Welcome 2019

So here we are the beginning of a new year. Looking back, 2018 was a decent year and I am very grateful for the many blessings in my life. That said the end of the year kind of went off plan as far as continuing to make progress in the gym. In fact I have not trained in the last 3 months.

Life got very stressful at the end of September. I find it difficult if not impossible to train when I get really stressed out. Many people find training to be their therapy or stress relief. I wish that was the case for me but so far it does not seem to work that way.

The good news is my wife Chris and I went on our first ever cruise to the Caribbean the end of November. This really helped to reduce my stress. Things are slowly getting better and I want to get back in the gym in 2019.

It’s hard to lay out a road map when the way forward is unclear. For now I will simply start by taking a step in the right direction and hope that I can continue. The goal is to still hopefully get on stage in May of 2020 but the path to get there is uncertain at this point. I can’t wait until all the stars align to begin. Ultimately I lift weights to look good and feel good. I can do that without ever getting on the stage so I might as well get back to it.

Ultimately I just want to get back to a place were I love training again. Right now I don’t feel like that. I see this giant mountain in front of me (getting on stage in 2020). Part of me wants to stand on top but another part is questioning is it worth the sacrifice? Good thing is I don’t have to answer that at the moment, I just need to get back into the gym on a regular bases.

3 Responses

  • Hi Deano,

    Glad to see you are ok. I’ve been checking in from time to time and noticed you were not around. I thought it strange that we hadn’t had a usual New Year message from you yet.

    Myself, I try not to look too far down the road but concentrate on what’s in front of me. That way I can make sure I actually get to the end of the road and meet my targets.
    I have decided to put a bit more weight on after spinning my wheels at about 179lb.
    I’m currently about 185lb and probably only about 5-7lb off my all time high when I was in my late twenties. I’m 56 later this month and still get comments on my good physique or get told I look younger than my years, which works for me. I feel good. Although I’m currently paying the price for high rep squats and RDL’s yesterday (that I did in a one off circuit style workout to blast my cardio vascular system) as this has caused my sciatica in my left glute to flare up! But to me it’s about knowing my limitations and accepting them and finding ways to work around them that helps me to keep going.
    I’ve been listening to a lot of pod casts recently as I have a lot of time travelling in between jobs and get fed up with listening to the radio. There are some great podcasts on YouTube and some are about training around injuries or tough situations. They may be worth a listen. They certainly help with motivation!
    I have also watched some of the Cross-fit games on Netflix which really motivated me with my training. I know they are far younger than me and have different goals but they are certainly fit and jacked at the same time.
    I also like to look at the Golden age of Bodybuilding from the eighties, which is when I first started training and trained in a similar way. We used yo look up to Arnie, Haney, Tom Platz, Franco Columbo, Frank Zane and Mentzer and all those bodybuilders of the day. Because that’s what we aspired to be, although we never got there. We were having too much fun doing what we were doing as relative youngsters.
    I think that’s probably the ‘take home message’. “Enjoy what you’re doing!” not what you think you should be doing or who you think you should be.

    You will always be called back to the weights because there’s too much Iron in your blood now. So don’t worry about all the other shit. Concentrate on your weights and they will see you through!

    Take care and keep us posted as to how you get on..

    ,((((———)))), Graham.

    • Hi Graham,

      Thank you so much for your comment, itโ€™s really appreciated and made my day. One day at a time and getting back to enjoying my training is the goal for now. I actually signed up for a powerlifting clinic with The Strength Guys on the 27th in town so hoping that will provide me with some additional motivation.

  • Hi Deano,

    The old cliche states that ‘the first thousand mile walk started with a single step’ and it looks like you are taking that first step by signing up to the powerlifting clinic. So I hope it all goes well for you.

    I have also suffered periods of high stress, which can sometimes affect motivation, but generally training tends to keep me on a more ‘even keel’. So although training quality may suffer from time to time when stress is really high, it doesn’t usually stop me from training because it’s the one ‘constant’ that helps me through the stressful periods.

    I know this may not be the same for you (everyone), but the way I look at things like this is ‘will the stress still be here if I stop training?’ If the answer is yes, then why stop training? Keep training, whatever the quality, and work on alleviating the stress. The quality of the training will improve as the stress recedes.
    I actually try to switch off when in the gym and stay focused on the training which gives me a short break from the stress. Sometimes a bit of friendly banter in the gym can also help. Although I know you train in your home gym. Maybe training in a commercial gym for a while might help. Or putting up some motivational quotes or pictures by sports people or bodybuilders might help. One fire station I visit through my work, has quotes on the gym wall by Mahamid Ali, which I always find motivational and sometimes humorous, depending on the quote.
    This is something I’ve always thought I would like to do if I had my own gym!

    Keep the faith and may bigness be upon you!

    ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผ ,[[[[———-]]]], Graham.

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