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Trust the Process of Exercise

I know I know. Where have I been for the last three months? Well, the answer is simple. I’ve been focusing on other things, and most importantly I have been concentrating on making myself better. Life has been tough and I just haven’t been able to sit down and write. For some reason I just haven’t had the motivation. This is ironic because writing on my blog is quite therapeutic for me, and it probably would have helped me through my funk. I decided instead to take some time off of work to get myself into a routine. For me, this idea was meant to do one thing: give me stability and make my decisions easy.
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I know that exercise is the most important anti-depressant there is, but for me exercising has always been about convenience. Does working out fit into my other things I have to do today? Sometimes it did. But the problem was that there were too many days where I decided it wasn’t convenient enough. So I skipped the gym. But I had finally had enough of that crap. By taking work out of the equation, my decision would become easy. I simply didn’t have enough things to do during the day to make skipping the gym a viable option. Because of my wide open day, the gym became something that was part of my routine. After a few weeks, I didn’t even have to ask myself if I was going the next day. I just was. And that is exactly where I want to be.
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So it’s been a month since the start of my “vacation”, and I can honestly say I have never been in this state of mind before. I have felt physically better, and I have been leaner. But I have never been in this place mentally before. I’m back at work now, which actually worried me. I was scared I would fall out of the routine again. I felt like a contestant in The Biggest Loser, terrified of what would happen to me once I got back home.
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I was sheltered… insulated from the realities of life. For three glorious weeks I was able to worry about myself, and no one else (and maybe a couple other important people – you know who you are). It’s actually strange how much the absence of work can take weight off your shoulders. I know I have talked about the stresses that work brings, but I honestly believe that almost any job has the ability to cause stress in your life if you let it. So taking work out of the picture can do wonders for your life. Yeah yeah, I know. If you won the lottery you would quit your job and life would be amazing. But the reality is that for about 99% of us, having a job is just how it has to be. And even if you happen to somehow luck out and become your own boss, I guarantee the stress will remain. So instead of trying to run away from stress (from work and life in general), why not take action in other ways to fight it? So when I realised I only had enough vacation for 2 weeks, I knew my stress-free life would be over before I knew it. So I used that time to build up the foundation to keep finding other ways to fight stress. And for me, that meant developing the habit of working out again. And that brings me to the main topic of this post.

During the last month, I’ve managed to work out at least 5 days a week every single week. Awesome right? As I mentioned before, I have never felt so focused and determined, and just mentally ready to attack life. But then a problem emerged. I wasn’t losing weight. I was constantly beating personal records in the gym, I was recovering faster from exhaustion, and my workouts didn’t kill me for the rest of the day any more. But my problem is that I am a visual results kind of guy. I weigh myself almost every time I enter the locker room, and after a month of working out more than I ever have been, I’ve only lost 3 pounds. I am discouraged. How can I not be? The scale has always been my sign of progress, and this time that bastard is betraying me. Am I working out too much? Not enough? Am I gaining more muscle than the fat I am losing? In a desperate attempt to find some sort of concrete evidence that I have made progress, today I found myself grabbing the fat on my belly while I was on the treadmill, thinking “is my stomach smaller than it was before”?
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Despite knowing there is so much more to fitness than the scale, I still focus on it and allow it to have this power over me. So after realising that this was stupid, I knew I had to turn my brain around if I had any hope of keeping my momentum going. What did I do? I started thinking about The Biggest Loser. Laugh at me if you must, but if that show doesn’t inspire you then you have a cold, black heart. I know that fitness and weight loss is like 90% mental, and that is why I love the show. The trainers address the contestants’ mental issues all the time, trying to repair broken hearts and figure out the true reason why they became over weight. And one common theme throughout the show has always been to “trust the process”. There are going to be setbacks. You will have shitty days and life will constantly test you to see if you really want to succeed. Someone special showed me a quote the other day that summed up what I am trying to say. It goes something like this: “God doesn’t put up walls to keep you out. He puts them up to test you… to see if you are willing to overcome obstacles to achieve your goal”.

What I am saying is that if you trust the process… if you stay the course and push through setbacks, you will eventually find your way to that place where you have always wanted to be. Trust yourself and keep going. That is what I am going to do.
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Craig

Find Your Reason to Work Out

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Life has been tough lately, and I have found myself allowing my life’s negative things to seep deeper and deeper into my personality than ever before. I know that life is bigger than my problems, and that I should never let circumstances define me. So when I started feeling like the negative things in my life were starting to dictate my behavior and emotions too much, I became slightly worried. Frustrating things like slow traffic, Tim Hortons messing up my order, or receiving a rude email have started to have more of an affect on me than they should. Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever let normally small problems become big for no apparent reason? I actually yelled at the coffee lady (while my window was rolled up so she couldn’t hear me) because she thought I said “sugar” instead of “sweetener”. Yep, that’s rational Craig. I was even at a red light recently and when the light turned green, I only waited for 1.9 seconds to honk at the car in front of me, instead of my normal 2.9 seconds.
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This is what the Tfal is capable of

Okay, so I just had the most amazing birthday in history. After making Amanda very aware that I didn’t want anything big or eleborate for my birthday, I thought I was home free after a nice dinner. But then she turned in the opposite direction of home, and she said we were meeting a friend for a drink at a pub. I was totally fine with that since it seemed to be low key and relaxed. And then we walked into the bar and there were about 40 people, inclucing a damn photographer… all waiting for me. Now I hate being in the spotlight. And people kept on asking me why I had this strage look on my face. First of all, I was trying my best not to cry. At the same time, I was trying to show an expression of happiness, surprise, extreme gratitude, and “I don’t deserve all this” all at once. That’s tough to do. So anyways, it turned out to be one of the absolute best nights of my life. Almost my entire family was there, including all of my closest friends and amazing coworkers. Some people even took the night off work to be there for me! I really wish that night had more hours in it so I could spend a few moments with every person to say thank you with several hugs.
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The Timing Will Never Be Perfect

I heard a quote the other day that has really stuck with me. It has so many applications in life, and somehow it has become the central theme in my own life lately. I don’t remember the exact wording, but it went something like this: It will never be a perfect time to start something. That’s it. This is a very simple idea but when you think about it, this short sentence can have profound meaning in so many aspects of life.
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What I Ate Wednesday

Yes I know it’s Friday. But I’ve been working til 1:30 am this week and today was the first chance I’ve had to actually sit down and write a decent post. One of the things I know people struggle with is finding quick and easy meals to eat during the week. So to solve that problem, I came up with a strategy to make sure I always have good food to keep my belly full. To do this, I always dedicate a few hours the night before my first shift to cooking my food for the week. It takes some time and planning, but there are other benefits beyond just eating healthy… and the biggest one in my mind is the fact that it saves me money. Yes, I am buying 90% organic food that is kind of expensive. But the money I save by not buying lunch all the time makes that way easier to stomach. And by the way, buying lunch sucks! You never know what is really in your food. Even if you decide to get a delicious chicken salad with avocado and cheese and spinach, there is a good chance that many of the ingredients are packed with preservatives and chemicals. You can’t really blame the businesses for that though. They need to make sure their food lasts long enough to survive production, harvesting, shipping, and then storage until the consumer buys the food. And that is also why organic food doesn’t last as long. Yesterday I threw out an avocado. That sucked.
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Sticking to Your Diet

Sticking to Your Diet

This topic is something that I know everyone struggles with at one point or another. The reason why I want to write about it is simply because there are so many reasons why the paleo diet is easy to stick to. I am going to do my best to try and list some of the most effective ways to stay on track. I will include some things I personally do, as well as some things I know I should do but still struggle with.
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My Journey: An Update & New Personal Record!!

So after finally posting my blog on Facebook last night, I have to say that I am overwhelmed by the response I have had. Thank you all so much for your kind words! I am more inspired than ever to write about the things I am passionate about and to share them with all of you. I really have found something new that I love doing, and having so many awesome people to share it with makes it that much better! Someone made a comment that I found very helpful, and I wanted to talk a bit about it before I dive into the meat and potatoes of today’s topic.

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