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A Little Slice of Pie

The magical world of pie! So many pies and so little time. Wait? There is more than just Apple Pie?  Of course!

  • Apple
  • Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Lemon Meringue
  • French Silk
  • Triple Berry
  • Pumpkin
  • Shepherds Pie
  • Pot Pie
  • Key Lime
  • Mince Meat
  • Pecan
  • Etc

However, this is not what this post is about; in regards to our health and weight loss, pie is our enemy.  But pie can teach us something important in getting towards our weight loss goal.

A Delicious Coincidence?

To all those that are math nerds, when you hear Pie or Pi this is what you think:

3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679 (the first 100 digits of pi).

3.14 is a percentage, a fraction or piece of the whole. It is used to figure out the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. We can take this “coincidence” of pi being flipped to spell the word Pie to our advantage.  How you ask? Easily, by breaking up our regime or weight loss goal into more manageable parts.  Like a slice of Pie.

Just as the numbers of PI have no end so can our health and weight loss.  As we continue to eat right, work out, and get all around healthy, our numbers are constantly changing.  Just as PI does not have repetition in its numbers, so does our weight loss; after some time our goals hit a plateau, it is at this point that we must change up our routine to continue the journey.  Therefore, our weight loss journey is constantly changing.  After we reach our goal, now it is time to maintain, which means we change how we work out and what we eat to keep us at our goal.  Our habits and goals are always changing just like the never ending numbers of PI.

Slice of Pie

As many of you who read this blog know, I have been trying to get down to my goal weight for a number of years.  As of this past Monday, I weighed 294 lbs again, I have been fighting staying below 300 lbs for most of this year. Why?  Too much pie in my life, too much unhealthy and fattening things in my eating habits.

As Steve Kamb of Nerdfitness.com fame has written “You Can’t Outrun Your Fork.”  And that is the truth, you can work out all you want and if you still eat like crap you are never going to reach those goals.  And for too long have I given into my fork and remained where I am today, still overweight and no where closer to my physical goals.

However, something happened last week that gave me new perspective and resolve to reach my goals.  Taking the pie and cutting it up into slices.

Divide and Conquer

Have you ever seen anyone who has sat and consumed a whole pie in one sitting?  I know I haven’t.

As we cut up a pie into more manageable pieces to eat, so should we with our weight loss.  I good friend mentioned a while back about dividing up her weight loss to make it easier to get down to her goal weight. Internally I scoffed at the idea, thinking that that wasn’t an ideal idea for myself.

However, as I have begun spending more time dividing up my goals, passions, and ideas into bits to work towards one part and then take the next step towards another, I reevaluated my disdain at hacking up my weight loss.  For the longest time I have looked at the whole pie, the whole image and stuck my fork into it and taken a bite at a time and wondering why I have never achieved my goals.

It’s because I was going after the whole pie at once.

Now I have taken my weight loss and cut it up; instead of thinking that I want to get to my goal in a year and never evaluating how to do so, I have divided up the pie.  I now look at it from the math portion 3.14, or in this case 3.75, the amount of pounds I am gearing towards losing every week.

Small Bites, not Big Bites

Instead of taking the whole pie one bite at a time, I have cut out a slice and am going to devour that one bite at a time.  3.75 lbs a week is the goal.  This decision has also changed my focus, if I want to lose the 3.75 pounds this week what actions do I have to take to get there?  It has changed how I look at my food.  Is this meal hurting or helping my weight loss, do I really want those peanut m&ms after lunch, or a small cone from Chick-fil-a? The answer now is no, because those items are not beneficial to my weight loss.

3.75 lbs a week is totally doable instead of trying to do the whole thing at once and then getting discouraged because I have never gotten there.  Right now I am looking forward to this October for my brothers wedding and my overall goal is to lose 50 lbs by the wedding; by focusing on this small bite at a time I know I can surely get achieve this goal and ultimately reach my final goal of 185 lbs by my 30th birthday in February.

And to end this blog, for your viewing pleasure, a video of Pie.

Thanks for reading, go out and take a bite out of your goals today Nerds.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think, would love to talk with you. And don’t forget to check out my other blog jjconnell.wordpress.com

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Mining for Adamantium

In the world of Marvel, Adamantium is the hardest metal known, virtually indestructible. Adamantium is not an element that is found naturally in our earth, it is a chemically created metal that must be maintained at a certain temperature to remain malleable.

I think this thought can be applicable to our very lives, being “maintained” so to speak at certain temperature to remain malleable.  aka: Do The Hard Things.  In order to gain the body we desire we have to continue to workout, eat right and motivate ourselves to get to that goal.  To become the best golfer or basketball player you have to work at it day and night to get even remotely close to the skill level of Hall of Famers.  If we allow ourselves to “cool down” or become apathetic then the adamantium can no longer be applied and thus has become useless.

I don’t know about you, but right now never do I want to become useless, a cold piece of unusable metal that can only be tossed out with the rest of the trash.  I want to maintain my temperature to continue to be molded, fixed, shaped and applied to the task at hand.  I want to keep my temp up (momentum speaking, not my core temp, that would be bad), and go at the race set before me, working towards Level 50 in my life.

Becoming proficient at Archery or getting to about 10% in body fat (read my epic quest for more about these).  All tasks, skills and events that I need to apply myself to “mine” for the adamantium underneath, or if you already found that sturdy metal you are then working to maintain that image.

In the beginning it is going to very difficult to continue the work, but the longer you do it the easier it will be to sustain that temperature and keep the metal white hot.  Once you finally reach your temp, the act of keeping that level of success will be as easy as waking up in the morning because the task is so ingrained into your very being that it has become second nature.  You don’t even have to think about the action to do that bodyweight circuit or forgo eating carbs and dairy because it is just what you do now.

Even drawing out your adamantium claws will be second nature! Keep dreaming nerds, not in this lifetime sadly.  Take it one day and one step at a time and soon enough you will look back and be astonished at all the ground you have covered.  You will be so proud at yourself for the effort and how hard you applied yourself towards the victory and attaining those goals.  Remember that some of our favorite superheroes, or villains if you choose, had to work hard to get to where they are today, aka Batman or Iron Man, Lux Luthor even.

That is one of the reasons Batman is an all time favorite because he isn’t “super” by mystical, genetics or space means, he is a billionaire who worked hard to get to the peak physical condition, to maintain his body, gadgets and identity.  Bruce Wayne wasn’t born with powers or abilities, he “acquired” his skills through hard work and training. Although his wealth helped that just a little bit 😉.  As we all need to do, in order to become the superheroes that are hidden deep within ourselves, we have to mine, HARD, for the adamantium and chip away at the layers of “rock” that hold that precious metal that is our superhero selves.

Go out and Mine for the Adamantium today Nerds and Feel the Burn of maintaining that Temperature for success!

Photo: metal

PS: credit for the inspiration for this post goes to my good buddy Phillip Bruce, who is an inspiration and source of strength and motivation for me.  I appreciate you buddy and so grateful that we are friends, cohorts and partners in crime for mischief!  Hope this uplifts you a bit today!