Monday, August 9, 2010

What Am I Thinking?

“One week down, fifty-one weeks remaining” To be honest this was the first thought that came to my head this morning; however the more I think about it, the more I realize how skewed this mindset is. It’s as if I am counting down to the day in which I can resume my “normal” eating habits. (Despite the fact that I keep telling myself that everything will be different once I have lost the weight) But I was at 210 pounds before. Have I learned something new since then that tells me living at 290 pounds is not OK? Well… it is true that knowing something and living through something is a world of difference, but do I seriously think that the sluggishness that I feel at 290 pounds will forever be in the forefront of my mind; continually reminding me that I shouldn’t eat my entire Claim Jumpers plate? No, I don’t think so. Rather I think that my frugal side would come into play and tell me that if I don’t eat it, it would be a waste of money and food. If I know anything about myself it is this: if there is a loophole letting me get away with something, I’ll find it. Wow, that’s a vulnerable statement; not sure how I feel about posting that. In any case, I must start transforming the way I think. How, you may say. I’m not exactly sure, but I picked up a pretty interesting book a couple of months ago and I think it may be the right time to open it up. It’s titled The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom by Dr Phil. Stay tuned and I’ll fill you in on the nuggets that I learn along the way.


  1. Michelle January lefeverAugust 9, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Hey Josh, I know u haven't seen/ talked to you in forever but I LOVE your honesty on here and I'm rooting for you, you can do it!!

  2. Thanks Michelle. It's always a huge encouragement when people post comments, especially when coming from those that I have connected with in some time. Hope all is going well.

  3. Got it a couple of years ago. The first couple chapters are a slow read so I'd try to speed read at least the first. I got distracted just as I was coming to the informational part and never went back. I'll break it out again. Isn't it fun to have mommy and me reading time again? 8oD

  4. Ok mom is goofy but let me know how the book is maybe I need to get a copy. Remember that 30 years of being taught to not waste food is hard to wipe out but I learned to cut the plate in half at the beginning and save the other half to take home (weight watchers trick) but I have an easier time throwing away leftovers then wasting food at a resturant go

  5. Started reading the book again. I don't know, maybe I just wasn't ready for it back then cause it seems worth reading now. DON'T SKIP THE FIRST CHAPTER!! Now I want to read "Ultimate Weight Solution" with Josh and "Gift of a blessing" with Jenn. What to do, what to do. I'll just have to alternate days. It sure is better than wasting time watching the boob tube (that's what we called it years ago). By the way, if you look boob or booby up in the dictionary it means fool or nitwit. Also surprising boob tube is in Webster's. LOL

  6. So excited for you Josh! Keep up the hard work. It WILL pay off and you will be encouraged by your efforts. Also, continue to ask the Lord to help you to do this and to be your strength in this journey. You can do it! Be encouraged! We will plan to get together with you guys when we get back from Arizona next week.

  7. Josh-

    I wanted to stop by and just encourage you man. You talk about the "loop hole" that you will find if there is one. Appreciate your honesty man...but if I may, the Josh I remember also was an intense worker with passion and focus when he locked in. And it is here I feel you will prevail man- just remember what it was like before the days of depressing weight.

    I say this as one walking the journey with you. Topped out at 275 early this year. Then my father ended up in the hospital and complications from a previous heart attack over 10 years ago began to raise its ugly head. It was there I drew the line in a sand and wanted better for my life and for my family.

    I can say that after 2-3 months of changing my mind set and habits, I have dropped 30+ lbs. on the scale. However, that is deceiving as I have gained quite a bit of muscle as well since I am lifting pretty intense these days. So I am sure my actual fat loss is greater than 30+ lbs. I still have a long way to go but wanted you to know that I am right there with you man.

    Maybe we can set up a weekly call or Skype to encourage one another.

    Here's to regaining your life!

    Stephen Douglas

  8. @Stephen - Wow!! It's been some time. It is so good to hear from you. This is quite an exciting journey and I can use all the encouragement that you can muster up.

    As for you, Congratulations! I'm proud of you for taking some time for yourself. It so easy to put off losing weight. Life has a way of taking up the measly 24 hours we're given and then some if we are not intentional about taking hold of it. 30 pounds!! That's awesome. Keep me posted with your journey, it's really inspiration. Catch you later.