good luck – 2015 health journeys

I’m going to shut up after this, I’m bored of me now, but my last thing……

Good luck to everyone setting out on a New Year weight / fat loss journey or any health journey. There’s plenty of people who’ll sneer, who will look down their noses at everyone joining a gym in January or getting out running or joining weight watchers, gleefully pointing out that it won’t last, but fuck it. It’s not about them, it’s about you.

Change is hard, actual permanent change is properly fucking hard, anyone who’s gone through it knows it’s hard, I struggle all the time, I’ll get there one day, I’m nowhere near at the moment, because it’s hard, it’s hard to change habits ingrained over many years, it’s easy to fall back into patterns we’ve had for many years. On a physiological level the body does it, we use the path of least resistance, we’re programmed to so it’s no surprise if we do it subconsciously when a packet of Kettle Chips lands seductively on our laps. If you fail after a couple of months (and I hope you don’t) try again when you’re ready. Do not pay attention to anyone who belittles or tries to cheapen your efforts, do not pay attention to anyone else in the gym or out running, try not to feel self-conscious. Everyone has to start somewhere. I’ve no idea of the stories of anyone I see out running fat, thin, medium, fast runners, slow runners, walkers and no one knows your story. All that matters is that you are out there doing it and you are happy. If you’re not happy, find another way to exercise. There are so many resources on the internet and almost as many different types of exercise; weight training, crossfit, cycling, running, swimming; triathlon, zumba, ballroom dance, walking, the list is endless (not this list, this ended, but you get the point.)

Diet is the most crucial point in all of this though exercise is nothing without feeding your body correctly, and that is the hardest struggle, but it’s not impossible, again there are plenty of resources out there, but the one thing that’s (in my opinion) more important than all the rest is to eat whole foods, earth grown foods; vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, seeds and lean meats. Cut out the processed crap, if it’s got more than one ingredient, bin it. (I found out the other day that some dried fruit has ADDED SUGAR, yes, SUGAR that has been ADDED to FRUIT, madness!) Read all the labels. If you make that 90% of your diet and exercise then you will win.
I speak as a man still trying to put this advice into practice, I’m getting there, I’ve established good exercise habits (again after a long post-triathlon lay off) and 2015 is about nailing the diet.

Check out this lot for some inspiration / advice / supreme knowledge.

From David Dakosa Marsh advice / inspiration (about halfway down)

Ben Coomber latest podcast is an excellent starting point.

and if you want some serious knowledge, go see Gary Hawkins at Serious Nutrition.

I’m off to eat crisps and chocolate washed down with beer and chocolate and crisps and curry and burgers before the clock strikes 12.

Good Luck

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a resolution for 2015

If you only do one thing in 2015, please make a resolution to question more. Question everything.

When you read something in the paper or see something in the news, ask what the motives are behind it. Who owns the paper? What is their agenda?

When Russell Brand says something, ask what his motivations are, why he says the things he does

When someone criticises Russell Brand ask what their motivations are.

When a politician makes a statement, what are their motivations? Whose interests are they representing? Is it yours? Do they have any conflicts of interest?

When someone says ‘that’s just the way it is’ or ‘that’s the way it’s always been’ ask why? Does it have to be like that?

When you are told that mass immigration is causing massive problems in this country ask why? What is the motivation of the person telling you? Find out for yourself if it is actually true.

The same for benefits scroungers.

Why are 900,000 families using food banks in 2013 / 14? Is it because they’ve lost the knowledge on how to cook? Is it because it’s free?

The general election is in May. It’s one of, if not the most crucial vote in my lifetime, probably yours too. The result of this election could make your life drastically better or worse. Pay attention to what the politicians are saying. If they say the NHS shouldn’t be privatised, ask why. If they say it should ask why. There will be a lot of nonsense spoken, figures quoted, statistics exclaimed, a lot of them will be skewed or biased or misrepresented. The politicians are able to do that because hardly anyone checks.

The continuation of the status-quo (Latin phrase, not Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, they can stay) benefits only those who are in power and comfortable at the moment, if you are truly comfortable at the moment then there’s not a lot I can say to you, but if you want a better life for you and your family then you have to start asking questions, things will never change if we just accept that things are the way they are and there’s nothing we can do about them.

We can have change, but we have to start thinking about things, questioning and demanding answers from the people who represent us.

Start questioning yourselves, ask the same questions you do of others about yourself. What do you want? Why do you want it?

I don’t care what the conclusions are that you come to, you may decide that Mark Reckless is right and we should start deporting foreigners, you may decide that the NHS would be better off run by private firms, you could come to the conclusion that it’s not fair that 66% of all land in this country is owned by 36,000 aristocrats who were given it by people who stole it from other people (your ancestors probably), whatever, it doesn’t matter, just think, ask questions and demand answers.

Right, now could someone help me out, my high horse has got its hoof stuck in my soap box.

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