Alright, first progress post since getting off track for two months. I’m excited. :D So far so good. Fitting in enough workouts into my week has posed the greatest challenge for me. Simply because there are days when I randomly get called into work and it screws with my entire agenda. So yeah. But food-wise, I’m doing excellent. :) Anyway, on to my results!
Total loss since last Thursday:
And my chart. That incline from August-October is that 2 month hiatus I took. I didn’t weigh myself at all during that time.
Overall, I’m pretty happy. Those couple of lbs I put on are coming off fairly easy. In the two weeks that I started this since October 1st I’ve lost 4lbs. Obviously not all body fat, but it’s good progress. I’m happy my bloating is gone. :)
I’ve got a good feeling about this month!
LOL this is a very cliché analogy. But I like it. It makes sense. Our bodies are in a sense like a car.
The most important function in a car is the engine. Without the engine, the car is dead. In order to fuel the engine, you need to maintain your oil. You need to continue getting regular oil changes to keep the engine healthy. If you don’t, your engine will die. Now I drive an SUV. Last year I went maybe 9 months without an oil change. I racked up maybe 30,000 extra miles or more. You need to get an oil change every 5,000 miles!! My car however, was running perfectly (or so I thought). My perception of my car’s health was that it was perfectly fine and that I didn’t need an oil change. However, when I went to the body shop to finally get my oil changed, my mechanic freaked out. When he drained the oil, it was DISGUSTING. It was so thick, it barely seeped out. Even after changing my oil, it was not clear like it was supposed to be. So we had to do an engine flush to clean out all of the gunk. And then we had to put more fresh oil in order to restore it to better condition. My mechanic said I was really lucky that my engine didn’t die on me in the midst of driving because of how bad it was. Did I think it was bad though? Nope! It’s funny how ignorant we can be to things we THINK we know. In the end, it cost me more in order to use up MORE oil to get my car to a better condition. My car BINGED on oil because it needed it. And I could have prevented that if I had just maintained my car and kept the engine healthy with proper nutrition (frequent oil changes).
Our bodies, in a sense, are just like that. The most important organs in our bodies are the brain, heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. You may be feeding your body only 500 calories of energy a day. You may do this for weeks or months or years. Overtime, the condition of your body gets worse and worse on the INSIDE. But you don’t know that! You think that you know your body. Your perception is that you’re great! You’re working out, you’re losing weight, you’re barely eating, you’ve never felt better! You think that you can’t force yourself more food otherwise you’ll pop. You think your body isn’t built to eat more food. You think that you know what’s best for your body and that it doesn’t need more calories. But just like that engine, you may only be a hair’s width away from your organs shutting down on you due to the weeks or months worth of malnutrition. Just because YOU THINK you feel amazing starving yourself, doesn’t mean that the CONDITION of your BODY is amazing. In fact, it could be TERRIBLE. But you won’t ever admit that due to your skewed perception. And it’s funny because the only way you’re going to heal your body after so much damage is binging on a lot of food to get your nutrition back up. All of that could be prevented if you just maintained your body and kept your body healthy with proper nutrition.
Moral of the story: Just because you think you feel good eating minimal amounts of calories, doesn’t mean that your perception reflects the condition of your body. And unlike an engine, you can’t simply go to the store and buy a new heart, or a new liver, or new organs to replace your damaged ones.
Because I don’t have much to do at work right now. So let’s turn this into a Q&A session. :)
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