As it was NFL week there were several guest trainers both current and former NFL players. To be truthful, this is not necessarily my favorite type of episode but the eye candy was enjoyable if you get my drift. My goodness, if you think you're in good shape, you probably won't after you see those guys!
This season has been different in that they have divided the contestants into three groups, split by age. There is an under 30 group, a 40-something group, and an over 50 group. Of course, I am always interested to see what the over 50s will do, even though really most of them are 60 and up. What has been very interesting though is the fact that the 40-somethings are kicking butt and taking names in the challenges and in the weight loss. Statistically that probably should be happening, right? The 20-somethings should be winning. But they're not. I'm not sure if it's due to the fact that the 40 year olds have Bob, the experienced trainer, on their side or if they have a better work ethic and life discipline in general. Maybe a combination of both.
In any case, each time I watch this show there are things said that strike me. Perhaps even things I heard before but maybe they're being said in a different way. Sometimes I am so struck by something said that I quickly pause my treadmill, jump off and write it down so I won't forget it.
As you all know I have been struggling for sure. While so much of it is medical, all of it together affects me mentally. After the never ending testing I had a few weeks ago my doctor referred me to a metabolic specialist but my appt. is not until November 9th! I am grateful that answers will soon be forthcoming (I hope) but in the meantime as I wait, I can't help but mull things over, you know?
This week as Football Hall of Famer, Eric Dickerson worked with the over 50 age group, he said something that made me stop the treadmill:
to burn that weight back off.
Why would that make me stop? Because he did not say once you get to a certain AGE; he said weight. I have heard hundreds of times the theories, etc. regarding weight loss as you age - especially for women with our huge losses of muscle and hormonal issues. Never have I heard anyone refer to the number of pounds vs. the number of years.
It''s like a double whammy being in my 50's and also having reached a certain weight. Plus I have that triple whammy of medical issues. This has left me pondering for sure. I am certainly not taking this as a life sentence that I will not be able to get where I want to be but it sure does make me reconsider what I have to do to get there.
I've also heard the phrases "live as if" and "fake it 'till you make it." I've actually used that many times to get over and around the humps and bumps that life sets up. For some reason, though I would like to I've never been able to successfully apply that to my weight. Wednesday morning as I ran, I heard those sayings in a different way.
One of the contestants, Antone, is an actual ex-NFL player. Even if you didn't see the show, you can imagine his distress at having to work with current players - with them knowing he used to be in top form. His player/trainer , Shawne Merriman, pushed and pushed and pushed him and kept telling him that he'd never lost "it." By the end of that session, Antone said, "I'm not a former NFL player, I AM an NFL player and I can do this."
What if I approached my issues the same way?