Archive | August 2013

What’s wrong with this picture?

Everywhere I turn nowadays all I see is ads and special promotions for fast food chains and  other unhealthy options. It’s no surprise that the reason the reason why companies do this is because they know the general public can be easily persuaded by the cheap prices and the over sized quantities that they offer. They are most likely to give these companies business mainly because it’s cheap. I get so frustrated by the fact that companies know that they are really the only source of cheap food for people and families who can’t afford to at least try and eat healthier. Only in America CRAP food is so easily obtainable  meanwhile healthy food is priced too  high for the average person/family. I am grateful that I don’t have to worry about affording good and nutritious food but there are so many others out there who want to live a healthier lifestyle but just can’t afford to. So naturally their only other alternatives are cheap shitty food that will cause them serious health problems down the line.I guarantee you that nine times out of ten that a family who is on a very tight budget will always opt for the fast food since it takes less money to feed a family on that crappy food.  This makes me very angry that these companies are exploiting the average person by offering these cheap products because they know they really have no other choice but to buy their products. I keep hearing how we have created a war against obesity but what are we actually doing about it? not that much. Let me make this clear I’m not saying to ban all of the fast food and other junk foods and I’m not trying to tell you what you can and can’t eat. All I’m saying is  there needs to be a serious discussion about how to make better healthier foods more affordable to the average person/family.

My new outlook on life

Over the last year or so my outlook has changed in a big way. Last year around this time I was stressing out a lot about family/school and even personal stuff that was going on.I’ve always been a highly independent person and took care of things on my own and a positive person who looked on the positive side. So around this time last year I met someone who would drastically change and reinforce how I thought and really opened me up to great new things. She always puts a huge smile on my face every time we talk.She introduced me to Rumi’s work which is very uplifting and inspirational which I read every single day and also meditation. She told me that meditation in the mornings is the best thing for you to silence the outside world and focus on you and your soul during that time. She also taught me don’t be afraid of doing anything and be open to new exciting opportunities(live life).I’ve gotten into rock climbing a whole lot since last year and go as much as I can now. I grew to love all aspects of climbing and cant wait to try it on some real mountains.It is a awesome way to experience the outdoors and pushes you to the limits. Oh and don’t even get me started on the excellent conversations that would go on for hours.It seemed like any conversation we had could go on for hours and be amazing. It’s great to actually talk to someone who you have so much in common with and share the same interests. She has always pushed me to do better greater things and do things I love which now I am going for my CHEK certification. She is a very special friend and words can’t explain how amazing she really is. No matter how many times I’ve told her that didn’t do it justice. She will always inspire me and and I just can’t say enough how she has changed the way I look at life. I deeply care about her.This goes out to you. Always making me smile

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Confidence

When I first started this journey I will admit my confidence was not high at all and I was always was the person who walked in public with their head down. I used to hate going out places since I always was worried what others would think about me and hated how I felt and looked. During my fitness journey I could easily tell that every time I showed progress my confidence was getting better and better and realized that I don’t need to hear what others think to make me feel good. It was all about what I felt about myself on the inside. Finally about a year after I had lost my 95lbs my confidence was at an all time high for the first time in life. I learned to say who gives a fuck what the outside world thinks of me and I felt great about myself and that was all that mattered. So after that when I started to pack on muscle and get the physique I was proud of I now go out in public holding my head up high and going around like I’m the big mother fucker on campus!! It really is a great feeling finally being able to feel comfortable with yourself. Also the compliments don’t hurt lol.

Motivation and supplements

On this update I will start out with what motivates me to keep doing what I do. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been told by friends,random people and yes even my family that I’m crazy for pushing myself so hard to better my body. The main thing I tell everyone is that I do this for myself not anyone else. I wasn’t handed anything through my journey and had to work my ass off to get where I am today. What you have to remember is when you do start to adopt a regular workout routine you are not just making your body healthier but also you mind and soul is getting a huge benefit from it as well. My family has a lot of history with health problems and luckily I have been blessed so far to not have been affected by that. My dad has had too many health problems  to count over the last 15 years or so and it hurts me to see him deal with it. That was one of the main reasons I decided I will not put myself at risk for developing those same problems.  Besides for some anxiety issues I have been very lucky in my life. I have come a long way in only the past three years and my biggest motivation from the start and going forward is I DO NOT want to go back to where I started out and I REFUSE to let myself do that. I don’t do this for the compliments (sure they are great) and never will. I treat my body like a temple and push it to its limit probably more than I should but that’s what gives me that drive and determination. Just remember no matter what obstacles come your way during your journey NEVER give up and ALWAYS have hope even when you think there isn’t any. Last year was the worst year out of my life and believe it or not my fitness lifestyle helped me cope with what I was going through and was always something I could turn to no matter what. Also someone who I deeply care about has been pushing me to get into the fitness business since late last year and I have finally decided to take their advice and am looking forward to start my new journey getting my C.H.E.K certification.

 

 

Now this supplement section is going to be very short and sweet. The only supplements I take is whey protein (Body Fortress Super Advanced) and a multi vitamin. Trust me I’m not against any other supplements by myself personally I just don’t see the need to take them. I prefer getting my nutrients from whole foods. When I first started out I tried taking a pre-workout supp but I just didn’t feel like it helped me and made me sick to my stomach during my workout.  There are days where I just don’t feel dragging my ass to my garage (where I workout) but like I said in the above section I tell myself it’s going come back to haunt you if you don’t. The best advice is to eat a carb heavy meal or snack and a cup of coffee or two about 30 minutes to and hour before you start working out so that way the carbs will keep you going. Again for me the same goes for post workout supplements the only one I fell necessary is whey protein. I say that because whey is the fastest absorbed protein to get into your muscle tissues to repair them after you intense workout. Taking whey after working out is a MUST in my books. The multi vitamin is basically just to make sure your body is getting any other essential vitamins your body is missing through out the day.

Workouts

Here I will share with you what my workouts usually consist of and different variations I do.

This is my current workout routine since I’m toning up and maintaining. When I’m either bulking,cutting or maintaining I still prefer full body routines rather than split routines.

My current routine Mondays,Wednesdays,Fridays

Incline bench press (3 sets 15 reps)

Flat bench press (3 sets 15 reps)

Decline bench press (3 sets 15 reps)

Barbell bicep curls ( 2 sets 20 reps)

Hammer curls (2 sets 15 reps)

Deadlifts ( 3 sets 10 reps)

Leg extensions ( 3 sets 12 reps)

Lat bar pulldown ( 3 sets 15 reps)

Dips ( 3 sets 15 reps)

When you want to tone up you usually will want to drop your normal weights down around 20-30lbs to make sure you can get the more reps in per set.

 

 

This is my cardio/core routine I do Tuesdays,Thursdays,Saturdays

HIIT on an incline for 20 minutes all three days

I usually switch up my core workouts depending on the days

Tuesdays- Hanging leg raises (4 sets 10 reps) and weighted crunches (4 sets 15 reps)

Thursdays – Planks and side planks ( 2 sets each and hold for 1 minute 30 seconds) and Russian twists (3 sets 10 reps)

Saturdays – Flutter kicks (3 sets hold for 1 minute) and Cable crunches ( 3 sets 15 reps)

 

Also What I have been doing for the last 6 months is I meditate in the mornings after I wake up to clear my head and get my day started. I can thanks a very special friend for getting me into this. I usually meditate for a half hour with complete silence. Another very important tip is drink plenty of water while working out. It is very important that you keep your body hydrated and believe it or not it will give you energy.