Archive for March, 2015



Maybe some of you can relate to this.

Ever been so madly in love with someone that you overlook their faults and even hold onto hope that some of their quirks will go away in time?

Ever been in love with someone who constantly does damage to themselves and you are left feeling responsible to clean up the mess and protect them from the consequences?

It is an ongoing struggle and strain on your emotions when you care deeply about someone who regularly puts you into moral dilemmas and drastically changes personalities between being sober and not.

When you are deeply in love with someone you naturally want to help and protect them. You want to be the person they come to. And what you fear most is giving up on them.

In many of my blogs I like to provide answers to things I have learned on my way through life, but this is one area in my life that I haven’t figured out. I have just asked myself questions like: am I making the problem worse? Can I spend the rest of my life like this? Does she even understand how difficult this is on me?

There was a line once in Sons of Anarchy, when Jax asked his girlfriend if she loved him, her answer was “I’d stop if I could.”  That is how I feel every day. Sometimes I feel like it is me who needs the help.

Please feel free to leave your experiences and thoughts below. Maybe we can help each other.

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I woke up a few weeks ago with an aching shoulder that has been getting progressively more painful. 

It is extremely frustrating to be helps back by physical limitations. On one hand I know I can’t push it too hard but I hate the idea of sitting around waiting to heal. This is why I determined to try to figure out a way to use this to my advantage.

The annoying this with shoulder (and elbow) injuries is that pretty much all upper body exercises use them. 

Pain killers aren’t really an option because they only mask the pain and will more likely make matters worse.

Aside from being extremely limited in my physical training I also have to be very careful about what I eat since my activity level is lower and yet my recovery needs are greater. It feels weird to have to diet when I can’t exercise like usual.

I have increased my cardio though, which will hopefully keep my mindset on target and help me to avoid getting fat.

As much as I was hesitant to see a physiotherapist the pain got to the point where I had no choice. My reason to be hesitant is mainly from bad previous experience, and unfortunately physio is one of those fields where being good at your job can mean losing clients.

So how am I going to try to use this injury to my advantage? 

First of all I’m going to be taking a break from heavy weights (of course) and spending more time in the gym focussed on flexibility.

I will also be giving my legs more attention in the gym which. They are not necessarily an area of weakness, but who doesn’t like a nice butt?

One thing I’ve found is that rehabbing a shoulder does not mean completely leaving it alone, but working on decreasing inflammation while gently strengthening the joint. My goal is to come out of this even better than before I got hurt!

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How to get motivated

Posted: March 15, 2015 in fitness, fun
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I think we’ve all struggled with this, when life is busy it can be hard to fit everything in and we have to do last-minute prioritization.

A lot of PT’s I’ve worked with can’t seem to empathize with their clients well enough to understand this and become frustrated and ultimately ineffective at their job.

I’ve actually realized something that has helped me a great deal with motivation. The fact is that you can create motivation for yourself extremely quickly. For example, as far as diet and exercise goals: Just look at yourself in the mirror. Is your body where you want it to be? For most of us it isn’t because fitness is an ongoing journey. Within a moment you will be motivated.

So motivation is not the true culprit for falling short of our goals, I believe it is more often “dedication” that holds us back.

This often occurs because either we don’t have a specific plan it path we are going down, or we let the motivation spoken of before go unfulfilled.

So the solution would seem to be to have a plan, and stick to the plan.

Another trick is to implement a portion of this plan immediately upon rising. This is one of the reasons that early morning cardio is so effective. Forget about all the scientific evidence or lack thereof, doing cardio first thing tells your subconscious that your fitness is important and seems to act as a reminder throughout the day not to eat wrong or get too lazy.

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