“You have to have a breakdown to have a breakthrough.”
That has been my motto since last Tuesday.
I’ll admit it, I have been really stressed out so far this summer, especially with my boyfriend L so far away. A texting/online relationship is just not enough for me. So, I’ve definitely had a few more sweets than I normally would and a few more nights out than I probably should, even for a “college student in my prime”.
Long story short, I’ve been struggling pretty badly with my self esteem for the past few weeks. I try and hide it, but it’s definitely there every morning when I get dressed and every evening when I get myself ready for bed.
I finally just hit a breaking point and ending up pouring my soul out to L and I’m so glad that I did. I felt a renewed sense of love and support from him and the other members of the James Wilson Facebook group.
After that night of breaking down and crying, I am now working on building myself back up again. I have a new dedication to James’ program and plan to take the last 4 weeks by storm and I just have to make it another 12 days before I get to see L in New Jersey for 10 whole days.
This summer may not be going according to how I had wanted it to go, but I know that in the end it will all be for the better.
Roman’s Rules for Macronutrient Combination – John Romaniello is a funny, in-your-face fitness writer. Going off the teachings of John Berardi (if you don’t know who that is, look him up, he’s a name you should know if you’re in to fitness nutrition. so it is written, so it shall be done), Roman believes that fat and protein should never be combined in meals (less than 10 grams of it isn’t “allowed” at a meal). So, you should be either eating carbs with protein, or carbs with fat. Read his argument here.
Regular Exercisers Earn Nine Percent Higher Pay Than Those Who Don’t – Those who exercise regularly were found to get paid more than those who do not. Which correlation does not equal causation, some of the data is pretty promising. Even those who were good workers to begin with, but did not work out, started to earn more once they became regular exercisers.
Blue Steel and the Hero’s Journey – Another Roman article. I love the movie Zoolander, so obviously this article needed to be added to the list this week. Orange mocha frappuccinos anyone?
Coach’s Choice: Top 6 Exercises for the Pros - Advice from an MMA fighter coach on his favorite exercises and training schedule. Even the pros shouldn’t train 6-7 days a week, says Coach Van Arsdale. The body needs to rest. And his workouts for his athletes are only a little over an hour each!
Top 10: Body Weight Exercises – From the Angry Trainer, here are exercises that you can do without a single piece of equipment! When my gym is closed, as it often is since it is not a box gym, but rather a city building, I often am forced to have a day or two of replacement workouts, and since I live in tiny apartment, I don’t have any equipment other than my laptop and my body. I often pop in a DVD or go on YouTube and go through body-weight circuits to get my burn on.
6 Tips for Minimizing and Relieving Muscle Soreness – I never used to have any real problem with muscle soreness, but ever since I started James Wilson’s strength program, I wake up with new aches what seems like every day. So, what do I do to relieve the soreness? Now I take BCAA pre-/post-workout, glutamine post-workout, and foam roll as desired. Sure, I’m still sore, but not nearly to the point where it interferes with my day any more!
The Super Uber Mega Ultra Important Missing Ingredient EVERYONE Needs More Of – I bet you can’t guess what it is… Give up?… Okay, it’s FUN. “If you aren’t having fun you’re doing it wrong”. If you don’t enjoy your workouts, then change them! You should be excited to get to the gym and lift or to go on your long runs, not dread them like it’s a root canal or a colonoscopy. If you don’t enjoy something, then you are less likely to stick with it and see the changes that made you start in the first place.
“What do you eat?” A peek into the diets of some of the best bodies I know… – Intermittent Fasting, mini meals, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and bring on the meat. Everybody is different and every body is different. Find out what works for you and then stick with it.
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