What do you do when you’re having a tough day? I mean a tough day in general, life, not just training. Do you train harder or easier? Heavier or lighter? More, less, or not at all?
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?
What is Vhlf?
In short, Vhlf stands for virtual health, life and fitness. On my journey to losing weight, I found that when health and fitness is involved, there is a third element that plays a big role in attaining and achieving such goals. To begin with, losing weight isn’t easy. One must develop a strong attitude and desire towards health and fitness. There are sacrifices that we have to make within our daily lives…sacrifices such as not eating our favorite cake or ice cream as much as we want to or missing an hour or a night of socializing in order to go to the gym. These sacrifices are hard to begin with, but get easier as time goes on because first of all we develop an attitude towards our goals that we are trying to achieve, and secondly we educate ourselves and understand why we aren’t eating the ice cream. As time goes on, we realize how we don’t really need the ice cream and we understand why it’s not good to eat too much of it. Instead of ignoring the ice cream, we consciously decide not to eat it. It becomes part of our life and understanding that these foods are not good for us and our goals.
So now, we’ve made some heavy changes in our life our attitude. We often need motivation and inspiration to keep going. It is our life and psychology that motivates us. Our schedule is often built around the gym and meals. Again, our attitude and motivation keeps us going. Life keeps us going… It is important to understand what we are thinking on this difficult journey. But it gets easier and easier.
As it gets easier and we get closer to achieving our goals, the changes we made in our lives have now changed our lives. We look different. Things that we didn’t realize we could do, such as jumping barriers running fast, have now become part of reality. We start doing them and love every minute of it. Our lives have changed.
Hence HLF – Health, Life and Fitness….this is the gist of the Vhlf concept.
Hi and welcome to Vhlf,
As it is the first Vhlf post and my first post on here (well my first blog post in general…but shh, don’t tell anyone), I would like to introduce myself and the reason I started this blog. Please bear with me as I refine my blogging abilities…
I’m pretty much an average guy born and raised in London, England. Except, I have a life changing experience that I would like to share. When I was between the ages of 14 and 15, I was overweight weighing in at around 17, 18 stones which in U.S. terms is close to 250 pounds. Let me give you a hint… it wasn’t muscle. After a visit to the hospital and determining with a blood test that it wasn’t allergies or medical reasons that were causing the weight to pile on, I woke up one day and decided to change my life and embark on the difficult journey of losing weight. To be honest, I’m still not completely sure what it was that finally pushed me to change my life. I had friends and I didn’t feel I lacked too much confidence. I didn’t really have a problem with the way I looked. I didn’t really care for the health problems that I was being told tend to be associated with, develop and exist alongside obesity. Either way, I decided to do it…to change my life and live a life with health and fitness. I had no idea how much the changes I made to my life would eventually change me and my life for the better.
After two and a half years, naturally – without any diet supplements, I lost an overall total of 100 pounds.
Here I am now a good few years older, wiser and smarter. Now, I weigh 160 pounds (some of it muscle). Health and fitness became part of my life. I don’t even look at a bar of chocolate (still the love of my life) the same way I used to. The confidence that I didn’t realize I was lacking, let me just say I had absolutely no idea how much my confidence would grow. The gym continues to be my place of solitude. I actually enjoy the exercising… weird, I know. I continue to strive for health and fitness success. I set new goals and work to achieve them. I’m a different person now all thanks to the decision I made and the continued desire to succeed.
Follow Vhlf for more of my story, how I achieved my goals, tips and other exciting stuff to do with health, life and fitness.
P.S. I am not, and I repeat NOT, a fitness professional, personal trainer, nutritionist, life coach or any trainer/coach pertaining to health, life, or fitness. As I said I’m just your average guy with a story.