Often there are days when I struggle hard for my health and fitness, days in which anything that is against living a healthy and fit life is tempting. I would go to the shop to buy healthy food such as chicken and eggs, but I would find myself wondering through the ice cream, snacks, and sweets isles. It’s a very real struggle. I make sure to acknowledge the struggle. I know it’s a struggle. A struggle that I must conquer even if it takes every ounce of my self control and will power. Thankfully, today wasn’t one of those days, but I was thinking about the struggle and why I care so much to continue on such a struggle laden journey.
Chris, a gym mate, told me that his trousers were really beginning to piss him off. He had to keep pulling them up, even finding it embarrassing at times. Chris has recently lost weight causing his now loose trousers to keep on falling slightly. He asked if it was time to buy new ones yet. Chris, mate, it is bloody time to enjoy it. Congratulations!! For the moment, you should be enjoying every time your trousers slip. Yes it’s a nuisance, but it should be celebrated as an achievement. It’s probably best not to go all out and buy a new wardrobe because at the rate you’re going, it won’t be long before you need to buy another. For the time being, it’s an achievement and should be celebrated as one!!
These guys take their workout so seriously, it’s almost funny. This page showed up on my social media feed today (I’ve been getting a lot of health and fitness links lately….too much research maybe?) and I just had to share it. I will admit, I did have a pretty good laugh. But I must commend these guys….at least they’re trying!!
WARNING: Don’t try these at home. Well at least try not to get caught on camera!
While talking with a gym mate today (obviously it was during a rest break between exercises) he asked me what competition I was competing in or if I was actually competing. He says that he has seen me being really consistent and training very hard, so he wondered if there was a competition involved. I explained to him that for me it’s not about a competition or even impressions, it’s just health and fitness is a big part of my life. I continued thinking about it during my workout. I realized that I am competing. I am competing in a competition called Life. Life throws ups and downs, good times and bad times, struggles and successes, happy times and sad times at you. I wouldn’t say I’m competing with life, rather I’m competing within life. It may sound strange, but in essence, I believe life itself can be considered a full blown competition. Would you agree?
One thing I do know for sure is that no matter how long or difficult my day may be with all the uncontrollable external elements, the decision whether to workout or not is under my control. My day can try play a part in the decision making process, but why would I let it? It’s under my control.
Oh, I did workout…feeling great and clear minded!!
I don’t get to do this too often, but when I do, I make sure it’s worthwhile. Great meal with a good nutritional balance: spring mix, cucumber, tomato, mushrooms, garbanzo beans, and a sprinkle of cottage cheese. It was deceptively satisfying. #Foodporn
I must admit, it’s been an excellent start to what looks to be a promising week. Sunday was a pretty much all day beach day, but not before I managed to get in an early two hours of football (soccer). I usually play football in the afternoon every Sunday. When I heard that there was a relaxing beach day planned, I had to find a morning game which meant rolling out of bed really early and onto the football pitch. We topped off the day with a barbecue dinner, grilling some chicken and lamb….protein, though I did experience a few bumps in the day with regard to my nutrition, munching on some pretzels and a few Jelly Beans. Overall though, it was a day filled with good energy, good people, great exercise, and good nutritionally healthy food. Which leads me to today, Monday, another good day in my health, life and fitness journey, completing a solid chest, biceps, and abbs workout in the process. The past two days especially Sunday made me remember the importance of creating and enjoying good, positive energy from which to draw further energy and strength to be utilized during and stimulate the journey for the rest of the week.
Well, I missed the gym today and chose to cook dinner for and eat with the family instead. But I’m okay with it. Although, I do try to hit the gym at least six times a week Sunday through Friday and stick to my weekly routine, there are times when I feel I can give the gym a miss. If I was asked what I would miss the gym for a year ago, I would have said absolutely nothing. At the time, nothing was more important than the gym, and nothing would get in the way of my workout. Now, I know there are times when missing the gym isn’t such a sin because my health and fitness life is a collective. What I mean is that as long as I do my best to live a healthy life over the course of the week, month and year, a random day off (for an important/good reason I might add) doesn’t detract or undermine my goals or my ability and desire to accomplish them. Yes, every individual day is definitely important in living healthy and fit, but as a collective, when I see myself accomplishing my goals and I feel comfortable, I can determine if, when and for what reason, I can take a day off.
In Los Angeles, it’s very difficult to get around without a car. Most destinations are spread some distance apart. Walking is mostly out of the question, unless the desired destination is within fifteen minutes walk. So I got a bicycle. It doesn’t get me to all destinations, but it cuts a forty five minute or so walk to fifteen minutes give or take plus a great workout. Today was my first day using my bike as transport and I hope to continue using it, probably even to work. It’s not instead of gym as I just completes another fantastic back, legs, and abbs workout. The missing feeling that I recently posted about? Yes, it was back today. So I had a great workout, plus more with riding. My nutrition today was a little shaky, but I was good yesterday and will be good tomorrow….I definitely plan to be.
I have previously posted about how I feel after completing a workout routine. Usually, I leave the gym with a clear mind. Today, I feel good and accomplished after another great workout, but the clear minded feeling seems to be missing. Well, I’m still very glad I completed my workout and it was definitely a good one…I just feel like there is something missing. How does completing your workout make you feel?