I feel that going to the gym and living a healthy life is always a battle that’s been fought mostly inside our heads. At least that it is to me. The hardest thing is to commit to your goals and at the same time not to go overboard with them. The balance is important. My fiance told me yesterday that she isn’t going to watch me melt down and that I have to remember to “honor” the rest days. Truer words have seldon been spoken. Anyways, my point is that strong will combined with reason can take you anywhere you want to go, obsession usually doesn’t do you any good.
Today I felt pumped. I amped myself up yesterday figuring my routine and mentally challenging myself to endure the pain. I think that it’s important to go to the gym willing to give 100% every time. If you don’t feel up to it, my advice is to take the day off and go for a jog etc. Usually this can be your body telling you it needs more time to recover, but if this re-occurs more often and often, maybe consult a PT and think about your goals and motivation factors.
I worked on my chest, abs and back today. I did 4 sets with 12 reps each, wanting to really feel the burn and fight over it. I had to lower my weights so that I wouldn’t risk my technique, but even with lower weights got the burn and later on the sweet reward of the pump. After my sets, I decided to hit the cross trainer and do some cardio for 30 min “mountain climb” style. Was really. really exhausted, sweat pouring down and feeling on top of the world. Really pleased with todays work.
Now I will enjoy the sun, relax and take a nice long with the dog. Tomorrow I’ll hit a little more “CrossFitier” workout, doing 15 reps deadlift + 500m row 3 sets + 2x tabata. Going to be awesome. I’ve intentionally added more and more cardio to my program, really wanting to burn the fat for 3 weeks now, then maybe some light bulking, we’ll see. Anyways life is good at the moment and feeling very, very pleased with myself for finding my path again.
The Supplement gang: Vitamins, Magnesium, Omega-3 and Whey-80 by StarNutrition (the best!). Also the best shaker around: SmartShake
Take it easy guys!
Today I found out about a guy called Pekka Hyysalo. Former freestyle skier who was injured very badly and went into a coma for 17 days. The doctors said that he wouldn’t be a communicative person anymore. That person is attempting to run a marathon within 7 years. Check him out.
Today I’ll do my own WOD:
Wall-ball – Abmat – Push-ups – Box jumps
That’ll do for today. Tomorrow some running before a busy work weekend.
Take care guys!
Ps. Remember to join Movember!
Lately I’ve been struggling with motivation and I don’t understand why exactly. In June I hit my training to the T, but now in July it has been hard for some reason. I had an easier week when my toe started acting up, and after that I feel like I’ve been running on 70-80% what I could do. Don’t get me wrong, still when I hit my workouts I give my all 100% and more, but the greatest struggle has been with going to the gym, working out my schedule etc.
Also one reason why I’ve been feeling a bit low is that my toe is still pretty painful after and during workouts, the doctors don’t seem to find anything wrong with it except it’s inflamed and they won’t give me the injection I want to get rid of it. Well, we’ll see what comes of that.
But now I’ll make a promise. Next month I’ll be hitting it harder than ever, also with my diet. I’ve been taking it easy, because it’s a part of my summer routines to enjoy good food, but next month I’ll be returning to the old regime and you’ll see me hitting those goals again!
How awesome it is that the CrossFit games are finally here?! Too bad to hear that Mikko Salo was injured, hopefully he’ll recover quickly! I’ll bet that Rich Froning will be on top this year, what do you guys think?
Take care people!
Today I have thought about this journey I’ve been on the past 6 months and I’ve tried to realizes the pros and cons of the whole project. The cons are limited to a rare few which are few minor injuries etc. The pros on the other hand, there are a bunch of those: I feel better, I’m faster, stronger, more agile and don’t get fatigued as easy. What have been the key factors?
1) Nutrition – most definitely the most important thing, it’s the the whole essence of your success. Without proper nutrition you don’t have energy to exercise and you won’t get the results you’re looking. It was hard trying to learn eating 5-6 meals a day, but it was worth it! Your metabolism works better and faster and also you don’t get hungry.
2) Train regularly – this has been the key for me, dragging my a** up from bed every day to do that exercise when I planned it. Usually I’ve been doing 3-5 exercises per week, with variable intensities between workouts. But do remember that rest is just as important as exercising!
3) Motivation – I think that finding motivation to do better each time when I workout has been a great factor, I’ve set long term goals which I try to reach at certain point and follow my progress regularly. Also this blog and all the readers and comments have kept me motivated! And also when feeling down, always remember that there’s a next day coming.
4) Support – Family, friends, co-workers all their support has been great. It gives me a good feeling when somebody sees the change in me.
There’s my keys to success. A little more information about nutrition and training are coming also to this blog, so stay tuned for more!