My fitness challenge is starting to take on a life of it’s own now. What started out as a desire to become fitter and stronger, is now becoming a lot more than that.
But here is the thing! I haven’t quite worked out what that it is yet?
I know that I want to look good, feel good and become stronger in what I do. But there is a feeling of something else, that I cant quite put my finger on.
Everyday that this fitness challenge progresses, I feel more and more that there is something I should be doing with my life.
Things have been put in a much different perspective since I started this Axe and Sledge Transformation Challenge. While training and bodybuilding is not something I am new to, this feeling I am experiencing is.
It is a good feeling lol. I’m just not quite sure where it is going to take me. I do know that the way I was doing this in the past, is not the way I want to do them in the future.
Has Lockdown Changed Me?
I guess in a manner of speaking it has. With everything that I once took for granted, being taken away from me in the blink of an eye, makes me rethink everything. What was once “important” to me, seems rather insignificant now.
Yes, the closing down of the gyms was the hardest thing to accept. I guess I just never thought that would ever happen.
It just goes to show how susceptible we are as humans.
But being home every night and being able to focus on other things, makes me look at how I operated in the past.
Getting back to normal
Now that lock down is slowly easing again (in the UK anyway), with certain things opening in stages, I am reconsidering what I want to do first.
For one a good haircut would be appreciated lol. But the only thing I am really looking forward to is being able to incorporate gym training into my home workouts.
There are things we can do as a family again, and there is opportunity to gather with another household or two.
It won’t be these huge parties, but just to be able to interact with close friends and family again is something that we also took for granted.
Humans are meant to interact, touch and hold each other.
Where’s my motivation at.
Staying motivated to becoming a better version of myself is what is driving me forward.
The trick I have learnt is to look at the small accomplishments I make every day. I even look at to what I have accomplished over a few hours.
For me, when I take a closer look at what I am doing, allows me to pick up on certain patterns I have developed over the years. Some are great to uncover, while others…..not so great 😀
But this is what allows me to make more informed decisions about the actions I take, and how I am going to continue with my transformation journey long into the future.
Challenge Gives Hope – Hope Gives Purpose – Purpose Gives Success!
Every day I am continuing with my fitness challenge, new and exciting things are uncovered about myself and who I really am.
Perhaps this “break from reality” that many of us are going through is a silver lining in disguise.
I am excited for what the future brings. We are by no means out of the woods yet, but things are looking up. After all, what good does it do to focus only on the negative?
We need and we must look at things positively. This is how we will develop as a race.
Training and Exercising
Today was not the best day for exercising I might add! A few celebratory drinks with the wife the night before took its toll on my energy levels 😀
My first session was a chest workout, so it always starts off with unweighted dips. My set range is normally around 10-12, however today I maxed out at 7. Each set consists of around 18-20 reps and I was averaging around 16 per set.
There is also the added factor of doing insanity workouts in the afternoon. This does fatigue my muscles and I am aware of that.
But I am normally able to push through it with no bother. However, those cheeky drinks last night played a huge part in my fatigue.
Once I had done my morning workout, I decided it was going to be in my best interest to just chill on the couch and watch 24 with my wife. Love a bit of Kiefer Sutherland every now and then ;D
Really! Is It Workout No 2 Already!
I was rapidly getting more and more determined to just stay on the couch and wait for my 60th birthday. But my second workout was approaching with some rapid speed and I was not looking forward to it.
To be honest, I had forgotten what insanity workout I was doing for today. I wasn’t too bothered, until I checked LOL.
The workout for today was Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs. Normally I am able to do these insanity workouts with relative ease, however, today was a whole different ball game.
I was just so fatigued that I was struggling so bad during the workouts. Yes, I was ready to give up and call it a day. But all this depletion in energy levels was 100% self-inflicted.
I did it to myself, so I had to train through it. If I start making excuses to not train because I caused the issue, then when does it stop.
Once I had completed it though, I was absolutely shattered! And I mean completely shattered lol. Best nights sleep I’ve had in a while.
Getting in the right food.
This didn’t happen today at all. I am not going to lie to you. I had every intention of sticking to my diet, but the way I was feeling, it was just going to be something I could make quickly and without thought.
Sandwiches sounded about right lol.
The thing is, even though I was not eating the best today, I also didn’t eat a lot either. By the end of the day I had burnt 3000 calories, so I was not too worried about it.
This isn’t the way forward when it comes to progressing with my fitness challenge, but my blog is also about honesty. I am not a professional, nor am I being sponsored to look a certain way.
If I am having a bad day, or a day that isn’t going according to plan, I will share it with you.
The main thing is that I take accountability for my actions. I know what I have done and the reasons behind it. They don’t get me down as I was fully prepared for the repercussions afterwards.
But no that I have had my “fun”, it is time to get back to work. And I plan on doing just that.
So what’s up for tomorrow?
Tomorrow is going to be back to my strict training and eating. My insanity workout is Cardio Recovery, and while that is a workout on its own lol, it is not a massively strenuous one.
So, I will be able to give me shoulders a lot of attention during my shoulder workout. I am not able to get huge weightlifting into my routine, but I am able to do a lot of isolation exercises. Focusing on slow and controlled reps for maximum definition.
I have prepared my 5 meals for the day and will get them in when required. After yesterday, my body desperately needs the right foods again as I am struggling with sleep. Food is so important, not just for bodybuilding, but for recovery, energy and sleep as well.
The time is running out for the transformation challenge, so I am going to give it my undivided attention. After all, it is only me who is on this journey and nobody else.
My takeaway for day 38 of my fitness challenge
My takeaway for my fitness challenge has to be the importance of keeping on track and not losing focus.
Even though I justified my “cheeky drinks” session with my wife (and rightly so), it was still out with of my strategy and objectives for completing this challenge effectively.
I accepted that I did it and also how it made me feel the next day. This is what I will use the next time, the “opportunity” arises to have a “blowout”.
Sometimes it is needed, and I encourage others to indulge in it if it is justified or necessary. But keep things in moderation.
Take accountability for your actions. If you indulge in something, accept how you feel the next day and get back to work.
Okay, I figured I have bored you enough now 😀
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