Lessons I Learned from Fitness

Lessons I Learned from Fitness

  1. Working out is 80% mental.
  2. Workout harder. Not longer.
  3. Skipping makes you want to pee.
  4. Foam-roll your shins!!
  5. There is more to life than working out. Missing one workout isn’t going to affect you.
  6. Although not doing any high intensity interval training for 3+ weeks and trying to get back into it will make you feel like a weakling. So train consistently!
  7. High intensity is the best way to burn fat. Although that’s not to say you can’t do steady-state cardio if you truly enjoy it. The only “right way” is the way that works for you and the way that keeps you moving.
  8. You don’t need to do crunches to work your core. Lift heavy things. Walk around with heavy things. It will stabilize and strengthen your core.
  9. Just because you look fit doesn’t mean you are healthy.
  10. If you do a lot of endurance activities, you need carbs. A lot of carbs.
  11. Sugar is more harmful to your health than fat.
  12. The best “pre-workout” for me is a cup of coffee. Plus coffee is a super-food loaded with antioxidants. A cup a day (or two), sans sugar, is healthy and beneficial for your health.
  13. It’s okay to skip breakfast. It’s NOT the important meal of the day.
  14. There is no such thing as perfection.
  15. Mantras work.
  16. Ride and run without music— immerse yourself into nature or get lost in your thoughts and do some self-reflection.
  17. You are better than no one at the gym. No one is better than you.
  18. Good job, you lost the weight. Now how are you going to keep it off? HABITS. It’s not about dieting. It’s about changing your lifestyle.
  19. Train to add value to your life. Not to turn yourself into a miserable and antisocial human-being.
  20. Everyone’s bodies are different. What works for me may not work for you.
  21. It’s okay to eat crap… if you eat healthy 80% of the time. The whole point of living is to enjoy life and we all need our treats! We are ALL human.
  22. Working out too much = diminishing returns.
  23. Stretch, foam-roll, get massages, do yoga, take ice baths, use epsom salts… or you will regret it once all that lack of recovery hits you with painful knees, back problems, constant soreness and other fitness-related injuries.
  24. Work with what you have and be proud of it. To some people, abs come naturally. Unfortunately, that’s not me because I cannot commit to a 6-pack since I refuse to give up my favorite foods. I know I have great arms and shoulders so I can work with that instead! What about you? Don’t ever fret about what comes difficult and make the most out of what comes naturally.
  25. It’s not about how many reps or how much weight you can lift or how fast you can go, but it’s about pushing and challenging yourself every time you train to make yourself better— physically, aesthetically and most importantly, mentally. Is health and fitness making you happier and feeling more confident?

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    Ways To Be Flawless

    Ways To Be Flawless

    I was reading 100 Ways To Be Flawless on Thought Catalog and wanted to point out my favorites and comment on others:

    4. Learn to tolerate people. You won’t like everyone, and that’s okay. But that’s no reason to be rude.
    Life is too short so you should only surround yourself with people you genuinely love and care about. But not to say you shouldn’t be civilized to everyone else.

    7. Don’t do things with the expectation of a reward. You deserve a “thank you,” but that’s not a reason to help someone either. Do it just to do it.

    20. Find a favorite place. Where you can escape the world when the world gets too much.
    My “favorite place” is a bike route from downtown to Horseshoe Bay and Whiteclyff Park in West Vancouver. The narrow, hilly winding road is my favorite place to ride to when I want to escape.

    28. Get lost somewhere. It may be dangerous at times but it’s worth roaming the streets of a pretty city for a while.
    I will be getting lost in Europe for seven weeks in 37 days. I can’t wait!

    34. Don’t believe everything on the Internet. Obviously.
    Especially when it’s fitness-related.

    37. Take everything with a grain of salt. And don’t sweat the small stuff.

    41. Always be on the pursuit of knowledge. Never allow yourself to stop learning, or stop wanting to learn.

    57. Think of the one thing you could do every day for the rest of your life. And do it. Even if you can’t make it your living, even if you can only do it once in a while; find something that you love to do.

    65. Own as many comfortable clothes as possible. Because rainy days need comfort.
    Yay for workout gear!

    70. Remember that you don’t have to look skinny to look good. Because some types of clothing don’t even look good on skinny girls, and you should not think you have to be tiny to be pretty.
    Embrace your curves, ladies!

    87. Respect your friends’ decisions. You don’t have to agree with them. It’s their life. But love them anyway.

    92. Always try. Don’t accept defeat if you haven’t truly tried.

    Click here to read the full list.

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      Things I Love

      Excuse my lateness (again), but if you read my blog, you know I have commitment issues and I never write as regularly as I  should. Two days ago was the International Day of Happiness and I haven’t done a Things I Love entry in a very long time.

      Things I Love @ IFuckingLoveFitness.com

      • Sunny Spring Bike Rides. Sunny spring (and fall) bike rides rock because you get the same beautiful weather but less sweating action. Yes, I know sweating is good for you but it is nice to not feel gross and sticky like you sometimes do after long summer bike rides when you have dirt, leaves, bug parts and other things stuck on your sweaty body.
      • Hot Yoga. I did Bikram’s today (second class back after almost 1.5 years) and as I was lying there in Savasana, I was thinking about how relaxing this feels, how much I really love Bikram’s, how the heat doesn’t bother me anymore (or maybe the room was colder than usual) and how much I’m starting to enjoy just lying there and doing nothing. Well, I guess didn’t really achieve the meditative state in Savasana because my thoughts were still racing, but at least I was enjoying it. That’s a step forward, right?
      • Sashimi. You can never have too much sashimi.. especially if you are active. Harharhar.
      • Comfy Desk Chairs. I finally splurged in a comfy and ergonomic desk chair for my home office. I would’ve rather put that money in towards a new bike for this summer but I guess it is worth it when your back feels good!!
      • Greek Food. Ever since Stepho’s opened their location on Robson, we’ve been going there A LOT… for take out that is. I would never line up for long to get into a restaurant no matter how good it is— plus eating in the comfort of you own home home is just so much better!
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