Another entry has come to me once again and I am at odds with where to start because I had just gotten back from work and you all know that when a person has a long day from his or her job all of their energy gets used up,mentally and physically.Like I am just curious as to where this so called work ethic came from.I am asking this because it seems to me that while work is good I am wondering about the whole concept since it seems to just dominate a person's life in more ways than one.Like a person's life gets consumed by work and the whole concept of the job market,employment and labor while at the same time there isn't any room or time in anyone's life to live the life which we try to prepare for with the work ethic.
This work ethic has its roots in other places around the globe but not more than in other places such as North America and Europe but mostly North America since we are the ones with most of the money and the population.But I would say that the history of work began in Europe since that is where most of civilization began after Africa.And I would have to say that it originated in the continent particularly in the UK since it is the Brits that transported their beliefs and people to the Americas with regards to transporting colored people.
But getting back to this stuff about work.It can be a real problem if people are using it to avoid certain emotions and problems they have in their lives. Workaholism or being a workaholic can be a problem if they use it to run away from love or intimacy with a spouse.But of course people who are workaholics don't see it as a problem but I would have to say that in a way it is problem and this addiction matches right up there with alcoholism,drugs and other addictions such as food.
So,I will have to find some ways to really balance it out and maybe forgo the work ethic and people have to do the same.Now that I got these off my chest I will end this entry.
Now,I wasn't going to write in here.I really wasn't but I just have to get this off my chest since it has been bothering me during Stampede Week.I am beside myself as to whether or not to see my doctor since I haven't been exactly honest with him with regards to my dieting and weight loss.You see, I promised him that I would drop a whole lot of weight when I went to see him last year for my annual check up and so far according to the scale I haven't exactly been able to do that because my weight on the scale still shows a weight over 190 lbs and I have been beating myself for it to the point that it has been driving me crazy.
But the good news is that I have been finding ways of becoming more active in my program and so far I can see little changes in my body even though the weight has not come down on the scale.It made me realize too that losing weight is a lot tougher than gaining weight because when you are slowly gaining weight you never become conscious of what you are eating nor with what you put inside your body,but with the dieting and weight loss I suspect you become very conscious of what you put inside your body.And the weight gain I have been experiencing over the years since signing up for this site years ago,is due to the fact that I haven`t been conscious or have become unaware of what I have been putting in my mouth.I used to read the ingredients and nutritional facts on a a particular food before eating it but with the weight gain I haven`t been doing that.Maybe with some of the changes I have made with regards to increased activity I will start being more aware with what I am eating.
Well,that`s pretty much all I have to say this morning.
Good afternoon.Now what can I say for this half hour before I head out? Well, not very much since I am still recovering from my workout and just trying to start fresh since I did something that I wasn't suppose to do.I did touch something which was off limits and I am not going to say it here since you all know what it is that is off limits.But I will see though if I am able to stray from the food and just stick to my so called diet but I confess that it has been pretty hard for me since I have always been thinking about writing in here as well just so I can keep you guys up to date and to get my mind off of the junk food which is at my work.Although I am still recovering from that food I ate which has caused me to put on a whole lot of weight,I am feeling a bit better that gradually I am able to get it out of my system and just start fresh.Now I know why I shouldn't eat out a whole lot when I am working.
But anyway,I took a close look at myself in the mirror and I have to tell you that I don't like the look at all since my belly is still there and I am doing all I can to shed the belly fat.Now I was going to take a picture of myself today but never really had the chance to do it but I will take one tomorrow when I get to the gym.But I am of need of some sort of intervention when it comes to food and other **** I put into my body.I tried to do abs yesterday but getting into the exercise I ended up in a lot of discomfort to the point that I just about tore a muscle in my abdomen.So I quit doing sit ups and decided to stick to other cardio exercises and so far I have been making better progress doing that than just doing sit ups or ab crunches which I find very hard and stressful in the back and neck areas. But again,getting good abs comes down to diet and what a person puts in their mouth.
So,what can I say about this subject title that I put up here before heading out the door? Well not really a whole lot since I have been trying to do that for years and I see other people trying to do that to others.I know that helping others is good and I am seeing people telling others what to do with regards to dieting and losing weight.But I am wondering though if the constant nagging and telling helps other people with regards to losing weight?I ask this because I am constantly being hounded by a family member about my stomach and my weight which isn't helping me a whole lot.I know that he is concerned about my weight and health but nagging is not helping me and either is lecturing me.I am constantly getting this from him and it is driving me crazy and nuts.Also, why is it that people nag other people to death about their weight or force them to lose weight? Do they have some sort of agenda? Do they do it to make themselves look good? I would say the former and latter.
Now I have been taking pictures of myself and I don't think I have any problem with my look and other people haven't made any comments about my so called stomach.So,why does my family have a problem with it?I know that they are trying to help me but it just seems that the help is only discouraging me and driving me to eat more junk or unhealthy food.I also have to say that using guilt or manipulation doesn't help anyone nor it helps on a person who is obese because that itself is a psychological trap used by a person in forcing them to change and that doesn't work because it is a short term goal. Doesn't my family and my doctor know that weight loss is a long term goal in itself since the person losing the weight is trying to maintain their health too. These diets and the help from people such as nagging,pleading and manipulations only work or execute short term goals while ignoring long term goals such as health,happiness and maintenance.
So I am thinking that if any person wants to help others lose weight then they should help people by giving them long term objectives and not these quick fads from society,the diet industry and from people who don't know a whole lot about your health,your body makeup,genetics and mental state because I am having to think that mental,emotional and psychological health plays a bit of role in obesity or weight issues and nagging a person who is obese or slightly obese doesn't help emotionally.
Okay,I will be heading out soon so I am going to take a bit of time to write this stuff. I have been trying for the last few days to lose the belly fat and I must say that the belly has come down a bit but for some reason I am still not happy with the result. It could be that it has to do with the stress levels that I have been facing with the job I have but even with that I feel that a person has choices on which lifestyle they want to adopt. But I have to confess I am finding it hard because of the environment I am surrounded with and the lack of encouragement I am getting because for the most part, the company I am with doesn't seem to care a whole lot about the health and safety of it's employees but more so the health of it's employees and that to me is somewhat of an issue because health and wellness have to go hand and hand when it comes to maintaining a healthy workplace.
Like I am seeing most Fortune 500 companies spend a whole lot of money and time making sure that their employees are well and respected by setting up programs in which their employees are able to focus more on their health,happiness and wellness but I don't see it here or maybe it is here but people aren't aware of it. Or it could be that some companies don't want to do this due to a lack of money.
Good morning.I am just here going out of my mind as to what to put today since it has been a long while that I have written in here. It has been a treacherous last couple of days financially and emotionally since I have been concerned about a couple of things.First,my money situation has gone out of control since I continue to deplete most of my savings when I am trying to control my spending.Then I have been constantly trying to monitor my weight since for the last couple of days it has been spiraling out of control.I was at a normal weight but I have since put on about five pounds.So that has been worrying me and I have been going crazy emotionally.
But at least it has been good for me to get this out in the open so you guys and gals can get a close glimpse as to what is really going on inside my head because pictures of my physique only tell part of the story and of course this goes for everyone who is on this site.Pictures only tell half of how a person looks from the outside but not on the inside.Inside or the minds and a person's mental states is what really makes the difference.No one really talks about mental health or for that matter emotional health and that's pretty sad.I know that what I wrote was crazy but I thought that I would get these feelings I have out in the open.
Just came from the gym right now and I have to say that my workouts have gotten better as time goes by.I am still low on the fluid department since I haven't drank much water today but everything else has gone okay.Did a bit more weights today and did all I could to practice correct form on the exercises but didn't really twerk my workouts.Anyway,as you can see I am having trouble with this site in trying to upload my photos especially my gallery and progress photos which I have been taking for the last few weeks. A couple of weeks ago I uploaded my pictures with no problem but now and yesterday I have nothing but trouble with these photos.I don't know whether it is my computer or my cable system in my house.But for the last few days I have had nothing but trouble with this site.
So,what I will have to do is that I will have to start writing in here again instead of posting pictures in here just so I can give you guys an update as to how I am progressing on this exercise journey because from what I am seeing I am just not able to upload any of my content on here.I am not even to upload any of my videos on this site since I have been shut out of that as well. I will have to find some other platform that I can use to post my pics if I am going to see them or the whole world to see them.
Anyways,I will have to drink some fluids tonight just to get some of these toxins out of my system because right now I am feeling a bit tired as I write this.Also, I will try and move around as much as I can just to get my muscles moving because staying still won't help me despite the water I am drinking.Of course also,studies have shown that prolong sitting is very bad for one's health.Putting them at the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Just a thought I want to share since it has been bothering me.Bothering me to a point that I just about lost it.I am also going to talk about double standards here.It has to do with obesity or being slightly obese.Why is it that I, as a man always gets picked on or abuse by a loved one for being slightly obese or overweight?It's not only me but for a lot of men who are doing all they can to lose weight but still get verbal abuse for being a bit overweight.I know the health risks and I know my family member means well but it sort of feels like I am only doing this for him and not myself just because of the way he always speaks to me,telling me to lose weight with a demanding tone and I don't think that's any way to help anyone who is on this weight loss journey.He doesn't understand that it is not a one day process.There are things on my mind right now which is preventing me from thinking about my health and this weight loss program or diet.Like you cannot really make or demand for any person to lose weight.The person with the obesity has to want to do this for themselves.
Motivation and motives come from within a person and not the demands from other people.The person who is obese has to want to lose weight and they are the ones who have to decide in wanting to make this change at their own pace since there could be factors or stresses in a person's life that they are trying to cope with and are not able to do it because of it's impact on their lives.So losing weight would be the last thing on their minds and their family members have to respect that and not interfere with their progress.Also,the obese person trying to lose weight has to find ways to cope with their stress in a positive way without resorting to food as a stress reliever.
But getting back to the double standards,why is it more acceptable for women to be slightly obese or overweight but not for men?I ask this because there are many men who get turned off by women who let themselves go and vice versa but it seems to me that the men get more of the abuse and flack for letting themselves go than the women.Of course maybe it has to do with the fat content which develops in different parts of their bodies and one being more dangerous than the other.Women develop fat on their hips while men develop it on their stomachs.Fat around the middle is more dangerous than fat on the hips but still I would have to say that they're about the same and both carry risks of heart disease and cancer but yet,men seem to get picked on despite doing their best in living a healthier lifestyle and avoiding all fattening foods.Of course,media is in part to blame as well due to the fact that it often gives distorted images as to how women and men should look.And that I think has to do with messing up people's thinking as to what diets to pursue.Dieting is not only physical or nutritional it's also psychological,mental and behavioral since there are reasons that we overeat and gain weight.
Okay,so how can I start this entry off?It has been a while since I have written anything here about my progress.The short notes are okay but I feel that I should give more thought onto this exercise journey.I was going to do a bit of a warm up when I got up this morning but I just didn't feel like it.But a person has to do something regardless of how they feel about it.It seems to me that the scale itself is not moving very much when I constantly weigh myself and it is becoming frustrating in a sense.But I guess that my body composition is changing a bit due to the fact that I am putting on more muscle even though it doesn't show in any of the pics I have been uploading.So,I am starting to think that there has to be more to this fitness stuff than just the physical.Mental,emotional and psychological components have to take place somewhere since without the mind it becomes impossible to change any parts of our bodies.I know that this sounds crazy but it is the truth.
Another thing I would like to say as well is while I am on my journey I have to stop making it a habit of comparing myself to other Body Spacers on this site because they are on their journeys too just like myself.Plus like me,they are dealing with their own problems,genes or genetic makeup too since we are not all clones.Genetics plays a big role in determining how you will look and the type of body you will have.I am not going to deny that fact since the research books say it's true.But I am thinking that there has to be some way for us to overcome our bad genes.Now I didn't say good genes since it is them that makes us into the bodybuilders and athletes we have become today.But bad genes such as cancer,heart disease,strokes and other diseases are things we can overcome or find a way to overcome with diet,exercise and lifestyle changes and I am trying to do that but it is hard right now and I suspect that it is hard work for those of you who are stuck with bad genes. But I would say that comparing yourself to others is not a good thing to do if you are struggling with yourself because no ones life is perfect and perfection is just a smoke screen people use in creating high expectation for themselves which are impossible to reach. Besides,society itself is not perfect either.
So I am thinking that we shouldn't expect ourselves to be perfect either and this goes for our bodies too since our genetics can only take us so far.
Well,just thought that I would turn the sound off from my computer because I wanted to just get my thoughts out in the open.It's hard at times for everyone and I am sure that some of you out there who spent a large amount of time online and have become immune to having sound come to you.For the last couple of days I have been having a hard time finding time to write in here because of the excessive videos and pictures I have been posting on this site and on YouTube on a daily basis which makes it hard for myself to ever be able to collect my thoughts and plan life as a whole.I think that it would be a very good thing for any person who spends a large amount of time online just to pause and find time to either blog,pray or meditate because the Internet as good as it is can really mess up some parts of your brain or nervous system since in a way can be a passive activity.Similar to watching television,it can really leave a person very numb causing them to lose interest in activities which involve using your actual mental and physical faculties.
Which is why I have decided to pause for a bit to write this because it's nice for me to flex my mental muscles rather than just post videos and pictures on here and all of my other blogs,Twitter and Facebook accounts.Honestly,I think that we spend way too much time online or on our computers in a non productive manner and waste time which could be used for writing or creating.Which is one of the reasons why I tend to go to the gym and to find any job or hobby even if the job doesn't pay that well.You want to just get away from this so called wired environment and just go outside to experience nature and life in general.Now I have been hearing reports that adults aren't the only ones who spend most of their time on the internet for hours.I am seeing a large number of children spending time on the internet which there is problem because they have to become active and at least find something to do.I say this because we are now having children put on large amounts of weight due to the inactivity and food that they consume due to the time they spend on the computer.
But this isn't to say that we should get rid of the internet and computers since they have become a big part of our life.I am just saying that there should be some balance when it comes to using these tools because they can have dire consequences to both our physical and mental health since the internet in some ways does promote passivity in people especially children.So I will take my own advice and take breaks from this online frenzy by writing in here or reading a book since I have some books that I haven't read.
Well,that's all for now since it's getting late and I am having to face my next challenge.And that is getting through my results of my father's blood test since there will be some conflicts that I may have to deal with.
Just thought I would let you know that I am finally happy to be home once again after a pretty brutal shift tonight.I am glad it's over so I can recuperate and just rest my body and prepare myself for the next brutal day tomorrow.I don't know how I have been able to do all of this work for so many years since I know that most people who work so much are not able to do it due to the stress of the job.Now the job I am in now is one of the most overworked and underpaid jobs but I have been able to become immune to it since I have been doing it for so many years.I just have to pat myself on the back for enduring a whole lot of customer complaints,aches and pains,the brutal hours and other things which come along with the job.Now,if I can just find a way to get some sort of business going so I can make even more money and to keep myself busy while working at the present job at the same time as well.
Well,just to let everyone know that I wasn't exactly straight with myself with regards to my diet because I ate a whole lot of chips and other junk food.Now I know that I shouldn't have touched those items but I didn't eat today or let's just say that I literally starved myself in the morning since I was feeling a bit stressed due to the talk I had yesterday with a family member.The talk was quite stressful since it was about my inability to take care of myself since I did something wrong in which I didn't but in the person's mind I made some mistake.
I am just in a rut or maybe I should say that I am feeling numb right now because I have been thinking about a video that I made and just sitting here right now trying to come up with words that I can say for this video that I want to make about the healthcare system in Japan.Now I made a video about it which I will post here on my page in a future time but for now I will just try and write about it here on this blog.It is from an article I read in the Calgary Herald paper yesterday and it has to do with hospitals in Japan not being able to keep up with the number of senior patients which are admitted in there.The supply over demand or should I say that the demand is more than the supply regarding these hospitals.So I read that they have had to close down due to this crisis.
Well I would say that it has to do with economics once again because once again like the United States,Japan is finding itself having to spend a whole lot of money on healthcare with the hospital crisis and in the process maybe either throwing patients out or closing their hospitals down due to this.And it has to do with inflation these days because with the aging population increasing in the 21st century,Japan's government has to spend more money on health care.Like Japan's situation is very critical but not as critical as in the United States and Canada because our tax dollars are used to pay for most health services but the United States I am not so sure because they don't have universal health care like we do here in Canada but Canada's healthcare system isn't so perfect either because we are facing an increased aging population.Of course I cannot blame the aging population going up since we are having less children at this time or having children late because of the lifestyles we lead today in which we want to pursue our careers and make a whole lot of money that we may never be able to spend when we get older because of the health problems that may come.And this is due to the drugs we may have to spend our money on because of our age.Birthrates are dropping slowly but gradually and in today's world inflation has taken over which has caused prices to go up,making it even more expensive to raise children.
So I cannot blame Japan having problems with its aging population and closing a couple of hospitals and health centers due to it.I think that it would be even more critical for the Japanese to take extra preventive measures in protecting and preserving their health from an individual basis.Another words,prevention is the key.
Now that I have gotten out of bed I will begin to write the stuff about a friend that I did yesterday but didn't get to finish due to time constraint.Now as I was saying about my friend he put on a whole lot of weight and I am worried about him because he might die suddenly and never get back up again.But what really worries me and has me curious was the fact that he put on weight even though he is a carpenter or works in a blue collar profession.I will try to get into details today after talking about him and why doing a blue collar job doesn't always work out for long term weight loss.
Okay,so where do I begin?Well,I will start off by saying that I remember him as a very slim man when I was younger and he was a very handsome man when I saw a picture of him at his wedding years ago but I guess over the years with increased family and work responsibilities his weight plummeted upward and that's understandable while at the same time a negative excuse to use. Of course working at a bank for years didn't help a whole lot since he probably sat down a whole lot while working at a bank.Boy,working at a bank can really put a damper on you exercise program due to sitting for a long time.Also some other jobs he has done which I don't know about.But prolong sitting which I have been doing isn't very good for your health and I have to make some adjustments in my life to add more activity to my day.
But getting back to doing blue collar work and using that as a whole barometer is not a good long term way to get in shape because it doesn't really use all of your muscle groups.Although combined with a real exercise program and proper diet doing blue collar work can be a good way to keep in shape.Of course safety is a main concern because you don't want to get hurt on the job.But for my friend,I would say that he should play it safe while at the same time go on a exercise program and change his diet or his caloric intake.
Okay,this has to be short and quick since I am low on time.I want to say though that working at a blue collar job doesn't or isn't enough to provide any person any sort of physical workout because there are things that people do to keep themselves unfit.There are some people who eat a whole lot of junk food like my friend who works as a carpenter,a laborious job. Like how does anyone gain so much weight when they work in a blue collar job?There aren't many people who gain so much weight but this guy takes first prize.I don't know the answer but I am sure that there are a number of reasons why a person gains a whole lot of weight when working as carpenters and other blue collar jobs.There could be a lack of activity in the persons part.Or it could a lack of a eating or diet plan when they are at work since there is so much food at the job site which are probably loaded with calories.I really do not know but I will try and assess his situation in a future blog post but for now I will have to end this.
Okay,where was I when my computer crapped out?Yeah,it has to do with family members who nag their other family members about their weight and the damage or impact it has on the overweight or obese person.This goes for those who are slightly obese like myself.I think that this nagging has caused a lot of overweight people to give up on their diet and to make them gain weight because in a way the practice isn't very encouraging and only makes the problem worse.I am not a psychologist but I know that nagging someone to change their diet by yelling or threatening doesn't help anyone who is trying to lose weight in the long run because it shames the person by making them feel guilty for even indulging in a small treat.Like I am trying the best I can to lose weight and the last thing I need is the nagging from a family member who is only upsetting me.Like when I want to lose weight I want to make sure it is for myself and not for anyone else.That's the mistake that people make when going on a diet and trying to lose weight.They are doing this for other people in order to seek their approval and that's not a good reason because it is a short term goal and solution and short term solutions only take the dieting so far.Losing weight just to please others is a short term goal and solution which only leads to disappointment.Yelling at the person or nagging them to lose weight just to make you happy is a short term goal which ignores the long term goal which is maintaining health and raising self esteem.I know that my father is trying to help me by telling me to stick with the foods I cook and fruits and vegetable,yelling at me doesn't help with matters because the weight is still on me and the stresses I am dealing with are still there.Whether they are with customers and the attitude with my boss and dealing with coworkers leaving for greener pastures,these things in a way affect me and it's hard for anyone including myself to even think about healthy habits when they are under stress even if the stresses are light.
So nagging,belittling and instigating are not the solutions for anyone trying to lose weight.Psychological issues have to be dealt with by the obese individual but dieticians and the media tend to ignore these issues and just keep coming up with these fad diets which don't work long term.Health is not only physical but also spiritual,emotional,mental and social are factors that need to be taken into place too.I know that this entry will be offensive but it had been bothering me for the last few hours while sleeping.So I thought that I would use the time to air that out of my system.