Are You As Healthy and Fit as You Want to Be?
Are you getting what you want from your health and fitness regimen? Are your efforts paying off? Because if you’re not getting what you want… There are a couple of reasons why that happens.
There might be something you need to learn. Sometimes we can go out and we can be doing everything that we think we need to do—as far as exercising or eating right or getting the right time of day to exercise and the right nutrition. But we are working from old, outdated, or incorrect information.
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For example: I used to think I had to eat every two hours, to keep my metabolism up. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that I learned that eating every two hours actually increases our bodies insulin spike and reduces hormones—like Testosterone and the HGH in my body—and so it actually works against what I’m trying to accomplish.
Now, some guys like, Brian Shaw, Eddie Hall, Hafþór Björnsson… Those guys, they have to eat A Lot! We’re talking 12,000+ calories a day! They have to eat all the time. And they’re figuring out ways to work around what constant eating does to our body’s hormones. But for the average person, for the guy or girl who just wants to go to the gym, or go ride their mountain bike, or their street bike, or go hiking, or whatever the form of exercise is, eating every two hours can actually work against you.
The only reason I’m bringing that up is because that’s an example of a learning. I had to learn that for me, the best way to eat is to practice intermittent fasting. Winning The Mental Game of Fitness isn’t about preaching what type of diet you should do or how you should eat or how you should exercise…
The point is, if there’s something that isn’t working quite right then maybe there’s something you need to learn. And once you learn what you need to learn, then you can move on because you’ll have surpassed that obstacle. You’ll Plow Through It! Go Over It! Go Around It! Whatever. You’ve got the information. You’ve got the knowledge now that will help you get better results.
Is What You’re Doing Working?
There might be something you need to unlearn. That’s another thing that can happen that keeps people from getting the results that they want. If you’re failing to get the results that you want… Maybe you learned something in the past, that made sense when you learned it but now, it ain’t workin. Maybe it never worked and you just didn’t know it because it’s what you knew and you were running with it. So, sometimes we have to unlearn things that weren’t working in the past or that aren’t working now… We need to unlearn them! So that we can then start getting the results that we want.
Perhaps you need to change your methods, change your approach completely. Sometimes you’ve got to throw it all out and start over. You know what? That’s okay! If that happens, you can do it! You just have to figure out, “Hey this ain’t workin!” “Whatever I’m doing is failing to get me the results I want. So maybe I need to try a completely different approach.”
I used to have a mindset, a belief, that I had to go to the gym for 2 or 3 hours at a time, that I had to go 6 days a week, that I had to go all out and be as big and as massive as I could possibly be. That worked great for me at the time. There came a point in my early 30’s when I got up to around 225lbs. I wasn’t really that lean but I was really strong and I was happy with it…
And then life kind of got in the way. And I kept eating the same amount that I’d been eating… But I quit going to the gym. And guess what? The next thing I knew I was somewhere around 260lbs. My shoulders had gone in. My stomach had gone out. I was like a beach-ball on legs!
And I felt it was gross, that I looked and physically felt gross. Now I’m talking about me. Everyone is different and everyone is entitled to their feelings and opinions about their own bodies. Some people are perfectly happy and content looking that way. But I, personally, was really unhappy with that. And I got it turned around. I created a lifestyle of health and fitness that has served me well for going on 15 years now.
Getting Your Mind Right
This is about getting your mind right so you can make sure that what you want is truly for you instead of something that you adopted from somebody else, something you wanted for somebody else.
Originally, I went to bodyweight exercises and that worked great. I was able to use bodyweight exercises to shed all that unwanted fat, and all that extra weight, and get myself in really good shape again. I lost somewhere around 80 lbs. As you can understand I was usually the person behind the camera because of how I felt about my body. But I have a few photos of how I looked while I was in the process of putting on all that weight. I’ll add some of those and put in a picture of what I looked like when I initially lost that 80lbs…
And I’ve kept it off, almost all of the weight off since then. I’ve been up and down a little bit but I’ve never come anywhere even close to that old weight because I’ve always had the health and fitness mindset, the health and fitness lifestyle in mind.
And let’s be real, sometimes on this path, we fail. Sometimes you start doing something and you just aren’t getting the results you want. And, you find yourself thinking, “WOW, that really sucks.” If that happens, then say, “Okay, it’s time to reset, re-calibrate, and move on!”
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Look at what’s working and learn from failure. Learn how to allow yourself the privilege of failing. Because if you aren’t failing, you aren’t growing.
So try stuff. And when something is working, Great! Run with it. If something isn’t working, then adjust, recalibrate, move on. Try something different. There’s a wealth of information out there about exercises and diet and what time of day is best to exercise, and everything you need to know about that part. I’m telling you, you’ve got to learn how to fail! Because if you aren’t trying new things, then how can you learn, how can you grow?
You also need to expand your comfort zone. An example of what I’m talking about, is when I had a comfort zone that was: to work out you go to the gym—it has to be a gym—and you go for 2 to 3 hours a time and it’s gotta be 5 or 6 days a week…
I had such rigid requirements around what had to happen for me to “Work Out” that when something got in the way and things weren’t working how I wanted, then I felt like everything was just going to crap. And there were times, because I had a much weaker mindset back then, that I would just give up.
If I couldn’t work out the way that I thought I should work out, I would just give up. Well, that makes no sense! If something goes wrong, if you can’t work out the way you think you should work out, great! Do something different until you can get back to the way you want to do it.
Learn to Be Adaptable
Be adaptable. Be Fluid. Allow yourself to be like Bruce Lee says, “Be water, my friend.” Just flow with it. And allow yourself the freedom to have a health and a fitness lifestyle! So that you can start getting long term, lasting results.
That could be bodyweight exercises. That could be hard core strength training. That could be powerlifting. That could be CrossFit. That could be bodybuilding. Whatever it is for you is perfect for you. Just make sure that your mindset supports it so you can get the long-term results that you want! These things build over time. It’s long-term, incremental results, compounded that give you the benefits you’re looking for.
Be Gentle on Yourself in The Beginning
No one goes into the gym day 1, works out, and then says, “Hey I worked out for five hours! I’m so strong. Now I’m ready to go!” It doesn’t happen. You go to the gym and you work out for 5 hours when you haven’t been working out… You’re going to be so sore you can’t even move!
Funny Story. When I was in high school, I had a time when I went and I worked out with this guy and we did calves. And I hadn’t been doing calves the way that I should. And he just blitzed it! And I kept up with him the whole time. Then the next day, I woke up and I couldn’t straighten my legs. I was 6 inches shorter! And for about 2 weeks, I couldn’t straighten my legs at all. And when I was walking, I remember thinking, “Oh my gosh! This hurts so much!”
I had done so much damage, because I let my ego get in the way of what would have been the smart way to work out. So, if you’re new to working out and you’re working on getting the fitness lifestyle going, then be gentle on yourself while you build up the resistance. And in time you’ll be able to do more, and more, and more. You’ve just need to be gentle at the beginning and allow yourself the room to actually grow into it. You’ll be far more productive in the long run.
To start creating a Health and Fitness Lifestyle, You Can Start Thinking:
- “How can I expand my comfort zone?”
- “How can I allow myself to look for ways to be healthy?”
- “How can I add movement to my day?”
- “How can I look for and find ways to increase what I consider to be exercise?”
Because in the end, it’s all about movement. It’s all about how much you’re using your body in an intelligent way.
You can be very healthy, very fit, without ever actually going into a gym.
You can work out at your house. You can work out in nature. A lot of people, it’s really popular right now for people to go to parks and work out on jungle gyms and stuff. That’s Awesome! Do it wherever you need to do it.
If you think that you don’t have time to workout… I’ll argue that all day long with you.
How many people sit down, in front of a tv show, or in front of Netflix, or Hulu, or YouTube, or Facebook live videos, or whatever it is that they’re watching. How many times do people sit down and binge-watch? Or just watch whatever instead of doing something productive?
It’s easy to pause something for 10 minutes. Pause your show for 10 minutes. Do a set of jumping jacks. Come back and watch the show. Pause the show. Do some pushups. Come back and watch the show. Give yourself the reward of watching the show After You Work Out! Find ways to make working out fun.
It’s all about creating the lifestyle of health and fitness because that’s where you are going to get the lasting results that you’re looking for!
Always Remember. You Are The Master of Your Destiny!
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