Sunday, February 26, 2012
I have the worse head and chest cold. I have been sick since Monday the holiday. I have been in the bed since Thursday. I went to the gym that morning but was coughing and weak. Later that day did a kettleball DVD which was a good workout but realized that I was pushing myself too hard so succumb to the illness. I am going to rest today and tomorrow. I go to the doctor on Monday so will see how it goes then, but you know how that goes, by the time Monday comes I probably will be better.
I will be back at it soon, I am still loosing although not really watching what I eat because trying to feed this cold. Once I can get to the point of being able to keep my head up without a headache I will be back at it. Oh, yea, got the 30 day shed by Jillian and I want to start that on the 1st.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Great news, my doctor called yesterday, he was simply thrilled at my fasting blood and lipid numbers. My total cholesterol is below 200, My good carb (HDL) is below 50 my bad carb (LDL) is below 100 and my A1C is below 6% Now when I started this journey my numbers were above all these areas and fasting approaching full blown diabetes. Of course I told him what I was doing and he said keep it up, he told me the exercising is affecting these numbers for sure as well as my diet. Now for my Triglyceride number I am still elevated, I am above 150 BUT he told me diet affects this number, namely sugars/carbs. I have to focus on this number but what I found is, I have to be careful with fruit, I did not know I should not eat a whole banana or orange because this spikes my sugar. So That will be the mini goal for the next 3 months---maintain the workouts but get the food choices that will positively affect my numbers.
And oh by the way, fastly (is that a word) anyway, loosing the desire to smoke, hmmm, about to meet that goal too.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Master Your Mind
A lean, sculpted masterpiece of a body is first created in the mind, then by your actions
February 12, 2012
A lean, sculpted masterpiece of a body is first created in the mind, then by your actions. It's a game against your own human nature, it's going beyond your ideas of what's acceptable and reasonable to do to achieve your goals. Most people don't reach to their full potential, not because they don't have the basic knowledge about the key components diet and exercise -- but due to focusing all effort in the gym for working the physical muscles while giving no time to strengthening the mind.
You can have all the desire you want, but it will not take you far enough. You can have all the know -- how you like, but without real life application it will not take you far enough. You need to realize you are an intelligent human being, not a simple animal, hence you are in charge of your each and every choice you make.
The difficulty lies in understanding your body. You will need to feel comfortable with being emotionally hungry at times. A lean, muscular body is not a result from starving, it's a result from eating just what you need and not more. Since very low bodyfat is nothing the body wants, it will try to make you eat more, indulge more. It's natural. Your body is doing what it's taught to do to make you survive. Now, you wonder how you can suppress that annoying hunger? Well, you cannot. Cause usually the hunger is not physical, but mental. Your stomach is full, your mouth wants more. If you surrender to strong appetite suppressing medications that are dangerous for your health, what are you going to do the very day they are not working anymore? Or when you must discontinue? Then you stand there with a gruelling hunger, stronger than ever to compensate for the time you were not listening to your body's signals.
The key is to learn discipline, acknowledge the sensations and knowing where and why your brain is trying to sabotage your pursuit. Do not say you cannot help eating, cause you can. Remember that a thought is merely a thought. You do not need to act on the signal. And you cannot if your goal is to lose body fat!
Remind yourself that you will have thousands of meals to come. You will be able to eat every day. You know why you turn down certain foods. You know what it leads to: success. When you give in and fail yourself, you are actually proving you are not 100% committed. You are still not convinced consistency is a key component. You still believe you will get away with it 'cause it's the last time'. It's not the last time.
You are never going to be stronger than you are today, so be your strongest today. Learn selective listening: hear the mind's signals, don't listen to them blindly. If a rock hard body was created in the gym, all the people going there would be in excellent shape. I'm sure you know it's far from the truth.
Take time to master your mind. Take time to learn to be comfortable with feeling a bit hungry or a bit tired. It's natural, it's part of the game. Either you want to play it and win, or you will try to bend the rules and fail. In the hunt for the perfect body, you need to play by the rules and accept the rules. And yes, at times it feels like looking at grass growing, but remember it is a chess game where each move counts for the final outcome, so don't treat it like Russian roulette.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I am just impatient, I want to see dramatic results now! But I tell myself that this weight did not come on me dramatically so I have to learn the art of patience, which I don't have in a lot of areas of my life.
Truthfully, when I look in the mirror I do see some changes, muscle definition coming up in my arms, thigh and my back AND I definitely feel the solidness in these areas.
So I know I am improving.
I would like to get my stomach down and tighter now, my pants still feel tight, not snug or uncomfortable so obviously I am loosing it, but again not fast enough, I don't like what I see in the mirror. I feel like each day is a new day at trying to be consistent with eating enough calories and the right calories and not missing working out no more than 2 days max in the gym.
I know I know, patience my child, it will come.
I just had to vent tonight/morning. Right now I am searching the site and the web looking for some good exercises for the inner thigh and love handles. Any suggestions folks?
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Today two men came to me and complimented me on being dedicated to my routine and workouts. I see these gentlemen each time I come to the gym and obviously they notice me. That really boosted my ego and made me want to keep working at it. I can feel the transformation internally and feel it in my clothes but still striving for the big visual difference. I know, I know it is going to take time... All in all a great day and work out!
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