I have finally hit the wall. For the last three weeks my weight has been holding at the 197-pound mark. Last week we talked about staying positive. This week will be a continuation of that idea. I know that many of you have either hit the same wall or are going to. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Remember, it’s all about keeping a positive perspective.

One of the most beneficial things for me during this journey has been my weekly meetings with Shannon at Revolutionary Wellness. Last week, my third weigh-in at the 196-197 mark, Shannon suggested we go over my eating habits the last few weeks.

Now, I believe in being completely honest in this journey. Whenever I stray off the path, I let Shannon know about it. The week before last I thought I was doing good. No desserts, cut back on coffee, dialed back the portions…all the usual things I’ve done in the past and there was still no change. At least none that I could think of that would have been detrimental. Enter Shannon.

Have you ever heard the phrase “too much of a good thing”? That’s what I did. I had started to replace my apple and peanut butter with bananas and peanut butter. I figured bananas are on my approved foods list, peanut butter is on my approved foods list…what could go wrong?

The amount of sugar in bananas is much higher than in the apples I’ve been eating. So, while I thought I was still doing well it turns out that too much of a good thing may be behind my plateau. All the additional sugar I’ve been adding to my diet is not a good thing.

After my conversation with Shannon last Tuesday, I was able to adjust and correct my eating habits. This past week I had a piece of cake at a going away party on Friday and some ice cream on Saturday after my daughter’s soccer game. Cut way back on coffee and bananas and I have been recording my food to go over with Shannon today. Hopefully this made a difference. I’ll find out at 2:00 pm.

Having someone like Shannon when you are losing weight is excellent. If I were trying to do this on my own, I would have just accepted that I was done losing weight and quit altogether. I know I certainly wouldn’t have been able to identify that I was overindulging in something I thought was healthy. It was the “carrots, corn and peas are actually a carb” surprise all over again.

So, I will continue to keep a positive attitude and keep doing the best I can. It helps to look at this journey as day by day and not concentrate on how much I have to lose overall. I was told that once I dip below 200, we don’t want to see another 2xx on the scale. So far, so good.

I will continue to work this day by day. Eat properly, get some exercise, drink water, and try to keep my stress levels low. Speaking of exercise…

I told you last week that I started exercising with Lisa, our personal trainer at Fusion Rehab and Wellness. Let me tell you, she worked me hard. I was sore for three days afterward. I learned the true meaning of the phrase “your workout is my warm-up”. In this case, the warm-up was my workout.

Now, I don’t want to scare any of you away from exercise. Exercise can be very rewarding. The workout I did with Lisa was a much higher-level workout than I was able to do. Workouts are like diets. There is no one size fits all for everyone. What works for me, may not work for you. What worked for Lisa, didn’t work for me.

Lisa and I are going to be working together to craft a workout that will work best for me. She will use me as a guinea pig to put together programs for anyone looking to get their health moving forward. Next week I will be in South Carolina setting up our newest Fusion Rehab and Wellness Clinic so Lisa and I will begin training the week I get back. You will get the updates.

I wish you all a very positive week.

*After this posted on 4/27, I needed to update. Please see below.

When I write my weekly blog, I do it to share my honest feelings about everything I am going through week in and week out. I have done this for twenty-four weeks and up until now, I haven’t had any complaints or concerns. I received some feedback on yesterday’s post and the opinion is that it seemed like I painted our personal trainer and Rock Steady Boxing Coach in a less than favorable light. This was never my intention, nor was it meant as anything malicious. I happen to have a lot of faith in Lisa and her abilities as a coach and trainer.

So, please allow me to clarify on week twenty-four.

For those of you that have been following this blog from the beginning, you know that I suffered a lot of back pain from being overweight. When I walked into Lisa’s training class, I was already suffering from a back flare up. I had lifted something too heavy the previous week and went into the class wanting to do it.

I underestimated the ability of my body. So, I tried to keep up with everyone else and did more than I should have. I did too much and because of that I was in greater pain than I should have been. I also learned a new a new term today. DOMS. If you are going to google it, please do so in all capital letters to get the right information.

DOMS stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. According to healthline.com DOMS is muscle pain that begins after you’ve worked out. It normally starts a day or two after a workout. You won’t feel DOMS during a workout. Pain felt during or immediately after a workout is a different kind of muscle soreness. It’s called Acute Muscle Soreness.

So, take one part bad back, add to it doing a more of a workout than I should have and that led to the three days of pain I described yesterday.

Now, this was not Lisa’s fault. I chose to work out with a bad back. I also chose to attempt to do the workout as written, not adjusting for my own level of competence or ability. As I have mentioned before, I am new to the world of Diet and Exercise. My conceptions of what should happen during a workout were vastly different from the reality. Lisa isn’t about working you to death, but about working you to your ability and then helping you grow from there. My lack of exercise and physiology knowledge is what brought about my comment “What worked for Lisa, didn’t work for me.”

This is also where the Guinea Pig comment came from. Lisa and I are learning together what will work best for me and how to make that happen. She is putting together an exercise program for me and I am going to have to try it out and work with it. So, again, not knowing much about exercise, and seeing what I can safely accomplish, led me to feel a bit like a guinea pig, just not in a negative context.

There are a lot of us out there who are new and intimidated by the idea of going to a gym and working with a trainer. Some of us even see exercise as a kind of punishment for what we’ve allowed our bodies to become. I am much the same way. My blog post yesterday was written from that perspective. That lead to a lot of misunderstanding and for that I am sorry. I truly am looking forward to working with Lisa and being able to update all of you with the progress I’ve made. We will also be putting together classes and individual trainings that I hope to update everyone with.

And to Lisa, I am sorry for the affect that my post had on you. I wouldn’t want to work with you if I didn’t have full faith and trust in you.

Written by: Craig Repanshek

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