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.

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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.