Meat and Potatoes #3
Oh vVv, It’s been awhile. Lots of school stuff came up, army stuff, life stuff blah blah blah. Let’s chat. Some of you may have read the other blogs I did about fitness and this one is going to be all about falling off the wagon. It happens. You screw up, you feel bad, life kicks you in the teemo and you’re all down and out. You’re not out of the game. You’re in fact just at the point where it matters most. I’ll use myself as an example.
Recently I’ve gained like 15 pounds just from being lazy, so much weight in fact that I failed height and weight for the Army. They give you one month to “fix your shit” or you start getting into serious trouble. I’m not talking getting yelled at, I’m talking all benefits of being in the military revoked. Going to school that’s paid for by the military and then getting all that taken away is no Bueno. So I had a challenge and I was going to see it through. I busted my ass and lost 19 pounds in 30 something days. Not healthy but it was a challenge and I accomplished it.
Since then though I went back to eating awful, got sick so I couldn’t work out and excuses upon excuses kept showing up. I’ve gained all that weight back and overall things are getting pretty stressful again. Yet here I am at a crappy spot and all I want to do is talk it out, get healthy and get back into the gym and lose all this crappy weight. I want you guys to know you can do all this too, I’m not special and I’m not better than anyone. If you’re feeling like you just cannot get your head above water for whatever reason PM me and I’ll chat you up about whatever the hell you want to talk about. Considering how long it’s been since my last blog post I want to talk about three quick things to help you get back on track.
1.) Don’t wait for everything to fall into place to start exercising.
If you’re waiting for everything to be perfect before you start doing something you’ll never begin. Maybe your foot will hurt that day, your goldfish needs to be fed or you’re 10 points from your promo games in league. You can, and will, find an excuse that things aren’t perfectly ready for you to begin this project. Quit the waiting and just go out and do it once. After you knock one out the next one will be that much easier.
-Put your workout clothes on no matter how bad you don’t want to go to the gym. Once you put those clothes/shoes on that your mind knows is for working out and sweating you’re much more prone to go to the gym.
-Eat breakfast. Wake up, look out your window, get out of bed and cook your breakfast. When you’re done eating get ready for your day. You’ll feel like you’ve already accomplished something and breakfast is definitely useful for your day.
2.) Find a challenge for yourself that you’re passionate about and look at it every day.
-I just recently found out how incredibly long an ironman triathlon is. How only so many people each year actually finish these events and me being competitive sees that exclusivity as a huge challenge. 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run. GGWP, I started swimming the week after I was watching youtube videos and I’m ready to continue working on each of these when I can breathe again (being sick blows, stretch out if you can).
3.) Find someone who shares your interest or goal and talk to them.
-Surrounding yourself with negativity is, in my opinion, the number one killer of motivation. My roommate does nothing but whine and cry about how HARD exercise is. That starts to irk me, maybe I even start to believe it’s hard and THEIR insecurity and negativity start making ME feel bad with them. Don’t let it happen to you. Surround yourself with people that can help you along your path. You joined vVv to be part of a gaming community that prides itself on making better gamers. You’ve already done this once, you can do it in your fitness life as well.
As always, if anyone wants to chat just send me a PM and if I can’t find the answer I’ll find someone who can.
Take it Easy vVv,
P.S. I have no idea what's going on with the formatting issues but I'll find out and fix it asap. Sorry for the wall of text :x