Its often said that the people that give so much of themselves are always the most lonely. As the holidays approach, we are all so busy shopping for our family, for ourselves. We are so caught up in the marketing of all the holiday offerings that we often overlook the ones that are truly alone.
One of the most influential people in my life was an immigrant with only an 8th grade education and a dream to succeed. He didn't need to succeed for the masses or want to be well-known or famous; he wanted to succeed for his family, for his wife, for my brother, and for me.
Inspirational quotes and memes a plenty, all to help us get through the day or get through a tough time. I wondered just how miserable can we all really be? We all do it. We search online for just the right thing to post on Facebook to have the world help us feel better, but why? Can our lives be that bad that we search online for the answer or get angry when we see someone living life?? How hard can it be to be happy?
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How I Found Fitness:
At the age of 24 I suffered a broken wrist and was dealing with depression. I felt a pull to begin exercising as an attempt to strengthen my body and mind. I felt better and better each day, and began to exercise as much as possible. I found Freedom through exercise- freedom from all the pain in my life. As a rookie, the first two years my diet consisted of high sodium high carbs and starch carbs. I gained a lot of size but was soft and had no cardiovascular endurance. Once I begin to educate myself on proper nutrition for my muscles to grow and recover, everything changed.
As I sit on my tablet scrolling mindlessly through social media I became very aware just how easy we can find anything. From silly gym memes, to diagnosing an illness on WebMD. We can search for any type of workout video, cooking video, and DIY tutorial. Everything you need and some you just don't need to see! However, every once in a while, a motivational quote or story seems to catch your attention and it holds some type of meaning and makes you just stop and think.
Do I get spiritual fulfillment from fitness? Absolutely! I'm a science-minded person, but I'm not too proud to acknowledge what I can't prove. It is no secret that most gym professionals suffer with anxiety of some sort, so we work out for a purpose. There is a different way to work out for whatever you may suffer with. Anxiety, depression, mood disorders, hormonal imbalances, low testosterone levels, chemotherapy... Life throws curve balls. It all depends on how you handle it.
It is one of the strongest emotions that we can have...Fear.
Fear can stop us in our tracks, and fear can make us chose an easier path in life. I know this is an article that is supposed to be about fitness in some way shape or form; and for me, well, fitness is everything; it is also about one of the biggest fears that I had to overcome.
In a society where we are constantly on the run, living in the fast lane causes us to make poor eating choices. This presents enormous challenges to our health, and ability to regulate our weight. One may assume that having the right balance between the amount of calories expended, versus the amount consumed, plays a role in how much we gain. Though this is true, there are other factors that contribute to weight gain.