Archive for October, 2012
Hey guys. Maybe the Headlines in my Post seems a little bit on the condescending side ? Frankly, I know it is, but sometimes people need a good swift kick in the underside to give them a dose of reality and get them moving forward on the right track.
If you think it is just too harsh for your taste….then in all due respect you may consider going to another boring, fluff filled weight loss blog selling weight loss pills. Pardon the French, but you will not find that sh!t here . Never
Anyway, I will make this short and to the point today ! Well, maybe not short !
Now onwards shall we….
To lose weight and get fit and healthy is simple. It ain’t rocket science. On the same token shedding the pounds can be difficult. Believe me just because something is simple doesn’t mean it is easy.
Especially those last few pounds that you are striving to burn off. I can attest to this because it has been tough in the past to do it myself.
So how do you get on the right track to losing weight and getting fit ?
1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP – I cannot stress how important this is ! Most people overlook this variable in the weight losing equation. Personally, I go for a minimum of 6 quality hours a night. I try to hit 7 to 8 hours but it only happens about 50% of the time. So a quality 6 hours a night does it with me. And this also includes a few minutes of power naps during the day. One of the main benefits of Sleeping well is that many Hormones like HGH are optimally produced during this time. HGH also known as Human Growth Hormone does many wonders to your body. One of the main ones is increasing your metabolic rate of your body and producing lean muscle….which all adds up to a lean mean body fat removing machine.
2. STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR – You betcha I am going to let my two girls literally drown their precious bodies with snicker and twix bars for Halloween tomorrow, but dammit you should not do it. Their Metabolisms are operating at a much faster rate than a grown up. So your youngins will have that crap burned off faster than a fly over a bonfire within a few days of consumption . BOTTOM LINE…. Fat does not make you fat sugar makes you fat. It wreaks havoc on your Hormones especially Insulin. And any spike upwards or downwards in Insulin will result in an increased glucose level in your Blood and a increased or expansion of your Fat cells. So any food you get take a look at the back and make sure the sugar grams are under 10 !
3. CONTROL THE STRESS – We all have it. If you have kids, a job, or care for sick parents or pretty much dealing with life in general….. there is no getting around having stressful events. Notice how I use the word stressful events. There is a big difference between having stress and having stressful events. The latter entails that you will have something that could be deemed stressful but it is how you deal with it that counts. For me I use a lot of medication, I mean meditation lol ! Whether it be praying to an actual God or just closing your eyes and using deep breathing techniques to deal with those stressful events in your Life and rid the actual stress from your body and mind. I use a combination of both. And I find a quiet corner with no outside noise or distraction. I try to do this at least 5 minutes everyday. It will help if you practice it on an ongoing basis !
Remember stress is conducive to binge eating and impulsive consumption of crappy foods.
And it really screws around with your hormones especially one called Cortisol. Cortisol helps regulate sugar, movement of carbs, proteins ,and fats in and out of cells. When you get really stressed out over a long period of time your body will be bathed in Cortisol. This in turn spikes insulin levels which leads to nasty things like Obesity and Diabetes. Foods like casein- rich cottage cheese, fruits especially berries, whole grains, and mushrooms will help combat this spike in Cortisol.
But to avoid any of this just work on some of the techniques above to keep stressful events from becoming stressful on your body !
So in meantime, when I go around the hood with my daughters tomorrow , I will be smiling from ear to ear as they are dressed in their Sponge Bob and Police Woman Costumes eating their reese cups and I am drinking my Smart Water to my heart’s content! A perfect atmosphere for a great Halloween
Have a safe and good one guys,
Okay guys. You see this title of the post and you are scratching your head. You say what is Rob talking about and has he gone mad? I know it does sound a little bit out there !
But just hold on for a second and hear me out on this.
We always talk about ways to get fit and slimmer on this Blog. I talk about ways that have and continue to do the trick for myself on a weekly and monthly level as well present general and specific info. that can help guide you on your weight loss journey.
One of the ways we probably need to talk about more is really the most important aspect of losing weight. And that is what happens between your ears; the mindset you carry when going on this long journey of better health.
One of the things I always stress is how Meditation along with Spirituality can really help transform your body. Seeing the body you want by visualizing it in Meditation will help you get there is a real and sometimes subconscious way.
What I am trying to get at is this…….. Spirituality and Meditation leads to a certain amount of divinity which in turn equates to a certain amount of Godliness.
If you are an Atheist the Godly part of this , Spirituality and Divinity, is left out of the equation.
Personally, I believe that there is a higher Being than myself and it motivates me to be the best I can be knowing that especially in my Health. The fact that this Higher Being is partly making it all happen is very,very important to me. And I know it is to many others too.
Look I am not trying to be preachy here (well maybe sort of ) but just consider (even a little bit) that there is a Godly figure that we cannot see or hear .
I am not advocating a particular religious faith ,but to think that everything you do is the result of you and you only is naive and in my opinion misinformed !
Conversely, I know people who are Atheist and Agnostic who are very successful in Life including the area of health and fitness.
But, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that my Spirituality has played a huge part in my Lifestyle, and the way I live it including staying healthy and fit !!
Enough of my Rant!
I hope you guys are having a good weekend. Am I ?? Well, its been pretty good. Right now the kids are being put the sleep for the regularly afternoon nap. So I got a chance to get here and post a quick Thread.
Last night we had a real cool family event. Well, if you want to call going to Walmart ( actually Sams) and eating some fresh cheesy pepperoni pizza with light lemonade a great time well then you are as boring as we are.
No, actually it was fun to be with my Wifey and the two small young ones gorging down some really excellent pizza at our heart’s content. Yes, and I am not embarrassed to say that Sams has some really good pizza. A little greasy but the cheese is really, really good.
Other than that, I felt like I had a good week workout wise as I met every workout that I had planned to do. Monday, hard cardio at 4.3 miles running under 8 minutes a mile.
Tuesday, my crunch/pushup day with some dumbbell power circuit workout added in. Total rest on Wednesday except for light Abs.
Thursday, hard cardio exactly like Monday.
Friday, hit a good quality dumb bell workout with crunches and push ups !! Again it was high intense circuit training. For those who do not know what power circuit training it is basically doing resistance training at a very high pace with little rest between sets. You get the benefits of Cardio and weightlifting at the same time!
I was happy and I remain at 180lbs, a solid 180 lbs mind you, with a 5’11 structure.
My wife starts getting back into the swing of her workout regimen starting Monday. I am proud of her “stick to inveness “. I know she is getting excited to resume her exercising.
Tonight, well we plan to do some grocery shopping ,and I have one more cheat meal for the weekend so I might use it up before shopping.
So my point with this seemingly meaningless thread ? To let you a know a little bit about what is going on in my Life and to more importantly show you the benefits and the importance of rewarding yourself with TWO cheat meals a week if you have stuck by your weekly goals.
Come on folks, you can have fun while losing weight and keeping fit at the save time . Try it you will like it !