Motivation To Be Fit

Over the years post high school, I go back and forth on my weight. I will get to a point we’re I am just no happy nor comfortable with the shape of my figure. I also start to lose the weight, but once I get to a certain point, I stop and start to eventually gain it all back. 

We have all been there…

Starting a workout routine is like starting a new job some place. You are excited to start this new eventure and see where it takes you. You are nervous because you are unsure if you’ll like it, but you need this in your life. Once you are there for a few months, you are shocked by how much time has passed and how good you’ve become. 

My problem is, once I get to a certain point, I get bored. I know my figure will never look like it did back in my track and field days. I was fit. I felt great about myself. When looking in the mirror, after several months of working out, I just don’t see the results fast enough. Or, I simply become bored and find other things that peak my interest more. 

Motivation…

This is what is needed to keep yourself involved. This is what you need to keep yourself moving towards your end goal. Unfortunately, I tend to start to loose this motivation. 

Need Some Motivation…

What keeps you motivated?

What routines have worked for you?

What have you done to change your life to get yourself into a healthy lifestyle?

Struggling…

I need some motivation, now more than ever, to get myself back on a healthy routine. I work from home and have many workout programs in my DVD collection. I just, for the life of me, can not figure out how to jump start this routine. 

Any suggestions and/or advise would be greatful. 

Please comment and let me know what keeps you motivated and what you have found works best for you. 

~robert1ee

Healthy Lifestyle…

Ahhh… Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just toss ourselves into a dryer for 40 minutes and come out 3 times smaller and wrinkle free??? Of course it would! But see what I did there… I got a vision in your mind that is too good to be true.
Life is tough. Life is hard. Life is challenging. In this age where dreams are coming true with technology… The fact remains… We don’t have the Fountain of Youth yet. We must take care of our bodies. We must treat our bodies like it is fragile. (WARNING: HANDLE WITH CARE) 

I tend to go up and down in weight. In the winter, I can gain up to 40 lbs!!! (YIKES!!!) When March comes around, I start hard at exercise again. It is a cycle. A cycle that isn’t healthy and a cycle that must end. 

I now weigh 202 lbs! I started at 230 lbs in March. 28 lbs lost since. Again, my goal weight is to be at 190 lbs or below. The EASIER part is getting there. The HARD part is relapsing. 

Take a smoker for instance. Many have quit smoking a dozen times, but fail to stop the temptation of picking up just one cigarette again. A healthy lifestyle is very similar. Remember what you did to gain the weight. Write it down. Do it. This will start to be your personal Commandments of Unhealthy Sin. 

Take a picture of yourself at your worst. Staple it to your list you just wrote. Use this as a WHAT NOT TO DO when you get tempted. 

One thing I have also done is have a cheat day. One day a week, eat whatever you like. This will keep you sane. This will let you have that donut for breakfast, fast-food for lunch, or pizza for dinner. (YOU KNOW, ALL THE GOOD STUFF) 

Having a healthy lifestyle and living it is essential to losing the weight and losing it for good. 

-robert1ee

Days And Nights… Nights And Days…

With my two jobs I have, I have challenges with positive sleeping habits. I work three days from 6AM to 6PM, then I change it up and work three days from 6PM to 6AM. My final shift is short from 5PM to 9PM.  Sleeping is an important part of your health. Trying to joggle it can be challenging. 

My Mondays and my Thursdays are the hardest days of the week. Because of the change of time to work, my body sometimes struggles on these two days.  On top of all of this, since March, I have only had 7 days off. 

Eating healthy has been key to keep my body moving. By all means… Im not perfect. I have an addiction to cookies. ? I try to eat as clean as possible so my body isn’t full of caffeine and sugars. There are those moments that a Redbull just hits the spot. 

So I’m asking my readers a question: When your body is tired… Whats your source of energy that you turn to?

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I have been taking their products just over a month now, and the results have been amazing. The Super HD gives me much needed energy and focus. They also definitely help with appetite control.  I have found myself eating smaller portions and eating more than just three meals a day.  I have also noticed my waist slimming and toning.

The CLK is the amazing sidekick.  CLK really helps with the toning of my over-all body.  I have noticed muscle gain in the legs, arms, chest, and back.  Taking this with regular exercise and weight training, has really help boost my results.

What work for you?  What do you like to take to boost your training?

More to follow…

-robert1ee

Progress…

Wanted to give all my readers an update on my workouts…

I have been hitting the gym, at least, three times a week. I am seeing muscle gain and noticing a slightly slimmer waist. While I am not hitting cardio hard, I am still noticing many changes that is fulfilling my overall goal.

I will need to start up my cardio again if I want to see an increase in weight loss and an increase in cardiovascular health.

I will be posting pictures soon. I want to document this change as much as possible. I encourage you to challenge yourself and push yourself to the limits.

What are you doing to challenge yourself?

More to come…

robert1ee

The Workout…

Below is a workout routine and goal that I want to accomplish by the end of August of 2014. This will be challenging, but I am ready for the challenge.

Body:
Below 20% body fat.
Weight: 190-200
Completed by: August 2014
Muscle Gain… Max that I can achieve, but at least 10lbs of muscle gain.

Workout Plan:

Warmup:
Stretch
Bicycle Time: 10min+ at 130RPMs or higher
Stretch

Arm Day:
Bench with 2-45lbs, 4 Sets with 10 Reps
Bench with 2-25lbs, 4 Sets with 10 Reps (or until burnout)
Arm-Curls; 25 lb dumbbells for 10 Reps
Arm-Curls; 30 lb dumbbells for 10 Reps
Arm-Curls; 35 lb dumbbells for 10 Reps
Triceps-Reverse Curl; 80lbs, 3 Sets for 10 Reps
Lat Machine; max lbs, 3 Sets for 10 Reps.

Leg Day:
Squats with 2-45lbs for 10 Reps
Squats with 2-45lbs, 2-25lbs for 10 Reps
Squats with 4-45lbs
Leg-Extensions; both legs for 3 Sets with 10 Reps
Leg-Curls; both legs for 3 Sets with 10 Reps
Lunges with 50lb bar (or two 25lb dumbbells), 3 Sets with 10 Reps
Calf Press with 80lbs+, 3 Sets with 10 Reps

Abs (Daily):
Standard crunches, reclined; 3 Sets with 10 Reps using Med Ball or Weight
Side to Side crunches, back angled at 45*, slow rotate side to side x 10 total rotations.
Side to Side crunches, back angled at 45*, slow rotate side to side while lifting alternating knees to chest x 10 total rotations.
Ab Machine: Weight: 80 lbs, 3 Sets with 10 Reps
Ab Crunch Machine: 30 lbs, 3 Sets with 10 Reps

Continue reading “The Workout…”

The Challenge…

Many people is this world strive to be fit, healthy, or at least, in-shape.  The problem folks run into is work, life, laziness, and sleep. Work takes up 40 hours of your time awake during the week. The sleeping takes up, at least, six hours of your night routine. Just this alone will give you twelve hours (on average) of the day still left. Plan an hour a day to get ready, and an hour total to commute to and from work, you would still have eight to ten hours left of your day.

What you do during your free time makes you the person you are today!

If you snack and lay around all day, sleep all day, watch movies/TV shows all day, on your computer or game console, then you need to set goals to stop yourself from repeating the same habits that you are too comfortable with already. Making goals aren’t complicated. Have one big goal in mind. Then make small goals to help you achieve the big goal.

Let’s say you want to loose 25lbs and add some muscle (or tone) to your body as well. Looking at the bigger goal, you may lose focus, however, if you have a smaller goal of a pound a week for twenty weeks, and weight training at least twice a week, in the twenty weeks you will notice that your bigger goal has been met.

I am writing up a goal for myself that I will post on my blog. Ask me questions if you need help setting yours. Together, we can create a network that we can count on to keep us focused. Together, we can keep our bigger goals in sight. Together, we can help others that need assistance as well.

-more to follow…

The diet…

Life is tough sticking to healthy choices. With all the unhealthy choices in this world, it is hard to stay on the right path, but I am getting better at it.

It all starts in the kitchen…

WATER! WATER! WATER! I cannot be more serious about that. Soda, beer, liqueur, and even milk can cause your body not to slim down. In fact, most can deteriorate your muscle and also add fat, instead of reducing/eliminating fat. 

More will be added to this! Stay tuned…

New Year, New Goals…

Dear Readers:

I know I haven’t been staying up-to-date on my blog.  A few things in life has changed over the past few months, and it has made it difficult to have a few moments to keep this blog updated.

What’s changed: A new career path.  I finally left a job that I didn’t feel appreciated at… or rather… a job that I felt was becoming routine and doing a position that I wasn’t hired to do.  I am now working for AT&T.  This is a big move, but a very good move, for me.  I have always enjoyed electronics, especially mobile electronics, and now I can help customers with theirs.

For this new year, I have decided to make some goals… as I don’t believe in resolutions, I believe in making goals.  Below will be a list of goals that I would like to accomplish this year… we will call it… hmmm… let’s say: “The 2014 Bucket” goals list.  I’m going to focus on a lot of miner things, as one major goal will be harder to approach.  So here it is…

  1. Exercise.  I am currently weighing 204.  I want to be around 190-200, with less than 13% body fat.  I am around 25-30% body fat now.
  2. Read.  I currently read a lot of tech information online, and I stay up-to-date with politics, however; I don’t get the chance to read many books.  I would like to change that this year.  I am going to try to shoot for a book every two months (a small goal of 6 books this year, but it gives me a starting point), and also continue reading my tech/politics news too.
  3. Anger Management.  I feel that I can get snappy at times.  I do know that I am hard-headed, and I can be stubborn at times… This year I am going to focus on taking a deep breath and find a solution to the problem before freaking out.  Over the years, I have gotten better, but I still find myself get angry at times.
  4. Eating Habits.  (this goes with exercise) I need to start eating healthier.  I have noticed myself stopping at McDonalds more frequently, and eating unhealthy food sold at the mall.  I need to get myself back on fruit/vegetables, and I need to start eating smaller meals throughout the day.
  5. Thoughts. I feel this goes with Anger Management.  I need to start sharing my thoughts on my blog more.  This blog allows me to share my opinions and to talk about my life’s events.  Sharing is a great way to decrease the stress in your life.
  6. Lastly… I want to be the man that my future Mrs. deserves.  I want to be a man that she can count on and will come through for her.

I will look at these goals again mid-year and at the end of the year.  If you have any tricks or tips, or would just like to give some words of encouragement, I would appreciate it