HOW STRUGGLING WITH WEIGHT TAUGHT ME THREE IMPORTANT THINGS

striking a balance between being healthy and being happy. 🙂 That’s my simple formula.

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Back in 2013, I started to lose almost all the weight I gained through college. It was back then when Circuit Training was first introduced to me, desperate as I am, I didn’t hesitate to try it although I knew it was going to be tough. Next thing, I was there at the center of the gym doing the warm up routine and finally went on to the first exercise. To roughly describe, it was 30 seconds of different exercise that would last for 10 minutes for 3 rounds, so that would be a total of 30minutes.  After the workout session, I never felt so exhausted in my whole life but sure it was a hell of fun! Sweat dripping all over, heart pounding and all of the good stuff – endorphins! Definitely, I enjoyed it and even got a coach to help reach my goal that was solely to lose weight.

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After months of training and eating well (cut my carbs, more on veggies plus meat hehe!), people noticed that I started to lose weight – best thing an overweight person can hear from people especially when you start to wear your smaller, older clothes wherein it can fit you again. I was happy with the results and I even joined a kettlebell event (imagine) sadly I came up short but nonetheless I enjoyed it 🙂

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Fast forward, after graduating from college I started working. My first job was at a food company that basically sells lechon, Yes Lechon. At first it didn’t bother me because I knew that I had discipline and it was just nearby the gym where I was working out.

Things begin to change, the transition from being a student to a young professional was quite baffling for me. There’s a sudden change of lifestyle – now I need to wake up earlier to get to work compared to when I was in college that I can wake up at noon. I started to feel exhausted, then I quit the gym because started to feel lazy about exercising after work, I also started to cast my exhaustion from a hard days work to food (always had a heavy dinner). I started to forget about my good eating habits and just went on to what I see relentlessly, plus the job that I had has a lot to do about food, consequently also has a lot to do about eating.

Muffin tops, shrinked shirts and busted buttons. It was just the few things a person can experience to get a low self esteem. I try to get back to working out from time to time but laziness, food and booze just defeats me.

I entered Law School, to finally fulfill my dream of being a lawyer. It was all of what I expected –  Pressure from readings, late nights, and lots of coffee with the occasional drinking sessions (hihi) and that was all on top of a day job.

I was overweight, again.

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My weight sprung back to where it was last 2013, before I started working out.

I was lazy, carefree and powerless

It taught me:

THINGS WILL NOT WORK, UNLESS YOU PUT EFFORT TO IT

As the bible says, “you reap what you sow” this is one of my favorite quotes of all time – Practical and Realistic. We all want something in life but it should not end there, our wants should be accompanied by executions coupled by continuous efforts (sounds like a commitment) and the test of it all is what are we willing to do for what we want? How far can we go for what we want? For me, everything is a matter of choice, good or bad we have to make it but I make sure that I’m aware of what I do and what I eat.

My resolution, I make sure to balance everything — when I pig out  today, I don’t restrict, I have my freedom because I know that I deserve it, and the calories deserve me too,  but I also go on days that I seem like a vegetarian a vegan or to something to that effect, striking a balance between being healthy and being happy. 🙂 That’s my simple formula.

Another effort is working out, I enjoy working out but I don’t go to the gym. How? As my personal choice — to free myself from traffic, and the bills that comes from the gym, I invested on my own equipments (but I prefer to call them my toys). I bought some kettlebells (2 units of 16kg and 1 unit 24kg), suspension straps (TRX or Junglegym etc.), Fitness Ball, Foam Roller and a mat. With these toys, I can do a productive workout session in just a short span of time. I see to it that I stick with the basics i.e. Swings, Squats, Push Ups & Seated Pull Ups, everything else is just gravy. I keep my workouts Simple, Short and Intense. Usually, it’s just for 10 to 40mins, who doesn’t have that much time? I know that sometimes (or most of the time) especially when we go from work, we feel tired and lazy to work out but there’s no other way to get through it but to fight through it. My rule, a short workout is better than no workout at all. Of course, a little help from music, it doesn’t need to be gym music, I listen to what I like, I can do kettlebell swings with fra lippo lippi’s light and shade playing in the background.

WE ARE NOT EQUALLY BLESSED

We all have that one friend who normally eats like The Rock on his cheat day but still wears small sized shirts. Yes, we all have that friend, unfair? No, My mindset is that I shouldn’t fret for I believe that god has given us what we need and leaves what we want for us to work on. There are other things that we should happy about and appreciate, a matter of positive thinking helps. There are worse things in the world than a weight problem, some do not even know when their next meal will be. Always be positive even if things don’t seem to matter because someday it will. Your workouts count, trust me.

IT IS NOT ALWAYS THE END OF THE ROAD

This is a matter of perception, when I fail, I always think “It is not the end of the road”. When I succeed, may mind also say “It is not the end of the road”. Simply put, after a failure, start anew, learn from it, after success, continue, start a greater goal and keep that fire burning, momentum’s on my side.

The day to day struggle, we cannot avoid. At this point, I can say that I’m close to reaching my goal but it shouldn’t stop me because if I did, I might find myself uncomfortable with my clothes, again. Here are few things that I always keep in mind to keep me going:  I workout not because I want to have rock hard abs (but it would be better) or a sleeve busting arms.

I workout to release stress

I workout to be strong enough to handle my day to day tasks

I workout to feel good about myself

I workout because my body needs it

I workout for the endorphins

I workout to enjoy what life has to offer

Because of the interest in what I do, I became more curious about it and the more I become curious the more I strive to learn. They say that learning is a continuous process, I agree. I keep myself abreast with the latest information and techniques in the field of fitness, I make sure that I observe the correct techniques and more importantly execute the exercises in the correct form otherwise it may cause injury. A matter of responsibility and it’s always a good thing to learn new things especially when you’re the kind of person who gets easily bored. Some pages  that I get information are from: Ido Portal, Pat Flynn, Sokol Strong, Lean in 15 and T Nation. These pages, as I have mentioned above also follow a Simple, Short & Intense workout. You don’t have to live in the gym, go out and enjoy life.

As a working student, I have a lot of things to juggle, I have a lot of things in my head. I can even give it as an excuse for having zero exercise but I choose not to, simply for this reason — Just imagine  a car without having its maintenance from time to time. Sure it may still work but at to some extent, problems may arise and some parts may begin to wear out and eventually may need an overhaul. Personally, I apply the same thing, my workouts serve as the maintenance for my body to keep me in good running condition and food serves as fuel. We all have our dreams and aspirations in life, our careers, our studies it sometimes wears and stresses us out (or most of the time). That being said, I find being physically active a way of coping up with stress by sweating out all of the negative vibes and replacing it with good hormones after each workout.

PS. I wrote this just in case my pounds go after me again.

 

-jols