When you have to chose Good vs. Good

When I started out on my weight loss journey, my days were filled with extra time. I spent many hours laying around, playing games, watching TV. When I made the decision to get fit, it was almost more about stopping bad habits than starting good ones. A lot of time has passed since then and now I am faced with a whole new paradigm.

Nowadays there is almost no “free” time. Our family struggles constantly to get ahead financially. We always seem to be able to cover our needs but rarely seem to make up any lost ground. Out of necessity, a lot of the time and effort that once was dedicated to focusing on our health began to be allocated to paying down debt and gain some financial footing.

The old struggle used to be a decision to do something instead of nothing. Now I am faced with 2 good choices. There are always multiple things cooking on the stove. For a long time I was able to put everything else in my life on the back burner and put weight loss dead center in my life. This is exactly what needed to happen to get me going from where I was at. The problem is, some things can only remain “back burner” items for so long.

I think it’s going to take a heavy dose of time management, a lot of saying “NO” to less important things and a true commitment to find the balance I need.

Gimmie Your ZONE FACE!

I had a conversation with one of my buds at work. He has been working on his weight and yesterday I walked up to him and told him I was done. I told him I needed to get my game-face back on in a big way. In a Michal Jordan-“In The Zone”-sticking-my-tongue-out kind of way.

Besides the ability to dunk … and our first names, MJ and I have something in common. Our “Zone Face”. It’s a Badger thing. Grandpa George Badger has it … Dad Badger has it … and I fully expect my son to develop the awkward facial expression.

Your “Zone Face”, while ridiculous to the onlooker, is your best look. It means you have put all distractions out of your mind and you are focused. Your list of excuses and obstacles just become stuff you have to get over or get done.. When you wear your “Zone Face” , you are able to take roadblocks and compartmentalize them into easy to accomplish tasks.

I am going to the gym today. I am only eating 1500 calories today. I am drinking enough water to drown a fish today.

Down in the fourth quarter with a lot of ground to cover, but the tongue is out & the GAME – IS – ON!

Karlie Took a picture of the Michael Badger Zone Face to mock me with. It case you were wondering, I am doing the dishes in this pic. What can I say I get into housework when I have to do it.

Give me YOUR “Zone Face”. Click the facebook icon on the right to go to facebook and post YOUR ZONE FACE.

I’m done being stupid

Hi, My name is Mike Badger. Just thought I would introduce myself to anyone who might still be listening out there. I got lost in my own bull crap. Today I got a reality check that made me feel stupid but may be what I needed to get my butt in gear.

Over the past couple of months, there was a lot that happened. The funny thing is that they were all good things. I helped my sister setup a successful Internet business that has created a new stream of income. Karlie and I found out we are going to have another baby. All good stuff. But when good stuff starts to happen, sometimes life gets busier than when all things seem like they are in the crapper.

I find it is the same with spiritual things. When I am at my lowest point or am in need of answers, I am quick to turn to God. When everything is going wrong or there is too much to deal with in life, I am sure to remember to pray, read scriptures and go out of my way to serve others. Then what happens is things start to go better for me. I start to find the answers I was looking for. I start to receive the blessings from doing the things that I know I should be doing. Then once I am feeling like everything is going well, I start to forget WHY I am receiving the blessings. My scripture reading slows, my prayers get shorter and fewer… and guess where I end up? Back at square one.

In my journey to lose weight and lead a healthy life, I am learning that it can be harder to keep going when everything seems to be going my way. With the steps I have taken along my journey, there are boundaries that have been built that keep me from ever getting to where I once was (524 Pounds) but in the past month of leaving the blog, abandoning the gym and making bad food choices, I have found my limit and enough is enough.

Today I had a new coworker come up to me as I was eating my lunch. On today’s menu, a bacon burger with blue cheese and a side of fries. Now this meal is not a representation of what I have been eating over the past couple months so don’t worry too bad, but it is what it is non the less. The coworker came over to ask me about my weight loss success. I felt like a complete idiot telling him about what I had accomplished as I sat next to my fat attack meal. What a <insert expletive> I was.

That was it!!! Enough is enough. I used excuses about the business, work and the craziness that was real for a few weeks. I have now stretched a temporary need to alter my schedule into a 2 month long excuse for turning my back on my goals and pushing forward.

I keep telling myself, I’ll get back to it by the end of the year. I pick it all back up January 1st. Forget that mess. I need to listen to my own tag line:

“It’s not WHERE you start. It’s WHEN”

I wanted to add this to this post for myself. I wrote this and now I am the one who needs to read it again.

One Day
This whole time I was one day away,
one day away from success.
Who knew the power
that 24 hours
could have on becoming my best?
I’ve always had the intention,
of a healthier life and physique.
but my thighs are still rubbin’
and my blubber’s still blubbin’
because of the day I would seek.
This whole time I was one day away,
only one day from leaving my sorrows,
But intentions can’t win
& fat never finds thin
if the day that you change is tomorrow.