Fitness is a necessity not only to stay in shape, but also to live a healthier lifestyle. I will eventually come across a few people that will ask me the purpose behind me starting a fitness blog. Well, one thing I want to express to the public is that I am not a fitness expert by any means. I do not hold any type of fitness certification nor worked for any fitness corporation. My knowledge in this industry is solely based on self experiment, research, and networking. I was pretty invovled in sports while I was in high school. I played football and I also ran track and cross country. I was perfectly in shape due to the everyday workouts that I would go through during my time in high school.
When I graduated high school, I enlisted in the military and joined the Marines. Bootcamp in the Marines was my biggest test that I have encountered physically and mentally. I was pushed to my limits by drill instructors who believed in bringing the best out of me that I did not know I had. Luckily, I survived this brutal challenge that changed my outlook in life. I learned that people are afraid of risks, failures, and challenges. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to face your fears and if you fail, you will learn from your mistakes. If you succeed, you will be faced with another difficult task. Life is full of challenges and for you to succeed, it will require 110 percent of your commitment and your determination.
I do not consider myself a perfectionist because I also have my flaws. After the military, I lost track of my body. Alcohol and the nightlife became a huge part of my weekly agenda. I was lured into this type of environment due to the restricted freedom I had in the military. I was not the normal 21 year old that would party until sunrise because I was too busy protecting this country and fighting for my survival. Time passes and with the amount of alcohol and diet intake, I lost a body figure that I once worked hard for. There were times where water was subtituted by sodas and alcohol. It was a bad experience that I would never go back to.
One day I looked at myself in the mirror and the realization hits me. I was not who I was and what I was then was someone I did not want to be. It was at the time where I invested in a workout video. I committed to it despite its difficulty. There was not a day I skipped a workout. After 90 days, I went from 195 lbs to 175 lbs. I purchased another workout that focused on cardio while incorporating body weight to increase the intensity of my workout. After 90 days, I lost 35 lbs which brought down my weight to 140 lbs. At the time, I had no knowledge about fitness whatsover. I did what the videos instructed and the result came through.
Since then, I’ve been up and down. There are days where I am in the mood to train, but then I come across days where my motivation is not there. I obviously need to work on that. You don’t get what you want, if you don’t do what you need to do to get there. I needed something that will keep me motivated. Something that will help me keep track of my progress. Sometimes seeing the result helps you to stay consistent. I started an instagram fitness account (instagram: rai_c_fit) that will help keep me accountable. So far it’s been a success. Every workout I would either sneak a video or even post a photo of myself. I have also been supported by fitness experts with their positive comments to my progression.
I will continue to post blogs about fitness not just to keep me accountable but to also help society reach their fitness goals by providing tips or even alternatives to get to where they want to be physically. I am hopeful that this will help create a community that will continue to promote health and wellness to those struggling to stay consistent due to their busy lives.
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