365 Days of Self Discovery: Day 65

11.06.18

What changes could you make to improve your health?

  • Making yearly Dr. visits to stay updated on my general well-being & to take care of any health issues that should arise.
  • Keep my sugar content lower because diabetes runs in my family
  • Drink enough water daily because I have had a habit of being dehydrated & that’s not healthy
  • Cut down on consumption of processed foods (which I hardly eat fast food, besides pizza or Chinese take out on the weekends) and since I love cooking and I meal prep, it has become easier to consume less processed food
  • Follow my macros again to keep me on the right path with my goals & prevent me from overeating and meeting my nutritional goals for proteins, fats, carbs, fiber and calorie intake
  • Continue with meditation for my mental well-being
  • Making it a goal to walk 10,000 steps or more daily to stay proactive
  • Being mindful of the supplements I take and pay attention to how my body reacts to them
  • Make yearly appointments to visit the dentist for oral hygiene care
  • Be more proactive of reading the ingredients on the food labels while shopping ( I read the food labels but hardly pay attention to ingredients and should be more mindful of what I am eating)
  • When and if life should throw me a lemon I cannot handle or manage, I should learn that by seeking a therapist for help is okay and that sometimes it better to talk to someone than to live with it inside.
  • Get more sleep! make my sleep schedule a priority! 
  • Take more initiative to brush my teeth two or three times daily for better oral hygiene  

What are some health improvements you could make (no matter how big or small) share it in the comments & follow, like and share this post with peers! 

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365 days of self discovery: Day 41

10.13.18 

What are you looking forward to?

  • I suppose my future and what all it has in-store for me; specifically, having my personal training website finished and running, creating products (clothes, accessories, etc for my brand), my first powerlifting meet next year, writing my first book and having it published  — while also having my blog(s) be able to make $$ as a side profession as an established blogger/writer/ as well as being able to write for editors of magazines and websites (having my own column in something that will be seen by many readers). In a small dose, I am looking forward to whatever tomorrow brings, hopefully positive and full of love. 

365 days of self discovery: Day 36

10.08.18

What keeps you motivated?

  • Having goals and not being complacent with where I am in the present. Always searching for my purpise and wanting/dreaming of a life that I see myself with. 

Working out 7 days a week & no results

The thing I have realized about the fitness industry while working in it, is people have this ongoing thought in their mind that the more they workout the more results, the better the physique, the stronger they are and the less at risk of health issues they will be. 

BUT.. 

It never ceases to amaze me how many of those people won’t see any results, their physique won’t change and their health issues still arise or have yet to go away & if being strong is lifting 225 for the first year and then never seeing an increase the next year, then strong needs to be re-evaluated as well. The concept of working out everyday sounds like the one way of ticket of gains and being more in shape & seeing more results but if you want some honesty  — you aren’t going to see neither working out 7 days a week without any type of change or routine that gets you there. I work at a gym where I see the same people doing the same routine day in and day out, they do it and do it, and do it until they complain about hitting plateaus, or not seeing the results they like or perhaps they do it and boost themselves up with this mindset that they have grown a whole 2 lbs in their squat after staying on the same routine for 12 weeks. Don’t get me wrong, there are 4 week, 6 week and 12 week programs out there but they are made to keep you focused and give you results in hopes you either do the same routine again (lets go another round) or to help give you a guide in order to keep you on the right path. They work, most do anyways, depending on your goals and how serious you are about the program & your nutrition matches your gym time. Putting those programs aside, its the mundane coming to the gym with no plan, doing a 10 minute cardio session warm up, lifting the same weights with the same 4-6 exercises you have done since starting the gym and leaving without even a single sweat or any sign of fatigue or soreness. Perhaps this is why you aren’t seeing the results, because you are lost and workout to workout but have no sense of direction — you say you want to lose weight but are avoiding cardio like the plague, you want to gain mass but lift 50 percent your max and you say you want a squat pr, but skip leg day BUT because you come into the gym everyday for 7 days a week for a hour at a time, you should reap all the benefits without doing the right kind of work. 

If this person is you, you aren’t alone. I am not making light of your journey, but I am putting you in the spotlight so you can see where you might be going wrong and what might need to change if you want all your effort to amount to something. I’ve worked at this gym for over a year and have had people ask me if I see any results from them, because they didn’t see any and I have had to say “no” many times because it’s true, I seen nothing. I don’t bash them, but I do ask them what their goals are and what they do to work towards them & each of them will tell me, “I workout everyday, I don’t understand”, it’s almost like I should applaud their efforts but why, when I know working out everyday won’t gain them the results they need if they don’t do the right kind of work to achieve it. The problem isn’t your frequency that you attend the gym, the problem is you have no plan and no genuine knowledge that will help you excel because you have made this habit into your excuse and use it to justify your reasoning for no results & if someone like myself were to give you some tips or advice or even try to offer my services, you think you are above it or question my knowledge because you have been told this one thing by someone else who has big muscles on a video and takes pre-workout and you believed it or took one thing from it and never really got the whole picture. For this, all I can say is working out 7 days a week won’t grant you result if you don’t take the right steps. Only doing half the work, will give you little to no results or keep you at a plateau if you don’t change your technique. If this is you and don’t know where to start, ask a professional (personal trainer) at your gym with credentials and have them give you some advice or take up a class and talk with an instructor or find valuable information online — to help guide you in the right direction. Regardless of your goals, everyone has a journey and your journey is important and if you want your journey to be successful, you have to be willing to challenge yourself, change routines, research information, be cautious of your eating habits, and take yourself seriously enough to want to see results and have this better self image. 

The only thing worse than a lazy person, is someone who prides themselves of being lazy” – Shay-lon (do the work, and the process will bring joy)

 

365 days of self discovery: day 11

Day 11

What is your greatest accomplishment?

To be honest, there are very few things in my life I would consider as accomplishments, because this word I use seldom when talking about myself due to the fact I don’t feel as though I have accomplished enough to say I have drastically seen progress in my life. The few important things that have happened in my life that I am proud of and are of great accomplishment to me was: Graduating college with a degree & passing my ACSM CPT exam after failing it for 3 years straight and having to save up money each time (which many times put me at risk of not being able to pay another bill) because at the time I was crunching numbers financially in order to save up enough for the exam each time I failed & was close to giving up. 

Both of those events have served me well in the recent years and have given me such a confidence boost to know I did something other people couldn’t do or haven’t done or gave up doing. It was a breath of fresh air to do both of these things and know it would benefit my career and future. To say the least, it made me feel less of a let down and more like a role model for my youngest brother and these are moments I will cherish that happened in time and with work, tons of sacrifice and tons of failures in between. 

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment? What is something you have done against the odds or that made you feel on top of the world when you achieved it? Doesn’t matter how small or big, it is still something worth mentioning. Leave a comment telling me about it and be sure to follow and like 🙂

Shay-lon

PR’s are cool, but..

Personal records are cool and all, but don’t allow them to define your worth. Of course, for professional athletes in weightlifting & powerlifting, we use those PR’s to determine where we are at within our goals and wanting to increase weights, but sometimes we need to take a step back and re-evaluate the situation and look at the bigger picture; which happens to be our consistency and dedication. I love a good ego boost when hitting heavier weights, but sometimes it can be a huge hit to the ego when I don’t hit a new PR each week, its almost like we get rejected after putting in so much work. I’ve known people to rely on their PR’s and when they don’t hit one, they give up or get angry with the process. Not always is a PR a good thing, not when you are pushing your body beyond its means in order to gain it (unhealthy manner), not when you are sacrificing attitude and dedication to achieve it. I figure it like this, if you hit a PR — AWESOME! but if you don’t, and sometimes you won’t, then take it with a grain of salt, because we are human and we aren’t perfect 100 percent of the time. 

The point of working out, regardless if you are an athlete or not, is to stay healthy, to discipline yourself & to gain insight on your strengths and weaknesses (while working on the weaknesses to make into strengths) and of course to enjoy the process no matter how hard it gets, because in time, it will pay off. If you forget those steps & focus on hitting new PR’s each week, it will get old fast & it will weigh you down when it comes time you fail. I want PR’s to be a bonus to your workouts, a goal that is achievable & as a means of an ego boost to your confidence; all the while pinpointing your weaknesses before a competition so that you can use it to excel. Your gym worth is based on how you feel when you leave the gym, how you feel about yourself when you see small bouts of progress or obstacles that seemed rather hard but you hurdled; nothing compares to the process. It’s like watching yourself evolve. PR’s shouldn’t hold you down, or make you feel weak, they should give you a reason to keep pushing, prevent you from wanting to give up and make working out a fun journey. Even so, being an athlete, it’s hard not wanting to PR frequently in our sport and as a powerlifter, you learn that PR’s can come from various forms (not just lifting heavier) — and while that is the overall goal, you hope to see yourself transform into a stronger person in other ways as well. 

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Counting my Macro’s

Now, I have been tracking my macros since last Monday since I want to lose some bodyfat & still increase muscle mass. I usually follow my macros loosely, but this time, I am going to try my hardest to be more strict to present more results. The goal is to lose 9 lbs but to still maintain and optimal amount of strength increase. In this macro tracking, I will give you my beginning weight, body fat % and BMI (although BMI is not relevant to me since it doesn’t consider the muscle density). i also, will break down two separate macro goals because one will be for my moderate days of exercise & one will be for my light days of exercise. I have decided that I may even carb cycle so that when I am not working out, I am not eating an accumulated amount of carbs (I will eat less carbs on my rest days)  — that will be tracked as well whenever I get started & I will let you know. 

Now most people around this time are probably “bulking” or will be on their way to bulking fairly soon, but I will probably start bulking up more during Nov or Dec months (late bloomer) due to this goal I want to achieve now & in bulking, I will gain mass, yes, but I don’t want my body fat to spiral out of control due to it, so it will be a healthy bulk. Now along with body fat, I will weigh myself every 2 weeks because I don’t rely on the scale very often and don’t want to go back to bad habits, and because I know I will feel better after 2 weeks of weighing in vs one week. I am hoping to lose 9 lb by the end Oct the latest, but I think it will be possible to lose it quickly depending on how strict I am and how my workouts play out. I also have to consider the fact muscle weighs more than fat , so if my number on the scale doesn’t go down but my bf % does, I will be just as happy with the results. Wish me luck!

P.S when I start to bulk — I will set up new macros & carb cycling rules & share those with you as well, along with any other goals for my nutrition. 

Light Activity Macro’s Plan: (burn 200-400 kcal) for females 

  • Calories: 1876 per day
  • Carbs: 220g
  • Protein: 132g
  • Fat: 52g

Moderate Activity Macros Plan: (Burn 400-650 kcal) for females 

  • Calories: 2115 per day
  • carbs: 264g
  • Protein: 132g
  • Fat: 59g

Now some of you are probably wondering how about a macros plan for when you burn more than 650 cals; well I have one for that too, but since I haven’t yet tracked my workout like I will be doing now, I don’t think I am burning more than that necessarily due to the fact I haven’t been doing cardio (Friday was my first time doing cardio in a long time) so now I will add cardio in the workouts to give myself more room to lose that weight & body fat. My cardio won’t be the bigger picture, because I don’t want to lose tons of muscle , but it will be 20-30 minutes, and I am thinking about implementing it either just Fridays or possibly doing it Monday-Friday. We shall see, haven’t thought it out yet. Trial and error. 

Another goal is to have myself drink a gallon of water a day since I don’t drink enough liquids throughout the day. I always end up dehydrated and that’s not healthy, so I am going to push myself to do better with that. 

Beginning weight: 160 lbs

Beginning Bf %: 22.8 

BMI: 24.3 

All of this information was taken on 8/6/18 — tomorrow I will update it so it is closer to this date & is more accurate. 

Hopefully I can lose this weight and get my bf% down below 20 percent. ALSO, ALSO ALSO,  I will allow myself to eat out/dine out once a week due to the fact I want less processed food in my diet (obviously) and it saves money as well! win-win! The goal is to still have it meet my macros but that won’t always be possible & I understand that, so it’s almost like my way of itching my craving without feeling bad. Especially since the weekends usually hold my nutrition hostage due to social events. Portioning will be my BESTFRIEND when eating processed food, so that I don’t eat too much of it at once. Goals. 

Wish me luck! & if anyone has any questions, feel free to leave comments or email me. 

I may be looking at more nutritional blogs to help with my meal prepping during the week so I can add variety to my meals. 

Shay-lon

Owner of Confident Fit, LLC

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