…but mostly about my blogging.
The rest of my life is quite stable. Then again, I’m sure some people may question my mental state!
I’m still at Siam No. 1 and the training is going as expected. Some of my old injuries are coming back to haunt me but that’s OK, I’ll work through them somehow.
I’m still running my hills.
I’m still doing my best to help out those that need and ask for help.
I’m still spending a lot of time helping my sweetheart Thai. She has graduated university ( yeaaaaa!) and I’ll post about that later. I prefer to have her consent and she’s at a meditation retreat right now.
I’m still working hard to eat clean, though that gets tougher each day with Big Agra and Monsanto destroying everything they can.
And I’m still reading to learn and watching inspirational videos. I need them to keep me going.
Here’s one video I thought I’d share with you. Watch it. I know you’ll go “Wow!” and then wonder why you are still sneaking in excuses for not exercising.
I hope you enjoy it. I hope I can come close to doing what this guy is up to at his age.
Then, let me know what you plan to do next because I know, after seeing this video, you will want to get up and do something!
Me? I’m going to do a run ( faster) and hit the gym (and work harder)…this dude is making me look bad!
Cheers – stay well and as always, Smile, even through the pain.
Time for another rethink!
I run. I eat right; well as best as I can anyway. I use the kettle-bell and weighted vest. I go to a gym fairly regularly. So, you know, I felt pretty good. I have decent cardio. Still a little belly fat to lose, I never could seem to lose that last bit of pudge around the mid-section. But over all I was doing, at least I thought I was doing, great.
Enter Siam No.1 Muay Thai Gym. Or should I say I dared enter the gym. Now, as I said, I thought I was fairly well conditioned. Well, my first class put that myth to rest. Admittedly I do have a torn calf muscle but it was the cardio workout that almost made me puke. Holy left-hook Batman. Talk about intensity! There was no letting up. But most of you know me by now so there was no giving up either.
I pushed through two hours of punishment…what they called the Yellow Shorts, or beginners classes. Oh joy! In several months to a year they feel I should be ready for my Blue Shorts test. They feel. That’s what I find really cool about this place. I don’t decide if I want to try out for the next level. The instructors tell the students when they are ready. Leave the Ego at the door please. I’ll be ready when they say I’m ready. I recently witnessed a guy from another Muay Thai gym come in and almost demanded he start off at Blue Shorts because he’d been training for a year. He was showing his stuff and throwing kicks and knees around. Looked impressive to me. However, everybody starts off at Yellow…EVERYBODY. So, to prove their point, one of the instructors put him through a 15 minute Blue Shorts workout. Just 15 minutes.
He bought Yellow Shorts.
…and on and on it goes
So I’m still pushing through to the next level. Testing myself yet again. It’s tough. Really tough. I’ve been humbled back to rethinking my fitness level once again. It’s a never-ending process. The training and mind set constantly changes. I’m the oldest in the class by about 25 years. The instructors are very considerate of my age but they don’t treat me any different that the teenager I’m sparring with. It was my decision to join. Go big or go home. They won’t let me get hurt but they wont cut me any slack either.
Getting through one class at a time is my goal right now. Blue Shorts? I’m not even thinking about it. They will let me know if I advance that far…ever. I hope that by the end of the summer I will be able to get through a class without feeling like a complete newbie. That’s a pretty limited goal, but it’s the one I’ve set for myself.
With the summer coming on and the races opening up all over; What is your next goal on your journey to better health and fitness?
I’ll keep you posted.
Smile…even through the pain.
Last of 6 runs up a little ski hill. The vest is 20kgs. Weefy is the camera girl. She’s a little shaky but so am I !!
My legs burned, my lungs were gasping for air, but that’s all part of the game.
Just thought I’d post it for a few laughs.
OK – so this is a complete plagiarism from an article I read a loooong time ago. I still agree with it, and since I’ve been receiving quite a few questions about how to eat and when, because of the upcoming Spartan Sprint and Warrior Dash races, I thought I’d do a quick post.
So Kudos to whoever put together the whole article; thank you very much. If I ever find out who you are, I will gladly pay tribute.
Working out, running races of all sorts, exercising in one form or another; eating the right kind of foods at the proper time will help your body prepare and recover much better.
Now, that being said, everyone is different and so is their adaptability to foods. I have friends that can’t eat anything hours before running or going to the gym and I have friends that are munching on bagels at the start line. I also know pro athletes that eat nothing…and I mean nothing…but fruit. So these are pretty much generalizations, they work for me and basically make sense in the science of nutrition.
No techy details, just the basics or this could stretch into a book. ( Hmm, now there’s a thought.) Anyway, I’ll add my comments as it goes along.
Before: Whole Wheat Toast with Sliced Banana and Cinnamon
When it comes to gearing up for workout, carbs are your body needs. The key is to have a mixed bag of complex and simple ones, so that the release of energy during your workout is slow and steady throughout your routine. Whole-wheat toast with fruit gives you both types of carbs with the bonus of being super easy to digest. Complex carbs will keep your motor humming, while the fruit adds an extra kick of energy. For those training for a race, bananas are perfect in raising potassium levels, which drop when you sweat a lot. For an added bonus, add a dash of cinnamon. The spice has been linked to stabilizing blood sugar and improving brain function.
I find that I need to eat a minimum of an hour before I run or work out. I feel heavy and uncomfortable if I eat too close to start time.
After: Grilled Chicken and Mixed Vegetables
Your body is in recovery mode, so you need a nutrient dense dish. The lean protein and carbohydrates in chicken will fill you up without feeling overly bloated. Add some veggies in olive oil to keep your ticker in tip top shape.
This will be the meal after I get home. Immediately after an intense workout it’s banaas and coconut water, fresh from the shell if possible.
Before: Greek Yogurt and Trail Mix
Getting ready for a long run? Eat some yogurt first. It’s easy on your stomach and when paired with trail mix can give you the little rev your body needs. Just make sure to choose a mix that is mostly nut and dried fruit based with as little fillers as possible. (Yes, sadly we’re talking about those little chocolates! But I will eat real pure chocolate niblets – but that’s me!) The healthy sugars from dried fruit provide that quick energy boost while seeds and nuts will keep insulin levels from dropping mid-workout. Just remember, a little bit goes a long way. Seeds and nuts are high in fat, which means they take longer to digest. Too many and you could start feeling sluggish and slow as you sweat.
After: Veggie Omelet with Avocado
You already know eggs are a great source of protein and help aid in muscle recovery and growth. Switch it up from the usual scramble and make a veggie-packed omelet. Garnish with a few slices of avocado for fiber and monosaturated fats (the good kind!). Similar to olive oil, avocados can help your body better absorb fat soluble nutrients that your veggies have like vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins are stocked with antioxidants, the best boost for your body, inside and out.
I cook my omelettes with coconut oil. I feel it’s healthier and has a nice taste also.
Need a snack on-the-go on your way to the gym? Stick with a smoothie. Not only are they time-friendly, building your own blend has a bunch of exercise benefits. For a foolproof formula, use your favorite sliced fruit, a cup of Greek yogurt and some granola for a thicker consistency. If you’re picking one up, check the label to make sure it’s made from whey or milk-based proteins. And no need to go overboard — 10 to 20 grams of protein before exercising is plenty.
Make your own!
After: Salmon with Sweet Potato
Aside from the usual protein perks, salmon has bioactive peptides, small protein molecules that play a role in inflammation reduction, helping to regulate insulin levels and give you joint support. Sweet potatoes pack in those complex carbs as well as help to restore glycogen levels, which get depleted after a workout.
Great combination but make sure your salmon is fresh and NOT FARMED or GMO!!
Before: Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit
Oatmeal is the workout buddy you never have to nag to exercise. It sticks with you throughout your workout by gradually releasing sugar into your bloodstream. Adding fruit to your bowl will help increase the fluid content of your pre-workout snack, keeping you hydrated.
This is a staple with me. Organic, large, steel cut oats and berries or dates with Almond milk.
After: Whole Wheat Tuna Fish, Hummus and Spinach Sandwich
If you’re a lunchtime exerciser, this is the sandwich for you. Tuna is low in calories, but high in protein and carbs. Hummus is a better-for-you spread over mayo or mustard, while also being high in fiber. And last but certainly not least, spinach is a produce powerhouse, handling everything from curbing your appetite to boosting your complexion and lowering blood pressure and inflammation.
The perfect sandwich…but I add hot peppers and sometimes Tumeric. I know – a little wacked but each to their own.
Before: Apple Wedges with Almond Butter
If it comes down to picking out of the candy dish or an apple for some pre-workout sugar, go for the apple. You’ll avoid a sugar crash mid-lunge while stocking up on vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. To keep your stomach from growling, spread a tablespoon of almond butter on your slices. It squashes hunger and amps energy levels up.
This is another favorite of mine. Sometimes I add a little cheese also. Hey ! We all have different tastes ok.
After: Chocolate Milk
Recent research has shown that chocolate milk is the latest craze in post-workout snacks, even over water and sports drinks. That’s because it has everything you need in one glass: carbs and protein for muscle recovery, water content to replace the fluids lost as sweat and calcium, sodium and sugar — all ingredients that help you recover faster, retain water and regain energy.
Sorry. Even though this is really popular right now, I don’t do the milk thing. Personal preference. I don’t drink that liquid that comes in bags or boxes they call milk. If I see it come from a free roaming cow, I’ll have a glass. Otherwise it’s coconut water for me – the water from two coconuts just makes my body go “Ahhhhh. That’s-a-so-good.”
There ya go. Now you should be able to fuel up, work out and cool down with all the nutrition your body needs. So? What are you waiting for? The races won’t wait for you…get moving!
Eat well, work hard, have fun, and as always…smile.
Our Wedding anniversary – a final assignment for university – my brother back from his travels in Thailand – I’ve started training at a new gym – we are moving…again – I tore a calf muscle – and spring is in the air!!
So please bear with me and I’ll be around soon to share some of the odd details of what’s going on in and around my crazy life!
In the meantime remember this…
So get out there and get so busy kickin’ butt you don’t have time to take names!
The cold winds are slowly disappearing and my mind is drifting away to things I will do this summer. Bedides my crazy workouts and hill running I like to do a little camping – just get away from everything and relax.
Nature amazes me. It humbles me into realizing just how small I am in this world.
Take time to get outside. Look around. Enjoy the world at it’s most basic. it’s awesome.
Any plans for hiking, camping or travel this year?
Where ever you go, what ever you do, remember…smile.
Hey!! Happy Sunday everyone!
Just an interesting little quote I found from a weightlifting coach. I realize we aren’t all in a “do or die” situation but it does make you question your motivation and dedication to do what ever it is you are doing.
- There are two forms of motivation. There’s motivation from desire, and there’s motivation from necessity, and if you’re coming from point of desire, it can always change — day by day, minute by minute: “Yeah, I want to lose weight, oh there’s a candy bar, it looks really good. Maybe I’ll eat this.” Your desire can fluctuate, so the problem with that is you float above or below the line of success all the time.
But, if you’re coming from a point of necessity, you can’t fail because you never see that as an option. You won’t allow yourself to fail. So when you look at things from point of necessity — “I must do this. I don’t have an option” — you can’t fail. Those people always succeed.
“I want, I want” is different than, “I need. I know I have to.” If you come from a poor country, and you must do this to support your family and have a place to live, or they’re going to execute your family or provide food to eat, you’re going to train when you don’t want to train. You’re going to hate your coach just like you hate your job, but you’re going to go to work and you’re going to try as hard as you can because you have to. It’s not a choice.
The problem here in this country is people are hobbyists. They want to be great: “I would love to do this. I want to make a team.” Yeah, you want. You don’t need to, and that’s the difference. If I asked you this simple question, “Hey, if you were on an island, and everything was paradise and you could train whenever you wanted, how often would you train?” Everyone basically spout the information that has been brainwashed with: “I would train three days a week. I would max once every so often.”
Now, you’re in the cell. You’re locked up. Everyone you love will be executed if you don’t hit a certain weight by a certain date. Are you going to still train three days a week?
“No, I’ll train every day.”
“Because, well, I have to.”
“Well, no shit.”
If you have to, now it’s different. -
Have a fantastic upcoming week!
Push it to the limit; enjoy every second of it; sweat; and as always…smile.