Personally

As I sit on my plane seat and look out the window and ponder on one thing its that all too well we are being brought up into a faster paced life.  No longer are the days where we have the quality time with people, because we now have technology that allows us to webcam them directly over the phone.  No
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Starting Back at One

Many times I find myself so deep within a situation or activity that I find that starting from the beginning is great. It’s a tremendous help in getting further than where I was before. The thing is that it works in many everyday situations.

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Bad Days Are Inevitable

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Days aren’t always the brightest, days come like the weather, sometimes you have sunny days or sometimes stormy ones.  It’s safe to say that by now, if you can read this, you’ve probably had bad days.  It doesn’t have to be more than one though, in my opinion.  It could start off from your morning, such as having not gotten enough sleep from the previous night.  Perhaps the barista at Starbucks gave you the wrong order and you’re in a rush to work or class or whatever the case might be.  These little events can sometimes set our mood from the very instant that they happen.  You’re in your car angry because you asked for cream and sugar and what you got was absolute black coffee.  You go on through your day and in your mind, you’re already stressed and the agitation is built up that any subsequent, maybe, minuscule event can raise the steam levels already there. Continue reading Bad Days Are Inevitable

The Importance of Traveling

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As someone who has been privileged to be able to travel around the United States for the past 3 years,  the experience is incredible to travel outside your hometown.  To get out of your niche and truly wonder how the lives and way of being is in other parts of the world cannot simply be described in words.  There’s this feeling of anxiety and excitement when either boarding a plane or driving to a destination unknown.  While, yes, you may have looked up on Yelp for the best bars, restaurants, events going on , there is nothing like finally arriving and immersing yourself in something that can be so distant in character and location from what you’re used to.  You learn many things from traveling and these are lessons you cannot get from anywhere else and that a book cannot fully demonstrate.
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5 Things I Learned When I Started Working Out

Every new year, people have goals, a lot of times these goals are simply fading whims.  My goals have been the same for years and every year I would progress just the slightest but never really get to where I wanted.  This year I have made most of my progressions and I am very happy to see the changes that I wanted to.  Nonetheless, there were a lot of things I had to learn on the way to getting to where I am now.  While I am not yet where I want to be, I am still striving to achieve it.  These are the things that I picked up along the way.

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1.  Everybody has had a different start and finish line.

We all become self-conscious when we start to work out whether it’s going on a run outside or heading to the gym.  Our first instinct is to look at those around us and notice those with skinnier or more muscular bodies than our own.  We shrink and end up hesitant to start because we don’t see us looking like these sculptured beings.  Some of us have to gain and some of us have to lose pounds to find that middle ground that we all wish to reach.  What we do forget is that these people did not just become like this overnight.  It took them years of hard work and dedication to truly be where they want to be and even then, they’re maintaining their bodies to keep them looking that way.  If we take anything from this, it’s that we must truly be ready to embark on a journey that won’t happen as quickly as we want it.

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2.  You will not look like a chiseled god over the next few weeks, so throw your scale away.

Even months or even years,  but what you can count on is seeing progress in one way or another.  One thing I recommend is if you have a scale, throw it away or keep it stored somewhere that you won’t have the necessity to check everyday.  Why? Because we can be very impatient beings that seek immediate gratification.  We have grown accustomed to receiving what we want and at a quicker rate than before. When we don’t, we cry or are disheartened that we didn’t.  Having a scale feeds into this cycle.  A lot of the times when we start working out, we always wake up the next morning eager to check the scale expecting to find this grand change with only a day or two of work.  The reality is that we will not see much change until a few weeks.  Even then, depending on your goal, you may be building muscle and staying the same weight on the scale but physically, you are looking different.  Since understanding this, I usually check myself in the mirror or take others’ words for changes in my body because a scale can only tell numbers.  Do yourself a favor and try to not fall prey to the scale.

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3.  Eat healthy but eat sane.

I was definitely one of those people who would read about diets and such.  I fell prey to a bodybuilder-type diet that consisted of chicken breast, brown rice broccoli, sweet potatoes, etc.  While, it did help, I wasn’t very happy mentally to be eating such a mundane diet, day in and day out.  The keyword there was diet.  It’s not about that, it’s about having food that’s good for you  AND that you’ll be happy with eating for the rest of your life, basically.  While I still ate the same chicken breast, broccoli and all that,  I would indulge in a well-done, mouth-watering burger or pizza at least once a week.  It kept me sane and sometimes it feels like a reward for keeping consistent.  A lot of people fail because they become too strict with what they eat to attain their goals that they forget they should also enjoy what they’re eating.

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4.  Your goals are just that, YOUR goals.

Again, sometimes we are discouraged by seeing the world around us that we forget that we are doing this for US.  Not every one wants to be a bodybuilder or look skinny.  Some of us are in it for the performance aspect of whatever we’re doing.  People who run do it because they want to compete in races or use it as endurance training.  Weight lifters are sometimes in sports or just looking to become more powerful.  Body composition and performance are not mutually exclusive.  Go to a marathon race and you’ll see people of all shapes and sizes.  You’ll have males with biceps the size of a boulder who will be weaker than someone that doesn’t, again, different goals for different people.

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5. ENJOY what you do.

I will be the first to admit that once upon a time I looked at working out as a chore, as a means to an end.  At that very instant I had already failed.  I wasn’t as committed as I should have been at the time.  It’s like driving to an amusement park(if you like them of course), you kind of have to drive there or else you don’t get to the park.  You need to look forward to the little steps in working out because it keeps you focused on the bigger step in achieving where you want to be.  You don’t necessarily have to lift weights or run to get where you want to, but they’re surely a foundation.  These days the option of yoga is a great choice for those unhappy with the two previous choices. There are many different ways to workout and it’s just about choosing what will also be enjoyable for you.

The Life of a Confusing Introvert

My trip to San Francisco last year in August A long time ago, I used to be called the word “shy” , because, although understandable,  I would somewhat not be what everyone else around me was.  Talkative, overly energetic, social beings that needed interactions almost every hour I felt.  That wasn’t me.  I was a happy and somewhat geeky little kid that spent his time playing video games joyfully without a care in the world.  It wasn’t that I disliked talking to people, I just didn’t need to talk too much to get my point across.  Yet, over the years that would be the word that some people would define me as. Shy.   Continue reading The Life of a Confusing Introvert

My Journey: First Year of Running

I always think about an aspect of my childhood to be funny in thinking about how I love to run now.  I always remember that at some point in my childhood I used to have metallic leg braces because my legs were not very strong enough for my body,  I was a big boy (hah).  While they were removed within a year, if you were to notice my legs now, you would have never thought that to be the case since they look enormous.  Sometimes I think about the beginning of Forrest Gump when he has his leg braces and runs and eventually breaks free from them.

Fast forward to the summer of 2014 and weight loss was on my mind.  I will admit that even though I weight train now on top of running,  I was one of those people who thought that cardio was the best way to lose weight the fastest.  That was basically my downfall in the beginning, I was using running as a means to an end. For the first weeks of running I was dealing with the shin splints, the exhaustion and the unhappiness of not seeing weight loss that I wanted.  I would go through 3 rounds of this at different times that would ultimately end my eagerness to run. Continue reading My Journey: First Year of Running