What the hell is #TGWL? Tech Geek Weight Loss, Twitter Geek Weight Loss, Thank God We Love, umm, Donuts!
Ok, so that last one really doesn’t work.
Never the less what #TGWL is, is a personal challenge among friends on Twitter who really don’t like what they see when they look in the mirror after their morning shower.
Every one of us is our own worst enemy.
On one shoulder we have a little Devil telling us how amazing a cream filled chocolate donut would taste with a Super Big Gulp full of Mt. Dew to wash it down.
Welcome to America. (Mind you, this challenge is open to anyone, anywhere. We just all know the “nutrition” image the US has)
Here’s the thing. On our other shoulder there is a neglected, seldom listened to, meek Angel whispering that a healthy salad and a glass of water would be a far better meal.
The problem we have is that little bastard Devil really screams, he doesn’t whisper so we very rarely ever listen to the Angel. What this challenge is, is a way to remind you that you’re not alone. Everyone has those two on our shoulders, everyone would honestly rather listen to the Devil and tell the Angel to get bent. This group and this challenge is to help us listen to that Angel a bit more often.
Am I telling you that you can’t have that Venti White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha with Whip Cream every morning on your way to work? Well, no, not exactly. What I’m telling you is, maybe, drop down to a Grande and skip the whip cream. Then maybe work back to a Venti, but only on Fridays.
Am I telling you that you can’t have that massive ice-cold beer? Hell, no. What am I, an idiot? (Don’t answer that!) No, I’m saying, save it for Friday night, after you’ve “behaved yourself” all week.
In the mean time, go for a walk on your lunch break. Have a baked chicken breast sandwich and raw veggies for lunch instead of that Triple Bacon Cheeseburger and Large Fries.
Keep an eye on the calories you bring into your body and what you burn with more physical activity. Try to eat healthier alternatives. Use Honey in your coffee instead of processed Sugar. Whatever. You’d be amazed how many ways there are to get healthier.
As far as the challenge goes, basically all we are doing is tracking our progress on a Google Docs spreadsheet and then keeping each other motivated in Twitter using the #TGWL hashtag.
This challenge is open to anyone, anywhere. It would be kind of nice if you had a Twitter presence just because that’s the outlet most of us are using to keep each other motivated. However, this isn’t necessary. The only goal we all have is to get healthier and to try to have a lower number at the bottom of the spreadsheet than we did at the top.
By no means is this a challenge to become Anorexic!
Things you must keep in mind. Your weight will fluctuate all over the board. You’ll drop 3 lbs one day and pick them up the next. No one cares!
You need to remember that muscle weighs more than fat does so that scale is only a rough guide. Watch the holes on your belt. Did you drop a hole?
Can those skinny jeans you wore 6 years ago that are hanging in the back of your closet fit now? That is fantastic! That is the measure that matters. Not that lying bastard scale.
Your mirror will tell you “You’re getting better”. You’re scale will only tell you “You can still do better”. If you want to succeed, listen to both.
Hell, listen to both your Devil and your Angel too. Just do both in moderation. Balance. We love our sweets. So what. Just try to love fewer of them while eating healthier and exercising more. You’ll be amazed how good that Pizza will taste on Friday if you’ve earned it by “being good” all week.
The only rule that is an absolute requirement, period, is that you be honest.
Be honest with yourself, be honest with us.
No matter how bad you think you look in the mirror there is someone, somewhere who would see you and desperately wish they had your body the way it is now. Inspire yourself, inspire others. Kick some serious ass at trying to get healthier habits all month.
Then, by god, at the end of June go out and eat a Bacon Cheeseburger the size of your head!
By all means spread the word, hit me up for more information, encourage others to join, whatever. Let’s do this!
Some awesome resources and a disclaimer:
First off, this month’s spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Av79QEDB2dmodDN3QlFLOHo1bV9rY19VeFREOHg3M3c
Anyone who clicks the link has access to modify the page so please be careful with making any deletions, etc. The page wizard @furicle has done amazing things with the calculations and graphs on there and I don’t want to see that messed up.
Two fantastic friends on Twitter and both are Personal Trainers: Greg and Tiffani Feathers, @feathersgw & @TackleItWithTif.
If you’re not Following them, you should be. They’re excellent athletes and excellent motivators that will give you sound advice and a swift kick in the butt any time you need it.
Some awesome websites and applications that many of us are using:
If you want to add a Gaming element to your exercise for some added fun, this is the cool site for you.
A fun, realistic website for us normal ‘Geeks’ who just want to get healthier and not necessarily become a full on Athlete. I highly recommend this site.
MyFitnessPal: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ An excellent site for keeping track of your Food and your Exercise, plus you can share successes with friends, leave messages, etc. It has mobile app options as well. Many of us also use this application and I also highly recommend it.
As far as a disclaimer goes, I want to make it very clear that I don’t recommend anything that I don’t personally believe in, be it websites, exercises, people, products, etc. This is a real challenge for real people and in no way, shape or form is it bought by any corporations. On occasion we may even have prizes for the challenges but these are provided by cool, recommended companies with no strings at all attached.
So, who’s with me on this? You want to look better at the end of Summer than you did at the beginning? Let’s kick some butt and lose some of it while we’re at it.