Using the derma roller for the third time was never too easy. The sharp pains on my scalp is still reverberating even after 2 days. Right after the 10 minute derma roller session, my scalp is visibly reddish compared to my normal skin tone. However, […]
Most calisthenics apps are paid apps. That kinda sucks. For 45 mins I am trying to find an app that will help me with a specific calisthenics exercise called planche. Planche is a type of exercise wherein your whole body is supported by your arms […]
48 hrs ago I started again my calisthenics journey using the Nike Training Club app. I am currently finished with the 1st day of training and I only have 9 days to go to finish it. In between training days are called the recovery days. Recovery days is also as important as the regular training sessions and it helps your body recalibrate. This is also the perfect time for your body to repair itself and not over train it. Recovery days doesn’t mean I have to sleep all day and do nothing. While sleep is important, this time is a perfect opportunity to stretch your muscles and do some light yoga.
My recovery day
Yoga mat is definitely your friend here but if you don’t hav as of the moment, I suggest finding a cushion to help you with some yoga poses along the way. I started with child’s pose followed by forward leg stretch. Then, I change the position to wide forward fold (similar to sitting on the mat while stretching the legs outward), and finally, reverse balance. In yoga term, reverse balance is also called Sarvangasana. It forces your blood to your brain naturally while lifting your legs upwards. It is an amazing exercise and I highly recommend. I still have 1 more recovery day before I get back to my regular training regimen. Till then, I’ll keep you posted!
As I slouch on my couch on a saturday afternoon and eat the most sweetest delicacies in our home while watching funny Avengers casts interviews on Youtube, I think to myself, is this the life I want to become? Am I actually creating value here? Am I doing something meaningful?
The clear answer is no. Why? Because this is not the life I want. It feels like everything happened to me while “I” just rode along the wave. What happened here? Why am I not going to the gym as regularly as I should? Why I only sleep 5-6 hrs per night? And why I always eat foods that are not good for me? The reason is that what I am aiming for is not clear enough daily. In addition, the reason for me to aim at that goal is not clear enough as well, so I’ll just not aim at it.
This is also true if you are aiming to eating the most healthiest foods regularly and workout persistently to build your strength. Somewhere between the lines, you’ll slack off and will stop doing it all through out.
My personal gameplan to increase focus
The key to my health and fitness success lie on the following gameplan that I need to apply not only for the first 90 days but for long term, like 50 years kind of long term. Without further ado, let’s get started.
First, create a dream board
There’s nothing better than having a physical dreamboard visible on your room. I can tell because all the digital notifications I have doesn’t affect me at all. Also, I noticed that I need to have a visiual representation of that goal, not just in written words. For years, I only write what I want in life, but never added an image of what it should look like. Simple thing, right? But I totally ignored this simple fact for many years. Through this process, it will helps your dream to be impress upon your brain more clear.
Second, create a solid daily morning routine
Morning routines are crucial for my success. I actually have a morning routine but it is not solid. To make it work, I need to follow Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning book. What he did is followed the SAVERS metrhod. “Savers” stands for Silence, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, and Scribing.
Silence can be done by either meditation or prayer to help your mind become more calm. Affirmations is used to induce verbal affirmation to your brain, hence applying the power of auto-suggestion. These positive words may penetrate your sub-conscious mind if done daily and consistently. Visualization is used to imagine what you need to do step by step on achieving your goals. Then, make sure to imagine how it would feel like when you actually achieved it. Exercise can be done within 5-10 mins of ligh run or calisthenics workout to run your engines. R stands for Reading positive books that nourishes your brain. And lastly, scribing. Scribing helps you to become more self-aware and assists you to ease off some negative things that are happening in your life.
Lastly, build momentum
Momentum is an enigmatic force that can help me propel from lowly beginnings to great achievents. The only catch is, you have to do it every single day. That’s one of my loophole. I do it only for 5 -15 days, then it will became 3, 2, Until I officially quit. This method kills off my momentum and will start again from scratch. To build maintain momentum, I must think of the consequences of stopping my momentum. What’s the price of slacking off? Too many to say but one of it is quiting all of your hard earned habits completely. We don’t want that and we want to veer away from it.
Ready to follow this steps with me? Just let me know!
As I go to work this past few days, I am listening to Darren Hardy’s amazing audiobook, The Compound Effect. The audiobook teaches you how small & mundane habits can compound exponentially when done diligently, consistently, every single day. Now, the audiobook is amazing, that’s […]
As I am battling the effects of this unknown allergy, my body is becoming too itchy to bear. Earlier I have to muster all of my self-control not to scratch my back while driving. It is so hard to do but each time I control it, the urge to scratch becomes stronger and stronger. My body develops a much visible rash which is a sign of an unceasing and underlying problem.
A proponent of natural remedies
Ever since I become a 90% pescatarian, I want to make sure that the store bought medicine I consume is only at a minimum. Only if it really really needed. For example, if I know my body will be out of wack tomorrow, I’ll drink paracetamol the night before, just to make sure I can operate properly for the days to come. 85% on the time, it works like a charm. But there’s still a small part of me that hesitated on drinking that medicine. It’s like, my bodies do not deserve the chemicals it just took.
Time to lower down the ego
At this stage, I really do have to lower my ego. Do I need to cover the whole body with coconut oil just to lessen my skin’s inflammation? Or just drink a small anti-histamine tablet specifically designed for this kind of body reaction. I have to eat my words and go with the latter. Tough pill to swallow, hypothetically, but I am starting to feel its effects in less than 10 mins. My body feels normal and the itch level is currently at 3/10 (from 9/10).
There are many times that medicine does its job on what it’s intended to do. Make sure to drink it only if needed and if necessary. As a standard procedure, make sure to consult with your doctor as well on the type of medicine you are going to drink based on your condition. Until then, have a wonderful day ahead.