Hey guys, I hope the training is going well.
Just wanted to share some thoughts on my advancements (mostly mental). The basic roots were a few sentences planted by Jon by way of Doug..took me a year or so but I got it.
(Newbies this can be helpful to you.)
"Fitness is a lifestyle not a destination."
I have heard it and similair things said here before when weekend warriors like myself would beg to the forum gurus for advice whether it be to lose fat, get ripped, gain muscle, or learn sport specific lifts and exercises.
Usually the flock comes before summer when everyone is looking to enhance thier apperance or before a tournament. I never understood what the gurus here were getting at. I wanted to know what fat burner is the BEST!.. or how many grams of protien I should be eating? and what brand delivers the most blah blah
I have been guilty on all charges. I would train rediculously hard for 2 months, face adversity (injuries or lack of motovation), quit and fall out of shape only to create another thread about fat burners 4 months later. This cycle can literally go on for the rest of your life and does for many.
I have tried many diets and many workout regiments only to get bored or feel burdened by them and quit. Well I have recently over the past 8 or 9 months had an enlightement about training.
I no longer view working out and eating healty as something I have to do.. it's apart of my life like taking a shower in the morning, why? because I am an athlete and that is what we do. I don't stress myself out about what I can eat or the weight I need to lose or the muscle I want to gain or the amount of minutes I would like to be able to wrestle, or if it's chest and bicep day lol.
It's simply about fun now.. I do what the hell I want, when I want to do it. I don't keep myself on some tedious schedule that I dread. I do not lift weights 3-4X's a week (I barely lift at all) or consume dry chicken breast 7 days a week (okay maybe 3-4). The point is I have made working out really fun again.. it's something that for once I don't feel I have to do I just want to.
And my motives for working out are not to "look better" or "win a tournament"..my motives are about having fun. If I feel like training jiu jitsu, I do it, if I feel like bagwork, I do it, If I feel like doing BW exercises, I do it and so on. I do whatever the hell I want and this has seriously impacted my results for the better. If a pizza rolls around here and there I will eat it but I get right back on my routine of eating balanced without a worry about how I should "not have ate that".
Or If I need a couple days off I don't stress out about how I need to get back to working out. I just take a couple days and start working out again.
Adopting this mentality has allowed me to probably be in the best shape of my life right now, pretty much without even trying it seems. I went from about 190lbs give or take a few to about 160lbs where I have been for quite sometime. Sure you might be able to find an average dude out on the street who doesn't workout and he may be a better athlete than me.. but I bet you I have more fun.
This is something that many have known but took me a long time to understand.