#KeepGrinding (It’s been a while)


 

 There are 24 hours in a day.  Finding the time to do everything, including writing this blog has been a special challenge.  I apologize for having such a large gap in time between writing.  The Predators season is now over so that frees up some time so I really don’t have much of an excuse not to keep you updated on the adventure.

Silence Doesn’t Mean Lack of Success

Most time when people stop writing or disappear from the blogosphere, especially in documenting a weight loss journey it is because they fell off the wagon.  I’m happy to report nothing would be farther from the truth.  I am more focused now than ever.  April was a very solid month for me and I have been killing it in May.  I’ve never exercised as much as I have over the last 3 weeks and especially since the beginning of this month.  As of tonight, I have already walked 43.50 miles, much of it on incline intervals on the treadmill at the gym.  Tonight I added the pool post walk and got some more work on my arms and upper body for the first time.

Tale of the Tape

As of this morning I have lost 134 pounds. It equates out to 3 shirt sizes and 10 inches on my waist and I’m dropping more every day. I’ve given myself a “B” on the food and an A+ on the exercise since the beginning of April. So there is room for improvement. I went through a rough spot with my feet and legs but I appear to be coming out the other side on that issue, as the more I work the better they feel.  Who knew?

Help

I have to plug the Fitbit (Fitbit.com) activity tracker. Since I got the device I track all my steps, stairs, calories burned, and even sleep patterns.  It is wireless as well and it records all you information on the computer for you.  It has been a great tool for me.  My goal is to walk at least 10K steps as many days as possible in May.  I’ve made it 7 out of 8 days. Some of you may not know that I won a contest on Twitter of all places through Diets in review and won a year program with retrofitme.com.  I have my own team of coaches regarding nutrition, exercise, and the mental aspects of getting through all this and making the important changes necessary to live your life in a health way.  We all need help and support and they provide it in spades.  Check them out.  I recommend them highly.

Progress and Benchmarks

Two weeks ago I played 9 holes of golf on a hot Friday afternoon.  When I was done I wasn’t exhausted.  I didn’t have trouble climbing the hills and actually enjoyed playing.  I haven’t played in at least 4 years because I couldn’t physically do it.  It will now become a regular part of my life again.  It’s great to get things back that have been lost for a long time.  I can even drive the cart comfortably.  It’s the small things that make the difference.

My two little grand kids, Mason and Jackson came over a week or so ago for a few hours.  I think I stunned my wife and my daughter Madison by actually getting on the floor to play with them.  I think Madison was more excited than the boys were.  It is something that you don’t think about as being important but it had an impact.  It’s another step.

I’m looking forward to this summer.  I usually dread the heat but I say bring it on.  I’m ready to move.  The CMA Fest is coming up in a month and I usually work in the Fanfare Hall all 4 days.  I have really enjoyed it but haven’t really been able to do much more than sit there and answer questions.  I plan on walking around and actually seeing things this year.  Participation is a great thing!

Behavioral Changes

I’ve only had food setbacks (nothing major) when I’m not prepared for what is coming meal wise that day.  It may be a quick dinner because of a game or a late day at work.  We have really cut down takeout and restaurant food.  I can’t remember the last drive thru I actually went to hamburger wise.  If I know we are going out to eat I try to adjust my other food intake for the day and increase the exercise level.  Today I even looked up the menu entree calories for a restaurant I’d like to go to next Thursday night.  Exercise wise when it looks like I’m going to have a busy night I’ve been getting up a couple hours early and going to the gym to get my steps in.  There are ways to get the work done.  Yesterday I knew it was going to be a struggle to get the 10000 steps in so despite the heat outside I walked during both breaks and lunch at work.  Combining that with a morning workout and I had the steps in by 5pm.  It can be done.  If it is important to you, you will do it.

Confidence and Stress

I can feel my confidence as a person coming back more and more each day.  I smile more and am more social than I have been in quite some time.  I still have a ways to go but I’m moving in the right direction.  The walking is a great stress relief even when I don’t feel like doing it.  Once I’m going it is fine and I listen to some music and do a lot of thinking and planning.  It is a great time to work on yourself and reflect on what you have done, are doing, and plans for the future.  More and more people are asking me what I’m doing and I feel honored to be able to help.  There is no magic formula.  It is hard work, both physically and mentally, but support is a great thing and I appreciate all I have gotten and continue to get and have no problem paying it forward.

Motto

I’m a twitter kind of guy.  My new motto is #keepgrinding.  That is how you get through life and how you make the important changes.  I’m grinding every day.  How about you?  Find what makes you grind.  Steel sharpens Steel. Find your steel and get to work.  Start small and do the work.  I was watching one of the last episodes of the Biggest Loser this season and Dolvett said “Don’t fall in love with the results, fall in love with the process.”  I’m in love with the process right now and the results are the gravy on my potatoes…well maybe that’s a bad analogy…how about the low fat ranch on my celery stick.

Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken recently.  Things are changing and shifting too!  Have to start incorporating some weights now along with the cardio.  Have a great month everyone.  Contact me at vminicozzi@comcast.net with any questions or find me on facebook or twitter. (@musiccityvic).  #keepgrinding

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by cathy on May 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Go Victor! Love reading this – thank you for sharing! So great to SEE you too!!
    -Cathy (your Retrofit PA 🙂

    Reply

  2. Posted by June on May 9, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Awesome! So happy for you and the family. You are an inspiration.

    Reply

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