I was inspired to write this after speaking with a good friend this evening about training, fitness and food and it came to my attention that to the “outside” world it may look like I am training for a contest and that’s why I am so focussed.
Truth be told the contest is secondary. Essentially I am training for life. Simple as that.
Let me tell you a story… 1 week after my kidney cancer surgery I couldn’t stand for longer than 5 minutes and could barely make it to the kitchen from the couch, however my will to eat clean and healthy over powered the pain I had searing through my body. Since the cancer diagnosis I researched my heart out into nutrition, toxins and chemicals and made a choice to cut and eliminate as many of them as possible from our house and lives. I was extremely careful about everything I was consuming and everything I put on my body and decided to eat as clean as humanly possible. But back to the story… There I was on the couch, knowing that I had to eat dinner and make a “good” choice, so I decided on broccoli soup and well – all I needed was some boiling water and a blender. With a determined mind I managed to get myself off the couch, hobble very slowly to the kitchen and stand there while making the soup. Let me just say the easiest option would have been to order takeaway from my iPad but no, my choices from now on were to eat clean and fuel my body with the right things and not toxins / chemicals (which you find in refined and processed food). After making my soup I happily ate it, appreciating that fact that I knew all of the ingredients that went into it and feeling 100% comforted that it was clean.
My training and nutrition choices are basically made to keep myself alive and make sure I stay around for as long as possible, and to be as healthy as possible.
The competition, well that’s an added bonus – it’s awesome to have a goal to work towards and to really see what the body (and mind) are capable of. The fitness and clean eating, well that’s just my lifestyle now – but the contest, that is another step. Before, during and after cancer it was a focus I was passionate about and I’m motivated in giving my all.
I can honestly say that I love the control I have over food and fitness. Could I have changed the fact that I had cancer by making different choices? No idea, but one thing I m sure of is that I don’t want it to come back. Each and every time I walk on that treadmill I look myself in the eyes and whole heartedly believe and know that I am doing this to stay alive. I am in control and I am healthy.
Man in the Mirror
Just this evening I was listening to Michael Jackson (Bad) – no idea why I picked that but I guess it had a reason as it does all start with the Man in the Mirror. If you want to make a change, then YOU have to be it. No one else will make those changes for you.
Others can give advice / support and make plans for you but YOU need to be the one to make your choices (in any area of your life, not just fitness and food). As Michael sings “Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change”. Simple.
I love being in the gym, I love weight lifting (and seeing the changes in strength and definition) and I’m happy with my nutrition choices – it makes me feel that I can ward off the cancer as humanly possible. Do I want to eat 6 pizza’s instead of 1? Hell yes! But I know it’s not what my body needs. It needs clean, nutritious food 90% of the time and a little treat now and again (1 pizza instead of the 6 haha).
This lifestyle really has become my passion. I’m always happy to speak about health, fitness and nutrition, so if you need me just holla!
Other blog posts you may be interested in are
Getting Fit after Cancer (with tips) here.
Where does Motivation come from? here.