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One Man’s Journey to Better Health

This is the exact post that a member of my team posted in our online motivation and support group just last week. If you think you can’t change, read this. Then, let’s talk to help you get started.

A question I get often is, “What did you take out of your diet?” usually followed by “What will you eat when you’re done?” I know these seem harmless, but I’ve been on a road to fitness for a long time with many bumps in the road along the way.

This time around I’m realizing my view on food was kind of whacked. I ate when I was happy, I ate when I was sad, I ate to be social, I craved every kind of chocolate, donuts, cookies, chips, and ice cream and didn’t deprive my cravings. Only to wake up on the eve of my 50’s and see a man in the mirror I didn’t recognize.

Now here I am 53, nearly 6 years into my journey and 5 days from a body building competition. Are you kidding me?!

Never ever in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that first round of P90x would lead me here.

I also get this, “well at least you’re fit, so it’s easy for you.” I chuckle at that also. This was most definitely not the case and if you are just starting your journey, please hear me, IT IS WORTH IT!

I’ve increased my fitness and nutrition knowledge and now both my outlook and taste buds are different.

So, what have I taken out of my diet? Well here is a short list: high blood pressure pills, high cholesterol pills, Prilosec OTC, Tums, three month blood pressure checkups, just to name a few.

You see I think I was a “food-aholic” and it almost got me. I still recall the doctor telling me I was not healthy enough to exercise, oh my! I have cut out most processed foods, but I can’t say I miss them. I didn’t just cut them out, I gradually replaced them with smarter choices as I figured those voices (choices) out.

Will I ever have a pizza again or ice cream or M&M’s? Maybe, but now I don’t miss them, think about them, or crave them. Actually that kind of food doesn’t taste “right” any more and often even a small bite will make me a little sick to my stomach. I would rather not eat than eat what I see as junk or at the very least extremely low nutritionally dense highly processed chemically infused taste bud confusing food.

In fact, check out what I do eat. This is a picture of my lunch today. I actually couldn’t eat it all. So I have lunch for tomorrow.

By the way, I’m never hungry and eat a ton of food! Along my journey I’ve learned to cook, season, count macros, and make incredibly nutritionally dense low glycemic index taste bud thrilling meals with no oil, cheese, dressing, ketchup, mayo, or bread.

Yes it takes about a month to detox your taste buds and body and yes you will feel like crap. Then comes the amazingly satisfying feeling that comes after eating a healthy meal. Imagine how crappy you feel after eating a large pizza or bowl of ice cream or whatever your less than healthy indulgence is. Well, the exact opposite sensation is also there when you treat your body to healthy food. It really is amazing!

I eat salad dry because lettuce variations, vegetables, mushrooms, tomatoes actually taste good! I love eggs, oatmeal, fruit, all kinds of fish, chicken, steak, turkey, and sweat potatoes are awesome! In short, I’ve added far more to my diet than what I’ve taken out.

I know the old me is still there. Facebook time hops remind me almost daily. However, I’m having the time of my life and that positive reinforcement fuels my desire to keep old me old and let the new me keep going.

The Ode to #SuperBowlSunday

New Year’s Eve has come and gone

Resolutions proclaimed, but still not done

The holidays get us every year, with carbs, sugar and little time to move

We approach the New Year with great intentions, to everyone we want to prove

That we can make changes and stick with them this time round’

 

We make a plan, clean out the fridge and a new way of life begins

But, still temptations abound and we fall the wagon yet again

Today is the big game and another time to celebrate

This day too shall pass and we may find, nachos, dip and wings we ate

 

Isn’t time for a better quality of life?

One with better health, happiness, more energy and little strife?

Enjoy the day with family and friends and root for your favorite team

Being from New England, it’s “Go Patriots” in this house we’ll scream

When you wake tomorrow think long and hard about your motivation for change

What your life will be like and all that you will gain

 

We have a Health and Fitness Challenge Group that begins very soon

You get to choose a fitness and nutrition plan that suits you

More important, many have already committed to be part of a motivational support group too

 

If you are curious and want to see what’s in store

Hit “reply” or write Kit at kit@tonyhortonlife.com to learn more

Who is Tony Horton? Weekly Accountability and Fitness Tips from his sister, Kit

This week’s tip: Put the Scale Away

I guess I’m one of those people who disagrees with the common opinion about how a scale fits into losing weight. Thank you, Biggest Loser program for confirming my opinion. I like this program because it helps people realize they are much more capable doing things they never thought they could do but everything comes down to what the scale says every week. Unless you’re extremely obese, it is very difficult to lose a lot of weight in just a week. (And I believe the people on this show are exercising for 3-4 hours a day which most of us wouldn’t do). A 1-2 lb per week weight loss is good and perfectly normal but that show makes that kind of weight loss look like a complete disgrace.

I know there are many studies that say people who weigh themselves daily are more successful at losing weight than those who don’t keep track of their weight loss. But let’s face it, getting healthy and staying there is not about a number on the scale. That magic number of losing 10, 20, or 50 lbs is usually temporary. Don’t get me wrong—having goals is great—but I’ve seen too many people set a goal for losing a certain number of pounds who shed them and then only end up gaining them back.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, I think you need a broader goal.

“Consistent exercisers who see working out as part of their lifestyle, rather than as a way to change their appearance, have the most success keeping weight off,” says Graham Thomas, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at Brown Medical School.

Shift your focus away from the scale and think about all the other ways you benefit from exercising regularly. Think about how it lifts your mood, raises your energy, gives you clear focus, and makes you stronger. The other reason I tell people not to focus on what the scale says is because if you’re doing programs that use weight training like P90X, Insanity or Chalene Extreme—you will build lean muscle and therefore weight loss doesn’t register on the scale right away. So many people will write me and say, “Well, I did P90X and my clothes are a lot looser but I didn’t lose as much weight as I thought I would, so I am a little disappointed.” Wow, if loose clothes are not enough incentive to keep going, I don’t know what is!

So, here is my tip during our first two month journey: put your scale in a closet. Out of sight, out of mind, and don’t get on it until you’ve made consistent changes for the better for at least two months.
Here is my accountability from last week and my plan for this week:
Last week:
Sunday: Off
Monday: TH O-O-O Chest Back and Balls, and Ab Ripper, 7 am
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: TH O-O-O 10 Minute Crusher Pack, 8 pm
Thursday: Insanity Cardio Conditioning, 5 am
Friday: TH O-O-O Shoulders and Arms and 10 Minute Trainer Abs, 7 am
Saturday: Bikram Hot Yoga at 8 am
Today: Off

This week’s plan:
Monday: TH One-one-One Chest, Back and Balls and Ab Ripper X, 7 am
Tuesday: Insanity Max Cardio Conditioning, 5:15 am
Wednesday: TH Just Arms and 10-Minute Trainer Abs, 5:15 am
Thursday: P90X Plus Intervals 5 am
Friday: TH Base and Back or Spinning Class at 9 am
Saturday: Power Hot Yoga, 10 am

Who Is Tony Horton? Coaching and Accountability from his sister, Kit

Perfection. Even though we know we can never achieve it as human beings, we often strive to be near perfect. We strive to mimic the people in the Beachbody videos and we get disappointed when we can’t keep up, or come even close to their ability.

We make a go at improving our health and when we get out of breath or cheat on our food plan we put ourselves down. We say: “Forget about today, I’ve already eaten poorly so I might as well give in and try to start over tomorrow.” We put the DVD in, get overwhelmed within the first 15 minutes so we stop it and say to ourselves; “Who am I kidding? I can’t do this stuff.”

Who is Tony Horton? Take it from his little sister, he is certainly not perfect. Have you tried some of the Tony Horton One-on-One workouts? He often admits that some of the moves are “out of his comfort zone” the he “struggles with them” and the workouts he introduced in the third year of that series he was doing for the first time himself on the day of filming. He certainly doesn’t always model perferction. He stops several times to take a breath, to compose himself, or lower his reps. But, he keeps going. He….say it with me: ”does his best and forgets the rest.”

Until this weekend, my son’s hockey team had won every game this season. The wins were big too, many by three goals. This weekend, during the final round of parody to determine the league in which they would reside, they got beat twice. One game the loss was 8-2 the second loss, 6-3. The teams they faced were bigger, stronger and more skilled. Today, my husband and I both felt they played their hearts out, but their strong hearts just weren’t enough. He came off the ice disappointed, questioning his ability. This is his first year playing outside his town program in a more elite league. The boy who dreams everyday about going pro began to wonder if he even wanted to play hockey anymore.

Why are we always striving to be something different than who we are? Sure, many of us don’t realize that we have so much more determination and ability than we give ourselves credit for. We can always do better, strive to be better but let’s not expect the size 2 pants or the 34 inch waist when we’re starting at a plus 3 or a 40 plus.

I will provide the same advice to you that I heard my husband give our son. Evaluate what happened at the end of your workout or at the end of each day. Think about what went well. Make a mental or written note of it so you can repeat that behavior tomorrow. Then, think about what you could do better or differently tomorrow. Learn from what happened today and work toward improving it…not perfecting it. And, don’t get too defeated. Remember what you love about the game (or you in your case—how you feel even the moment after you made a good choice or when you didn’t give up during your workout) and use that to fuel you for the next time. There will always be ups and downs. That’s the beauty of being a human being on this earth. Life would surely be pretty boring without them. We can’t improve without the defeats.

My results from last week:
Monday: 6 am, P90X Plus Upper Body and P90X Abs Core Plus.
DONE!
Tuesday: 5:15 am, Insanity Pure Cardio
DID NOT DO 
Wednesday: 5:15 am, Tony Horton One-on-One Shoulders and Arms and Tony Horton 10-minute Trainer Abs
DID INSANITY PURE CARDIO INSTEAD
Thursday: 5:15 am Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit
DONE!
Friday: 6 am, Tony Horton One-on-One Back and Belly
DID TH ONE-ON-ONE SHOULDERS AND ARMS AND 10 MINUTE TRAINER ABS INSTEAD
Saturday: 8 am Hot Bikram or 10 am Hot Power Yoga
WENT FOR A 4.5 MILE RUN INSTEAD, OVERSLEPT AND MISSED CLASS.
Sunday: Rest or go for a 4 mile run
DID INSANITY MAX CARDIO CONDITIONING INSTEAD

PLAN FOR THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: P90X Chest, Shoulder and Triceps and Ab Ripper X with Karen, 8 am..yeah!!
TUESDAY: Insanity Sports Conditioning, 5 am
WEDNESDAY: TH One-on-One Upper Body, 5 am
THURSDAY: P90X Plus Intervals, 5 am
FRIDAY: P90X Plus Upper Body Plus and Ab Ripper X, 6 am
SATURDAY: Hot Bikram or Power Yoga, 8 am or 10 am
SUNDAY: Rest