There is a movie I watched in my teens called the Girl Next Door.
The basic premise of the movie is that this guy, finishing high school, falls in love with the girl next door and blah blah... They all lived happily ever after.
The most important note about the movie was a speech that he gives at his graduation ceremony. The speech is on Moral Fibre, when he wrote his speech it was before falling in love with the girl next door, whilst giving the speech he breaks away from what he has written and talks about falling in love. It is all a bit Hollywood but one line stands out, "in your heart you'll know that the juice is worth the squeeze."
If we take that sentence literally then you might ask yourself two questions:
1. Why would I squeeze fresh orange juice when I can just buy fresh orange juice?
2. What has juice got to do with motivating me?
To answer number 1, fresh orange juice is always going to taste awesome, it is just a bit harder to create.
To answer number 2 then ask yourself the question relating to your vitality and wellbeing. An example... Is your goal of change for yourself worth the input of time to achieve said goal?
Take a moment right now to close your eyes and imagine the feeling of reaching your goal, be it fitness, fat loss, dress size, money, happiness level or all of the above. Just close your eyes and imagine what that feels like. With that in mind hold onto the emotional sensation that occurs, the smile that might come across your face and then ask yourself, is the juice worth the squeeze?
If you answer honestly you'll find that it will be a yes.
The truth is that you are the only person that can change you, people can guide you but ultimately you are the one that has to realise the freshly squeezed orange juice is way better than the cheap store bought rubbish.
Go now and be awesome, go now and buy some oranges!
Have a great week, Stay Strong and Keep Moving.
The weeks are flying by now and it feels like summer is approaching fast in the UK. Despite the snow last week of course. We are in the weirdest month of the year in my eyes, mainly because there is a hiatus before holidays start happening. Christmas isn’t too much of a distant memory but a lot of people might be starting to 'fall off the wagon’ regarding their New Year promises to themselves.
This is the time of year where people start to question their healthy choices and gym members find that there is more space to breathe because the crowded gyms of January are starting to ease.
So why is this? Why do people start something and never finish? Are they getting injured? Bored? Sick? Maybe… I believe that it is because we are super hard on ourselves when setting out on any fitness journey, a lot of people want to see instant results but forget that physical change is best measured as a trend over time.
Sure, there are a lot of things at play when we talk about individuals and their success when altering body composition, and ladies have the hormonal factor to think about. The trend that I see is people getting frustrated because results fluctuate or are slow, there is nothing wrong with progress being slow because even slow progress will gain momentum over time.
I plateaued twice when I lost my weight and bear in mind I spent a year and a half really pushing myself, not just a few months. The plateaus were tough because it meant that I had to dig deep, trust the process and stay committed to my goals that I had set for myself. If I encountered a plateau or stopping point (I did actually get injured) I figured a way around it and re-adjusted my sights.
It worked for me and works well for my clients when they hit a sticking point. I’ll give you an example, Steve has been working hard each week with me in Ankorr sessions for over 6 months now. About 8 weeks ago he got sick, like proper man flu sick, he came back to training after a week or two off but it completely changed the intensity of our sessions. Targets I had set he couldn’t hit, his strength fluctuated and we had to re-adjust the plans. We have made an epic breakthrough in the last two weeks as his energies have returned to normal and he is able to push himself harder.
My point is that progress is never a straight line, there is always a bend in the road, you have to focus, not on the day, but on how far you have come and intend to go. Here is a video covering my thoughts below and just remember the quote in the picture of this post.
Keep leaping towards your dreams and don’t let drama and insecurity hold you back because you are way too awesome for that!
Have a great week, Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
I promised you a video last week, it is here! Below I talk about the pillars of health and some issues within the health and fitness industry that might be holding us back from thriving.
The time stamp reading 12 minutes and I would say this, if you believe that your health and your life is worth investing in then time is the greatest gift to give yourself. Set aside 15 minutes to watch this video and ask yourself some questions today. Be honest with yourself and you might just find out that balance is the key that has been missing in unlocking your true potential as a human on this wonderful planet.
Have a great week - Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
Last week I went on a bit of a rant about childhood obesity and the fact that we have a problem with what is going into the diets of kids these days. If you missed it then click the link here : SUNDAY DRIVING : and it’ll take you to the post and then you can come back here and continue reading.
So, GOALS hey? That word that bangs around in the fitness industry like the noisy zip on your clothes in the washing machine. There are goals upon goals being set each day and in fact sometimes the word goals can send a shiver down your spine. In fact, I’ve written over 73 different blog posts, all with the word GOALS in it, that is a lot of writing about goals and if you count this post then it will be 74.
All in all it is a pretty good thing to have something in your sights that you would like to achieve when it comes to life, fitness and all things to do with your progression as a human being. When I sit with people to talk about Personal Training my first ice breaker is always about their motivation for wanting to change things up; invariably the conversation turns to achieving something that they used to have, have never had or what they think they want at the time in their life. 9 times out of 10 people are sitting in front of me trying to find the fastest way to be healthier and better.
This often leads us down a path that highlights a lack of balance, in fact, we all at some point in our lives will experience a lack of balance in the juggling act of living.
Today I thought it best to cover balance based on a series of coaching videos that I have studied through the CHEK institute. Life balance, yours and mine, can be broken up into 4 sections or 4 quadrants or 4 pillars, this is possibly the best way to ask and answer the right questions for longevity and health. I’ll create a video on this for next week’s post because I think that this is fundamental to life, vitality and us living as balanced as we can. For now the basics are as follows…
The four pillars to our health:
If we focus too much on one particular area then we run the risk of developing an imbalance in our health and vitality.
Let’s take me as the example 4 years ago - my diet was horrible, my movement was poor, I kept myself pretty busy and I was really unhappy because I hated my job. The sensation was my unhappiness and my intuition told me there was more to life than clocking in and clocking out of a job that I disliked. I felt very frustrated and that led me to think of ways to cope, i.e. eating lots and lots of comfort food.
Let’s face it, I didn’t get fat over night, I practiced quite a lot to get there, so we are talking years of neglect that led to the pillars crumbling away from my life. The rebuilding process is the toughest thing to start but the most amazing to watch grow.
I'm not suggesting you need or have to re-build your entire existence - what I am asking you to take from this today is that problems are easy to diagnose if you ask the right questions. If you are struggling to reach your goals there might be a slight imbalance in your life that you can work on.
What you can do this week then, is sit down with this blog post in front of you and ask yourself the questions in RED for each Doctor. If your answers are YES then that is awesome, if you are unsure or have a few NO responses then there is work to be done.
Next week’s video and blog I will spend more time discussing this model by Paul Chek, but in the mean time I will leave you with a couple of things.
I’ll leave you with a final quote from Paul Chek which is his definition of health, “Health is an honest willingness to engage your body-mind such that you engage body-mind challenges as an integral process of creating and living your dreams, and accomplish stated goals/ objectives.”
Ultimately your health is the most important thing that you can control, start your week well and complete the questions above, once you know where you stand you are in a great position to move forward.
Have a great week and I’ll see you in my video next week.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
Today’s blog is a little different to most. Don’t worry it will still have a motivational theme…
I saw something yesterday that threw me… My girlfriend and I took a leisurely Sunday drive to the Clent Hills outside Birmingham, we walked around the hills for a couple of hours and then decided to head back home for lunch. On the way back we decided to stop off at a monster Sainsbury’s shop, we got a roast chicken and some salad bits to create an epic Sunday lunch. Much needed after our walking.
We got back into my car to head home and as I turned the key the engine decided to remain quiet. There we were, alone in the car park with a chicken and little idea of how to get the car sorted. I called for breakdown to come as I figured that would be the best. As we waited for our hero to appear in his magical van and restart my car I decided to head to the cafe and get a hot drink.
I was in the queue for a while, and I studied the food menu in horror. Not because of the prices but because of the picture below. Have a look at it and see what stands out...
I’m not shocked at the choice of foods if I’m being honest, most kid’s menus are full of horrendous choices anyway. What I was and am still shocked about is the calorie count next to each meal, especially as the menu states that this is ideal for children aged 5-10 years old.
What the hell is wrong with the world? Calorie counting for children between the ages of 5 and 10 is something that has truly shocked me. Upon doing some research into this today, it seems that there is only some suggestion from government that this is a good idea, mostly they don’t seem to care. This is based on research that states that we are, as a nation, actually asking for this to be done to make healthier choices! (1) At the same time another study has indicated that only 15% of people actually used the calorie count to restrict their meals when eating out at restaurants by only 106 calories! (2) Now, looking at that menu again, it is like choosing the lesser of many evils because none of those foods are particularly healthy, and if you are telling little Timmy that the less number he eats the better, well then we are in a world of trouble.
Choosing something low in calories does not make it a healthy or unhealthy food. It just indicates the level of energy contained in said food. It is the macronutrient and micronutrient make up of the food that will determine the level of ‘health’ involved.
Regardless of the calories, macros and other labels that we seem to want plastered everywhere, and I use 'we' as a collective human race, governments, food companies and all. Why are we even having to justify the 'health levels' of any food that goes down children’s throats? Is it purely so that companies are covered legally when little Timmy dies from high cholesterol and a heart attack after eating his ‘daily allowance’ of cream pies from the local shop? - "But we warned you of the calorie count..." -
Childhood obesity is at an all time high, just with statistics in the UK alone: a quarter of 2-10 year olds are obese. One third of 11-15 year olds are overweight and obese. Chicken nuggets and pasta bake have been around longer than the idea of telling people how many calories they contain on a kids menu. When are we going to realise that the calorie count isn’t the problem and the actual processed rubbish is?
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not sitting here writing this intent on making parents feel guilty for the choices they make when feeding their kids, although there is place for a serious re-think of what parents do give their kids everyday. In my view stress is the number one contributing factor in poor decision making, having a full time job, managing money and a household as well as providing good nutritious food for everyone can be a stressful task. We talk with our wallets and within surveys, if we are being asked if caloric information would help make an informed decision and we say 'yes' then companies will act on it. What you can’t bet on is the chefs that decide to give you a menu full of crappy options for you to feed little Timmy with.
I can also guarantee you that taking little Timmy to the emergency rooms 15 times a year because he can’t keep fighting infections and colds or has heart problems because he is obese will cause more stress than teaching him the value of good food. In fact if you read a book called Spark by John J Rately you’ll understand how promoting healthy eating and exercise in children can actually change their behaviour and improve interactions with others as young humans.
We are only as good as the information we look into, investigate and act upon, right now that menu is telling me that we have kids that are going to be growing up worrying about calories and not thinking about the rich abundant food that lies in the fruit and vegetable aisles of the supermarkets.
This obesity crisis in children and in general is not here because we lack information on diet, exercise and wellbeing. We are more able to read blogs, follow nutritional gurus and connect with people like myself who have lost weight many times over. The crisis is down to choice, we have the beautiful, wonderful, most awesome ability of free will - we need to harness that for the good of everyone.
We don’t need a menu to tell us what numbers add up, we need to wake up and realise that all these choices on that menu suck!
I chose to eat 20 cheeseburgers one evening when I was big, McDonalds didn’t have to tell me the calories of 20 burgers for me to know that I’d made a bad decision to order them. I knew it was but I was lazy, hungry and didn't really think of the consequences.
The choice is yours today to make your day healthier and happier. I can’t make you do it, I just write blogs and hope that they resonate with every reader; maybe enough to plant a seed so that some day things for you change. The same way I can’t make my clients lose weight or eat better, I can simply provide as much support and information as I can.
Last week I added a new video category to the We Move Fitness package on this website - this category is called “Family Workouts” and there is a video in there ready and waiting for families to enjoy - this is the first phase of introducing health, not only to individuals who need guidance, but to families looking to make a healthy change in their lives too. If you are interested in this then there is a 30 day trial running on the We Move Fitness Package at the moment and you can try it out absolutely free by clicking here.
As I said before, I don’t intend to make parents feel guilty with this post, I’m simply here saying that I know stress and ease can create choices and habits that negatively affect our health. We talk with our wallets and food companies listen. If we buy the good foods then the bad foods will become less on the shelves, at the same time our short term sacrifice of an extra 15 minutes to prepare a healthy nutritious meal for little Timmy can save us years down the line. Trust me, I’ve been in hospital and wasted my time and the time and resources of a very strained NHS, all because I was making poor choices.
Let’s start today to make good ones for our future.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving
When I was 16 years old I lived in Botswana and I had a car accident. I was pulling into my friend's house, possibly a little too quickly, I hit some sand and skidded into his wall. (I got my license in Zimbabwe at 16 so I was driving legally.)
It was quite a shock because everything went in slow motion from the moment I tapped on the breaks until I got out the car and screamed, “F#*K!” At the top of my lungs. The car wasn’t a write off, but the front left headlight was smashed and the bumper and bonnet needed replacing for sure. For a few moments after the accident, what seemed like eternity to me, I was absolutely crapping my panties trying to figure out the best way to explain to my parents what I had done. My friend and his sister were in just about the same amount of shock that I was in, although I’m sure they probably found it slightly more amusing. It’s not every day that your friend comes round and crashes into your house.
I managed to traverse the scolding from both my parents and drove the car home in convoy with my mum; much to my embarrassment a friend flagged us down on the way home to find out what had happened. I got through the next few weeks without being locked in a prison but the immediate accountability of the situation was a hard one to admit to. A few weeks down the line, I was still grounded and I knew that any stepping out of line would mean more punishment and probably even more disappointment on my parents part. In my weeks of being grounded I was still allowed to drive to school and to play some golf, but any other activities were strictly prohibited. It is funny that the anger parents exude from seeing you mess something up like crashing a car is far surpassed by the disappointment that they feel… The, “where did we go wrong” vibes were very strong.
During my grounded phase a family friend had gone out of town and an agreement was struck up that I would house sit for them, a fail safe to ensure that I behaved…
Once I was settled in the house for the first night and I had eaten some dinner I decided to call my friends and find out what time they were all meeting up at the Bull and Bush, our favourite bar. (Just ignore the fact that I was 16…)
I decided to seize the moment and stock up on some beer, load my family friend’s cooler box into my car and zip off into town to meet my friends. We’d often have drinks outside the Bull and Bush to save money the cooler full of booze would come in handy, along with the epic sound system in my car to provide an hour of entertainment before heading inside and meeting up with everyone else.
Later on in the evening I went back out to the car to get some more to drink, only to find glass all over the floor and in the car and the cooler box gone. The thieves had ignored the sound system and decided to steal the booze. I cleaned up the glass and then headed back to the house I was looking after, drank a little more then passed out. I woke up a few hours later with a stinking hangover and the anxiety of having to explain the broken window, and the missing cooler box.
I wished and wished the situation to go away, along with the hangover and I was really nervous and scared about the truth coming out. My parents were not happy, they extended the feelings of disappointment and frustration with my poor choices.
In the end, despite my antics and several hours left in paralysing torment about the consequences of my actions it was all done. I was just being a scaredy cat, sure I knew I would need to make amends for the wrong I had done, but it wasn't going to kill me to own up for my mistakes.
So how does this relate to you and your move to being the better you? Well, you can live your whole life worried about the chocolate you just ate or the bad weekend of boozing and never get anywhere wracked with guilt. (Me crashing the car and getting the window smashed in,) You can also spend your whole life worrying about the impending increase in waist size from said chocolate and alcohol. (Also me wondering what punishment I would endure.) When, actually then best thing is to get rid of the worry, accept the fact that it wasn’t a good choice and move on in the present to make better choices.
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu
Go out there today and get stuck in, make good choices for your health and your mindset and revel in the moment as much as you can!
If you have any questions or would like to join my awesome team of people working to be fitter and stronger each day then pop me a message or check out the services page!
Have a great week ahead :-)
Stay Strong and Keep Moving
Something that I have found quite useful recently is a mantra that I can repeat each day that gets my thoughts aligned.
You might think the word mantra is a bit spiritual or weird for me to talk about in a motivational and fitness blog, but hear me out. Or rather read me out...
A mantra, according to the english Oxford dictionary, is as below:
Yes, it can be spiritual, but it can also just be something that is said repeatedly. The reason I have been thinking of mantras is because I have found them a great way to start achieving some of the business goals I have set for the year. This hits on my personal goals too as my business influences my lifestyle.
I recently thought how this would have come in handy when I first moved to the UK in 2005.
When I came over to this country I had about £700 to my name and a fairly simple plan. Play as much golf as possible for a whole year. That seemed like a reasonable thing to want to do and it sure made me feel good. The only thing that I hadn’t bet on was, how to buy a car, register the car, pay for petrol, pay rent, buy food, pay golf membership… The list was endless, I was willing to get stuck in to get things done. The only problem was getting started.
I remember moving into a bedsit in Southampton, the room was cold, bare, and stunk of boiled meat. I could cook, open my fridge and lie down at the same time. There was no internet, there was only my first generation iPod and some tunes that reminded me of home. After the first couple of days things were looking a little bleak. I was walking everywhere because busses just didn’t make sense to me. On my way back from a trial shift at a new job (selling double glazing) I cried my heart out. I was down to a couple hundred pounds in my pocket and had spent the afternoon amongst a team of men who walked around neighbourhoods and got people very angry by knocking on their doors trying to sell windows.
It was all very bizarre to me as I was pretty sure that they had windows in their homes in the first place, I also had no idea when fascia boards were, in fact I still don’t know what they are. All I know is that I got a free lunch from the head honcho who I walked around with. He earned over £1000 per week and seemed to be able to sell just about anything.
It was an experience I would quite happily never experience again (I did however in London another time with Sky TV but that is another story).
Anyways, I walked home, jobless and with the idea that I could potentially never find a job other than walking around knocking on people’s doors and selling something that I had no idea about. Lying in bed crying myself to sleep I could have used a mantra, I could have done with having faith that there is always a way forward. Months later with the help of family, new friends and my own work ethic I had a job in a golf course and was doing something cool. The dream of professional golf was very far away. Each month I would suffer a crisis moment and I would go and sit by a river near a church in Andover and try to figure out a way forward, this often ended with the mindset of just muddling through.
I reckon if I had a mantra, or a few mantras back then I would have been able to get through everything with a bit more confidence in myself.
Of late they have proved their worth by helping out of some sticky spots, so here is a recipe for you to cook up your own.
It is a simple recipe and it aligns with spending positive time with yourself, this is something I covered in last week’s Personal Growth video in the member zone. In the last blog post I mentioned about how reading and listening to books has helped me grow. I one book I’ve recently listened to the author explains that what we think about the most we create more of. I feel like we live in a world where people are thinking about how stressed they are each day, how worried that makes them and how insecure they are because they don’t look or feel the way they think they should.
If you can add a mantra into your mind each time a bit of worry kicks in, or a bit of stress peeks around the corner then you’ll be filling your mind with positive affirmations that align with your goals. That doesn’t mean to say you’ll never had a bad day, or a moment of anger, it just means you’ll be able to recover from it better.
See how you get on with that recipe and let me know your results with injecting a mantra into your life, you might be surprised.
Have a great week.
Stay strong and keep moving.
With the modern age and technology advancing, reading is becoming something of a lost art, unless it is on Kindle or it is a text book. I believe even schools are moving toward more and more powerpoint presentations as well as PDF style booklets.
On one hand there is nothing wrong with advancement, especially with the ease of carrying an iPad or eReader as opposed to a big bag of books. I remember going to school some days and feeling like my bag weighed a tonne, especially when high school came around and the sciences turned up with their massive textbooks!
I loved English and creative writing as it was a bit more enjoyable than learning about atoms and mathematical equations… I remember that the only thing that I really didn’t enjoy about English classes was reading, I’m pretty sure it was standard around the world but our teachers used to want us to each read a few pages each out loud. The anxiety would build and build for me as I didn’t want to make a mistake. I didn’t ever want to screw it up for fear of being laughed at. In truth I don’t think anyone would have cared.
You are probably sitting there reading asking what this has to do with fitness, well, I remember when I was younger that I said to my dad that I wanted to write a book one day. His response was, “you’ll need to read more books to write one.” He was right. It turns out that reading and writing go hand in hand… When I started to change my life for the better I started to read more, not with the expressed intention of being able to write a book, or this blog for that matter, the blog happened more spontaneously.
The main reason I started to read was to learn as much as possible about my health and about a more holistic way of looking at diet and exercise. I didn’t want to kill myself losing tonnes of fat, not learn anything and then pile the fat back on again. There are too many people in that boat and as a trainer now I can see it is one of the most frustrating parts of the industry. I don’t blame the fad diets and diet trends, I blame people not taking the time to learn about themselves and how their body works.
I always equate implementing a fitness plan a little bit like taking up a hobby, or starting a new job. At first things might be a bit overwhelming, but in time, with consistency, things will change. Sure, you may need to course correct every now and then, but never stop trying to improve yourself.
You might be thinking that the first thing I’d recommend is a book on the best diet in the world. Far from it. I recommend an array of self help books, one that includes work on the nutritional front. Once you truly understand the change that you want to see in yourself then you can agree to the excitement of it being an enjoyable process. I’m not talking about ‘losing weight and toning up,’ I’m talking about the kind of change that helps you feel good about yourself every day, the kind of change where you feel in complete control of your choices.
All the books I have read have taught me that every step in the right direction is one step better than staying the same. That is what progress is, if you take that and transplant it into a fitness program it works. If you transplant it into dietary choices it works. If you apply it to going to regulating your sleep patterns, it works.
With that said, I’d encourage you to read as much as possible, audio books are a great way to get some reading in when you have other things to do. You’d be surprised how even 15 minutes or 10 minutes of listening in the car on the way to work can lift your spirits and get you feeling more positive about the life you are living.
Here are my top 5 books for you to try out this year:
The last thing I’d point out is that you may have started to read a book of this nature and put it down, you may have found that reading was a bit of a slog, all I can say is that it could be the part of the improvement process that you need to kickstart your mindset. It certainly was for me. The more you learn the more you grow and the more you grow as a human the better off you will be.
So go out there now and be more awesome with each decision you make! Keep learning and most of all Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
A new theme for this year is a monthly Newsletter. It is great to share my motivational writing with you on your respective journey's but I'd like to take some time each month to keep you informed of what is going on within Raw Motion Fitness, it may even come to inspire you.
To kick things off I would like to give a big 'shout out' to every single client of mine, there are obstacles being overcome each and every day and in each session, and I am truly grateful for the chance to see change happen.
Here are a few examples of work that has made me smile this month.
Richard A; a man who has battled a slight set back has risen to the challenge this very Sunday evening as I type this Newsletter. He smashed three personal best times tonight in the Ankorr harness and still had air in his lungs to say how difficult it was! Massive respect and a big well done sir!
Aine; who has been on my Online Motion coaching package for several months now, working towards her goal weight she has lost a total of 2 stone (possibly a bit more now) so far. She has shown that hard work and working to a vision of health and vitality will result in lasting change! Keep up the awesome work!
Jeremy; he has come back to exercise after a shoulder injury and has stuck to the plan we put in place. He has shown massive improvements in his mobility, strength, posture and most of all his push ups! Each session we push that little bit harder and each session he delivers the intensity. Well done sir!
Paul; we just completed our 80th session together this evening! Whoohoo! To say that he has come on in leaps and bounds would be an understatement. From an injured shoulder and very painful knees he has fought back, stuck to the plan, done the 'boring' and sometimes painful homework and seen some amazing results! With a fully rehabbed shoulder and knees that are getting better each session, he has now mastered the front squat, which has given rise to confidence I haven't seen before. Onwards and upwards sir!
Weekly Ankorr Crew; Claire, Kate, Dean and Nicky, you guys always show up and give it your all, even though you may curse me at the start. Your numbers are building nicely, you just need to keep pushing though the next few weeks :-)
There are many more to mention, Val, Michelle, Ankur Joe, Duncan, Steve and Emma always show up and give 100%. Let's keep focused on the goals guys and keep working hard towards the summer time!
At the beginning of the year Raw Motion Fitness merged branding with We Move Fitness LTD. We Move Fitness was a stand alone fitness solution that offered a member's portal stocked with videos, nutritional tips and recipes and a chance for people to become fitter and healthier for only £3.95 per month. This has now become a package under the Raw Motion Fitness banner and the series of videos keeps going from strength to strength. Below is one of the Personal Growth videos for you to watch when you have 5 minutes. Each week new coaching videos are uploaded to the portal for everyone to watch and enjoy. The formats of the HIIT training have proved to be quite popular so far.
The less exciting news is that I have had to knock my Iron ZUU classes on the head at Virgin Active for the time being. At the end of last year I had a slight health concern which has turned out to be a small hernia developing in my groin. Not the greatest news for someone who's job involves lifting stuff. At the moment I am still waiting on word from the doctor as to the severity of the hernia. Right now I am focusing on 3 day split training, and only really pushing myself if I feel right enough for it. I am hopeful things will improve and that the doctor will have positive news this week.
What February Will Bring...
February is often touted as being the toughest month of the year for people. I love February because it is short and that means that March is round the corner, which means April is soon to follow and the Masters Golf tournament kicks the spring season into full effect for me! February is your chance to stay focused on your goals for 2018 - it is your chance to stay committed, no matter what January throws at you in these final few days.
Actions Speak Louder
On a final note, I shall leave you with this. I grew up with the saying, 'actions speak louder than words' embedded into my brain. I don't know why or how it happened, it just did. If there is a change in your life that you have been talking about making or there is something in your life you keep saying you'll do but haven't gotten round to doing yet, then there is no time like the present. We all love to think and sometimes talk about the things we want to achieve for ourselves, right now is the best time to get started and put those words into action!
I work with people each day who are taking action and challenging themselves to be better, faster and stronger human beings. That is inspiring stuff, especially when you find out the individual battles being fought to keep chasing their goals in life. You have the chance today to do the same, to keep rising to the challenge you set forth! So go after it!
Have an awesome week and I'll catch you in the next post, if not before!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
We’ve all been there… Lying awake at a stupid time in the night. Thinking about things, about life, about family, about our dreams, about what we want to achieve, what we did in the past. One thought leading on to another, staring with a list of things to do in the morning.
I used to do it all the time, I still do occasionally, but the worst I had it was after coming back from America in 2008, my sleep cycle was all over the place because of the jet lag. I’d travelled from Gaborone in Botswana to Johannesburg, to London to Canada and then to Texas and then back to London within a week. It may sound like I was a jet setting entrepreneur but I was simply going back to get some things after my first year golf at University didn’t pan out.
A little sidebar - I remember getting a Black Cab from the Airport in London all the way to the new flat where my sister and I would be staying. It was about an hour and a half in a black cab. I had so much stuff with me and the last thing my sister had said to me on the phone, ‘don’t get a black cab, look for another kind of taxi.’
The cab ride came to nearly £100 as I rocked up in South East London from Heathrow Airport, completely oblivious that the cab driver had actually done about 4 laps of the neighbourhood before actually driving down the right road. I only discovered this later in the week when I went exploring and realised that I’d been ripped off.
Once semi - established in the UK again I found work in a pub and did some moonlighting for a catering agency. The hours were long and I spent most of my days using tip money to buy cigarettes. Once I got offered a day’s work in Windsor Castle - 12 hour shift, paid at the end of the week - boom! I was in the money, the only problem was I got back to London so late that public transport was few and far between. I ended up spending £40 on another taxi home from West London. Calculating the wage at the end of the week I realised that I had literally wiped out the 12 hour shift for one taxi ride…
It was situations like that that would circle in my head at 2am after a long day of work. The realisation that, A: My dream of golf in America had ceased to be and, B: I was flat broke and couldn’t see a way forward.
I tried various means of sleep accelerants from legal herbal sleeping pills to illegal drugs to counting sheep. Nothing helped and it is amazing the number of sheep that you can count up to…
From 2008 to 2013 I spent a lot of time trying to sleep better, in the end I settled for a simple remedy. I would keep a can of fresh Coca-Cola next to the bed, along with; an ashtray, lighter and box of cigarettes. I’d try and have a gap between my second last and my last smoke of the day. Lighting one up before going to sleep would give me an awesome head rush and before it was gone I’d switch off the light and, boom! I was asleep… Only for a few hours, then I would cough myself awake, have a swig of Coca-Cola and a cheeky 4am smoke, let the head rush hit and... Boom! Off to sleep again. The good news was that I'd gotten rid of sleepless nights. The bad news was that I’d successfully replaced overthinking with a slightly more deathly habit.
I only really cured this behaviour after committing to changing my lifestyle drastically in 2013. Despite the first 2 weeks of change being the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, I can safely say it taught me a great deal of things, I’ll highlight a few for you now.
Now, I’m not saying that you need to commit to everything that I did to change my situation. What I can say is that taking charge of your health with good movement, and applying the right nutritional approach to your life can open up a world to you that you never knew existed. Ultimately it is about commitment to the cause, if you are committed to being better and are open to learning along your path then you’ll get there!
Never fear becoming the person you are capable of being, never fear having the life, the body the mindset that you are capable of having. Turn fear into an acronym and the word changes. Face Everything And Rise!
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.