I hope everyone had a great week. I know I’m a day late and I’ve been pretty much on time for last couple weeks but I guess better late than never. I posted this on my Facebook yesterday. Not only did I think it was funny. But it is true, when you look at other people and the journeys that they are on. I had someone ask me why they’re not losing weight like someone they saw on Instagram. how did THEY lose so much weight in x amount of time? And you know what sometimes I think the same. So this made me laugh. Way to go Ellen.
“Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.” – Ellen Degeneres
Just keep plugging away that’s the only advice I can give to you. More on that in a minute.
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I am over the moon that we don’t really celebrate. I do my best to surprise my partner with things all year long. There is nothing we want. Kind of makes our anniversary that is coming up even harder to deal with. But it is what it is. Because it’s Valentine’s, I will wax a little poetic.
I just remember this quote.
“The measure of love is to love without measure. “
Take it in.
My birthday weekend came and went. Lots of drinks, lots of spastic dancing, and although I kept it low-key on social media, my mom blew it out of the water on Facebook so there was no hiding it. Baba posted about it so everyone else followed suit. The Gym Family was out on Friday night in full force and many shots were had. Not by me of course I only did two.
The weirdest thing is that at the end of the weekend I was my Lightest ever. And then Monday came, I had to go to Exton for the day and didn’t get to the gym till later and by Tuesday my weight was up 4 to 5 pounds and it’s pretty much stayed there most of this week.
So what happened? Well as of last Wednesday I had taken the rest of the week off at the gym because I did my 4 days from Sunday to Wednesday. And I just rested. The scale seem to cooperate. I went to the gym and then not so much. I didn’t think it was supposed to work that way but when your weightlifting. I guess the muscles rip, insulin hits your bloodstream, and your body burns that first. If I stopped going to gym for two or three weeks I’m sure I will hit my next goal pretty quickly. I’m not set on these goals….. because I promised it was something that I wouldn’t do in 2019 but it is definitely something that I want to actually see with my eyes happen. If that makes any sense. I’d like to see the scale hit a certain number but….
It was nice to have Joe back behind the drum set after fighting through a double hernia like I did last year. Pretty much posted on Facebook that it was my favorite birthday gift. Having the band the way it is consistently lets me do a lot more on stage. It’s a nice safety net to have. Everyone especially Joe seems to always want to know what a got for my birthday or holiday (We are both gadget and toy dudes) And the truth was I didn’t get anything yet. The family is going to buy me summer clothes but I don’t think I’ll be ready to buy shorts and things like that until late April early May. Not that I think I’m getting much smaller in size. But I don’t even want to think about it right now. Amber is going to need summer clothes too.
I am gearing up for another weekend of shows after hitting the gym as hard as I could this week and actually taking a rest day in the middle of it. I just felt like I needed one. I think I actually like it better that way. Listen to your body. (But not when it says to stuff your face with every friend thing on the menu at your local pizza place).
Not much else to report. My crew is pretty much in a holding pattern like me. One fighting through funerals, one fighting the monthly munchies, and other fighting through visits to the Penn State creamery. Following my journey for a long time so they know to look for those non-scale victories.
I’m going to spend March looking for those NSV because Amber and I are going to put the scale away on February 28 and not take it out again until March 28 or so.
The truth is if you keep working at it, there should not be any problem. The only thing I could think of is needing to adjust macros in the middle of it but you should be able to go for a month without having to adjust them. I will just revisit them on February 28 for the month.
Abraham Lincoln said that things may come to those who wait, but only the things left behind by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln is a smart man isn’t it? I really think he meant to say good things come to those who go out and fucking hustle. Because that’s the only way it gets done. If you ever need a reminder I can find your coffee mug I’m sure it Has that written on it. Just keep grinding it will all be worth it soon I promise.
I had one more trunk of knowledge to drop on you from my January reading I’m going to hold off on. I will drop a short one on you though.
Beware of the destination addiction: the idea that happiness isn’t the next place, Number on the scale, pants size, the next job or even the next partner. Unless you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, you will never find it where you are.
My best friend Carl passed away almost 10 years ago if not longer his son is a freshman in high school. He sent me this instagram message. Maybe he knew that I needed it, but it’s nice to know that sometimes when I’m thinking that I am oversharing crap all over the internet, that I am making the difference that I set out to do in others.
I am just about done being a grown-up for this week.
Thank you for reading,