National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Food, predominantly eating food has long been understood to be correlated with mood and emotion, hence the evolution and issue of the eating disorder. In other words, eating disorders do not necessarily stem from one’s body image in comparison to others, being underweight, overweight, or even health and fitness. Essentially, eating disorders are often rooted far deeper mentally and emotionally. As the fitness craze has grown, considerable focus has been put on the overweight, signifying that obesity is almost the end all and be all of eating disorders when in reality there are other forms of eating disorders which often go unnoticed such as anorexia and its different forms because it doesn’t always show physically. And when it does show physically, the cause can be misconstrued as one’s desire to look physically cover model slim or fit (see – ). The depth of the disorder then often goes unnoticed and, therefore, unchecked.

Personally, my fitness journey took me from extreme overweight, overeating, comfort and binge eating to extreme weight loss, under eating, and borderline eating disorder. I had lost over one hundred pounds and I had to make sure that I wouldn’t put even a single pound of it back on. If I would eat an apple, everyone around me would know. I wouldn’t shut up about it for hours. It felt like the only way I could control my weight and therefore life was by eating less and less, and talking about anything that I did eat so as to make myself okay with it. Thankfully, it didn’t go too far and I understood, with the help of those close to me, what was beginning to happen to me. It took time to understand that at either end there is an extreme, and extremes can be dangerous. It was the extreme that made me realize that I had to change my mindset and my focus as I wrote in my Throw Back Thursday; The Journey Continues post. Eating disorders are no joke. They are immensely painful for one who is sadly living with it. Even on its borderline it was mentally painful, and it’s hard to imagine how much worse it could get.

As it is NEDA or #NEDAwareness week , take a moment to read and learn something even small about eating disorders and share this knowledge to raise awareness. See link


A Good Laugh!

I found this video pretty funny. Take a look, have a laugh. Oh and I’m personally guilty of being the guy with a big water bottle (but not spilling it all over myself) and sweating a lot (but I wipe down the equipment I use) because I workout hard!!

Do you relate to any of these?

Get Back to the Gym

I used to reserve my Sundays for playing football. Beside for it being an immense cardio workout, I would play mainly because I really enjoy the sport. But over the past two months, people slowly stopped showing up and the game eventually died out, so Sunday became a day without exercise and Saturday is my rest/recovery day. For a few weeks now, I have felt it’s time to get back in the gym on Sundays especially as I already have Saturdays as my day off. I would wonder what was taking me so long to add Sunday back into my routine. They were lazy Sundays, and I would wake up in the morning and think today I’m going to workout. When the day was over, it became nevermind, I’ll start next Sunday.

I believe we’ve all experienced this struggle at one point or another. You know where you’re supposed to be or what you’re supposed to be doing, but you just push it off instead of doing it.

I’m an avid believer in the idea that to actually get something done, I have to start then and there, and that pushing it off only starts a trend of pushing it off further. I knew what I had to do. I had to just get to the gym. I was contradicting one of my own principles of just doing. I had this excuse of football in my mind, but there was no game. What was I waiting for? (I was just being lazy!!!!!)

Yesterday, Sunday, I decided I’ve had enough. I figured out what muscle groups I could do with more training and which exercises to add. For me it was a definite answer of legs and core. I liked the idea of just dedicating the “extra” day to legs and core. It took some determination, but I got to it. I just put my gym clothes on and started my walk to the gym. After that, there was no turning back and it proceeded to be a fantastic workout. Well worth it! Solution, just get to it!

P.s. By football, I mean soccer.

Deadlifts; A Love Hate Relationship

Deadlifts has become my favorite of compound exercises. It’s an exercise which full power is required. The more weight I get to add, the more power I must give. The more freeing it becomes. It’s just that first rep that momentarily turns me against it. I set up the bar and weights and will look at it knowing the task I have ahead of me. For a moment it seems tedious and fatiguing. I realize the energy I’m about expend on the exercise and on the consequent sets. I take a moment…. A deep breath…. I know what’s about to happen and how I will feel as I get to my second set and after completing my deadlifts. I want to push it off for a few moments longer, but that feeling of mind and physical power and freedom, I want it… I must take that first step, start the first rep. Pushing it off even momentarily will only delay this magnificent state of mind that comes after. No time to waste, get in the right position, the correct starting form. I lift that first rep and all consciousness of delay disappears. 2,3,4,15 reps, my first warm up set is done… Now I just want to do more reps. It’s all about that first step, jumping in before the notion of the massive task ahead can sink in and cause me to back away. I know how much I want it…. Any delay is simply me losing control and pushing of the inevitable, giving in to the difficulty of the task. The difficulty of the task will try put me off, but I am stronger than it and all it requires is that first step. Take it, take that first step and all is well.

The Problem with Past Achievements

It’s great to have achieved that first goal. Making that first step, taking on the challenge, staying strong, and accomplishing the most difficult first achievement. Congratulations sir! Great job! Now what? Now there is something to always fall back on, something to show the people (if that’s what’s important).

Here is where the problem starts. I have seen it in my own life and my own fitness journey. I have seen it with others as well and with others who ask me for fitness advice. Past achievements can cause complacency and lack of ambition to achieve more. They can hold us back. They give us the capability to tell ourselves, look how much we have accomplished and every time there is an opportunity to take it further, we go back to the existing achievements and say, but look how much I have accomplished. The past achievement becomes the excuse for why we can’t achieve the next level. Every time we look at the next step and how difficult it may be we answer our inner questions with, but look how much I have achieved already. We go back to picture of how much weight we may have already lost or other results we have accomplished.

Past achievements are good, in fact they are great. However, they are not an excuse and not a fall back plan as to why we are not achieving or can’t achieve more. Instead, they should be a platform for the opposite. They are proof that I can achieve my goals and can achieve more. It’s a small mindset tweak on how these achievements are viewed. Don’t rely on them, but don’t forget them. In fact, use them as a base for how much more we can accomplish. Understanding that I can do more just because I have already done so much, instead of just saying but look how far I’ve come.

I use my past achievements to push me onto succeeding with my next goals, to accomplish more. They are simply proof that I can achieve more. Everyday pushing myself to new limitations, constantly striving to break my previous records and limitations. I find that this is the key to focusing on the future achievements, using the past only as an outline of what I can accomplish when I push myself and get to it. If you want to accomplish more, you have to continuously push for more. The past achievement doesn’t earn you the right to future achievements. It only tells you that you are capable of the future achievement. But you still have to work for it, like you did to achieve in the past. Stop focusing on what you have done and start focusing on what needs to be done, what you can do, and what you want to do!