For Lack of a Better Word

I've ever been fond of the phrase "No Excuses". I know many use that motivational term to inspire people to get off their butts,  exercise or get active. Personally, it's a little condescending to just tell that to someone when they don't even understand their situation. Their "excuses" or reasons may be valid to them but to someone else it's just another reason to be lazy

If someone tells me get fit, get healthy and "stop making excuses", it doesn't motivate me in any way. In fact, it only makes me feel like this person doesn't even understand what I go through each day. Do you think I like being unhealthy? If I could do it, I would but at this point in my life, I can't because of my personal circumstances. I'm sure there are people "making excuses" not to go to the gym, however there are many of us out there who lead a busy life. Those of us working multiple jobs, multiple kids, multiple bills, and multiple EVERYTHING. How can you just sum up their life situation and tell them "stop making excuses"?

Instead of force feeding people to get their act together and get healthier, we can be a little more understanding. I know a thing or two about being busy and yet I find a way to get myself in the gym and try to eat as healthy as possible. I don't drag anybody with me but I'd rather show them my progress in how I physically look via my weight loss. Forcing someone to change their life around by telling them they are just "making excuses" doesn't make them feel any better bout themselves. I'd rather empower them and help them in their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Show them, don't tell them. 

Fitness Update: Week 5

This past Friday was the completion of the fifth week and the end of powerlifting program. I am very pleased with my numbers. I am especially impressed with how far I have come with a particular lift, the deadlift. The last time I was deadlifting was back in high school, just under twenty years ago. Judging by what I did yesterday, I'm very close to achieving my first goal of getting back to that youthful strength I once had. I'm pretty sure in my next training cycle, I might achieve this goal or even surpass it!

Unfortunately, the scale still does not agree with me. I know for a fact that I can be doing better with my diet, but I'm also certain some of the weight gain is due to an increase in muscle. Either way, everything is still on a positive outcome and I can't really ask for more then that. 

February 2015 Progress Report

I have finally completed my first month in my shift to a healthy lifestyle. I started eating healthier meals, less portions and sticking to my Youngevity Healthy Body Start Pack. I also started going back to the gym doing weight training. Since the beginning of 2015, I have lost about 10 lbs and gained a significant amount of strength. All my clothes have started to feel a lot more loose and some friends and family have also noticed. 

This is a progress shot. You might be able to see some minor difference. One important question you might ask ... How did I get so tan in the middle of winter? My answer global warming. SoCal has been receiving all the hot weather while the rest of the nation freezes in mounds of snow they are getting. That also means I have yet to go snow boarding this season ):

This is a progress shot. You might be able to see some minor difference. One important question you might ask ... How did I get so tan in the middle of winter? My answer global warming. SoCal has been receiving all the hot weather while the rest of the nation freezes in mounds of snow they are getting. That also means I have yet to go snow boarding this season ):

I have made better decisions about the types of foods I choose to eat. I find that eating a home cooked meal is always the healthiest choice but sometimes that's not always possible. This month alone I had a wedding to go to, a baby shower to attend and sometimes I just want to treat myself because I had a hard day's work. Like many of you, I do "fall off the horse" and eat something I shouldn't be eating. Nobody's perfect and in reality, you should be able to eat anything you want. Just be sure to get back on that road to a healthy lifestyle as soon as you are able.

In the beginning of the month I was NOT able to button this shirt as seen on the left image. Today, the shirt is still snug as noted by the stressed buttons on the right image, but at least I can button it up. I last wore this shirt in 2007 when I was a lot more active and skinnier. I kept this shirt along with a few others  as a reminder/inspiration that I will once again fit into this shirt. 

In the beginning of the month I was NOT able to button this shirt as seen on the left image. Today, the shirt is still snug as noted by the stressed buttons on the right image, but at least I can button it up. I last wore this shirt in 2007 when I was a lot more active and skinnier. I kept this shirt along with a few others  as a reminder/inspiration that I will once again fit into this shirt. 

I apologize that the next topic I will have to "bro-out" on some of you guys reading this. 

I have been following a few people in the Youtube fitness community for a while now. Towards the end of last month I started to go back to the gym to exercise but without a  real routine or structure. All I know is I wanted to be active and lift some weight. It wasn't until a few weeks ago I  found a free strength training program by a Youtuber named Jonnie Candito  (www.canditotraininghq.com/free-strength-programs). He developed a spreadsheet that you can track your progress,  give you options on workout routines and even track how much weight you should be lifting in ratio to your max effort. As expected, I was pretty weak upon starting the program. However, am confident that I will soon grain the strength back that I once had and hopefully more. With only two weeks into the program I have already seen some great results in my strength. Some of the other fitness Youtubers I follow are Bart Kwan and Omar Isof and for you ladies interested in weight training, you can check out Geovanna (Geo) Antoinette. These guys gave me the motivation I needed to get back into weight training. 

This is the same shirt I am wearing in the main blog page header image. You might not be able to tell directly from the image, but this shirt is quite lose on me now compared to the photo taken in the main blog page almost a year ago.

This is the same shirt I am wearing in the main blog page header image. You might not be able to tell directly from the image, but this shirt is quite lose on me now compared to the photo taken in the main blog page almost a year ago.

I feel that this is the most motivated I have ever been to lose weight in my life. I owe it to my wife as she too is helping reach this goal with her positive attitude and healthy home made cooking. I hope to continue my progress in the coming months and reach my first short term goal by the end of April 2015.