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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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 thatโ€™s what I liked the most.ย 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Create a Workout Plan

Creating a workout plan is very important, especially if you’re just getting into going to the gym. It’s very easy to be inconsistent in your workout routine. Your plan doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it just needs to have written down what you plan on doing that particular day during the week.

So you have a couple options when it comes to this. You either create your own, you find one online that you want to try, or you pay a trainer at a gym to create a plan for you to meet your goals.

If you want to create your own, you should do some research first. Think about what areas of your body that you want to work on and what your overall goal is. Then just simply create a word document or write it down on a piece of paper and then you’re good to go.

If you want to look for one online, do research just like I said above and then find a program that is designed to work on those areas. If it’s possible, read workout reviews to find out if the workout is worthwhile and then just go give it a try.

If you choose the last option, it’s easy but it’s going to cost you money. Just simply do what the trainer tells you to do and you should be good. Just remember consistency is the key to awesome results and you’ll look great in no time!

Setting Goals

Setting goals is a super important way to motivate yourself to get to the gym and work hard. Plan to do something that you couldn’t do before or even a trip somewhere that you want to be in shape and look good for.

I set a couple of goals for myself to really encourage myself to commit to what I was doing. I wanted to get into running and I wanted to stick with it so I planned two things that would give me a really good reason to stick with it. The first one was planning to run my first 5 Km by the end of the summer which I fully intend to do and I think that I could probably do it now once I’ve dealt with my shin splints. The second is I planned a small hiking trip because it’s been something that I’ve always wanted to do.

The way that I encouraged myself to continue with regular weight training is that I plan on joining the military after finishing my degree or get into law enforcement or maybe even both with military first and then law enforcement after. To do this kind of work you need to be physically fit so I use this as my main motivator to hit the gym and make progress.

Unhealthy Habits

No matter how hard we all try to be as healthy as possible, there is usually one or two things that we find hard to resist when the opportunity arises. For me, that’s smoking the occasional cigar. I enjoy spending an evening during the summer, sitting by the fire and enjoying a delicious Cuban cigar and I don’t ever intend to change that.

Having an unhealthy habit isn’t always bad. It can encourage us to be good the majority of the time so we can treat ourselves on a rare ocasion. Maybe for you it’s having a chocolate bar or a beer with supper some night. We’re human and we’re not perfect. Use your unhealthy habit as motivation to be a better you!