Festivus is among us! It is time for the Feats of Strength and Airing of the Family Grievances!
Now that the family gathers round the tree unwrapping presents and sharing good strong drinks and Cuban cigars, remember that you are allowed to cheat. It is OK to take a day or 2 off of training and relatively 1 day of clean eating to enjoy yourself and the company you keep. Chances are you won’t gain any real weight from indulging on 1 day.
This time from Thanksgiving to New Years can be the needle on the haystack that broke the camel’s back of progress in the gym and with your nutrition. Many people ask me what they should eat, how much they should workout during this time etc. Although I have written almost every year on this topic, it goes for repeating:
It is not just 1 meal, it is just not one missed workout or one extra workout, it is the cumulative effect of everything you worked so hard for during the previous 11 months that matter. If you are feeling over-trained, take some extra time off. If you are feeling guilty about eating bad, take a second to understand this realization you are having and simply move on from this point to the next; take a proper step in the direction you want to see yourself go in. Repeat.
Right now, take stock in where you are, what obstacles are in your way, understand you can overcome them; and then simply make a plan to overcome them. This i borrowed from the 4 Noble Truths of Buddhism
Today is Christmas Eve, and tomorrow is Christmas. if you have holiday/family parties you have to attend, go with the attitude that you are only in the here and now, you are not in the past and you have not yet come to the present (hoping you get presents though).
Enjoy yourself, eat in moderation, drink even more moderately but most importantly: have fun.
I’ll post a little holiday workout that shouldn’t take very long and wont require a lot of “tools”. Now is the time to learn the principles of fat loss, muscle gaining and proper diet so that you can create your own methods. There are a lot of people out there that have a diet or a workout that they want you to buy. It may be from a TV infomercial that promises results in 30 days guaranteed or an internet fitness guru. But even if you buy this product or service and you don’t follow through on the instructions you wont results. If you don’t use the product properly, you wont understand why the product works, or how it helps train/nourish the body. Too much time is spent looking for the answer, people want to be told what to do. It sounds easy, until something happens and you fall off the wagon and stop training or eating properly.
Methods are many, Principles are few. Learn the principles so you can make your own methods
I know this isn’t what most people want to hear, but i try to be honest and provide as much information so that you can make an educated decision for yourself. I realize that this doesn’t help my income at all, but the point of the blog was never to try to sell 1 thing after another with promises galore. But i realize now that those people that want to be told what to do will always be out there, looking for guidance in a very complex industry/part of your life. SO i will be changing up the site a little bit, providing more materials for people; some free, some for a small price.
If you have been a reader here for awhile, i hope you stick around and join when the site really starts going. The not so daily workout will still be, but i will offer a workout program for members that will take you step by step each day on what to do and what to eat. If you have been a past member of Pain Cave Fitness or are a frequent reader, please shoot me an email to [email protected] for a free membership. This is a gift to the loyal readers and followers of the Pain Cave methodology, all i ask in return is that you spread the message and get your friends to like us and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. My Christmas present to you.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. I wish you and your family a most joyous season.