What does Rocky have to do with a Spartan Obstacle Course Race?
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr0kOia69bk
Rocky faced every challenge with determination to succeed. Sometimes the challenges were bigger than he was. That only made him try harder. He had heart, guts, and determination.
Our weather is back to normal for this time of year. Cold temperatures with some snow. I'm sort of a fair weather Spartan. Last week I purchased a pulley and a length of rope to put a Spartan Hercules Hoist on the beam where I also have attached the top of my climbing rope. When the weather gets back to warmer, I will get up on the ladder and get that attached.
My plan is to have two different weights to hoist. One for women and one for men. I am going to pour mixed cement into a bucket and while it is wet, place a huge I-bolt in the middle and once the cement is hardened, the rope can be attached to the I-bolt to pull the weight up to the top of the pulley. Here are a couple pictures of what the Spartan Hercules Hoist looks like at the obstacle course races:
I only purchased one pulley, so only one person can hoist at a time. I'll have it set up so that it can quickly be changed from the lift weight for women to the lift weight for men. The standard weight for men is a little over 100 pounds and about 75 pounds for the women. This "obstacle" requires you to use your upper body strength. I learned the best way to successfully get this started is to firmly grasp the rope and then lean back to the ground using your own body weight to initially pull the weight upward. Just using your arms to pull the weight up wastes your upper body strength unnecessarily.
Anyway...when I get it completed, you can know I'll post pictures and hopefully get some action shots of team members using it to train.
My physical therapy is almost complete. Next week is my last scheduled physical therapy appointment. I have to say that PT works, if you do the assigned PT work you are supposed to do. I am happy with the progress I have made and am nearly 100 percent back to being able to train without restrictions.
I weighed 200 pounds this morning. Since mid January that is a loss of 14 pounds. I will soon be back in ONEDERLAND.
Myfitnesspal - the app on my smart phone is really working out for me. Like the physical therapy I have been benefitting from...it only works if you use it. After I reach goal, I will continue to use this app, as I have no desire to gain back the pounds, so that I can lose them again later down the road of life.
I read a lot of your blogs. I see the same struggles with weight loss and gain. I see some bloggers who go through food binges. I read about the guilt, the shame, the despair. That is a lot of emotion tied to food. I think a lot of times it is misdirected emotion. Food has no emotion, other than the ones you place on it. So really...it is misdirected emotion if you think about it.
What emotions are you not dealing with directly, that you are using food to either dull your senses from dealing with that emotion, or are using food to enhance that emotional state? Only you can answer that.
When you discover the answer, maybe that will be the start of choosing to eat to feed your mind and body nutritionally beneficial foods over all the junk that is available. Find out what's eating you. Until next time - AROO!