Muscle memory

The great news is that whatever shape you have been in before,you can get back to your best levels once again. All that hard work in the past won’t go amiss, and if you apply yourself, using tried and tested techniques, you’re going to get there again and this time you won’t feel like leaving it go. You will be better mentally prepared, and you’re going to expect roadblocks along the way too, i can assure you there will be. You will get around them and through them if you stay consistent and 80% of the time, are in good form and you have a very good structure in your training, eating and sleeping, that’s all it takes.

Expect negative comments and use them to fuel your anger when it comes to having great workouts and proving everyone wrong. Learning to use negatives as a positive force can be very valuable, instead of letting them crush you in the past. If someone has a go at me now, it only adds to my motivation and i usually thank those for doing it. It’s a great state of mind to be in and you can get there too, very soon if you adopt some simple principles.

Just had my last workout before christmas and feel great, have a great christmas!


Getting the message (if a little extreme)!

There is the old story about the famous preacher who joined one of america’s most select community’s, and how his unconventional ways converted a church full of people, who always turned up to church but never listened.

The first day the preacher showed up, he gave a rousing one hour lecture, and for the first time in that church’s history, got a standing ovation. The elder’s were thrilled and confirmed that they had made the right choice in their new preacher.

The second Sunday came and the preacher made exactly the same speech, more or less word for word for one hour again, and still got applause, although many had questioned its content, as it was the same as the week before.

The third week came, and the same thing happened, word for word and exactly for 60 minutes, the same message was broadcast and this time the elders were questioning the preacher’s one message theme, was this a joke or did he just one speech or was he just forgetful and forgot to change the lecture?

The next week comes and guess what? The same speech again, and this time as unrest starts amongst the congregation, the elders pull him to one side and ask him what the heck is going on? He then goes back out to the congregation and tells them, and the elders, that as long as the community acts the way it is, he will keep giving the same message until they actually “get it”, and apply his all encompassing message into their lives, and take the double standards out of their lives, no point showing up for church if they were committing sins all week long! We all know of such places don’t we? His methods may have been extreme, but hopefully you get the point!

Anyway, the point is that if you keep getting the message of doing 2-3 resistance workouts per week, 2-3 cardiovascular workouts per week, eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg, lean proteins, good carbs, sleep well, drink enough water and do things in moderation, you are bound to do well short and long term. How many of you know what to do, but never get around to doing it, actions speak louder than words so let’s forget all the excuses and compromises, let’s do it!


The magnetism of empty calories

Let’s be honest, we are all tempted over christmas, and all of us will have something we fancy, and sugary and fatty. How much of it will dictate how we feel, how hard it will be  in the new year to get it off, and how long it will take to get our taste buds back to normal again.

Cyril made an interesting post but one thing came shing through from all of what he said and we should learn from him. It was why he was making bad choices again. He was struggling because he wasn’t taking action on his bad food choices, he was talking about it but wasn’t doing anything about it despite trying hard.  Cyril will get back on track straight away but the great positive is that he knows where he is going wrong. How many of us know where we are going wrong in life? Most of us follow blind alleys at times, and don’t know where going wrong until obviously the result is not what we want, then we clearly must change to achieve a result we have been searching for.

The empty calories we have all around us, the mince pies, the beer, the wine, the cakes, the party food, the sugar coated anything, the pastries etc etc, they are all there to be eaten and they act as magnets in our times of weakness. Then one bad day leads to another and before we know it, the weight has piled on, we feel like garbage and we have the energy of a sloth, and a tight chest for some reason and the thought of exercising again sounds better “next week”!

My advice over christmas would be try to do something most days, even a nice walk would be fantastic, just to keep those lungs in shape. Some of you will do more, and well done on that, you will feel better and start 2010 with a bang! The magnetism of those empty calories can be very strong, so start as you mean to go on, keep eating plenty of the lowest fat meat out there in turkey, eat lots of veggies, have something of what you fancy as its christmas after all, and make a genuine promise to yourself that you’re not going to pile all of that weight on this year again, because it could easily be march before you get it off! Most diets end on valentine’s day and if you do your indulgence in moderation, you won’t need any faddy diet that’s doomed for failure again.

We have plenty of eating and traing stuff coming up so let’s really understand why this year is going to be different for you all, and you’re far more in control of it than you think!


PS Nigella lawson on now!

Talking about sugar intake or excessive sugar intake, try tuning into negella lawson, more sugar than i have seen on ANY tv programme in history, instant heart attacks wating to happen! Doesn’t she and her husband then go on a ridiculous egg only diet?!!! Enough said and i wouldn’t fancy being around them while they are on that diet!!

Eating on holidays

Just got back in the snow having travelled over 6 hours from somerset, never seem to get the weather forecast bang on do they? Impossible i suppose, and a shame to see so many crashed and broken cars on the motorway today.

The weekend brought the usual challenges of eating well on holiday, and fortunately it wasn’t that hard as the portions were well controlled and most of us don’t really want to make pigs out of ourselves when we eat in front of others! Some of us have done the old thing in the past of eating smaller portions in front of a crowd, but more than made up for it when behind closed doors again!

The added sugar in foods which i touched upon in friday’s post was a little more scary than i thought! When i looked in the in house supermarket, it was quite scary how many foods went over the 40g added sugar limit in just one serving. If you have started having a look at some of the foods yourself with excess refined sugar, then you’re in for a big surprise!!

The excellent news i have too is that a leading expert on this matter is going to be providing me with some breaking data on this subject which i will post as soon as i get it. It’s always great to be keeping up with the latest science on foods and i want to share it with you as soon as possible.

Congratulations to all of you who have been keeping your workouts up, even in the snow and ice, as well as those contemplating a big start in the new year, you’re all most welcome to join in and share your thoughts.

Congrats too on rage against the machine getting to number one!

See you tomorrow and totally on health!!