First off, I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I had a conversation today with my uncle that brought this thought to my head. Everyone has it or has heard it before. It’s that inner voice that everyone hears and some people listen. The voice that tries to keep you from achieving what you want to achieve. Say, for example, you are working out and something inside you tells you that you already ran 1 mile, you don’t need to go any further, or you already did 8 reps with that amount of weight. It’s good enough, you don’t need to do anymore. Listening to that voice inside of you is what separates people from going above and beyond and achieving what they want, or just being ordinary and doing “enough” just to get by. What I’m trying to say is, ignore it. Push yourself. If you see a cookie and your mind wants you to eat it because it tastes good, have enough self discipline to put it down and say no. If you don’t want to workout because “you don’t feel like it” and something inside of you is telling you not to, ignore it and go to the gym. Even if it is only for 30-45 minutes, push yourself past those bad temptations. I just had to let this thought out. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
“This pain that you hold is yours. There is not a single pain quite like it. Nobody else on gods green earth can feel this pain or have the indescribable feeling of pride you will have when you overcome it. This pain is not your curse; this pain is your privilege.”
So, it is about 12:48 am where I am at, and I cannot sleep. I figured I would write about something, and what better to write about than one of the things I love doing most in this world. Working out. My workout today was amazing. It was a good solid arm day, focusing on biceps and triceps with a little abs. I went into the workout without having a routine, as I always do. Today was one of those days where I just thought “screw it.” I’m not going to focus on a certain number of reps, but just focusing on knocking out as many reps as I can with a certain weight. Boy oh boy did I get a great pump and I felt amazing and tired as hell leaving the gym.
I’ve realized, that one of the many reasons people stop exercising is because they are bored with it. Well, I would be bored with it as well if I kept on doing the same thing every week and not seeing any improvements. That is why I try to switch it up every few weeks and do different workouts, or pair different body parts together. You keep doing the same things, your muscles are already going to be expecting it. It won’t make them grow, but that is when you hit plateaus. You always have to keep your muscles guessing. I also feel like with dieting, people stop because they are impatient and are not seeing results fast enough. Eating healthy and clean should be something that everyone should at least try. Honestly, when I started working out, I didn’t focus on nutrition at all. I was under the mindset that if I train hard, everything else will fall into place. Boy, was I wrong. I did change my physique, but I felt like I could make it better. Ever since I started the meal plan I’m on, my physique has gotten a whole lot better. I have more energy. I feel so much better throughout the day. I’ve realized that it is something that should not be ignored.
One of the most important things that people should implement, not only in the gym, but in life as well, is change. That is why I do not believe in routines. I believe in not being set in any certain ways and always trying to change things up to keep my mind and my muscles guessing. I like to accept change in my life to keep myself growing and eventually finding out more and more of my true potential everyday. Those people who are stuck on strict “routines,” have difficulty adapting when the situation calls for it. Life, in a way, is one big mystery. You never know what it will throw at you. You choose to keep your mind open and keep yourself formless, adapting will be much easier. You choose to be set in your ways, then it will be that much harder. Change is what determines what kind of life you live and how you adapt to that change will determine what kind of person you will become. As for me, I will refuse to be content with where I am at in life, but continue to expand and never settle.
Well, after typing this, I have gotten extremely tired so I believe this is my exit. More random posts are soon to come.
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
Everybody in this world has some sort of goal (hopefully). In order to achieve this goal, you have to visualize yourself achieving it. This is just like working out. When you step foot in the gym, you have something in mind of how you want to look whether it’s losing weight, getting ripped, gaining mass, etc. In order to look how you want to look, you have to visualize yourself looking that way. You have to feel every muscle being worked in every workout you do and not think about other things like what you are going to be doing when you leave the gym. This is called the mind-muscle connection and it works. Keep your mind focused while your body takes the pain. Without seeing yourself becoming what you want, it will never happen. Without seeing yourself being who you want to be in this world, you will never achieve it.