This is What Happens When You Stop Working Out?

Simple solution… just don’t stop!!

https://www.yahoo.com/health/this-is-what-happens-when-you-stop-exercising-113355357618.html

It’s interesting that this study also reveals that exercising has a positive effect on the physical brain and not only the mental state or mind.

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 – http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/anorexia-actually-since-certainly-not-just-wanting-thin/909771/ ). 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 http://nedawareness.org/

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!!

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=462118767250351&permPage=1

Do you relate to any of these?

Measuring Truth

I’ve had my reservations about this TV series (and others like it) since the first time I saw it. Besides the apparent and allegations of abuse that the contestants talk about, the emphasis on and requirement of quick results, speed weight loss, and the constant use of the scale to measure results without giving any mention or thought of other modes of measurements or life after the show baffles me. My biggest mistake when I started losing weight was only using the scale to measure my results. As time went on, I learned that there are other measurements and results such as body fat percentage and waist size to name a couple that are really important to consider as well.

The show also emphasizes quick weight loss without any recognition or emphasis of the life after the show or the life after one has lost all that weight and the huge transformation. The biggest secret about the show, says a past contestant in this article, is that “just about everyone’s gained the weight back.” (Link to the article below).

Maybe it has unfortunately, true to its name, actually turned its contestants into the biggest losers. The article title really says it all.

http://nypost.com/2015/01/25/were-all-fat-again-more-biggest-loser-contestants-reveal-secrets/ 

Exercise Time

When I workout in the morning, I feel ready for anything: ready to take on the world. When I workout in the evening (which is most days), all the struggles of the day disappear. Either way, I win!

WINNING

Do you feel the same? Do you prefer exercising in the morning or evening?

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.