1800 calories to be happy

Today’s post has surely a catchy title, this isn’t a new trend or even my calorie intake, it is the name of an awesome book, that I hope to finish today, if you wish you read it check this out buy the book here . It tells the story of a nutritionist, his famous clinic that has been having awesome results and a series of patients there, it deals with anorexia, bulimia, mistaking food for love and similar things, but mostly it reminds us that the real problem we have when we have some sort of problems related to food, are problems with other people and ourselves, it’s never just the food and weight itself, it’s also about your self image, self worth, the will to live, etc. I absolutely love it and I think it’s one of the most pleasant reads I’ve had lately.

On that note, I love to read,I think it’s my favorite activity, yet I haven’t taken the time, I can’t say I didn’t have the time, yeah I work but I’m blessed to be a freelancer and work from home, I do go to the gym but I go when I find it most convenient, so there’s no real time restriction here, I decided to take back those things that I love but for some reason I’ve left behind, this is how people lose themselves I think and I am just sorta finding me so I won’t let that happen. So I plan to be the book monster I used to be, I got more than enough material right here since I pampered myself and bought about 10 books last year and some are fucking thick.

Now on the main reason of this post, I think I’ve written about wanting to be in shape and going to the gym in a more consistent manner, but till this month I haven’t felt it was all in order, let me tell you what has happened or changed:

  • It finally sunk in my head that I really need to eat at least 2000 calories, if I want those gainz, also I learned, the more I eat (within reason and nutritious food) the more energy I have so it’s sort of self promoting.
  • It’s been 3 successful weeks in completing my programmed gym schedule,more on this later.
  • I’ve also been successful in stopping doing things that deter my progress and making smarter choices.
  • I’ve gotten much stronger than I’ve never been when lifting!

Ok, on the programming, I used to have the “all or nothing” mentality yeah? even feeling a bit guilty when I couldn’t go to gym for any reason, I learned to let go of that when I had a minor contracture in my back and I HAD to rest and nothing terrible happened.

For example this week, for some reason my cramps have been really bad, can’t even sleep, really painful this time.  It must be the bad energy coming out, so, this time instead of laying motionless in my bed, I decided to enjoy, I took the time to read properly, for hours, I did my best to walk inside the house, I’ve read it’s good for blood flow and what not and also cos I told myself I wanted to be a more fit, active person overall, not just inside the gym, it’s both a favor and a duty, I want to feel and look good, don’t let anyone tell you you are shallow or vain for wanting to be fit, it’s a form of self love that reaps benefits beyond the hot mirror reflection, it brings confidence, health, better mood, etc.  Plus it’s a direct reflection of how we treat our only and ony body, I think it’s only “bad” if you impose your ideas on others, but we don’t do that shit ne?

So another thing that changed was this sense of “failure” if you don’t do this or that, I traded that for a healthy self satisfaction for reaching my goals, still being wise enough not to force myself when I’m not feeling my best, yeah some days I’m not as motivated and I go to gym like “bleh” but that’s when discipline keeps you going, when motivation maybe isn’t there. Just in injury or extreme discomfort are good enough reasons not to go,this time for example, I’ve chosen to remain home, still be active and well, the week has 7 days, I think I’ll take my chance to deload, since I’ve been adding weight on my lifts every single week, which is fucking awesome, I now even have a proper log notebook for weights/reps. But every 4-6 weeks it’s wise to train at a lower intensity, so I think I’ll do that, do the same things just use about 70% of the regular weight and focus on the form. Maybe on 4 sets of 10.

I also added a stretching, isometric, short workout on the off-gym days, it feels awesome with them stiff muscles from lifting so heavy, so now I feel like I am truly beginning to be a healthy person, a fit girl, but getting away from labeling food as good or bad, I also lost the “cheat” meal mentality, that somehow makes me think I’m doing something forbidden and bad.

I also drink slower haha, this is good cos it gives my liver time to digest that delicious beer.

So, that’s how much things have changed so far, it’s a damn lot, it’s all good, I am quite happy. Now I’ll go and I hope you all have a wonderful day, night, week.

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