Take Me to the Beach
So… who else hates packing?
Seriously, though. Isn’t it the worst task ever? I started to pack on Thursday night, but got frustrated so I decided to put it off until yesterday. To no surprise, I didn’t find myself spending any time packing throughout the day whatsoever. Even though I had absolutely nothing to do yesterday other than soak up the freeness of being done school and exams, I still couldn’t find the time to pack. I much rather read your blogs, go for tea dates, workout at the gym, spend hours upon hours on Twitter, and cook
So that’s exactly what I did
To put it in a nut shell, my packing took place last night right before I went to bed. I mean, I’m just going to be lying on a beach all week… what do I really need to pack?
Before I begin talking about what I really want to address today, I need to thank every one of you for all of your support with the past 13 very successful High Five Fridays! HFF is something I am really passionate about and I chose to present my idea to the world way back in February! If it weren’t for all you you it wouldn’t be the success it is today, though. So please know how much I appreciate your participation every week! <3
Since I have been receiving so much positive feedback about HFF lately, I was wondering if we could try making it even bigger?
I was thinking that
if you when you accomplish something throughout the week you could email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, share your success story, and then I will make one BIG post of everyone’s successes on High Five Friday!
This way, we can celebrate more successes and achievements! And seeing as how that is exactly what HFF is all about, I hope you jump on board with me and my new idea!
Before I leave for my vacation, I wanted to leave you with a post that I have been wanting to write all week. The topic is extremely important to me and I must release my thoughts, so here it goes…
I think we can all agree here that in life there are times when we find ourselves comparing ourselves to others.
For an example, when reading blogs you may feel persuaded or influenced to do certain things. Not bad things, but things that you just weren’t doing or thinking about before.
For an example, many food blogs post a full days worth of their eats, I have even done this a time or two. I am not saying it is a good or bad thing to post a days worth of meals and snacks – I love looking at other bloggers’ meals! Posts such as these have inspired many of my own meals! But, they can influence people in not such an inspiring way, too. Some food pictures may influence and individual to reflect back on their daily intake and judge themselves. Perhaps these individuals may even start to wonder,
“should I eat more like them?”
“am I eating too much?”
“am I eating too little?”
I am definitely guilty of this. Has anyone else noticed the paleo diet become more and more common lately? I have and it has definitely made me wonder and question myself and my own way of eating…
Another example has to do with fitness blogs. I often come across posts where the writer will describe a highly intensive workout such as tabata that takes much longer than the usual four minutes. Personally, if I do a tabata workout I am absolutely burnt out and couldn’t go on for longer than four minutes! So, I begin to question my fitness level and think,
“maybe I am not working hard enough?”
But then I remember, I am doing what is right for me.
I don’t need to be doing the same thing as other bloggers.
I have nothing against the paleo diet; each to their own, right? If you are following that type of lifestyle please do not tae offence – I am sure you are doing what works for you. But, I need to keep focused on what I need and what works for me!
And about the tabata workouts that are more than 8 rounds, well, maybe they didn’t just finish a heavy leg workout and deadlift more than their own bodyweight?
I don’t need to do HIIT a few times a week nor do I need to change the way I eat. I am currently following a nutrition and training program that has been written just for me and I am feeling better than ever, so I will stick to it – just as it has been written. No modifications.
Having a beach vacation coming up has been one of the main reasons for such thoughts to occur over the past week or two. Thoughts such as, “maybe I should do some intervals after lifting today” or, “do I need to be eating this much food!?”
I confess I have had these thoughts more than once this week and became very close to convincing myself that I “need” to start doing HIIT a few times a week, but I am more than proud to say that I have not strayed from my training or nutrition plan whatsoever. I have stuck with it to a “T” and I am so proud to share that with you today.
It’s kind of like you hold me accountable in a way?
When I was having strong thoughts about doing intervals on the treadmill after a weight lifting session this past week, I went into my gym bag before I left for the gym, took out my running shoes and socks just so I wouldn’t let you or myself down!
I am committed to my new program and am not willing to alter it just because I have a silly thought in my head to “push harder”.
I know myself that I do push myself hard. I also know that I am eating properly. I have so much knowledge about nutrition that I need to use it on myself. I eat a well balanced diet and if I eat more than the next person, who cares? I am trying to build muscle, right?
A few things that have helped me overcome the pressures to amp up my workout routine are:
1. Keeping my goals in mind. I ask myself, “what are your goals?” My current goals are to put on weight, build muscle, and increase my strength. Reminding myself of these goals that I am so passionate about help me get back into the right frame of mind. I need a lot of food to keep seeing gains. I don’t need cardio right now because gains will be even harder to achieve.
2. Reflect on what works for me. To help myself realize that I am in fact doing what is right for me I think back to the first half of this school year. Prior to December 2011, I was doing 20 minute HIIT workouts on the treadmill two times per week along with 1 hour lifting sessions 5 days per week. But after December 1st, I completely cut out cardio and have never felt better. I am stronger, more muscular, and much happier, too. My diet also changed since December; I am eating more and that is most definitely another factor as to why I feel better than ever before.
Clearly, whatever I am doing now is what works for me.
Get to know your body and understand what works for you!
Maybe you need to include cardio into your workout routine to achieve your goals and you most likely need a different diet than me too – because, remember, we are all different.
I hope this post has helped you reflect back on your goals.
Are they in line with what you are currently doing?
Are they helping you achieve what you want to achieve? Or are they hindering progress and holding you back from your goals?
Thanks for sticking with me, I know it was a long post, but I felt like I needed to share my accomplishment of not straying from my training or nutrition plan (even when the thoughts were strong) and reminding myself of what is truly important – doing what works for me.
Unfortunately, I will not be writing another post until May 13th; however, some fabulous friends of mine, bloggers and non-bloggers(!!), have written guest posts for me, so I am not leaving you hanging while I am gone!
I have a great line up of guest posts, so please come by and check them out! Everything from inspiring recovery stories to mouth watering recipes! You name it, it’s here
I will love and miss each and every one of you so much, but we will chat soon enough!
P.s. did I mention I will miss you?