Did you know that there can be so much drama in just trying to live a healthy lifestyle? Yeah, neither did I!
When I first plunge myself into weight lifting, working out and healthy eating, I had no idea that there were so many controversies surrounding this new lifestyle of mine.
From the exercises side alone there are tons different ways to achieve what being fit and healthy is.
Such as the age old squabble between cardio first or resistance training first. This subject has been scrutinized and debated since forever and a day. Will it end anytime soon? I doubt it.
How about them egg whites VS egg yolks war? It seems every other day there’s new studies that backed each corners up.
There are a million things that are still debatable out there in the fitness world. One can easily get confused over these stuffs; I know sometimes I still get confused.
OWNING MY OWN JOURNEY
Healthy living is a lifestyle of choice, one that is NOT a bandage. Not an ‘emergency plan’ to loose a few pounds – although lets admit it that would be nice huh? – but let’s focus on the bigger picture here.
It is a lifestyle.
Not because it’s a trend.
Not because it’s a fad!
Not because I want to copy cat someone else’s lifestyle.
My journey is MY journey. I owned it because there is no fitness journey that is a carbon copy of our idol, our friend, or whoever it is that you got inspired by.
Don’t get me wrong, it is of course good to be inspired by others who are more advanced than us. Heck, I got a serious crush on Jamie Eason and Chalene Johnson. Will I ever look exactly like them by following their programs? Hell no! Why? Because I’m not them!
This is not a one size fits all blueprint, ladies (and gents!)… If you put two people together doing the same programs, following the same diets, they will have different results. Why? Because our bodies are different! That’s why.
My herniated discs experience taught me to carefully listen to my body more. What used to be such simple basic moves now required me to focus 200% more, to mind my posture, to being super extra careful.
I’m still weary about trying a heavy load of deadlifts. Seriously, I wouldn’t want to aggravate my back. The sciatica pain was a total nightmare!
I was told to STOP squatting but guess what? I’m doing them again now with better posture not with crazy load of weights.
Herniated discs taught me to respect this injury, to work around it and to find what works and what’s not. Simple really and that’s my journey. My own, not everybody else!
FITNESS SNOB NO NO!
“Any workout is better than no workout.” That’s what Chalene Johnson keeps saying on Chalean Extreme and I couldn’t agree more.
Yes, I am pro muscles. Yes, I no longer want to be stick skinny. I want to have big guns BUT as I learn to appreciate my injury, I realized NOT everyone can do it hardcore. Some prefer Zumba, some prefer to run on the treadmills, some prefer to jog outdoor. The options out so huge you just gotta do whatever works for you.
So what if my friends and I are the only girls in the weight room while other girls filled up the aerobic class? Does that make them less than me? No! They choose their workouts and if they are happy about it, so what? It is still way better than not doing any workout at all in my book! If they do ask questions I’d be happy to explain why I prefer to lift weights but I’m not gonna condemn that they will rot in hell for not lifting.
Hey, I do HIIT on the treadmill…15 minutes that killed me. That might not be some people’s cup of tea but I am enjoying it. It’s something new that I just recently added on my routine.
Of course you’d find me pinning fitness related stuffs, tweeting it out and share on Facebook. To me sharing is caring, plus I do re-read those stuffs. If that’s making me a health freak so be it but I’m not gonna condemn you for not wanting to lift weights and do deadlift.
Who am I to judge what works for you? Your workout got nothing to do with me. It’s between you and yourself. Period!
Let us not be a fitness snob. My God, please don’t even go there!
DRAMA FREE ZONE
To listen to friends telling me that I had inspired them to start eating healthy and to workout more gave me such joys. There are several close friends of mine who had decided to embark on this journey too and you bet I will be very supportive to them. They asked me questions which I happily answer if I happen to know the answer. Just the way I often ask questions to others in higher leagues than me.
What I never anticipate was how there would be haters out there. Well, guess it’s obvious they do exists by now.
Those who doesn’t understand my way of living often says things like “But your way of eating is expensive!” but it’s because they don’t know that it doesn’t have to be expensive. Not because they are hating. There’s a difference between uninformed and pure haters. The uninformed can still change their minds once they understand what it’s all about. The haters? Meh!
Clearly, I understand that not everyone will jump into the supportive band wagon and cheering me on. I’m doing this for me anyway not for praise or anything.
IF this journey would inspire others, heck, why not? If I could touch one people’s life and see how hard they worked, they ended up inspiring me too. See the cycle? I’m not going to get on a high horse and preach that everyone should follow this lifestyle. Although I do advocate it, again it is an individual journey. Your conscious decisions to start something like this. Not mine, not everybody else’s.
I don’t want haters, toxic, negative people in my life and this is why I’m declaring it here, in my own blog that I want a drama free life. I’m giving the haters some spotlight here so they know that they are actually pushing me to do better on this journey.
Should the haters accused me of copying someone else’s lifestyle so let them!