I had my last editing class tonight (maybe we have one next week but I’ll be Tassie and I don’t care). I turned up late, did my proofreading test and left. I’m so glad it’s over. I don’t mind editing, I just hate learnin’
After class I went to Borders and read some diet books for inspiration and motivation (I didn’t even eat chocolate fudge while doing so). I can’t remember the name of one, but it had some good info. The usual advice but very big on the need for the right attitude – you need to believe you can lose weight.
I used to have that attitude once – I had an unshakable belief and a single minded determination. I lost it somewhere over the last year. I need to get it back. I started thinking things like my metabolism had gone screwy and that I had to do a zillion hours of exercise a day to make a difference. Then I started thinking little treats wouldn’t really hurt… that big treats wouldn’t hurt. Eat it now and work it off later!
Of course I can lose weight. I lost over 40 kgs. It didn’t involve pain and suffering, just discipline and a bit of self-control. I need to believe 😀
I also browsed one of the Gillian Michaels’ books – Making the Cut. I’m not a fan of the Biggest Loser but this looked interesting: a book about losing those last few pounds.
Are you in good shape but struggling with those last ten to twenty pounds that stand between looking perfectly okay and looking knock-their-eyes-out great? Do you have an event on the calendar where you’d love to make jaws drop? Or do you just want to see for yourself what it would be like to have the best body you’ve ever had in your life? Then you need this book.
Making the Cut is a unique, intense thirty-day program from TV’s toughest fitness guru, Jillian Michaels. It has one purpose: to maximize your diet and fitness potential so you’ll get dramatic results at an accelerated pace.
There are a million books on how to losing weight, most of them saying the same stuff (some just saying downright wacky shit), then you have your full on weight training/serious athlete books but this is the first book I’ve seen that is aimed at the Advanced Dieter. We know all about drinking enough water and exercising and eating right. We’re in sight of the finish line and need something to get us to the ribbon.
She basically says up front either follow her program to the letter or don’t follow it at all. I read enough of the book to know I couldn’t follow it. I really didn’t like the exercise program she prescribes. Basically its all circuit weight training, I’m assuming you get some cardio benefits from working through the circuit without taking a break (there were some sprints thrown in there too). I read it and thought – but what about my running (not that I’ve done a lot lately), and boxing and… well, I just don’t have time for that circuit stuff too.
Now I’m not a famous TV fitness personality and I might not know much, but I found it strange – your daily calories are based on your resting metabolism rate (ie. you are taking in an equal number of calories to what you’d burn without exercise) so the weight loss component is totally based on the deficit caused by exercising. That I can understand but, since the exercise plan is weight training based with no cardio, I’d have thought that while you are getting in better shape, you’d not be losing a lot of kgs. You’d be losing body fat and gaining muscle rather than just losing fat. Does that make sense? Not that it’s a bad thing, just strange when the book is focused on losing “those last 20 pounds.”
Oh yeah, I mentioned my editing class at the beginning of this post for a reason. I’ve been completely half-arsed about this subject all year. I turned up for the test tonight not having attended a single class of the unit or having opened a book once to study. It was an open book test and I knew it’d be piss-easy. It’s been a calculated decision all year – the subject is compulsory and I’m not that interested in it. No one will publish my novel based on my marks in Editing 1.
It got me thinking though about how I do tend to not put much effort into things. I have a gift for knowing the minimum I can do to get by, especially in study and work situations. Not that I do a half-arse job, I’m just not passionate it.
Then I asked myself what do I do, that I do with all my heart. Writing for sure – I want to feel like I’m constantly pushing against the limits of my abilities. Running – even if I’m not fast or good, I always want to improve and am competitive against myself. I guess most of the exercise I do, I’m like that.
What does this mean? I guess it’s about making time for the things I care about and giving them priority in my life. It’s so easy for the everyday crap to take over but you never get that time back. I think some re-prioritising is in order.