Category: Thought Knowledge

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was extremely busy. In fact it was so busy that I am two days late with my weekend recap.

Saturday started great with my Cheerios and OJ. That was followed by BBQ food (hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausage). Dinner was tough.  I ended up at Friendly’s with family.  I got a burger even though I just had burgers for lunch.  I also had the happy ending ice cream.  So a bit of a setback there but I came back strong on Sunday.

Sunday started with my usual breakfast, Cheerios and OJ. We traveled down to my parent’s to visit a farm and partake in fun Autumn activities. We were there for a while and my food choices were slim pickings. I had a plain hot dog.  From there we went out to dinner where the food choice were still slim. I ended up getting a burger.  That burger came on a bun that was 4x the size of the burger.  So I removed the bun and ate only the burger.

After dinner we went back to my parents house for a quick birthday celebration for my wife.  If course the usual suspects were there; Cake & Ice Cream. I knew this situation would arise often. How was I gonna handle it. I’m proud to say that I didn’t have any of it! My will power conquered the crave. I’m pretty stoked about that little win.

Overall it was a solid weekend. I made good choices given the situations I was in. I did have one setback, but I redeemed myself the following day.


Jam Is Not Jelly

I’ve said it many times before.  Jam is not jelly.  The sandwich is called “Peanut butter and Jelly” not “Peanut butter and Jam.” When will people learn!!!

Okay so I was finishing up my nightly chores and finally was able to get some dinner.  There wasn’t time to cook something.  I needed something quick.  So it was either a thing of apple sauce or PB&J. I grabbed the bread. I grabbed the peanut butter.  Lastly, I grabbed the jelly jam.  How the heck did jam get in the fridge!  That sneaky little sucker.  It dresses the same as the jelly.  It has the same figure as the jelly.  Even the top pops off like the jelly.  However, once you start to spread it you realize it’s not jelly.  Son of a biscuit!!!

Naturally I think to myself, “How many times have I told my wife NO JAM!”  I then remembered it wasn’t her fault.  I had done the food shopping and I was fooled by the jam.  You win this time jam, but I won’t be fooled again.

Next time I’ll just have the apple sauce 😉

Food Commercials Are Another Challenge

The next time you’re sitting down to watch your favorite show do me a favor.  Grab a pen and a piece of paper and write down all the commercials that revolve around food. Then break that list down into food that is good vs food that is bad.  I bet you will find that almost all food commercials are for products that are bad for you.  Since this is Halloween season this should be a no brainer with all the Snickers, Kit-Kat, and Boo Berry commercials.

So how does this fit into The Restoration Project.  It adds yet another hurdle I must overcome.  I’m okay with that.  Bring it on Corporate Food America. You won’t get me.  I won’t succumb to the pressures of your 30 sec ad.  You gonna have to do better than that to get me! Little do they know that they will never get me 😉

So the next time you see that redhead from Wendy’s telling you how great her chicken sandwich is and that it only cost a buck-buck, turn the TV off and go have an apple 🙂

OK, So Now What?

So I’ve made the new commitment to a better lifestyle.  I’m gonna eat better and exercise.  In fact, I’m going to the supermarket right now to get………uh, wait.  What exactly should I get?

This is something I’ve struggled with in the past.  Commitment and determination are great qualities, but they are useless without proper execution.  I am the type of person that requires a strict regiment.  However, like most of you out there, I’m human.  Thus I also require variety within that regiment.  Example: I like to eat tuna fish for lunch.  However, eating tuna every day is not going to work for me.  I need other alternatives for lunch.  Detailing these alternatives allow me to stick to the plan should I desire something other than tuna fish.  This doesn’t apply to just lunch.  This applies to all meals and snacks.  This applies to every aspect of the plan.

So what do I do with this new found plan? I channel my inner determination and commitment so I can execute the plan effectively.

It’s Not Too Late!

I’ve never been one to keep a journal.  I have nothing against keeping journal.  It’s just that there always seems to be something else going on. It’s a “not enough hours in the day’ kinda thing. However, as I grow older I realize that you have to make time for these sorta things.  Everyone needs an outlet.  Everyone needs a place to express and release the daily trials and tribulations along with the joys and jubilations. This is my outlet.  Just me and the keyboard.

So what is The Restoration Project? Well, it’s not a classic car (that would be another outlet). It has to do with my weight, health, and overall physical being.  It’s not only a commitment to a new lifestyle, but also a commitment to a new way of being.  I’ve been overweight for a while now.  I used to say to my friends and family, “You know, not too long ago I was Senior in high school weighing only 200lbs!” You know what? It has been a long time now.  I’m 35 years old and married with two kids. I’ve been out of school longer than it took me to go through school.  I’m approaching that time of life where it becomes harder to lose the weight than it was 10 years ago. Things take longer and aches and pains last longer.  Waiting for my weight to disappear on it’s own is not gonna happen.

With all that said, I realize it’s not too late!  Through deep commitment and effort it is possible to restore my body back to its former self.  It’s not too late to turn the tide.  It’s not too late to channel my inner beast and conquer the crave. It’s not too late to get back in shape.

It’s not too late!