Monday, June 24, 2013

Normalcy

How do you definite normal? Normal would be something that is routine. Something that is occurring regularly. Something that feels natural. Sure, done.

Here's the problem.
What is normal to one person may be completely abnormal to another. One person may eat a McDonald's meal in front of the TV every night, while someone else runs 10K every evening after work. Both regular ordinary people, but each with their own definition of normalcy.

Here's my recent revelation.
Although I've been training in Muay Thai for over 3 years, although my "normal" for the past 3 years has been to go to the gym almost every day, although I have gotten used to running regularly for those past 3 years... after just 60 odd days of NOT training, not training has become "normal" to me. The thought of going to the gym has been feeling like work, like it's hard, like I'd rather not go. After complaining of NOT being able to train for 2 months, now that I can train, I am finding it hard to train, i.e. "not normal" to me.

Here's my question.
Why is it that eating a cheeseburger seems more appealing than eating a hearty salad? Why is that sitting on the couch makes more sense than going for a run? Why is it that the idea of hanging out with your friends on the weekend makes more sense than staying home and studying for an upcoming exam? Why is it that the "fun" thing most often doesn't equate to the "good for you" thing? Shouldn't Good-For-You feel natural? Shouldn't it feel normal? Well wouldn't that be hunky dory? :)

Here's the reality.
No pain no gain. Blood, sweat and tears give results. Period. Show me one olympian who doesn't train. One CEO who hasn't worked long nights to get to his or her position. One doctor, lawyer, PhD grad who hasn't missed a few parties to hang out in the library with his or her books. It's not about the path to success, it's about accomplishing your goal. Do what it takes to get there. Keep your goal in mind and the path won't feel so bad.

Here's the secret.
Salad, vegetables, fruits and natural foods actually taste so much better than oily, fatty, salty and sugary crap. Taste buds just need to get "reset" to appreaciate how good real food tastes. Running feels great, sweating is the best cure to a bad day. The body just needs to get used to be in motion. You need to run past that first mile, jump rope past the first five minutes. You know that feeling when you first start exercising, very early you get to a point where you think "I don't think I can do this anymore". Exercise past THAT point, keep going for a little bit more. Then, it's not so bad after all, you realize you can do it, you start to sweat and then it's alright, it feels good. When you don't feel like studying cause you don't get it. Study and you'll get it and then... it ain't that bad after all to have studied in the first place. Don't have to worry about taking that stupid test again cause you passed it. Winning!

Healthy mind in a healthy body. Be your best self. Set goals for yourself, make them happen and rejoice in the beauty that is your life. Spread the love with all who cross your path. :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

It's time

It's most definitely that time. I feel it. I gotta do it. Absolutely have to do it.
Look what my scale told me last night:



Yikes. The couch potato life is over chica. For real, for real.
It is time for me to start running again, training again, not eating those delicious Brookeside chocolate covered acai berries anymore... yuuuuummmmmmmmmmm! NO MORE I say :)

Run. Sweat. Train. Be in close proximity to fight weight (135lbs). Feel good. Look great. Be happy. Yes please!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Note to Self

Not doing any type of physical activity for 2 whole months and then working out for 3 days in a row to get back in shape as quickly as possible WILL make your body angry with you...
and by angry I mean making you feel soar, tight, stiff, that moving is a problem and even sitting is a problem lol
All part of the process. First comes pain and then ultimate relief, like a deep tissue massage. Yes, JUST like a deep tissue massage which I am so in need of for my old dysfunctional body!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Death to the hiatus!

Aaaaahhhhhh... My dear Wat how I've missed you!
So the work related stuff I had to focus on is now behind me since Saturday. It's about time yo! I haven't worked out since April, EARLY April. That's 2 months of not training, not running, not sparring, not fighting, not feeling the adrenaline pumping some life into me.
That's two months of me basically going home every single day after work. I wasn't exactly being a couch potato, I was taking care of stuff. But I still put a noticeable dent onto my couch. And I definitely got used to being home every night. And used to eating cookies and those yummy Brookside chocolate covered acai berries from Costo. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm they're addictive deliciousness.


Now I'm not suggesting you get addicted to these but they are an amazing "once in a while" treat. "ONCE IN A WHILE"!!

Point being. I got used to being not in shape. And I was ok with it. It became normal.
So today when I finished work, on the late side, and was ready to head to the gym I thought "Do I really wanna go?" And can I confess? I was actually a little anxious about it. Like, "I don't even know if I can make it THROUGH the hour and a half class at this point." Yup. I tried to talk myself out of going. Crazy right? Why do our minds work like that??
Anyhoo, I got my butt to the gym and I feel GREAT. of course. Plus Phil took pity on me and was light on the conditioning, which was much appreciated lol
It felt wonderful to sweat, to not obsess over work, to be around friends, to do Muay Thai again!!!