloss #fitness

Ear buds provide the technology that frees you to perform many tasks including your daily workout.  These little gems of quality sound have brought speakers into your personal space.  The sound quality and noise reduction have vastly improved.  Therein lies the problem. #weightloss #fitness

The reduction or elimination of noise means you could be eliminating one of your five senses (hearing) that are there to alert you from danger.  Therefore, if you are working out near traffic or any other hazardous environment such as running or biking near a construction zone, you are exposing yourself to potential injury.  This extends beyond physical activities to those such as driving.  There is an easy solution, keep one ear bud out so that you can hear your environment’s warning signals.

One place where this is very valuable is cougar country.  The locations where I hike are known for having mountain lions present.  Others have seen and heard them.  I have cut across their tracks in the snow.  Although they are silent stalking predators, cougars will generally warn you vocally when you approach their kill.  If you don’t have your ear bud out, you might not hear the warning and become Little Friskies.  Of course this beats dying in a nursing home that smells of urine while being staffed by people who really aren’t paid enough to give a dam about you.

Lion encounters are best addressed by not having an encounter in the first place.  By having an advanced warning through your ability to hear, you most likely avoid an encounter.  If you do have an encounter, it remains to be seen whether you will be a bigger youtube sensation for killing the lion or being killed by the lion based on recent occurrences.  Personally, I would rather avoid each by keeping an ear bud out.

Overcoming the Desire to Quit #weightloss #loseweight

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Here’s how to easily overcome hesitation.  We all get that losing feeling where there seems to be hesitation within every cell of our body.  I have had that feeling a lot lately.  I have overcome it with a few, simple techniques that I hope to share with you.

In order to overcome hesitation, there are two steps.  The first step is to understand the hesitation and the second step is to do something to offset it.  Before you can invoke either of these steps realize that life is made up of increments.  A short lesson in increments will calm your fears as well as decrease your hesitation.

Increments are easy to understand.  You are currently viewing increments on your screen.  They are the little individual pixels of various colors that are summed together by your eye to form an image.  Pixels have gotten smaller over the years and thus images can be made to look much finer than ever.  If you want to look at larger pixel arrangements, look closely at an old tube type TV or computer display or just look out the window through a screen.  Do you see how the little points are broken down?  Those are pixels.  They are little increments that combine into an image.

Life is full of increments.  Your weight increased in increments.  Your weight will decrease in increments.  The same goes with your hesitation and willingness to quit.  If you look at life as a whole, it is very easy to desire to quit.  This is because whole tasks often appear overwhelming.  For example:

– my debt is too large

– I have to lose too much weight

– My routine takes too long to do

– I have 60% more reps to do

Just remember

– Rome wasn’t built in a day

– You can’t boil the ocean

Understand that every other person is in the same boat as you with these concerns.  The ones that succeed are the ones that understand life is doable.  In fact they take the easy route.  Is there an easy route?  Yes, in fact there is.  Do your tasks in increments that you can accomplish.  That’s the easy way.  The next hint is to prioritize.  Ask yourself, what will get me the farthest the fastest?  Congratulations!  You now understand increments, the cause of your hesitation, and how to overcome it; kind of.

Overcoming the hesitation requires confidence to replace the anxiety.  Although I mentioned prioritizing, it’s not always easy.  Often times we cheat just a little in order to obtain a short sighted reward that offsets a long term gain.  This is how most diets and exercise plans fail.  We take a route that appears easier and has more immediate rewards.  Did we succeed?  Absolutely not.  We added to our anxiety and hesitation and made it worse by not eliminating one of the tasks.  Had we accomplished something, we would now be on the other side with confidence and less to do rather than wallowing in anguish and still having as much to do without the benefit of the additional time we just wasted.

I overcame the hesitation by performing tasks in increments and only then did I look at the enormity of the task.  Here are two examples.

I got comments on my entire physique not just one area of my body.  In reality, I worked my parts individually by day; chest, shoulders, back, and a combination of cardio/legs or cardio/legs/upper body.  Each of these were then broken down into sets of exercises.  Each exercise was then broken down into 50 repetitions each.  The smallest increment is one repetition, of one exercise, of one area of my body.  The end result was a compliment on the entire look.  I didn’t start there, I ended there.  Along the way, the hesitation and anxiety oozed from my body.  They were replaced by confidence and endorphins that made me feel better.  Remember that quick reward I referred to?  Yup!  You can easily have that too!  It’s just in a different form that is much better for your confidence and desire to reach your goal.  Rewards are what you make them.  That is why humans have the gift of intelligence to decide how to appreciate life.  You can feel better after completing 50 repetitions just as easily as you can from eating a piece of cake.

The next example is based on my oil paintings.  I get a lot of compliments on the detail.  In truth, a painting is best viewed from ten feet away where your eye can sum up the increments into a pleasant image.  In reality, I’m laying down brush strokes in millimeter increments under a magnifying glass.  Here are two of the results of that strategy.

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The Detail is the Result of Many Small Incremental Brush Strokes

This next picture is drying so the photograph is not as great due to the reflection of light by the wet paint.  Also, I made a mess of the logo that is easily cleaned up with additional layers.

Van Halen, oil painting, Scott Deuty

Van Halen Painting for My Son; touch up and drying needed to improve clarity

Notice how I presented a completed painting as well as one that is in progress.  Painting is accomplished in layers.  Some layers must dry before others can be applied.  Also, there is a stopping point in the human spirit where creativity starts to diminish.  These are very important points.  Know when to walk away.  As far as your workout goes, this is the point where to are about to injure yourself due to fatigue.  Tomorrow is another day.  You will most likely be more capable of accomplishing goals after some rest.  Walk away with confidence in your accomplishment which will greatly reduce your anxiety level.

This brings us to our final key to success; patience.  In order to reduce the anxiety, eliminate the time element from your task.  Time only adds pressure while causing you to sacrifice quality for completion.  I have to let one layer dry before I apply the next layer.  Otherwise, the paint mixes together and forms mud instead of creating orange from just yellow and red.  The same applies to achieving your weight loss goals.  Do it in layers.  Complete each layer with a daily activity.  Don’t “fit in” your workout.  Take as much time as you need to complete it.  Treat it as a priority and not an afterthought.  The OTHER stuff can wait.  You are investing in your future.

By invoking these methods, you will gain confidence.  One secret for success is how you end your day.  Look at what you accomplished versus what you didn’t get done.  My bed is surrounded by my paintings no matter what stage they are in.  They are the last thing I see before I sleep and the first thing I see when I wake up.  At night I focus on how far they have progressed.  I understand that driving myself harder when I am tired will only result in mistakes that will add work to my schedule rather than reduce it.  I avoid any thoughts that create anxiety by leaving planning for the next day.  I will sleep better if I relax and forget about it.   In the morning I use them as incentive for taking the next step towards completion.  If only that painting would dry enough to get to putting detail on the mountains……

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Maroon Bells Painting Waiting to Dry so that I can detail the mountains without muddying the color or smearing the outer scenery

Weight loss is like painting, it comes off in layers and increments.  By viewing life in increments, you will be less likely to quit and more likely to succeed.  Complete your layer (sets of repetitions) today, enjoy a fit body soon!

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Cover of my new ebook “Yes You Can Have the Body You Always Wanted”

A “lighter” version of my book, “Secrets of an Over 50 Former Fat Man” is now available on the Kindle website.  Once it hits, you will be able to download it for free.  This free period lasts five days so check back on this blog for updates.  Thanks for your support!

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Cover of my new ebook “Yes You Can Have the Body You Always Wanted”

Hey folks,

A “lighter” version of my book, “Secrets of an Over 50 Former Fat Man” is now awaiting authorization on the Kindle website.  Once it hits, you will be able to download it for free.  This free period lasts five days so check back on this blog for updates.  Thanks for your support!

Scott

You can have the body you always wanted without spending much

I paid less than $35 for equipment that helped me lose 60 pounds.  Most of the equipment I obtained was free.  This includes my Pilates machine, yoga mat, and dumb bells.

When my 15 pound dumb bells were no longer doing the trick, I found some used 45 pounders for $30 on Craigslist.  I then traded my 15 pounders for ones that I could add or subtract weight disks to.  All I have to do know is watch for weight plates to buy.  A friend ordered a new Total Gym and was discarding her Pilates machine.  I got it free  Within two weeks it had caved the sides of my stomach in after months of trying.  I adapted it to do all kinds of exercises.

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My yoga mat, weight belt, and dumb bells cost under $35.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to build a decent workout facility.  People are always discarding equipment.  This makes it easy to obtain.  Many people have equipment just sitting around.  Although they had good intentions for using it, now it just takes up space.  You can pick these glorious finds up for a song.  Make a low offer.  In most cases they’ll be happy just to get rid of the item that’s taking up space.

Garage sales are another place to find good equipment.  I also look at thrift stores.  The weight belt that I use cost $3.  When a friend had a back injury, he borrowed the belt.  He loved the adjustable nature of it.  When he researched the same type on the internet, he couldn’t find one for less than $200.  This was a lesson in seizing the opportunity.

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Adding Dumb bells increases the resistance thus rendering a better workout

I also save money by doing free things for my cardio workout.  Hiking trails near my home are free as is Red Rocks.  I work out at home rather than pay a gym.  When I stay at a hotel, I plan my workout so as to take advantage of their facility.  When i stay at a friend’s apartment complex, I use their equipment.

Working out at different locations takes some ingenuity.  Be flexible and adapt to various machines.  If you get set in the same old routine, it will be hard for you to hit all of the muscle groups.  Look around at a new location.  You’ll be surprised at what it offers.  You also might be surprised at what it’s lacking.

How to Maintain Your Fitness

Sooner or later, life’s commitments will creep into your schedule and take over.  My advice is not to let this happen.  This blog talks about a few ways to keep on your fitness routine.

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The benches at Red Rocks are Perfect for Leveraging from While Doing Leg Lifts

I made a pact with myself that helps me stay fit.  I live in the mountains and often have to visit Denver which us locals refer to as “down the hill”.  Along the way to Denver is one of my favorite work out venues, Red Rocks Amphitheater.  I made a pact that I can’t pass Red Rocks without working out.  Therefore, I always allot time for my workout in any of these trips.

I have to think ahead when scheduling Red Rocks as there are two factors that might affect my visit; the amphitheater closes at certain times and Colorado often gets afternoon rain in the summer.

The amphitheater has varying times when it is accessible.  I check the calendar for these times so that I know when to go.  My workout takes two hours.  The park often closes at 1 PM.  Therefore, I try to get there by 11 AM.  The times vary for when the park closes based on the desires of the band that is appearing.  The closing times aren’t always published.  I’ve found myself doing dips on a railing as a celebrity who was appearing that evening was being filmed in an interview above me.  Nothing stops the workout so I went about my business.  It was interesting to hear the responses to the interview.  Work outs aren’t always mundane.  Often a gift like this comes from my session.

In addition to checking the theater schedule, I watch the weather.  I work around any rain.  Although I try not to let weather affect me, rain often chills me beyond my ability to remain comfortable.  Therefore I avoid the rain.  On occasion I’ve had to wait out the rain for a bit.  The blue skies of Colorado return quickly.  The sun burns off the water allowing me to do my abdominal routine and push ups.  I’m blessed to live in a place that enhances my routine with pleasant weather and an amazing place like Red Rocks.