Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The new treadmills are awesome.. although, with TV screens embedded into the console I can't help wondering whether some of the men use them to watch Idols surreptitiously without telling anybody. How come you did 2 kms in 30 minutes? Oh I decided to go a bit slower today. Yeah right, who was voted off?
I love watching some of the ladies who pop in for a quick cycle whilst reading the latest O magazine. You can see when they come to an interesting article....they stop cycling. And then realise what they're doing and start again.
I had a lady client some years ago who sometimes used to stop whilst doing a cycle cardio session. I watched her a couple of times and went over and asked her why she stopped. She looked at me indignantly and said "Why, there are dogs crossing the road".
Of course everybody in the gym just collapsed on the floor. Yep we have fun here. That's what training is supposed to be..fun.
Learn to make it so and you'll never stop.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The day before I started Mission one of my journey I wrote a contract which I made with Adam Waters and you.
Below is how the original contract was written.
So...what's the plan?
By November 25th 2007 my body fat will be 8% and I will weight 89ks
Where am I now. I weigh 100kg and my body fat is 17.3%
The Plan I commit to completing. 18 upper and 18 lower body sessions using Alwyn Cosgrave's Hypertrophy program.
I commit to completing a minimum of 36 cardio sessions using a variety of Hi intensity interval training sessions of not less than 20 mins duration.
I commit to eating not less than 5 meals per comprising healthy protein carbs and fat and based on Tom Venuto's BFFM.
I commit to spending a minimum of 10 minutes per day visualising my goals and daily action steps.
I commit to blogging my progress at least 5 days per week.
This is my contract with Adam Waters, all of you who read this blog and myself.
See you on day 1
"I believe, I can"
So... How did I do?
1. Age group champion. - I don't stand a chance
2. 8% bf at 89kgs - Not even close
3. 18 upper and 18 lower sessions - Done
4. 36 cardio sessions - Done
5. Not less than 5 meals a day - Done except for saturday where I had 4.
6. Visualising goals and daily actions steps. - 70% done.
7. Blogging 5 days per week. - Done, I've blogged 84 days straight + extra's.
OK so in review, how do I feel?
On a 1-10 basis what do I give myself for my actual goals. 4/10
On a 1-10 basis what do I give myself for my action steps 93/10
So am I upset that I didn't make my goals. HELL NO!
I'm over the moon. I made an outrageous commitment based on my sorry mental state at the time and I came through with more than flying colours.
You see I have no control over whether I hit my goal, but I can and did control my actions steps over an extended period of time and I thrilled because ....I KEPT MY WORD to Adam and all of you...and my integrity is worth a huge amount more to me than winning any awards or making a % body fat.
I'm ecstatic because I can trust myself again. I know that If I tell you I'm going to do something..nothing is going to stop me.
I'm ecstatic because I unconsciously apply that now to every area of my life. In 12 short weeks I have changed who I am. I no longer procrastinate. I take on more than I need to and see it through...I really understand now what committment means. I am happier, I am more in control, I am more relaxed, I am the REAL Dougal who has been struggling to find a way out of the pit I was in. I now have the strength and character to climb any mountain which enables me to look at the beautiful valley below.
I have found fanatstic new friends who's integrity and commitment matches my own. We are part of a new exciting pioneering community commited to giving to others.. how do you put a price on that. You can't the value is immeasurable.
We have all learned to value EFFORT from Adam Waters, who puts so much in for us I think he has managed to find 30 hours in a day by some magic. ..He has given me the tools to make it a real lifestyle.
So as I head gleefully hopping and skipping into my new Mission, Mission 2, I share with you, that I did make some progress.
Starting wt 100kgs Finishing wt 95.2
Starting bf 17.3% Finishing bf 12.3%
Starting LBM 82.7kgs Finishing LBM 83.5
Whilst I built only .8kg in muscle I lost 5.0% body fat and 4.8kgs
and I look and feel a whole lot better. I also learned to be patient. It's not as easy as I thought it would be at 58 years old, but I do know that will I ultimately achieve my goal of clearly defined abs no matter what.
I turn this review over to you....and I'm at peace.
Bring on Mission 2 - I have just begun.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Spent the day with my precious little people, we had such fun. Swam most of the afternoon in the pool just frolicking and splashing and giggling with them. Had a bit of a workout since they love to be thrown from my shoulders into the water. Half an hour of that with a 10 and 12 yr old and you know you've been physical.
I ate today:- 4 spicy buns/cup coffee.
1 bowl fresh cut fruit
2 bowls rum and raisin ice cream sprinkled with cashew nuts.
1 large bottle sparkling water
oh and 2 small meatballs
All planned for in my free day...so don't give me that accusing look...that's why it's called a free day.
Today is the last day of my first 84 days or 12 weeks and the last day of my personal shred otherwise known as Dougal's Different Shred.
I'm going to post an EXTRA tomorrow outlining my feelings, results etc for my first 12 week challenge...complete today SO LOOK OUT FOR THAT.
"work in progress"
Cardio and abs
Really did something I've never done before. I'll call it t/mill freestyle. I warmed up for about 5 minutes and then just ran/walked as I felt. Some hard some easy, some intermediate speeds. It was really cool and I think I needed it. 20 minutes, done, left the gym.
11.00am Protein bar
2.00pm Chicken breast/fresh cut fruit
6.00pm chicken breast
3 drafts watching test rugby. (which the Springboks won by the way)
Not a great nutrition day, I'm afraid my head was more into the rugby than what I should have eating.
I'm cool with that, no guilt.
See ya tomorrow
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Did something a little different today.
Minute 1 - 5 walk
2 -5.5 walk
3 -6 walk
4 -6.5 walk
5 -7 run
6 - 12
7 -6.5 walk
9 -6.5 walk
11 -6.5 walk
13 -6.5 walk
15 -6.5 walk
17 -6.5 walk
20 -5 walk
It certainly was not a walk in the park, but I enjoyed doing something different and running at 17kms per hour is pretty quick.
6.30am Protein/water + 2 gl water
9.00am Protein/water/Oats/ff flavoured yoghurt + 2 gl water
11.am Cardio + 1 ltr water
12.30pm ff cottage cheese/cucumber on wholewheat + 1 tbspn peanut butter.
4.00pm Protein/water/2 x ff flavoured yoghurt + 1 ltr water
8.00pm Chicken breast/avocado/green salad
Watched a magnificent storm tonight with lots of electricity flying around...thunder and lightening aplenty.
Made me realise something....WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL OF ANYTHING
If any of you are looking for a little philosophy go one blog back for a brief bit about happiness.
Training all 3 x 12. supersets - 1 min rest between all sets.
Snatch grip(wide) deadlift
Brief session (25minutes) but done with heavy weights...it works.
6.30am Protein/water/creatine ethel ester
9.30am Protein/water/oats/ff flavoured yoghurt/a few almonds
12.30pm wholewheat sandwich/lots ff cott cheese/tomato
4.00pm pre training protein shake/water
6.45pm Protein/water/bowl of low GI Bokomo Maximiser(cereal)
That's all folks, see you tomorrow
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Cardio and abs
1 - 5kms warm up walk
3,4,5,6, - 7-8-9-10
7,8,9,10 - 7-8-9.5-11
11,12,13,14, - 8-9-10.5-12
15,16,17,18, - 8-10-12-13
19 - 14
20 - 5 walk
Easier day today.
7.15am Protein/water/creatine ethel ester + 2 gl water
10.30am Protein/water + 2 gl water
1.00pm chicken breast
3.30pm FF Cottage cheese
5.00pm Protein/water + 2 gl Water
7.30pm Chicken breast
As you can see this is a 100% protein day. Just experimenting a bit with calorie bouncing or zig zagging if you know it better as that.
That's it for today - not feeling too profound otherwise am feeling fine.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Sat out on the upstairs deck in the sun, ordered lunch and a beer and watched these incredible machines land and take off.
It was such fun.
Today is my free day and I ate:-
Chelsea bun and cappucino lying in bed early in the am. It's a ritual..you had to be there.
Lunch...Chicken strips and crispy potato skins washed down with 2 ice cold frosties (beers).
Afternoon tea...small piece of black forest cake.
Now before you think WOW...where did he put all that junk, remember that I have a planned free day each week and today I used it because I felt like it. Because it's planned I have absolutely zero guilt feelings about it..In fact it's part of my plan. I know myself and my body and my plan works for me.
Have a wonderful shredding week all y'all.
LAST YEAR THIS YEAR
I wrote about visualisation being an essential tool to reaching your goals. This is critically obviously, because everything starts as a thought. Following on from that, we know that we do not think in linear fashion. In other words, if I think to myself "swimming pool" I do not see the words but I see a swimming pool with sparkling blue water, that makes me want to jump in. OK...the more you visualise that pool the more vivid it becomes until you even start smelling the salt from the salt water chlorinator and being able to feel the texture of the water and you may even see children playing in the water and having a fabulous time.
Now, in that article I wrote about the vision board and how important it is to be able to create that vivid picture of what you want. SUZETTE picked up on that and suggested we all "write" a visualisation of what we want from our transformation, which I think is a great idea..thank you SUZETTE...so here is mine.
Mine is more short term.
I start packing for december vacation. This year is different, not in the destination...that's always the coast..I cannot imagine december vacation without sea and sun...but this year is different because I am different.
I don't have to pack those huge board shorts that I mistakenly thought hid my expansive girth, until I saw last years photographs. I can dump those xxxxxoversize T shirts that hid a multitude of consistent culinary sins. "Oh I must take a lot of these T's so I don't get sunburnt...and I'll swim in them too.. What a damned LIE.
Nope this year I am packing a new wardrobe. Clothes that fit me properly, that accentuate my new physique...not in a boastful way, but so that I feel really good in them.
Driving down to the coast in the Landrover, a longish drive...I feel full of energy and exitement, none of that lethargy of last year where it was a mission getting in and out of the vehicle which is quite high off the ground.
Somehow my girlfriend and the kids seem more exited, everyone seems happier...hmm, actually it's me. I have a different attitude. I am in great shape, my heart is so strong from all the cardio, I'm not pulling my huge T shirt away from my bulging front all the time, hiding behind sunny's so no one can see me. Yep, it's definately me. I feel great and the journey is going really well.
Hours later we're at our wooden cabin on the mountain overlooking the ocean. I unload the vehicle. Gee baby did we pack less than last year? Are you sure? Again, me..much stronger, much fitter, much less effort.
Standing out on the deck with the wind gently blowing over my solid torso, I smell the salt and look at the ships lights twinkling gently out at sea. "Baby, I'm looking forward to running on the beach at dawn. You?.. Can't wait. You see last year we were down at the beach, but it wasn't dawn and it was more of a plod.
Dawn...fresh sea breeze, great for an early morning run. After 15 minutes we are both covered in a sheen of fine persperation, well I am, my girlfriend is glowing. I look down and see my muscles glistening in the sunlight, I feel like I could run forever..my body feels taut, like a spring...I really feel like an athlete. My girlfriend runs smoothly next to me. She's gorgeous, 6ft 1 inch and also in great shape.
Heading back home we discuss breakfast. Fresh cut fruit, scrambled eggs on wholewheat and a skinny cappucino. Mmmm, delicious.
We head down to the beach after breakfast...me carrying umbrellas and cooler bags and stuff (moms you know about this) which is not a problem I am twice as strong as I was last year.
I'm in board shorts and sans T shirt which is in thebag. Why wear one I have abs now, and I certainly don't feel self conscious.
On the beach we get set up and I head into the ocean with the kids. I grab for my T shirt...hang on, don't need that this year. In the sea I'm jumping waves and holding the kids up and frolicking around like a mad man. Feel fantastic about the way I look.. it is second nature to me now and I have trouble remembering what I looked like before. I think about Adam Waters for a while and wonder if he's doing the same thing as me, but in OZ. I offer a silent thanks to him. He's the one that started all this.
Walking back up the sand I feel the eyes of a whole bunch of middle aged guys with big guts bulging over huge board shorts sitting in the sand, beer in hand, looking at me...and I KNOW they are thinking, man he must have good genetics..or..he must have such a boring life if he looks like that and all I want to do is go to each one of them and tell them that, they can also get their lives back and stop internally feeling terrible about the way they look and blaming everyone and everything but themselves.
I could never look like that, I don't have time..I'm too busy..I don't have the genetics..I'm happy with the way I am..I'm not fat, I'm BIG.
I keep walking hoping that a vacation photo will help them see the truth.
After lunch we go down to the rock pools and look for fish. Looking forward to a barbeque tonight of fresh fish and salads before settling down for the night with the fresh ocean breeze gently caressing my shorts only clad finely toned body. Yup no supersized T shirt for me this year.
Drifting off to sleep with a smile on my face as I think "I look and feel fantastic, I have got my life back..thank you Adam Waters.
Now... By the time we hit the ocean in 6 weeks time I will have visualised that day so many times that my body will find ways to eat cleaner, train harder and think smarter because the mind cannot differentiate between a real and an imagined experience and I will look and feel just like I see it today. WOW, that is powerful.
Write you own script, AND MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Abs/Cardio all exercises with 15kg/33lbs on my chest
Giant sets (all sets done one after the other )
x 4 sets 12
decline crunches oblique
Hanging leg lifts
Cardio. numbers are speed per km and each one is for 1 minute.
Warm up for 5 minutes
6 Cool down
6am - Protein bar water/creatine ethel ester
8.30am - Protein shake water/coffee
9am - Cardio water
10am - Scrambled eggs, tomato. water, skinny cappucino
12.30 - Protein smoothy with 2 bananas, tbspn peanut butter, teaspoon honey
4.00pm - As above
7.30pm - Sushi
Not really bad eating, just lazy. Hey it's saturday it's been a long week.
Friday, November 16, 2007
My girlfriends son looked up at me last night and exclaimed "Dougal do your realise that I will be seven tomorrow." I smiled at him knowing that tomorrow he would have his party at home..my girlfriends country residence, she has a big garden. Jumping castles, water slides....we can do that because it's summer here and a beautiful summer day it is (sorry had to throw that in).
It suddenly occured to me that this precious little boy with exitement shining in his eyes would sleep fitfully and would wish tomorrow would come as soon as possible. The thing was..he was living in the moment. He was so focussed on the fact that this was his time, nothing else mattered.
He could clearly visualise what was going to happen almost as if it was happening right before those shining eyes.
As we grow we tend to lose that skill. It gets knocked out of us at school. Write on the lines. Do not go outside the borders of the page.
What a shame since IMAGINATION is the greatest gift that we have been given and we need to learn how to get it back.
Visualisation is critical for you to get to where you want to go. Those of us on a tranformation journey need...no MUST be able to see ourselves as we want to be...as if it were today.
Once you can do that the subconscious starts it's work and finds ways to get us there.
The great fun though is in the journey.... The highs and lows, the triumphs and the tragedies...for once you get to your destination..... Then what.
That little boy has imagined this day for ages...he has sold his mother on the outline of what he wants to do with his friends on his birthday, for a long time. He has dreamed grand dreams of sailing down a water slide and bouncing off the jumping castle walls. Of eating cake and opening presents, of happy laughter and smiling faces.
And so it will be. He saw it long before it actually happened.
We can learn a lot from Children.
6.00am Protein/water/creatine ethyl ester + 2 gl water
9.30am Scrambled egg/avocado/red chili sauce/onion... wrap
Beet/cucumber/wheatgrass/carrot/apple smoothy (mmmmm!)
1.00pm Black pepper low fat cottage cheese/ff flavoured yoghurt/almonds
4.00pm Pre training Protein shake/glutamine/water
5.00pm Train water, lots
8.00pm chicken breast/steamed veg
Training. 6 sets x 3 reps all exercises supersets (90 secs rest between each set)
Good form, go heavy
close grip chins (15kg dumbell added to bodyweight)
Side raises (laterals) 15kgs/33lbs each hand
Wide grip pulldowns 97.5kgs/214.5lbs
Dumbell Chek press (complicated to explain) 21kgs/46.2lbs each hand
Towel bicep curls (wrap a hand towel around a dumbell) 19kgs/41.8lbs each hand
Well...the other day I came across this amazing product and it's one of those times where I feel that I want to pass it on to all of you because I honestly believe that if YOU are a goal setter this will make a tremendous difference to how you visualise your goals.
PLEASE, if any of the above relates to you, click on the banner above and take a look at this great tool. I think it's amazing.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Eat your hearts out those with winter creeping up under the door and blowing shivers down your spine.
My day went something like this...Train clients from early morning, meet a friend for Cappucin0, around 10 ish ...yes yes it was froth not cream and no there was no sugar in it, and yes of course the milk was skim milk, at Mugg and Bean (alias Starbucks) head to Virgin Active for my cardio workout, train my butt off, loved it then headed back to my place for a swim and a little suntanning, the water was....swimmalicious. How great does it feel getting a little sun on your back . Warms you right through.
Anyway I digress. Abs today with 3 x 15 of Oblique crunches on a decline board, flat crunches, and hyperextensions done as supersets and all with a 15kg/33lb weight. That'll getting your abs tightening up.
Onto the T/mill for a different routine today. This one is pretty much BFL but it still works for me.
Minute 1 - 5k (walk)
3 -8k (run)
It really went smoothly and with some positive self talk I really enjoyed it. Just felt cool today.
5.45am Protein/water/glutamine + 2 glasses water
9.30am Protein/oats/ff flavoured yoghurt + 2 glasses water
11 am cardio 1 ltr water
12.30pm Tuna/black olive low fat yoghurt + 2 glasses water
3.30pm Black pepper low fat cottage cheese/ff flavoured yoghurt + 2 gl water
7.30pm grilled chicken breast/steamed vegetable + 2 gl sparkling water.
I tend to eat less on cardio days and also cut down on carbs. You may have noticed that I do not eat a lot of starchy carbs, there is no reason for this other than I don't really need them. I do well on salads and steamed veggies. I don't restrict them and occasionally I'll eat a baked potato, basmati rice or the like but I'm getting all the nourishment I need from what I'm eating right now so...it's all good.
On my saturday posting I'll include my weight, BF% and lean mass and do a comparison from last saturday so that I can make sure I'm moving forward.
That's my lot all you friendly people....Oh.. and you lurkers who visit quietly and watch from the bleachers...thanks for popping in, but please come in and leave a comment or two. If there is any other information you would like to see on the blog about my "Journey" please include a quick comment and you'll get an answer.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Hey everybody...heading towards day 4 already and I'm loving it. Another day of clean eating and honest training and I KNOW I'm getting leaner and more muscular.
5.45am 40gms Protein/H2O + 2 glasses water
8.30am 40gsm Protein/Skim Milk over 3 tablespoons oats + ff flavoured yoghurt and handful unsalted raw almonds + water
12.00pm 2 slices wholewheat bread + FF cottage cheese and tomato +water
3.30pm Pre workout Protein 40gms/water
5.45pm Creatine + water
5.45pm TRAIN + water, lots
6.20pm 40gms Protein/water + 2 bananas (ripe) +water
9.00pm 35gms tuna fish + salad + water
Supersets 30 secs rest between each set. 2 sets x 25 reps
Snatch grip deadlifts
The leg workout is however easier than I'm used to since because of my periodisation I have just come off 8 weeks of really hard leg work.
I'm feeling really up about training and I'm feeling really good about my self and that folks is a GOOD thing.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Most of you who come here regularly will know by now pretty much how my head works, so I thought it may be an idea to talk about my training and what I put into my system to support that. I did a small but HIGH QUALITY survey to see who might be interested. The response was positive so here is day one.
Lest, I get carried away with my own importance, I need to remind myself why I started this. It was to hold myself accountable once and for all, after a long hiatus, whilst stumbling around in the wilderness of, well let's say, something less than mediocrity as far as my own health was concerned.
So here I stand with two weeks to run of my first 12 week transformation plan.
I am glad you, albeit, politely said...yeah go ahead, show us what you are eating... because I am doing it as much for me, actually more for me than for you. Thank you Joni for bringing me back to reality. She actually reminded of this by saying. If it's going to help you, do it.
Well it is and I am.
5.30am - 40gms Protein shake. 2 glasses water (on waking)(creatine ethyl ester )
8.15am - 40gms Protein/200mls skim milk over 3 tablespoons oats. (2 glss H2O)
11.00am - 2 Pieces wholewheat bread spread with cottage cheese ff and tomato
+ raw vegetable salad drizzled with PV olive oil (2 glsses water)
1.30pm - Fresh mussel salad (2 glasses wtr)
4.00pm - 40gms Protein shake with glutamine and handful raw unsalted almonds
(pre training) (2 glsses water)
6.15pm - Creatine ( special mix with water - shaker)
6.15pm - TRAINING (water lots)
6.50pm - 40gms protein shake + 2 bananas (immedaitely post workout)
9.00pm - Chicken breast grilled - raw veg.
All exercises 3 x 12 (201 tempo) Superset with 60 secs rest between each set.
Reverse grip bent over rows
Incline Barbell Bench Press
Seated wide grip rows (palms facing)
Flat dumbell bench press (palms facing)
My routine is not a random set of exercises and is very carefully chosen to challenge multiple body parts. Muscles do not work in isolation and therefore I prefer to exercise as many of them in unison with one exercise. Obviously therefore, I am very much in favour of compound exercises as opposed to isolation exercises. I use periodisation and as you time goes by you will see I mix up sessions every time with reps and sets, as well as changing routines as often as I need to to keep the body guessing. (I cannot take credit for this design which must go to Alwyn Cosgrove who I consider to be one of the smartest trainers on the planet)
It took me 30 minutes of serious focus and a lot of effort. I feel shattered but thrilled with my performance. (9/10)
I promised to post pics mon, wed and fri, as well as sunday for Adam, so here is day 1.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The "Originals" have spoken. Well...some of them have. I asked if anyone would be at all interested in knowing what I am eating on a daily basis...exactly, and there were some positive replies. There were also some requests for my training schedules so I'll do both.
Here is my commitment:
I'll post my training schedule and my eating plan on a daily basis with stats once a week so that we can all guage whether I'm moving forward. But I'll throw in a bonus, I'll post pics on Mon, Wed and Fri and will include a sunday pic for Adams weekly shred as well.
I'm heading into week 11 of my first 12 week trasnformation journey, so this will be a 14 day surge for the final two weeks.
See you tomorrow for "The journey, part 1,The final two weeks."
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Yesterday on the way to the gym for cardio I dropped my car key. The micro chip in the key did not like that too much and decided not to start the car.
OK, stay calm. Phoned the dealer who talked me through a process of immobilising the immobiliser and alarm which by now had neighbours peering through windows whilst this thing was piercing a hole in the ozone with it's wailing.
Finally, "OK Sir we'll send someone round to have a look."
By now my schedule is shot and I'm struggling to contain my frustration.
Worse to come.
The agent tows my car to the dealership where I am told "There is nothing we can do now Sir, we'll let you know in the morning." Oh right of course it's 5.03pm, they close at 5pm.
Now my shcedule is completely gone. I can't get to clients, I can't get to my....well actually I can't do anything.
What about my cardio. In the old days I would have blown it off, but I have a commitment to all of you to complete all my workouts and isn't it funny how that immediately popped loudly into my mind.
I have to admit, I wrestled with it for a while. ...10 minutes later I was running around my neighbourhood with gusto having a lot of fun. I'd forgotten how great it was to run in the fresh air and also how hard it is on your legs.
Next morning I got the chilling news from the dealer. "Unfortunately Sir your key is not repairable. We'll have to order a new one from Germany." "Ok," I respond, "when will it get here." "10 days Sir."...." What, 10 ten days. "
All my manifesting", positive thinking, attracting what I think about most, came to nought. The car is off the road for 10 days....MAN.
I am not married, I live alone and I have one car. My mountain bike was looking more attractive by the minute.
Phoned my girlfriend who calmly said...like the smart intelligent woman she is...Ask your insurance company for a loaner.....Next thing "Certainly Sir, what time would you like a vehicle delivered."
Cool....smart girl my girfriend.
So..... I'm now driving a brand you Toyota Yaris. For those of you who are not familiar with a small, make that very small japanese vehicle, this car does not require a parking bay. I can either take it into the gym with me put it in my pocket or park it in a motor cycle bay.
Truthfully it's quite fun zipping around in it and at least the mountain bike can rest easy for a while longer.
Moral of the story. Always make sure you have eventualities like this covered and keep your commitments no matter what happens.
You'll feel a heck of a lot better about thing if you do.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Hmmm...what should I do now. You know that feeling when something has filled your life and all of a sudden it's not there any more. You feel a void and instead of just chilling for a while you must find something to do.
Well I've discovered that the kind of accountability you get with doing something daily is invaluable so I wanted to find out whether anyone was interested in knowing what I eat on a daily basis and if so I'll post that daily for the next 2 weeks which will bring me to the end of my first 12 weeks of this journey.
So post comments if you are interested and I'll do it.
BTW, I'm so used to posting pics that I thought I'd post my pics from 10weeks ago to yesterdays final shred pic.
Let me know what you think.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Final, round 1 (07)
WOW! what a ride. I sit and ponder, in wonder...how is it possible that 14 short days can create so much change in people's lives. Let me attempt to articulate my journey.
14 days ago I was blogging on a regular basis. I had been doing so daily for 8 weeks, now 10. I had committed and was enjoying it. Now, photographs daily...hmmm.
I took up the challenge and found out that:-
It's possible to genuinely make new friends and really get into people's lives. To know that there are still people who trust enough to bare their souls.
To realise that we all need to belong to a community, and that the love and support of those people is paramount to success in any venture.
To believe, again, that we can achieve whatever we want if we just put one foot in front of the other every day. Progress, not perfection...there is no such thing.
How fantastic would it be if we could all meet up for a fabulous get together in a year from now.
Any journey by it's very nature has to come to an end and this one has. I have a sense of sadness knowing that I may lose touch with some of the Shredder Council. "The Originals" The fact is that as time goes on this concept by Adam is going to get huge and if we have all committed to taking future shredders under our wing it's going to be physically impossible to be in regular contact with each other, and that is a sadness for me. Maybe a once a month webcam get together could work for the "Originals"
For the most part I have found that any challenge is doable once the commitment has been placed firmly in my heart. It becomes a living thing within me. I suppose the technology challenges have been the most frustrating thing for me. Getting to grips with the whole camera thing was an issue, but it seems so far away now as to be irrelevent. The band width thingy has been my biggest frustration. Writing my blog, answering comments, reading the "originals" blogs and commenting should be a 30min exercise...for me it has sometimes taken 1.5 hours. In fact I have taken to getting up before 4.am to get it all done, and my only saving grace is that I have WANTED to do it. Otherwise it would have driven me nuts.
I have renewed belief in myself. I once again have faith that if I start a job I CAN complete it. I have rediscovered a love and caring for myself that I now realise I had lost. In turn this has allowed me to care about others and that in turn has made my life so much more worth living. I have realised that photographs are the ONLY way to maintain confidence that you are heading in the right direction. Man I can SEE progress in my daily pics now. I would never have thought that possible before. Now I KNOW I'm heading in the right direction and not just guessing. I now know that I have COURAGE. How else would you explain being able to grit your teeth and allow the whole planet to see you as a BLOB at the beginning of your journey. When you have no secrets, no one can have power over you. When people have seen you at your absolute worst with very little clothing on....what else could you possibly be scared of.
So as one chapter closes and a new one opens my heartfelt thanks go out to the entire Shredder Council - "The Originals". You guys got me through. Well done to all of you for also getting through and conquering your own demons, what an achievment. You guys are all fantastic and I love each and every one of you.
SEE YOU ALL FOR CHAPTER TWO.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Already......just shows me that whether we commit to something or whether we don't the time is going to pass anyway....so why not do it properly.
This shred has also confirmed how easy it is to get into good habits if you make an absolute commitment to accountability.
The pictures are the key. The camera doesn't lie. You ain't going to get away with it for very long if you are piously announcing to the world how righteous you are when behind the camera you are smashing blueberry pie into your face every day now are you.
As for me.....my training is going really well. Am training harder than I've ever trained before....my eating is super clean and well structured and I'm drinking a lot of water.
Now please excuse me, my key lime pie is waiting.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Your level of happiness and peace depends on how much you are prepared to give.
I'm writing this for one person. I have no idea who you are or where on this beautiful planet you live but I know it's for you.
The only way to live your life completely is to take responsibility. A friend of mine has put a media campaign together in an effort to coax South Africans into caring for others and developing a giving attitude.
It's called LOVE and RESPECT and is a contract you sign with yourself to make yourself accountable (that word again) the message goes like this:-
I ............................ promise to love and respect, myself, my loved ones, my family, my friends, my fellow mankind, and all the people who visit our beautiful land.
By starting with myself, I take full responsibility for my actions, my life and my interactions with all living things around me.
It's amazing how your life changes when you decide that from this second on you are not going to blame anyone else, ever again for anything that goes wrong in your life.
"I'm sorry I was late for the meeting the traffic was hectic" Hmmm, perhaps you should have left earlier.
"I am so busy I don't have time to exercise" My diary is always free 45 minutes before I wake up.
"So and so made me do this" No one can make you do anything, you allow them to.
You get the picture.
We cannot control external circumstances like, the weather, the traffic, rude people etc but we can control the one thing that is MOST important in our lives....what's inside our head and what WE CHOOSE to put in there. Guard your mind closely, it's your most important asset.
If YOU, and you know who you are, are having a down day, take responsibility for the way you feel, for there is a very simple foolproof solution. Pick up your mobile, access your contacts list and scroll until a name jumps out at you. Phone that person and tell them you were thinking of them, you care for them and you just wanted them to know that. You will find that it uplifts you instantly but what you don't know is how much it will do for them.
Go on DO IT NOW....No not later NOW.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Hey Council, how're we doing on this gorgeous, sunny, warm South African sunday morning. Sorry readers from the US, I know it's getting cold, but you did just have your turn.
Got a whole bunch of fun things to do today so won't waste your time on some nonsensical drivel of a dissertation about the health and mating habits of a South American subatomic irquian sub-saharan green eyed sixteen toed mollusk....
Don't worry I AM ok, just in playful and somewhat foolish mood.
Heading off for a pleasant outdoor cafe type lunch with a statuesquely elegant, ravishingly beautiful woman, where I'll be looking for a restaurant that will serve me a delicate white china plate, lovingly placed on a white linen table cloth and filled with finely sliced fresh game carpaccio.
Garnished with slightly drizzled pure virgin olive oil, a few sprigs of fresh rocket, a soupcon of thinly sliced parmesan and washed down with a crystal glass filled with ice cold sparkling perrier delicately tinged with a hint a freshly squeezed lemon.
Oh yeah.... I'm good to go.
See ya monday.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Adam Waters...G'day mate, was talking about discipline in his latest video (which took about 1 hour to download - I'm not kidding).
My take on this enigmatic subject is this. The amount of discipline you require, to accomplish a difficult task is directly proportional to the level committment you are prepared to devote.
And, the level of committment you are prepared to devote is directly proportional to, how close you are to rock bottom.
My personal experience related to this subject is like this. As the years went by from the time I started training, I would make a committment on a friday evening to start a transformation on a monday morning, having thought about it for a few days. Come monday, go through the motions for a few days, or even weeks, and then completely lose the plot at a party over the weekend.
So, whilst I, in my confused mind, thought, Ahh it's OK, I'm an experienced trainer, Heck, I'm a fitness professional, I'll just bulk a bit more and start cutting for the summer season on the beach.
What...(self talk) after a few weeks of this, "You idiot, what are you doing, you are just getting fatter."
My committment to the "lean project" at that time was clearly not matched by my discipline. In other words, I had not yet reached rock bottom. It was more pleasurable for me to party than it was to feel the pain of failing yet again and staying FAT.
At the same time I would tell myself " Dude, you are fat, and getting fatter, you have lost control." The more I said this the more it happened. (I happen to believe that you attract what you think about most.)
At some stage this has to change, if you really desire change.
For me it was a case of "when the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear". How prophetic was it when I stumbled across Adam Waters amazing blog. I can't even remember how that happened.
What I do know, is that at that point 9 point nine weeks ago, I had reached rock bottom, but I needed support and a mechanism to help me climb back up that mountain that I had fallen off.
Adam suggested blogging for accountability. I saw the benefit but was cautious. I have an extremely busy life and this was just another THING to have to do.
At least I was smart enough to realise that "the teacher had appeared" and I committed. Guess what: It wasn't that hard. I found that I enjoyed being accountable to, well, pretty much whoever wanted to visit, on the planet. Which they have.
Then came the shred. Again, WOW, ANOTHER THING. But again as Adam has alluded to, as you get used to the disciplines you take on they become easier. And I now love it. I have made wonderful new friends, to whom I feel very close and I'm never even met them.
This has taught me so much about myself. I used to be a procrastinater. Now, I am forced out of that pattern because I have committed, and I honour that.
Now, I do what has to be done when it has to be done, and that is my lifetime affirmation.
This project has taken me wayyyy beyond, fat loss. It has changed my life.
For that Adam Waters, I thank and Salute you my friend. You are my teacher, and I thank you for appering, when I was ready.
Friday, November 2, 2007
What has surprised me.
At the start of this shred I knew, because of the overwhelming popularity of Adam Waters' blog that there would be a number of people wanting to participate in the shred. What has surprised me is, that given the number of people viewing Adam's blog on a regular basis, there were so few people willing to take on a challenge. I have also been surprised at the stickability of the "Faithful Shred Council". The people involved in this shred are people living in the "real world" and are "real people". People with integrity, values and principles. People that I'm certainly very proud to be associated with. Making a committment means something to all of us, and once started will definately be successfully completed.
What are my personal milestones
Considering, like Adam, the number of times I've unsuccessfully started a challenge, reaching the end of 9 weeks and 8 days of shredding are personal milestones that I am overjoyed to have arrived at and past. Onwards and Upwards.
What victories have I posted
The simple act of seeing through a committment like this is a big victory for me because of my history of failure in this aspect of my life. Call it like it is Dougal "Failure". However, I'm starting to believe in my own integrity again, and as the days go by, I start to love and value myself more and more. As I do that my relationships get better and better. These are HUGE VICTORIES for me.
What challenges have I faced
Isn't it easier not to take on a challenge than make a big committment, and it is a big committment. Taking daily pics and getting them ready for the blog on a daily basis is not some small thing. Those reading this, who are not part of the shred, don't underestimate the complexity and time committment given to this challenge. For me personally it wasn't the shred so much as the technical issues such as: How am I going to shoot these pics (I have no digital camera), how am I going to make them consistent. When will I find time. (I, like all of you, am really busy.)
How will I meet my support promise with the ridiculous constraints of my broadband service provider.
At the end of it all, I am reminded however that any challenge, difficulty, irritation is do-able if you have the will to want to.
I am reminded that "I can do anything I want to" and that this brilliant idea that we can credit Adam Waters with, is simply a metaphor for this thing we call Life and living.
And.....I love LIFE.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Hard to believe we've all been at this for a week. I feel like we've been communicating forever.
Yesterday I felt like I was going backwards, today I feel great. I suppose that kinda mirrors life. Reaction to these feelings is what ensures happiness...or not.
Personally I've learned over the years to be grateful for anything that is thrown at me. Good stuff is cool, bad stuff I can learn from. I've also learned that I would not appreciate the beautiful warmth from the sun if I hadn't experienced nights alone in the bitterly cold bushveld of Zimbabwe, and that, completely relates to LIFE.
LIFE is good and I LOVE LIVING