Jun 3, 2011

Join the Resistance!

I am getting addicted to lifting weights. I don't know if it's a guy thing but picking up heavy objects makes me feel more manly. I used to be excited for the results that the gym would bring but now I am actually excited to work out. It was very apropos that the the song "Hurts So Good" by John Mellencamp came on at the end of my workout. It was perfect theme music for the end of my workout.

I have been thinking about WHY I love weight lifting. It's the resistance. When I lift, I go all out. It's an inner strength that gets that last rep up when your muscles say no. It's mind over body constantly. Resistance is manifested physically in exercise but even if you win the battle at the gym, the resistance war is far from over.

I am starting to think of food like I think of lifting weights. The boss brings a box of cookies to share. Eating the whole box is out of the question, easily possible, but I am far from that now. The idea of "maybe just one", to me, is like loading a barbell with weight I know I can easily lift. It's still better than not lifting just like one cookie is better than eating the whole box. When I see it that way, it's easy to see that I am robbing myself of results. Deciding that I will have NO cookies, even though they look awesome, is like adding a little more weight than I think I can really do then barely getting the last rep, grunting and struggling until the end. Resistance training in food is just as, if not more, important than resistance training at the gym.

Join the resistance! Great warriors of weight loss have gone before you. These are people who are not celebrity endorsed or part of a weight loss reality show. They are people who are banding together through blogs, facebook & twitter to no longer live under the tyranny of their own apathy, excuses and fat. You are not alone! 60 million Americans, 20 years and older are obese. 9 million children and teens ages 6-19 are overweight. You are REALLY not alone!

Join the resistance! Like Alan, Allan, Zeusmeatball , and Tony. Fight your way through the excuses like Sarah, Lyn and Tiff. Laugh in the face of the struggle before you like Jack and NoMoreBacon.

These people inspire me. While I am doing this for me and my family and my life, I am proud to fight in the resistance along side them. Join us and and the MANY other people fighting the good fight. We are not better than you, we are not smarter than you, we have just chosen to FIGHT!

Anyone CAN do this. The challenge is to do what anyone COULD do ... what everyone SHOULD do ... but most of us DON'T do.

Nobody can MAKE you fat. No one made me shove 8 tacos in one sitting down my pie hole. I did it. I chose to sit on my couch instead of living life. I chose apathy over health.

Now I choose resistance!

23 comments:

  1. Excellent words! While I don't share your love for weights as strongly, I GET what you mean. There is a sense of empowerment when you succeed and do what you haven't done before. Resistance training with food, I love it! Thanks!

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  2. Great post today, Mike! I am an adrenaline junkie and LOVE to lift weights! There is something about lifting more than most of the boys that speaks to me--- fat girl or not! I just give them the "Yeah, I train--a LOT!" look. :)

    Health is a choice. I, for one, am choosing ME!

    Sarah @ Thinfluenced

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  3. This is so true. I always feel empowered when I'm done with a tough workout. When I turn down a temptation for a food I ought not have. I'm starting to feel like every NO to temptation and every YES to working out is just filling me up inside with power. It's nice. :)

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  4. Power to the people (fist pump)! I am so pumped right now. I think I am taking this battle thing too literally. I am having visions of punching "The King" and Ronald McDonald in the face now..... Sorry I am learning to deal with the new found levels of testosterone that come from exercising still:)

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  5. You know there's absolutely no problem with punching Ronald in the face. None at all.

    And this makes perfect sense to me:

    "The idea of "maybe just one", to me, is like loading a barbell with weight I know I can easily lift"

    Well put Mike! Kickin' ass and takin' names!

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  6. New follower here! I *NEED* things like this, things that make me think a new way, re-motivate me, keep going, because no matter where I am, I need a push again at some point. thanks for this post. AWESOME.

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  7. I love this post! I'm in total support of the Resistance!

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  8. I think I will join the resistance. A little light weight lifting is one of my new goals. How appropriate! Oh, and, not just one cookie for me, either.

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  9. I love, love, love lifting and I love this post. I love lifting heavy objects as well, but not because it makes me feel manly (obviously). I think I like it so much because I can lift more than a lot of the men at my gym! Ha ha! Today my squat was 120 pounds. I was totally amazed and it felt awesome! Thanks for the shout out in your post! Love this pictures.

    Sarah
    notaneffingdiet.blogspot.com

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  10. Much love to ALL my fellow weight loss friends online and off. There are just so many of you. If you didn't get mentioned, don't feel bad, I consider you covert agents in coolest sense of the term. Mentioning your name in this post would have blown your cover.
    Feel the love and know that you are not doing this alone.

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  11. Okay, I'm in. Way to sell the word HEALTH all together. I like the word resistance way better that "I can't have" that cookie or whatever it may be. It gives you power to push yourself that much harder. I'm excited for my run tonight. I'm so glad you are mine. xoxo

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  12. Well done Mike, keep up the good work!
    -Bryan T.-

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  13. Nice job Mike! So are you planning on surgery or is the weight loss going so well you don’t need to worry about that anymore?

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  14. Jill Yates-EardellJune 3, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Mike,
    Keep up the great work I think you are AWESOME!
    Congratulations you should be very proud of yourself!

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  15. I had surgery scheduled but had to wait 6 months because of insurance. My doctor told me I had to lose weight before the surgery to not be a high risk patient. I took it seriously and lost the first 100 pounds. Once I realized I really could do it without surgery, I never looked back!

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  16. Thanks for sharing and 140 lbs is AWESOME… Great Job!

    Thanks,
    -Amy

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  17. Great post. I am enjoying lifting weights much more than I thought I was going to!

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  18. Just read the blog! Keep up the good work.
    David Weller

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  19. Awesome post man!! Weight lifting is the key to long term weight loss in MY opinion! Keep lifting and keep losing! :)

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  20. So great! I will join! You look awesome Mike! :)

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  21. Love that cookie analogy! I'm going to reread and think on that till I get it locked in. I need to change my point of view to match that little gem.

    Thanks.

    Deb

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  22. New follower here! That was an awesome post and you are inspirational! Looking forward to reading more and sharing many successes with you!

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