Recently, it’s been brutal waking up earlier to get my training in…some days I just feel like utter poo and demotivated (shocker to some since I’ve been assumed to be a gym rat and LOVE torturing myself). Hellloooooo, I am human and I love cookies too!
Some days I set a gazillion alarms…though I end up prolonging my snoozing
Some days I schedule my training and PTs back to back…though end up waking late and just making it for PT before work, thus missing training for the day
Some days I ask Alix to carry me out of bed in the morning…LITERALLY…which might or might not result in morningcrankinesspossibleasswhoopingbyagirlwithmuscles
Some days I get up on time but end up lounging with my coffee, denying procrastination…resulting in shorter time allocated for training
Some days I stalk Michelle Lewin’s videos…seriously that woman can motivate even a snake to wanna build a booty…AND THEN I feel pumped to hit the gym
This is all honesty, no bullshit, just because I train others doesn’t mean it is easy to train myself ALL THE TIME.
So when I came upon this snippet on motivation
I thought it was perfect and that I can’t be the only one facing these struggles.
Hope this helps you too
Here’s the full thing:
“Motivation comes and goes. Some days, it’s awesome — you are full of zest and mojo and ready to kick life in the ass.
Some days that motivation will be totally MIA. You’ll consider wetting the bed because it feels like too much effort to crawl out to the bathroom.
But it doesn’t matter.
You don’t need motivation nor inspiration to have good habits.
In fact, what differentiates an “expert” from an “amateur” is not motivation… but action. “Experts” hunker down and find ways to get the job done, regardless of how they feel.
We commonly assume that motivation and inspiration — in other words, a particular mental state — come before action.
Sometimes that’s true.
Most of the time, it’s not.
Action often occurs before motivation and that desired mental state.
For instance, let’s say one day you decide to go for a walk. You’re not really inspired per se, but your brain feels fuzzy and you want some fresh air.
At first, you just sort of clump along, staring at the ground.
After 5 or 10 minutes, the brisk breeze starts to clear the cobwebs.
You stand taller and breathe more deeply. Your stride lengthens and your hips loosen up. Now you’re walking proud. You have direction. The movement is actually giving you energy.
After 20-30 minutes, you finish that walk on a high.
Your brain fuzz is gone, replaced by crystal-clear thoughts. Your body is energized. You feel re-engaged with life and the universe. Now you’ve found that motivated mental state.
What changed? You acted first.
When it comes to change:
**Action is more important than information.**
**Doing is more important than knowing.**
No matter how much you know, only consistent, daily action creates change.”
What’s one small, meaningful action YOU can do today?
If you’re always surrounded by these fit looking friends and people at your gym, or at your Pole class and they look completely different to your own physique, you might have wondered …
“..but I’m doing what they are doing..aren’t we doing the same training? She probably doesn’t eat. Why don’t I have abs like that?”
…then this is something you need to try and understand.
“Your body has a desire to stay the same, to stay balanced via many internal physiological processes. People are scared of manipulating nutrition, eating more, eating less, thinking that a change today is going to result in an irreversible change tomorrow. It doesn’t work like that.” – Alix James (Head Coach of Reebok Crossfit Asphodel)
His full blog post is HERE
Every girl has been there (I think), when desire, progress and effort are not aligned like a beautifully paved rainbow bridge to total-body-happiness. It’s either the desire and effort that feel like they’re on turbo mode but progress is creeping in like my beat-up Ford Escort station wagon fresh out of a car wreck….or….well that’s really just it. No “or”.
Expectations to see progress and results gets more and more unrealistic today and with the incredibly efficient way social media is delivering visuals of transformation photos, I reckon most of us will expect fat to melt off our bodies in 5 inhale/exhale cycles, when it took us 5 years to accumulate that same amount of body fat.
Bodybuilding ain’t easy as a lot of time, money, effort, mood swings, sacrifices and brain juice goes into the end result. No doubt anyone who post their success stories online have given their best and deserves the recognition where due.
It is just something we should consider before assuming results at that level is achievable safely for anybody regardless of background, genotype and health.
Even the women who model for Victoria Secret, who are on the other spectrum of bodybuilding, can’t escape body shaming. I recently read some pretty nasty comments on how the girls should eat a sandwich and how it is unhealthy to send the message to young girls they should starve themselves…did they assume those girls didn’t work hard to stay a size 2?
BUT…..we have to be nice to fat people who ate their way to obesity and should be accepted to love their unhealthy system?
(little rant done. thank you)
Going back to thinking “we train the same..but why don’t I look like her?”
Honestly, unless you have compared down to the last detail in RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion), recovery methods, quality of sleep, capability of handling stress, digestive system, age, genotype, activity level, choices of food, methods of cooking…and so on…you DON’T train the same and you DON’T eat the same.
What I like about Alix’s post is the science, shit just makes sense when it’s rational and logical, even though they ain’t skittles and rainbow advice I wanna hear. Ever since I started practicing using a track record, I find myself being less stressed about eating, training and weight. I can actually go out on decent social events and eat without having that nag of beating myself up with guilt. Having a lot more control on my progress might mean a little more work now but I would much rather take the challenge now than face regret later on losing my years.
Still trollin’ on ‘skinny chicks’?
Still rolling your eyes at ‘fit-obsessed chicks’?
Still offering sympathy for the unhealthy obese and leading young children to think fat is OK?
Just THINK ABOUT IT.
DO SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE PROUD OF. (I doubt typing a smart-ass comment on someone’s Instagram photo is the highlight of your week…I hope not)
WHEN SHIT GETS HARD, REMEMBER THAT NO ONE GETS RESULTS THAT EASY, IT JUST MEANS THAT YOU’RE WEAKER IN WILL
…AND YOU NEED TO CHANGE THAT.
This is a difference that should be acknowledged.
I started working at a young age as a waitress and have always had a lot more plates to juggle at the same time than I should. The desire to over achieve plus the sense of satisfaction when I get multiple tasks done when it is usually considered daunting for the average task-doer, is probably what has kept me going at the rate I am still at now.
One thing IS very different now though, is that experience has taught me a few lessons on understanding the value of REST and RECOVERY.
Sure, it may seem rational to think I can achieve more as long as I DO more. Although, am I actually achieving them at 100%? or am I achieving everything at 70% because I am so tired from lack of rest and recovery? If you love ticking s*** off your list of to-do like me, you might be able to relate thinking #nodaysoff is the way to success, be it at work or with exercise. If you’re not doing anything on rest days, what ARE you doing, for your career and fitness goals?
I think we reflect the way we approach daily matters, similar to how we approach our health and training. Hitting the gym 6 days a week on top of my other activities like Muay Thai, dance class, pole training and aerial training was a norm for me. Quite frankly, it is pretty hard imagining the rest of my life without any of these activities to keep myself agile, fit and appreciating what the human body can do.
Having said that, I learned how to realign my training goals over the summer by asking myself, what is more important to me, to keep chasing tricks, flips and heavy weights just to prove to myself I can do it, no matter what injuries come with them? or to spend the rest of my life being able to do what I love sans injuries that come without proper length of conditioning phases?
I learned to say NO to projects that I am not passionate about.
I learned to say NO to chasing fancy tricks or heavy weights without proper conditioning
I learned to say YES , get smarter, rest the nervous system, recover the body (and mind)
Rest day for me, was what a Training Day would look like for the average joe. Because seriously, I did not know what to do on a day where I was not active.
Recovery was probably a word I never really took seriously, including having horrible sleep routine and nutrition.
NOW that I understand the steps for optimal recovery, I am ALL ABOUT those Rest FOR Recovery – finding that right balance of doing nothing vs doing something efficient for recovery goal.
Boy, am I finding a waaaaaaay better way to enjoy my life and activities right now…than taking that #nodaysoff literally.
I like this guide from Reebok Crossfit Asphodel’s blog. They talk about their athletes training frequency and posed questions on methods and perspective on “recovery”. So to quote –
“…what SHOULD be happening, how close are you to meeting all of these points, and which can you start to include in your ‘recovery period’.”
Reebok Crossfit Asphodel Blogpost HERE
A few months ago, I was stoked to be back hittin’ pads.
I was only back in the gym for 2 sessions…and then…I sprained my ankle doing something else.
Ankle injury is healing and recovering in pretty decent time, I hope to be back at the Muay Thai gym in a few months!
In the mean time, I can only watch where I was, what my current recovery process is and where I see myself pretty soon.
Visualization is a pretty powerful motivator.
I love this infographic from Precision Nutrition.
There are many reasons why I signed up for their Level 1 course, one of them being that I have been dealing with multiple injuries in the recent years from a combination of inadequate recovery, inadequate conditioning and lack of knowledge in nutrition for injury recovery.
Moving forward, I hope we may all chuck our egos aside and admit we don’t know EVERYTHING about eating for your goals and learn how to LEARN.
Not a fan of long articles? Well I hope this infographic sparks more interest when you are done scrolling through it.
Original article HERE
A few of the many ways I train in the mornings.
I actually PREFER morning workouts as they help set me up for better starts.
In this video, you’ll see what Hong Kong looks like at 6am, a bit of recovery application using the Power Plate at Optimum Performance Studio and also how to do street workouts…literally
Christmas is my favorite season of the year.
That also means I look forward to traditional recipes, try out new recipes for the dinner table, and BAKE! BAKE! BAKE! (I swear if I wasn’t so heavily into the fitness industry, I would be a pastry chef!)
Keeping the holidays stress-free though, has always been a bit of challenge, since I love how I feel when I am eating smartly for physique and recovery goals. So every year, I find ways to keep myself focused and motivated up until the few days of Christmas eve-Christmas day-Boxing day before it is back on the lifestyle I enjoy more.
This year, I have a performance on NYE and a stage show in April 2016 so these two events are enough to keep me on track through the holiday feasting. This guide from Optimum Performance Studio is also very helpful and would apply too to my friends and family.
Here’s to healthy holidays with food and fitness along with family, friends, and fun.
(original guide from HERE )
Pink may not be your favorite color but it sure can be a color of cause for you to take note on.
Flex Studio fully supports Power to the Pink with special classes this October.”..
“In support of cancer awareness and women living with breast cancer, we will be running a series of PINK classes in collaboration with the CancerFund. For every participant that signs up for a class, HK$100 will be donated to the CancerFund Pink Revolution. All funds raised will go towards Pink Recovery Packs which will be delivered to the bedside of a breast cancer patient who has recently undergone surgery. These packs contain vital information, provisions and aids to ease women’s anxiety and discomfort, and guide them on the crucial next step of their cancer journey.” – www.flexhk.com/whats-new/
GO AND SWEAT FOR A GOOD CAUSE PLEASE
An awesome highlight from Hong Kong’s contribution to World Pull Up day on the island side.
Check http://www.worldpullupday.com for updated scores worldwide and see if we set the world record or not!
Here are my chin ups:
In the mean time, I’m gonna enjoy doing some shopping 🙂
Thank you Street Workout Hong Kong team and Adidas!