Sunday, February 3, 2008

0 Weigh-In: Phew, It's Good News!


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After all of the not-so-great eating I'd previously reported, I have some surprisingly pleasant news to share: I lost an additional 2.8% body fat! And from my last report on 1/13/08, it looks like I've only gained a minuscule fraction of a pound, somewhere between 0.2 and 0.4 to be exact -- I couldn't tell because the number kept varying slightly with repeated weighings, which I did in order to get the most accurate measurement possible. I find that my digital scale wavers slightly between fractions of a pound when I step on it. The body fat measurements also fluctuate slightly, but I understand that this is normal, due to the way in which these digital body fat scales calculate their measurements. (Of course, one of the most accurate ways to measure one's body fat is to step into one of those immersion tanks.)

Believe it or not, the latter information (i.e., the slight weight gain) is actually good news, as this means I've lost most of the weight I probably gained over the past week or so. Yes, horror of horrors, I'm almost 100% sure that I'd gained a few pounds over the last week or two, especially after those unfortunate eating episodes I'd reported (chocolate tollhouse cookies & all!), but of course wouldn't know exactly how much because I purposely didn't weigh myself for a while! LOL.

What's really cool is that I now only have 11.4 more pounds to go to goal weight. Yes, I think I've been in this spot a number of times before, all within the last few months in fact (!), but let's hope that this next series of runs and my attempts to eat healthier over the next few months, will help edge those numbers in the right direction. While some part of me acknowledges that the last 5-10 lbs. can often be the most challenging to lose, I don't want to focus too much on this point, as I'd rather put my energies into thinking that it's possible, and align my actions with those thoughts. ;-)

Of course, I'm sure you've all heard the premise that, mentally speaking, whatever you believe is usually most likely the destiny you will ultimately fulfill. This concept of the "self-fulfilling prophecy" can work for you or against you, depending on what you believe. If you believe that something is possible or not possible, are so totally invested in this way of thinking, then you're going to consciously &/or subconsciously do everything in your power to align your actions with your beliefs.

Now of course, this theorem only works within reason. Of course, no matter how much I'd like to be able to fly like Adrian Pasdar's character, Nathan Petrelli, in the TV show, Heroes, the laws of physics still apply. ;-) Likewise, a person who wants to play b-ball like Shaq O'Neal has still got to have the raw talent! And it certainly helps to have some height too. ;-)

But overall, you get my point. A person can reach for the clouds while keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground, or rather, while determinedly putting one foot in front of the other with steadfast resolve. ;-) It's important to have the heart and spirit of a dreamer, while all the same, focusing on practical considerations & quantifiable, achievable goals. It is not enough to be athletically talented, you need to have internal fortitude, a strong belief in yourself and in the strength & power of your convictions, and the will to prevail. I also believe that these qualities are best coupled with reason (i.e., common sense) and moderation, which will enable a person to focus on what's truly possible at any given moment and to most intelligently achieve their goals.

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