I don’t have a lot of time for a long entry, but I wanted to start the blog off with some important rules I wish someone had told me earlier in the game:
- Everything is easier said than done. So best not to waste any energy saying it, and just go straight to the doing. At least at first. Because:
- Momentum is key. Allow yourself to gather as much momentum as you can, and ride it. Forever.
- If you think that “going healthy” is going to be cheap – it won’t. It’s going to cost money, and time, but I’ve learned that you just have to be willing to make those investments. They are healthier stocks to hold, after all, and eventually the return on what you put down will be more than you ever could have imagined.
- In running there is something they call “the wall of pain.” They say that, for long distance runners, to truly persevere, one must simple PUSH PAST THE WALL OF PAIN. I feel like this is true for everything – both mental and physical. When you feel like you’re coming to a wall, use the strength you’ve built up…and break it down. Clear the path. Keep moving.
When you go into a lifestyle change, for it to be effective you have to acknowledge that everything needs changing. And you have to be willing to make those changes and sacrifices. It sounds hard, and yes more often than not it can be. But it’s also crazy fulfilling once you get started. You don’t have to become a body builder overnight, but making small changes leading up to the big ones, will make all the difference. So start with these basics:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Get 6 – 9 hours of sleep a night.
- Work out at least 3 times a week. (Weight Training > Cardio = Muscle Building with the secondary intention to burn fat; HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING Cardio > Weight Training = Fat Burning with the secondary intention to build muscle)
- Say no to fast food.
- Drink only hard liquor (only once a week).
- Take the stairs.
- Say no to refined carbohydrates.
- Say no to wheat. *This will be discussed further in a separate post, but for reasons please see what Brenda Lee Turner has to say about it here.*
- Say YES to LEAN meat/protein (whey, soy, cottage cheese, fat-trimmed beef flank, lean chicken breast, fish)
- Never make excuses. Ever.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming posts including reviews on True Yoga Singapore, the Southern Ridges Walk, and community centre gyms; as well as recipes for wheat-free low-fat chunky Bolognese-on-a-budget, and the 5 Great Ways To Start Your Day!