Sunday, 12 May 2013


I have run into my next problem - tiredness.

Had a really good session with Marco last week, but I was exhausted afterwards - and felt exhausted throughout the rest of the day at work.

Meanwhile, work is very busy and I am having to work some Saturdays and Sundays plus my office has moved 30 minutes further away.

It's all a bad combination of different factors coming together.

Right now I'm not sure how to address this - my thinking is to check my diet and supplementation, try and spend more time in bed and find ways of feeling energised and motivated when I am physically very tired. After all, without the job there'd be no money to pay for the food, supplements and trainer.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

I'm A Qualified Gym Instructor

Big day today - I got the e-mail today telling me I passed the last two parts of my assessment as a Gym Instructor.

I'm a qualified Gym Instructor now!!

Now, I have to do the next three modules to train a a Personal Trainer.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

April 2013

I'm back in to a good routine again.
I am going to the gym four times a week and meeting my personal trainer once each week.
This is only the end of the second week, but I am feeling much more positive and enjoying the sessions.
I realise that it will be a few weeks yet before I have any credibility.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Self Sabotage And The Gremlin

Another thing I have realised is that I have been sabotaging myself.

Every time I start to notice a difference something happens and the gym routine gets disrupted.

It's like part of me (I call it the gremlin) says I'll fail and then is determined to prove itself right. It sounds crazy, but it's true and it's not unheard of. It stems from the subconscious mind's view of the world and how it tries to make life conform to this view despite what the concious mind is trying to do.

Many people who have tried to lose weight will be familiar with this too - just as they are starting to make progress and people start to notice something happens and it all falls apart.

Of course, there are real people who are gremlins too. People who will discourage you from improving yourself because they are more comfortable with you as you are - often for not very pleasant reasons.

Being Positive Really Will Make It Happen

Hi everyone,

It's time for another update.
It's not been a great year so far for getting into the gym - not because of injury or any sensible reason - but due to lack of motivation. I know I can achieve a lot, but then I feel dispirited.

Then I realised that being positive is not just hot air. It always occurred to me in the past that "being positive" was just a better way of looking at things - then I realised that:

  • If you think you can't do something you're not going to put a lot of effort in - it would just be a waste,
  • Whereas, if you think you can then you will put the effort in.
  • But if you KNOW you can do something you will put even more effort in to make it happen.

With some of our objectives there's a finish line involved - you either get the new job you wanted or you don't, you win the tennis match or you don't, etc.. With body-building it's not like that. You get out what you put in - if I go solidly for three months I will achieve more than sitting on the sofa, if I go for six months I will achieve more than three months, if I put more effort in, I will get more benefit out.

And so "being positive" WILL just by itself make it happen.

The same is probably true for many other things in life.