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I Only Fell Off The Wagon A Little Bit

Is it a horrible thing to fall off the wagon?

Falling off the wagon isn’t always bad.  Especially when it’s only a little bit.  I did just that, and managed just fine.  But that’s not really the point of this post.

Often times when I start recording my videos, I give very little thought to what I’m going to be talking about.  Generally I know the basic premise of the message I want to deliver, but it never truly forms in my mind until I actually start trying to come up with a title for these blog posts.  It’s at that point that my thoughts start to coalesce into something a little more cohesive.  But only a little more.  I’m still more or less flying by the seat of my pants on these things.

I’ve started to realize that I haven’t really done much to teach or encourage people with these posts and videos.  I’ve documented my progress, but what’s the point of that if I don’t have anything for people to take?  What nuggets of information are people actually getting from me except that I am having success on the RM3 program?  I had hoped to build this into something that people could use as a resource for their own paths to getting healthy.  I mean, that’s why I call this Get Healthy.  And that’s why the web site is gethealthyblog.com!  It may be time for me to start coming up with some actually helpful information for people.  Assuming that anybody is actually reading or watching these things.

So my job is apparently to start doing some research, and posting actual relevant information for people.  If you’re reading this, and have some suggestions for posts, please by all means contact me and let me know what you’d like to see here.  I’ll do my best to create the content.

Back to the point of this entry, though.  There’s not much to report on in the way of my progress.  This past week has been quite busy for me, especially near the end.  I was playing single dad for a few days as my wife went to a conference in Utah.  The conference itself is actually very much related to my journey to getting healthy.  Some of the concepts I have spoken about here (such as not using the term “weight loss” come from the principles taught at the conference.  It was put on by a woman named Leslie Householder.  She wrote a couple of books on how to make adjustments to our mindset to bring about the goals we seek in our lives.  I won’t go into details here because it’s beside the point of this post, but the concepts that she teaches are very much a part of my journey.

You can learn a ton more about Leslie and her programs at http://www.thoughtsalive.com/.  You can get a free copy (eBook) of the award-winning best seller, The Jackrabbit Factor, on that site and learn more about her other books and seminars.

At any rate, I was doing the single dad thing this past weekend.  When this happens, I kind of like to do some things that I wouldn’t normally do.  This time, I decided to bake a couple of things.  The first item up was to learn how to make my own hamburger buns.  My oldest daughter has been wanting burgers for a while, so I figured it was the perfect time to try this.  I baked amazing hamburger buns.  And I made some pretty darn amazing burgers, too.  Of the few things that I’m actually good at, it seems cooking is one of them.

I had no intention of partaking in the burgers I had made for the kids.  But the buns smelled so good, and since this was the first time I had ever made them I decided to give in and try them.  I had followed the RM3 protocol perfectly that day…until dinner.  I allowed myself one cheeseburger with a bit of ketchup.  But that was all I ate at that meal.  Oh, I also made fresh baked french fries, which I did not eat.

I enjoyed the burger, and reveled in the fact that I had successfully made my own buns.  And they were exceedingly easy to make.  The next day, I had decided to make my kids pizza from scratch, including handmade dough and sauce.  Again, the results were so enticing that I decided to partake of one thin slice.  And it was exquisite.  Although I will say I need to learn how to regulate how much cheese goes on the pizza.  Too much leads to a melty mess on the bottom of the oven.

So I had two instances of “falling off the wagon”.  The difference with these and Thanksgiving was that these were unplanned.  I managed to control how much I ate, though, and I didn’t go overboard.  While the meals were awesome, and I did feel tempted to have more, I jumped back on the bandwagon right away.  So I consider this a “Falling off the bandwagon only a little bit” type of episode.  Sort of like slipping off the edge, landing on the ground, then jumping right back on.

There was very little damage.  I still managed to shed 4.4 pounds this past week.  I had some concerns that I might have affected my progress, but that does not seem to be the case.  To date, I have successfully removed just over 95 pounds from my body.  That’s 95 pounds in 19 weeks.  While some may say that’s too much too fast, I can’t disagree more.  From my perspective, I couldn’t get rid of that fast enough.

Rough Road Greatness Lucius Annaeus Seneca
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

I think the lesson here is that having some of the foods that we really like that aren’t exactly healthy isn’t a detriment to our journey to getting healthy.  They are potholes along the path.  However, and I say this for me specifically because I don’t know how this sort of thing affects others, but I do need to be careful.  I realized how easy it would be to slip into my old eating habits.  So while I might slip off the edge of the wagon every once in a while, I don’t want to allow myself to ever let go of it.  I might start convincing myself that it’s okay to let go as long as I’m walking alongside it.  Then I might say, it’s okay to wander around the path a little so long as I don’t let the wagon get too far ahead. That kind of thinking eventually leads to me losing sight of the goal.

I do not want to do that again.

-Brian

P.S.
Some may question my use of a Henry Ford quote as the featured image of this post.  I know that Henry Ford had character flaws.  We all do.  But I do believe that he was a brilliant man who knew how to achieve his goals.  There may be some questionably aspects of his character, but that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of his principles on achieving success are correct.

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