Birthday’s, New Year, Injuries, Resolutions

Technically one’s birthday is the start of a personal new year. Yesterday was mine and as my mate wisely told me that it is a day to reflect on the past year and figure out what to do, where to be for the new one. So I get to reflect twice in quick succession once for my personal new year and once for…well New Years, rather strenuous work. I was considering whether I would make two resolutions, try and test one for a couple of days, or make one big resolution. Either way I got to thinking about my resolution(s).
I’m currently on a short (hopefully short) injury induced break from most of my heavy training, exercise, and working out. I find that not being able to train is difficult, painful, and upsetting. Working out for me is not only about the results, but also about the day to day journey – both of which may suffer because of the injury setback. This is all really part of the journey. The struggle, personally, is to be okay with it and not allow it to get me down which is the mindset that health and fitness has given me over the past several years. To enjoy the journey, not just the results. It helps. Which brings me back to considering my resolution and options…. Hmmm it’s a difficult one this year. I think I know the direction I’m going to go with it. I will have a definite decision by New Years.

Merry Christmas!

Festivities, food, pie, drinks, family, and friends. We do as we do, celebrate as we celebrate, and enjoy as we enjoy. The new year is on the horizon. The countdown to 2015 has begun. Resolutions are being thought out. Chose wisely as the goal is to stick to it, to live with it. Cheers and merry Christmas! Live it!

Regulating Your Doughnut Intake – Tips

Here are some tips that I use to regulate my doughnut intake, self control, and for eating a doughnut and feeling comfortable with it:

  • Don’t go out and buy any doughnuts. Save it for when you go to a friends house, community event etc… where they will definitely serve doughnuts, so you don’t commit a double sin.
  • Don’t eat it if you don’t really want it. Just because it’s in front of you and you have access to it doesn’t mean you want it. You should actually want it.
  • Pace yourself. Think about the fact that you may be faced with this decision again over the festival, so you don’t want to overdo it straight away. Just in case.
  • Use it as a cheat snack for the day or the week, or according to your cheat schedule.
  • Finally, if and when you decide to eat one, eat one and only one. Stick to your decision. Stick to it.

I hope these tips help you as they help me with the doughnut challenge or simply regulating doughnut intake.

Health and Fitness – Doughnut Crazy

It’s the first day of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah during which it is customary to celebrate by eating fried foods primarily doughnuts and latkes. A latke can be baked or regarded as healthy as it is a real food, meal or side dish even when fried and actually not really very healthy. But doughnuts…. I think everyone will agree just aren’t healthy. It’s a piece of dough, deep fried, glazed with sugar or icing, and often filled with jam or custard. Any “healthy” version of a doughnut, most probably marketed as gluten free and fat free with no added sugar, really won’t taste like a doughnut and if it does, it is probably just as unhealthy as a regular doughnut. So most trainers, nutritionists, health coaches, and die hard fitness enthusiasts will tell you to just stay away. Don’t even consider eating the doughnut.

I’m going to be controversial and tell you – go ahead, have a doughnut or two, but make it a conscious decision. To clarify, I’m not saying you must have a doughnut and I’m definitely not saying you should go crazy and stuff your face with doughnuts. If you don’t feel the urge for it, simply don’t eat it. I’m saying if you want a doughnut feel free to have one, but be comfortable with your decision.

You see, during my health and fitness journey and experience – and I see it with others living healthy and fit as well – I realized that we build coping and defensive mechanisms to avoid complications and making the wrong decisions. For example, we are afraid that one doughnut will turn into ten doughnuts or simply open the floodgates to binge eating. Often, breaking healthy eating habits for one small piece of pie will turn into a pint of ice cream, cake, chocolate or whatever else is enjoyable and unhealthy. So we make the extremely tough decision to stay away from it altogether and to not even enjoy one of anything. Continue reading

Oh the Feeling

How it burns, the soreness… the pain from the previous day’s workout. How I absolutely love it.

Note from a discussion with a fellow gym goer yesterday: Talking about new year resolutions, the new gym attendees, and how most only stay a month or so in the gym, he says: consistency isn’t easy. To which my response was… but it’s worth it!!

Consistency may not be easy, but it’s definitely worth it!! The pain.. it hurts, but it feels great!!

One More…. and One More…

My usual preset sets are done, usually 4 or 5 of them per exercise, regulating the weight so that on my final set I am struggling on the last 2 reps. Done, but I know I can do more. I can hit a short set with a heavier weight. Bam… short set done, difficult but done. Wait, I have a few more left in me… Raise the wait once more.. Struggle, really struggle for 2 or 3 reps, done!!! Any more and my form will be off and not only won’t it be worth the reps, it would also risk injury… I have more… Drop the weight to the same as my first or second set, push out 15 or more until I can no longer perform the motion…. Move on to the next exercise and repeat.

Sleepless…..

For about a week now, I haven’t been able to sleep properly. Lying awake for endless hours thinking, mind racing, without a final thought or summary. I’ve been working hard, sticking to my health and fitness, completing my workout routine, and for the most part sticking to my healthy eating habits day after day. My thoughts kept on coming back to VHLF, and this blog. Why haven’t I been posting? What was stopping me? Have I been doing enough to hold me back from posting? How would I get back into it?

If I am to chose one important application from my health and fitness journey, it would be that I am in control of my actions or I should strive to be. At the gym, it is up to me to push myself to the limit. I must maintain control over my mind and actions to get the results I want, to leave the gym feeling like I did everything I could in my power to gain from the workout I just completed. When I have the urge to eat something that I shouldn’t, it is up to me to stop myself. The challenge is only accomplished and overcome if I can say NO for myself. Therefore, I struggled to understand what it was that was stopping me from continuing with VHLF. This question amplifies even further in other aspects of life, simply, what is holding me back? Am I even being held back? Have I lost control?

Now, I’m getting a little carried away just going on a rant of questions, and believe me I don’t have all the answers either. It has been a good couple of months though. New responsibilities and challenges have been handed to me, good responsibilities and challenges, but definitely time consuming. These time consuming responsibilities coupled with a constant bad internet connection during my free time seems to have put me in a mode of I’ll start again tomorrow. But is it really good enough? Am I not just excusing my way out of it? Why would I even want to allow myself to be in this mode?
The only response I can come up with is just ****ing do it! Excuse my french, but I can’t stress it enough.

Forgive me for being selfish and keeping my journey to myself over the last… little while, but most importantly I ask forgiveness of myself for not fully exercising my control. My health and fitness journey continues. I have reached new milestones and constantly strive to reach my goals. But I must remember to focus as much on and enjoy the journey.

Excuse the rant please. VHLF blog and I have had a little setback. I’m okay with it. It has simply challenged me to push myself harder and come back even stronger!! I’m back and I’m stronger!! I will definitely strive to be at the very least.