This is what I used to do every 12 weeks. It was borderline obsessive. Did it get me anywhere? Sometimes... but I hated every minute of it.
I hated how difficult it felt. How complex everything was. But I didn’t know any better, I’d done this since I was 18. I had spent a life time searching for the right form on training.
I was forever hopping from one method to another, do this, train that, drink this, eat that. The only thing that I ever achieved was disinterest, plateau and a feeling of un-achievement.
In September 2014, I managed to finally break myself and herniate a disk in my spine. Poor deadlift & squat form were to blame. My L5 / S1 decided he’d had enough and quit on me.
Gym time was over and I was out of action for a good year, desperately trying to work out how I could alleviate the pain of everyday life.
It was time to stop. Stop it all & re-evaluate everything I was trying to achieve.
I am a husband & a father, I work 12 hour days & training 5 times a week on my own wasn’t healthy for my mind or my body.
I now train 4 hours a week max. I’m in fantastic shape, I eat well, train hard and I am happy.
The goals have been simplified & everything has become more achievable.
Unfortunately we are forever being sold a dream that is unattainable overnight (if at all) and as ambitious people, we are more than happy to fall for the same trick over & over again.
Once I realised that I needed to listen to myself more than adverts on the internet, I was able to set simple, realistic goals and stay motivated.
Time doesn’t wait for anything or anyone and it forces us to want everything now, but when it comes to the body & the mind... be efficient & take your time.
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The highs and lows of weight gain are literally day to day.
If you were to weigh yourself every day, you’d see what I mean. Your body can fluctuate by over 2kgs up or down in a 24 hour period.
Things like hydration, water in the body, food in the body still working it’s way through… Everything works at its own pace and everyone is different. One person may process certain foods differently to others. Some peoples bodies, are more efficient with how they utilise their intake.
Hydration is huge. Your body needs it’s water. Everything works better when the body is fully hydrated. To your mood to digestion, all the way through to your blood flow. The better hydrated you are, the happier everything is inside of you.
The easiest way to make sure your hydrated is to check the colour of your wee. You’re looking for a clear a colour as possible. Anything darker than a pale yellow and your already moving towards dehydration in the body.
As a marker you should be consuming around 1 litre of water for every 1000 kcals you consume. Personally, I’d recommend even more. Top up the cold clear stuff with herbal teas and your easily there.
If there is one thing you do today that will improve you, drink more water.