Hello Summer

I’m so glad that summer is finally here. Where I live it seems to have been raining constantly for weeks and even when it was calling for sun, it still seemed to rain.

With the lovely weather that we have gotten this week, I took advantage of it and went for my first 5km outside run of the year. It felt amazing to feel the terrain moving past me instead of just staring at the same spot on the wall while running on the treadmill. I also went for a nice 20km bike ride yesterday with my dad. It was a really great way to end Fathers Day.

I hope everyone is working hard and pushing towards their fitness goals and that you’re using the summer weather as encouragement to work even harder! Don’t forget to have some fun with family and friends though 🙂

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New Fitness Plan

Now that university exams have finished, I decided that I really want to focus on my fitness and get myself to the best that I can be this summer so I’ve done some looking and I’ve found a fitness plan that should set me on the right path to reach my goals.

My goals are pretty simple. I’m not going for size, I’m going for strength and a tone body. I want usable muscle that’s not only going to make me look good and feel good, but is actually going to be useful.

I got my fitness plan from bodybuilding.com which is my go to website for pretty much everything fitness related and I also buy all of my supplements there too.

If you’re interested in checking out the plan I’m using Click Here

I’ll be posting updates throughout my 12 week program and I’ll post final pictures of my results in the end.

Multivitamins

Taking a multivitamin is probably the most important thing you should take whether you’re trying to lose weight, build muscle or just live your life. The body needs certain vitamins and minerals to function properly and if you are deficient in any of them, you’ll often feel tired and unmotivated.

I take Centrum for men but you can take anyone that you like. There are multivitamins that are tweaked for body building and exercise but their price is not worth the difference. Living a healthy life is largely about feeling good and a multivitamin a day is worth it. I use to have no energy and I had a really hard time getting going in the mornings so I started taking a multivitamin and I’ve noticed a lot of difference in how I feel.

If there is one thing that you should take for sure if you’re not going to buy any other vitamin or supplement, take a multivitamin. Just because you feel ok without them doesn’t mean you can’t feel great with them!

Different Kind of Results

I’ve recently gotten to that point where when I step on the scale like I do once a week, I’m not seeing results in weight loss anymore. Even though I know I’m getting results and gaining muscle, it still can be somewhat discouraging when you still see a bit of fat on your body that should be going away and the number on the scale isn’t changing anymore. That doesn’t mean the fat isn’t going away, it just means that I’m building muscle as fast as I’m losing fat. The scale isn’t everything and you should take measurements of areas like your stomach so you have other things to base your weight off of.

I also went to the gym early today because one of my morning classes was canceled. It was a totally different experience because of the different people who are there in the mornings. If I didn’t like sleep so much, I would probably like going to the gym even more in the morning because the people who are there then are just working out and doing their own thing. They’re not obnoxious. They just want to work out and that’s what I liked the most. 

Supplements: BCAA

This supplement is possibly one of the most important ones in my opinion. I currently take this in capsule form but you can also get it in a powder to mix with water.

BCAA helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins and it also helps in tissue formation. BCAA contain the essential amino acids L-Leucine, L-Valine and L-Isoleucine which contribute to building and repairing muscle and body tissues.

This supplement can be taken either before, during or after your workout. I choose to take mine immediately after I finish and I have been getting great results! Remember that this isn’t a magic pill that will make you grow muscle, it just assists you when you put the work in to get the results that you’re looking for.

The sells for around 21.19 Canadian for a 240 capsule  bottle which will last you around a month and roughly the same for the powder. Not the cheapest stuff but well worth it in my opinion!

Supplements: Fat Burners

Once you start getting seriously into fitness and exercising, you start looking for supplements that will help you improve and reach your fitness goals. One of the supplements that I’m taking currently is CLA 1000 from Evlution Nutrition.

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First off this supplement is categorized as a fat burner. That doesn’t mean that it’s magical and will make you lose weight just by taking it. It supports you by acting as a hunger suppressant and supporting your metabolic rate and should be combined with exercise and good eating habits.

CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a natural trans-fat supplement as it occurs naturally in meat and dairy. This does not mean that you should take this long term though. Your body will eventually adapt to the supplement and negate its effects over time. Currently I’m only taking it for a two month period to support me during my training to tone my core and assist me with getting rid of a bit of fat that I have around my stomach.

The cost per bottle is around 13.99 Canadian and a bottle will last you a month because you take one at every meal. Also be aware that fat burners don’t work the same for everyone. They may work really well for some and not at all for others so don’t go out and buy a whole bunch just to find out that it doesn’t do anything for you.

Blog Update

I just wanted to take a moment and welcome everyone who has come to check out my blog and decided that they want to stick around. I really appreciate it and I’m glad you guys are all interested in what I have to say.

A couple of things I want to touch on:

  • I recently bought my domian name as some of you may have noticed so I am for sure sticking around since I’ve invested some money in this now.
  • I’d love to become more engaged with you guys and gals and to have you make suggestions on things you want to hear about. The best way to do that would be on Facebook and Twitter which you can get to by clicking the icons on the right side of the screen.
  • I’d love to eventually do some giveaways and stuff like that so keep an eye on that as my blog grows for more details.

I’m glad you’re all here and I hope you all continue to like what I have to say 🙂