Monday, February 20, 2012

How I do #Paleo

Paleo - it is the new thing, that is confusing so many people.  Like anyone else I am intrigued when I hear of something "new" in the health and fitness space, I will always read up and do my own research about the new fad, diet, whatever it might be.  I like to just take different bit of information I find and use what I feel works for me.  The basic idea is to eat like our ancestors did before supermarkets and fast food chains appeared everywhere! Living off the land, eating food that was available depending on the seasons.

Human beings are strange creatures, we need something to follow, something to preach about to others, something to try, how about saying, I choose to eat healthy fresh food, food that  hasn't been through a process to strip the minerals and vitamins that our bodies require?   I also say use your head - COMMON SENSE. 

Could you imagine if as a society we ate NO processed foods? No milk, no wheat, no bread, no cakes, no lollies, no soft drink, no alcohol, nothing that came in a packet/package...  so many companies would go broke, we would all be healthier and maybe even reduce some health issues as a nation! 

The way I do "paleo" is by eating predominately "clean" foods.  My daily intake of food consists of vegetables, eggs, fruit, nuts, meat, wholefoods - I have taken out dairy, wheat and most processed foods.  I find for ME that my body LOVES it, and functions so much better!  I am human, I do love chocolate, especially dark chocolate... I do love the odd soy latte and I do love red wine, all in moderation of course.  I am not going to go to extremes and not allow myself the odd yummy treat now and then.... where is the fun in that? I report to myself and myself only. 

So if you are having issues with the paleo way of thinking, adapt it to suit your needs... better still don't say you are doing paleo, just use the information as a guide like I do, call it healthy eating.  Live life, enjoy your food, just make sure it is more fresh than processed, be aware of where your meat and eggs are coming from, do some research on market fruit/vegetables compared to Coles/Woolworths.  

Oh I had cream in my long black coffee the other day, was delicious.... oops.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Do I walk the talk most of the time?

Or is it all in my head?... I am fine tuning it to get myself to doing it 100% - that darn fear factor keeps creeping back in, that self doubt, can I achieve the goals I set for myself?  Of course I can!  Then why am I still not pushing myself that extra mile?

Excuses - I hate them. I get mad when I hear others use them! But I seem to have let a few sneak back in the last couple of weeks. Is it because I am still in a relaxed frame of mind after the holidays, or is it because I really do fear what will happen when I achieve my goals. How people will treat me...  How strange is that. Fear of success.  I suppose if it was easy then everyone would be kicking arse! 

I know exactly what is letting me down with getting results and it is nutrition.  I am good, excellent 80-90% of the time, it is that pesky 10% that is kicking my butt, and not in a productive way.  I have started letting that good excuses back into my head "but you train so hard you deserve this chocolate cake".... yes one piece of cake isn't going to hurt, but we had cake two days in a row last week and I went out for lunch three times.... I think that is more than 10%.  Slap my head #smh.... change or remain the same Dons.

The exercise side of things is perfect, I LOVE training, I get tingles of excitement during the day leading up to training, I visualise the smashing workout, I know exactly how to tweak my workouts to get that little more pump.. I just have to control what I am NOT in 100% control of, my food.

Not letting external influences get in the way, or be an excuse is my key focus, I sometimes am such a people pleaser, leaving myself out of the equation and then feel blergh cause I have eaten thai, pizza or too much rice at Japanese for lunch the peeps. Time to flick the switch ON FULLY again.   I have found since slipping a little on the #paleo diet my cravings have returned (chocolate NOW,  must have or I will DIE) which is a great learning curve, reminds me of how great I felt when I started #paleo last year.  I still don't miss milk or cheese, but have enjoyed greek yoghurt back into the eating plan now and then.  I don't miss bread or pasta at all and am still enjoying my LONG BLACK coffeeeeeee - how I love thee (I think the boy thinks I love coffee more than him, the jury is still out with that one.. all i know is that I have been in love with coffee for over 20 years and a relationship that has lasted that long should be cherished!).

Looking back at my before and after photos from last year is helping me re-focus ALOT!  My body shape has changed even more now with my training, so I know I CAN achieve the next steps to totally transform my body shape even MORE. 

I received a compliment at the gym the other day - was training chest and decided that I can increase my incline chest press to 12.5kgs dumbbells.  Was pressing away thinking how in control & strong I felt (and how Melody would be so proud, and I really need to get up to doing 17kgs dbs). I got up and had just finished doing my push-ups I like to smashout in between sets when one of the older regular guys came up and introduced himself.  He said he has been watching me train for months and thinks I am looking great, he said "you have really transformed the way you train and stepped it up a notch, looking good" - It was such a great compliment because I have always admired how he trains, he works with his partner and they totally have transformed their bodies, so I was pretty chuffed and had a stupid grin on my face for the next couple of hours.    It left me thinking, if I really step it up to 130%, how awesome would the changes be..... 

So 110% used to be my motto & what the guys at the gym call me (thanks to the LJ tank top I have)  I might need to get one printed with 130%. 

I could be a little too self critical and harsh on myself, but it is the only way to push myself to achieve BIGGER and BETTER results....    

Time to put pictures and videos up on my blog, to push me and motivate me even more to smash my goals.    My planning is done... time to execute and SMASHITUP @fitbydons style.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Are You Scared Of What Might Happen If You Reach Your Dreams?

Read a great post yesterday on Kat Eden's website and it had me nodding away, yes I kept thinking..... It isn't the fear of NOT being able to achieve my goals, it is the fear of what happens when I do achieve them? How will people treat me, will they like me less because I have changed in their eyes? Will I treat myself differently or those around me? I know that I already have the energy, passion and drive, but is there a little fear of success in there somewhere? I like to think I have the mental strength to get me anywhere... but I did also put on 10kgs in the last couple years thinking that I had things "under control"!

Are You Scared Of What Might Happen If You Reach Your Dreams?

Fear of change but positive change. I know I am not scared anymore, I just put one foot in front of the other and see where things end up, I am much better at dealing with situations and keeping a postitive frame of mind, surrounding myself with those who inspire and motivate me in SO many different ways (not all fitness related) helps me push forward.  I am so excited to see how my body looks in three months time, I just hope my mind lets me get there!