Camping – My Health and Fitness Nightmare

Camping was great, almost bliss. But, I’m going to be honest, it wasn’t very great health and fitness wise. Camping wasn’t the issue. It was me.

A few days before going camping, I found a great deal on Chex Mix at the shop. I was tempted. I love Chex Mix. When one of my favorite snacks is up for a great price, it’s an extra tempt for me. I decided not to buy it, but would buy it later for camping. My rational was that I knew there would be lots of snacks over the weekend, so I figured it would be the best time to get my Chex Mix fix. Instead of all the other snacks, I would only eat Chex Mix. Needless to say, it didn’t go very well. As soon as we arrived and the cars were unloaded, the snacks came out as we waited for the BBQ to be prepared. Snacks with a decent flow of alcohol equals…well definitely not health wise or healthy.

Gym? There is no gym on a camp ground. I mentioned to the group that we should do some HIIT (high intensity interval training), but it never happened. I missed Friday gym and my Sunday football game. The only exercise that was done over the weekend was the 3 hour hike we went on Saturday afternoon. At one point, we tried to find a tree branch to do pull ups with. We found one, but it only held for 1 set of 5 reps. It wasn’t the best accomplishment.

Basically, it was a solid weekend perfectly opposite to health and fitness. There aren’t many healthy alternatives to the snacks when camping, but it still was up to me. It was my decision to eat the snacks and drink the alcoholic beverages. It was my decision not to try get some other exercise in. Before camping, I decided I would try to say no to the snacks and mass alcohol, and do some exercise. It was a struggle that I lost. I had succumbed to my desire for the tasty snacks and sweets. But the best part is that I know it was my decision. It was me who lost control and it wasn’t the trip or the snacks that took control over me. I definitely won’t excuse my indulgence by saying that it was only one weekend, I have been so good with my health and fitness up until the weekend and will dive back in as soon as the weekend is over, therefore, it was okay to do as I did. No, it wasn’t okay and definitely wasn’t good for me, and such excuses only make me feel worse about it. But as it was my decision, and I acknowledge this fact, I actually feel okay with it. Yes, it wasn’t very health wise and I should have been stronger, but it was still up to me and always will be. And since it’s up to me, next time, I will work to do one better.

Is it just me or does this idea make sense to anyone else as well? 

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I Aint Dead Yet

As long as I can, I will. Don’t worry, I asked the doctor if it would be okay to workout. He said the only thing I can’t do is bang my head against the wall.

Labor Day was eventful. I worked for a couple of hours in the morning then spent a few hours on the beach with my sister and a friend. I had an infected bug bite that was getting worse by the minute. You know how family and good friends get. It was decided that I was going to the emergency room after the beach…I agreed (guys, thank you for convincing and taking me). So I spent the rest of the day in the ER, missing the gym in the process (gym closes early on public holidays) This is what I looked like after the surgery:

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The funny head thingy, bandage made me look a little ridiculous. But it wasn’t going to stop me. And yes, it bloody hurt. But it still wasn’t going to stop me. The doctor approved it…so it was no excuse!

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I completed a fantastic chest, biceps and a little bit of abbs workout. The wound was hurting, but the workout pain was definitely worth it!! 

WeekLong

From football Sunday to a stop/start workout schedule, it’s been a weeklong. Nutritionally, it was pretty much sound. Actually, probably a little less sound than I thought when I wrote that last sentence. With regards to my gym attendance, I had some blips in my schedule and routine….primarily good blips. The week started off great, playing football Sunday evening and completing my regular workout routine on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday night and Friday night, my weeklong story changed. I had a good friends engagement party after work on Thursday night which meant I would have to miss gym and would instead be surrounded by fatty foods and deserts. I was okay with it. I would stay away from the the deserts (not going to lie, I was only 90% successful, which is why I changed my mind above) and just continue my gym routine on Friday. Well, work continued late Friday afternoon causing me to miss gym again although I did spend Thursday and Friday at work building a shed for a school. It was a workout, but not really a workout. 

I make sure to go to the gym at least 4 days a week. So I had to make up for it today, Saturday, which is usually my day off. Today was a weird day with the power down in my neighborhood, but I made it to the gym and feel good. I completed a good chest and biceps workout. I didn’t have too much time, but I made it count.

Well that’s my health and fitness week in a nutshell. What’s your weeklong story? 

 

A Testing Lift

With a combined weight of close to 600 pounds, moving each of the two boxes was a real life test physically and mentally. I was asked if I could help move these boxes from the truck and up a few steps to the back yard. I agreed wholeheartedly without seeing them, but I assumed from the casualness and tone of the request that the boxes were a maximum weight of 50 pounds each. It turned out that the first box weighed almost 300 pounds and the second box weighed just over 300 pounds. They were huge boxes. No, began to seem like the better answer, but I already said yes. I had to try. I had to try because of all the time I spend lifting weights at the gym. I had to try and see if my physical strength that exists during my workout could be applied to lifting boxes, when tasked, at any given time of day. It took some lifting, maneuvering, breathing, and breaks, but with the help of the shipping guy, we managed to get both boxes to right spot in the back yard. It is important to consider the notion of injury when lifting something this heavy. I used the form that I use when working out. I didn’t say no and I didn’t give up until the boxes were safely where they were meant to be. I knew I could do it because I do it on an almost daily basis in the gym.

It happened to be back and legs day for me as well. So when I got to the gym later, I felt as though gym would be a breeze after the boxes moving escapade. I do enjoy working out, but it’s never easy. It wasn’t today either. It’s not supposed to be easy. If it is, it means it’s time to add some more weight. Moving the boxes wasn’t a complete workout, but I would say that it was a good and complete test!  

Possibly #6

It’s funny how this page popped up in my health and fitness research today as I nurse my injured rotator cuff back to health. I may be guilty of #6. Do be aware of these training tips/mistakes to avoid injury and or damage. Which one these would you say you are guilty of? http://www.muscleandfitness.com/news-and-features/galleries/training/7-reasons-your-rotator-cuffs-hate-you

A Step Backwards?

My shoulder is still recovering from the strain. I’m still in recovery mode which means I have to workout a little lighter than I usually would. You know, sometimes you just have to take a step back to move forward. But I found myself wondering if a “step backwards” is really backwards. Without this step, lessening the weight and lightening my workout, I may make my shoulder injury worse which would keep me out of the gym, fully, for a while. Isn’t it, then, a step forward? I ask myself this question because of perspective. I want to workout with my usual intensity and if not, I may feel like I didn’t accomplish enough which may cause me to be unhappy or to get lazy and skip exercising all together. Either way really, the step is in order to move forward. But perspective is important and definitely helps with the struggle. I believe that it really can be considered a step forward. Would you agree or disagree? 

Body Language

Overall, it was a good health and fitness day today. I completed a good chest, biceps and a little bit of abbs workout. Although, I did have to take it lighter and a little slower today. I felt a slight strain in my right shoulder while I was working out. To me, this is a sign my body is giving me that I have to relax my workout slightly. It’s been a solid ten months or so with regards to vigorous exercising, but now my body is telling me that it needs a relaxing recovery period. It’s important to listen to what the body signals in order to achieve health and fitness goals and to prevent injuries. The shoulder is engaged to one extend or another in almost every upper body workout. When it starts showing signs of fatigue, it’s extremely important to listen. I wouldn’t want to be held back from working out because of an injury. It doesn’t mean that I can’t exercise at all. It just means that I will have to take it slow and workout softer. Hopefully, it will get the rest it needs and recover nicely over the next few days!!

Something a friend of mine posted on Facebook today. I don’t really judge a trainer by the way he or she looks, but this trainer has a lovely reason for becoming a trainer…. #inspiretosweat

http://sf.racked.com/archives/2014/08/11/erica-stenz-hottest-trainer.php