Archive for September, 2013

Your Goal, Your Rules.

Posted: September 23, 2013 in diet, fitness, health
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Over the last few days I’ve had some interesting run-ins with various articles and, in most hypocritical fashion, I think they’re full of it.

I’m only mentioning this because there’s a chance that if you read my blog you also read other fitness related things on the interwebz and if you read what I did, well, things got uncomfortable.

These particular sources of frustration pointed at two of the most glaring problems that people attempting to be healthy run into, at least in my eyes.  The worst part is that, once again, they come from the fitness community itself.

1) Telling you that your way, in regards to how you eat, is wrong because they feel their way is better.

2) You’re goals are unrealistic (because I can’t reach them so you shouldn’t either.)

The first is the easiest to address seeing as I’ve already touched on it in an earlier post.  Moral of the story: just make good choices.  There’s plenty of information out there on how to eat healthy. If you feel good about how you’re eating don’t let someone else knock you down because they do it differently.

The second point, however, is where the real source of my frustration lies.

Your goals are your goals.  If your goal is to be absolutely shredded, jacked, and have a six-pack then DO IT.  If your goal is to drop a few pounds and just be a little healthier then DO IT.  If your goal is to run a marathon then DO IT.  If your goal is to eat a box of Krispy Kreme’s then DO IT… but maybe only once.


There’s a pattern here.

Whatever your goal is, you need to figure out how to reach it.  For the person (aka me) who wants the first goal I listed up there, they are going to have to make much different choices than the person who wants to drop a couple of pounds and keep it off.  The same goes for the person with the goal of running a marathon.  When you set an actual goal, not just a theoretical “wouldn’t it be cool if” thing, but a real life “I’m gonna do this” thing; when you do that, you have already started the process of figuring out what you need to do to get there.

Generally, what “you need to do” involves making a whole bunch of smaller goals that work toward your overarching goal.  Take me for instance; yep, I sure do want a six-pack.  However, I am realistic enough to know that I’m not going to get it overnight or even in the immediate future.  What I do know, though, is that to get there from here I need to work my ass off and eat right.  So I AM.  I make lifestyle choices that get me closer to my goal every day.  I have milestones that let me know that I am, in fact, making progress toward my bigger goal.

Besides, I’m lazy at heart and since this goal is fairly long-term I won’t have to come up with a new one anytime soon.

The problem is when someone questions your goal.

“Is that realistic?  Like, do you actually think you can do it?”

The next time I hear that, somebody is getting judo chopped and I don’t even know what that actually is.


 Really, though.  I will.

There is a more civilized answer, though, and it is a resounding, “YES”.  So: set your goal. achieve your goal, tell everyone else to screw off.



This weekend I ate terribly.

By terribly, I really mean awesome.  I regret nothing.

The best part; I don’t feel like I should regret anything.  You know that feeling where you think that you should feel guilty about something but don’t and then start wondering if you’re a sociopath?

Just me? Again?

Cue the Law and Order music.

Really though, I did have a great “cheat weekend”.  I went out into the city one night with friends and had a great time and followed that by driving out to the country and camping with other friends.  All of which involved alcohol, meat, and carbohydrates in various other forms.  I didn’t flinch or have a Gollum like reaction at all, it was great!




Now, I wasn’t really expecting to beat myself up over it because I’m just not that guy.  But what I really wasn’t expecting was the feeling of refocus I returned with.  Maybe it was the time spent with good friends, the West Virginian mountain air, or even the moonshine; I don’t know, but I feel good.

                                           Note: Probably from the moonshine.

It all depends on your goals, but I truly believe taking the time to live is just as important as making the effort to eat right and exercise the rest of the time.  I hadn’t allowed myself to do that since vacation earlier in the summer and I enjoyed not worrying about my macro intake or what was really in that mason jar I was drinking out of.

Everyone seems to stress the importance of rest days when it comes to work out routines, but what about mental rest days?  We all get inundated with stories of people who seemingly burn out from their health kick and end up yo-yo dieting back to where they started at.  I firmly believe that giving myself these mental/nutritional breaks has allowed me to make more consistent progress that is going to last far into the future.

That all being said, I think you need to know and understand exactly what it is you’re doing so you know your limits.  For me, it was, “This weekend, I’m gonna have great time from Friday-Sunday afternoon and then I’m back on the wagon Sunday night at work.”

Then, that’s exactly what I did.  When I pulled back into my house after getting back from West Virginia, the first thing I did was fire up the grill and start cooking chicken for my work week.  It didn’t bother me to do this.  I didn’t have any feelings of self deprivation.  I didn’t crave what I had just spent the weekend eating at all.  Mentally, I came back stronger and ready to buckle down and keep the fitness train moving.

And also I chugged water like a champ.  I’m still not sure what was in that jar.

Live a little.