It's in the Want TO...

Hey all...Today was the last day of the first week of Fatmaggedon.
Six days of exercise under my belt.
Six days of good eating under my belt.
Tomorrow is my first rest day. Wednesdays are girl scout meeting and planning days.
I am keeping my calories tomorrow under 1400.
Today I did 45 minutes on Arnold and burned 500 calories, and have really been wanting to switch things up.
Getting on Christian is like going backwards.
I do need one or two lighter cardio days paired with heavier toning days.
After I got off Arnold, I hopped on a stationary bike for 15 minutes. I went five miles and burned about 107 calories.
It was okay.
Grand total burn was 607 calories.
Then i went upstairs and did my arm workout.
3 sets of 40 shoulder raises with 2.5 lb dumb bells
3 sets of 20 tricep extensions with 5 lb dumb bells
3 sets of 20 bicep curls with 5 lb dumb bells

That was it along with some stretching.

fage yogurt and honey and peaches 310
baked tostitos and salsa 180
5 pretzels 25 cal.
1 and 1/2 cups chicken soup 180 cal.
2 cups of coffee (Iknow, Iknow) 220 cal.
3 fish fillets 360 cal.
15 asparagus spears 62 cal.
3 shrooms 10 cal.
1 T butter 100
Total cals. around 1450 calories
(adding in my head)
Not bad.

I am thinking of taking two workouts per week home.
So tonight I went out and bought 3 lb dumb bells.
I want to buy the Tracy Anderson Mat workout.
I also want to buy the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred.
In the end it could be three days a week a the gym for elliptical and situps
and three days a week at home for major toning and a good walk.
I am going to see which workout I prefer for my body type before settling on an answer.

Now for the title of my post.
I go to the gym 6 days a week, and I have been going now for a few months.
I have noticed a few things.
There are the superfit people. People who are always there when I am there...(and probably a great deal of the time...even when I am not.)
They cardio, they lift, they do the rock wall...you name it...Fitness is a way of life, a hobby, a joy or whatever.
That will never be me, for me this is about using fitness as a tool to improve my life.

Then there are the people who are putting there time in to lose weight.
They are overweight but they get in there and when they are done, they are covered in sweat.
They push, they are there to work.
I count myself among this group...there are three or four of us.
Then there are the people who are there to kill time.
As Jillian would say, they phone it in...literally.
There they are, taking up valuable machinery, peddling at two miles an hour.
They have a magazine propped up in front of the display, leafing through with one hand.
In the other, a cell phone....laugh laugh laugh, talk talk talk.
They are as fat as they were five months ago, when I first came...at 220 lbs.
I am now 188 lbs....(I weigh in tomorrow to have a look see.)
In fact, if I look closely...some of them are FATTER.
They come, waste an hour and then hie off to Mcdonalds afterward.
These are the same people who you hear whining and moaning about how they can't make progress as you walk in the halls.
If you want to make progress, you have to push yourself.
Making sure your sweat doesn't smudge your makeup does no good.
And while your grey and pink outfit is very cute, it would look better if it weren't pulled tightly over the rolls of fat you refuse to work to get rid of, but bemoan constantly.
I have rolls of fat too, but I don't wonder why they are there, I know why...and so do you.
Hoop earings, glitter lip gloss, and matching outfit.
It doesn't make you healthy.
You have to want it.
Many times I am in there and I look up and down those machines and I know with 100 percent surety that I want it more than any other person there.
I am willing to hurt, I am willing to look sweaty and half dead.
I am willing to wear ratty workout gear and to exercise with or without music.
I am not there to pick up men.
I am there for me, for my body, for a better life.
I want it.
I want it more than I have wanted anything in forever.
It's a fire in me. It doesn't get lower...it gets higher every time I go...every time I lose a pound, every time I drop a size.
It's a fire I started, I kindled...one only I can put out.
I want it...DO YOU?
It's in the want to.
Now go out and get it.
Your on fire blogger,


Joania said...

Great post lady!! I agree, YOU REALLY GOTTA WANT IT!! I love this part, "I am there for me, for my body, for a better life.
I want it.
I want it more than I have wanted anything in forever."

You'll get it hon...you're well on your weigh! Looking forward to the WI tomorrow..:)

Linda Pressman said...

Awesome, Chris! I go to my exercise class - which is an organized aerobic dance class - 6 days a week and I've worked hard at learned the best way to maximize my workout to increase muscles and lesson the chance of injury. All around me are also a variety of people. Some just flomping their arms around, not building any muscle, doing half-a**ed moves, not watching the instructor to see how the move will build abs, gluts, triceps, etc.
I'm amazed by what my body can do. I'm amazed by how much more fit I am than I was 10 yrs ago. I'm amazed that underneath the fat I used to have were muscles!

bbubblyb said...

Great post as always Chris!!! Goodness how I want it too *smile*. I know exactly what you mean about the different type people at the gym too lol.

Christine Jeske said...

Oh yeah, I want it! I feel the burn, wipe the sweat off, kindle the flame, and go back for more the next day. Cuz we are SIZZLIN' and we are getting hotter by the day, my friend, hotter by the day. :D Mrow.

Brenda said...

Thanks for the great encouragement, Chris. I do want it. I was a little discouraged today when I got on the scale and it was the same. I know, that should be a good thing given the holidays, but I've been exercising more and eating less, and I really did think I'd see at least a lb. difference. Tomorrow's a new day.
God bless.

Amber said...

It's amazing what you an do when you set your mind and heart to it.

Keep it up..

hey, look at all your followers
your like a real motivational blogger.

see ya tomorrow

Olivia said...

Ah, starting my day at 4a.m. w/your blog is awesome!

I love your commentary on the people in the gym, because it is SO true. I loved the part of the cute little workout outfits with fat rolls, lol.

We can all do this. Thanks fire blogger!

Hallie said...

I really love the nuts and bolts of the first part of your blog. I suppose some people might consider it to be too dry for an "interesting" blog, but I guess I like to know exactly what people are doing and how it's working for them.

uh said...

Chris, I am fairly new at the gym thing. What setting do you use on the treadmill? do you use the incline or no? Great blog, I love reading it and find it very inspiring!

South Beach Steve said...

Grats on having the first week of workouts behind you - you are doing awesome. Aren't you glad you are not in the third group?

karen@fitnessjourney said...

What, you don't spend an hour texting on the stationary bike or catching up on your reading? LOL!

Foodie Girl said...

Totally on. fire.

Go girl. I am right there with you every morning!

Leslie said...

I'm with you, Chris - I want it! I'm still unable to workout at the intensity and frequency I'm used to because of my sluggishly healing knee, but I will get there. It's driving me nuts to have to take it all so slow. Even jumping out of the car to run in and buy a few groceries is a whole different ballgame for now. GRRR.

But I'm progressing each day and have to cling fervently to that. Thanks for the inspiration, as always.

InWeighOverMyHead said...

Fatmaggedon?! LOVE it. :)

- Lisa

F. McButter Pants said...

Oh yea, you got to want it more then you don't!

Unknown said...

Yes, I try not to be too bitchy to the "chatters" in my class but sometimes I can't even here the instructor!

Denise Burks


Hanlie said...

Well said! My aqua aerobics instructor always says that she really appreciates the way I throw myself into each exercise with everything I have and then I think, well, that's why I'm here! But there are many others who really are just phoning it in...

Unknown said...

Oh ya I want it, and I'm going to get it too!
Love your post Chris - it is soooo true (your description of the people at the gym).

deisegal said...

You really are doing so great. Sorry I haven't been around ye olde blogge as much, have been all over the place lately for one reason or another.

Anonymous said...

Another awesome post, Chris - thanks!

Have you thought about adding some serious weight-lifting to your routine? Not low-weight high-reps (arg, that phrase makes me cringe!), but heavy weights to challenge your muscles and build strength?

Muscle weighs less than fat and burns more calories at rest than fat does. Even better, every weight-lifting workout you do burns the calories in the workout AND increases your calorie burn for up to 39 hours after the workout! Cardio doesn't do that - you just burn what you burn in the workout.

Anyhow, just a thought about something that could make a HUGE difference for you as you get closer to goal and make mincemeat of your Fatmageddon goals!

Annalisa@Gracie'sGarden said...

I can so relate! As I was jogging last night, as each other night, I always notice how there are people out running, some of them look like they're out there just for others to gaga over them! Some people are walking fast, but refuse to push themselves for fear of breaking a sweat. Then there's me, in a ball cap to keep my hair out of my face, and to hide my identity because I AM going to get sweaty, my face is going to turn shades of tomato red, I will be breathing ridiculously heavy, I will have my fat rolls bouncing around for all to see - why? Because I'm sadistic and want you to have to look at me in all my ugliness? No - it's because it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make in order to lose weight. How I look doesn't matter. It's how hard I push myself. Why waste your time?! I don't get it! What I'm saying is: I agree.

Retta said...

"It's a fire I started, I kindled...one only I can put out."
I somehow missed this post yesterday. But glad I found it after reading the fun "flirting" event.

Reading this makes me want to try harder with exercise.. to throw some more logs into the fire! Thanks for the inspiration. :-)