Mental Toughness and Health Issues (Part 2)

high 2(This is part two on my secret confession on my health issue. Like many of you, I have struggled for years to get myself of prescription drugs. For me, it was hypertension medicine. For you all, it could be statins, anti-depressives, or some other kind of pharmaceutical. Whatever drugs are hidden in your cabinet, I’m sure you don’t like digesting in your body and would prefer to be drug-free. However, getting off them is very difficult and a long process. The journey to be healthy and drug-free will test your perseverance skills, but once you find the solution to your issues, it will be worth all the struggles. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a safe pharmaceutical drug. All of them have dangerous side-effects that can kill you.

Here is part 2 to my story.)

When I first diagnosed with HPB and my doctor prescribed drugs for me, I assume I would get of the drugs immediately. I figured I would add some positive changes in my life and i would be off drugs quickly.

I never was so wrong. I had no idea it would take me nearly 20 years to be free of harmful prescription drugs. Continue reading Mental Toughness and Health Issues (Part 2)

Mental Toughness and Health Issues (Part 1)

healthFor the over 15 years, I have struggled with hypertension. When I was first diagnosed with the health issues, I knew nothing about it. My doctor prescribed drugs for me because he said my blood pressure was approaching a dangerous level.

That shocked me out so I took them without thinking twice about it. Since I was always working out and relative healthy, I assume the drugs would be a temporary solution.

As a couple of weeks went by, I asked my doctor if I could get off the drugs since my blood pressure was now normalized. He looked at me with a deep gaze and said my blood pressure was a sign that my heart was having problems and that I need to be on the drugs for a bit longer. Again, I was frighten by his comment. I never consider myself as having a weak heart as I was in my early 40’s. Once more, his fear arousal approach coaxed me into feeling it was OK to take the drugs.

After the fear has settled down about a month later, I did some research and found out how dangerous hypertension drugs were. I was bodybuilder-health freak at the time so I made it my goal to get off the drugs as soon as possible. Continue reading Mental Toughness and Health Issues (Part 1)

Enough With Your Excuses (Part 2)

excues 2(This is part 2 in this blog about shutting up and just training. I been wanting to write about the philosophy of stoicism so here was the perfect opportunity. I just had a tough workout and I wanted to whine and complain the whole time, but I didn’t. By keeping my big mouth shut and suppressing my negativity from infecting my workout partner, I would say the WOD was a success. Not just for finishing the session, but for not reverting back to my former self when I was a chronic whiner.)

Working out and training without making excuses is a huge step towards your resilience skills. Keeping your mouth shut may not seem very beneficial, but in my book, silencing negative remarks is monumental.

Most people are not only mentally weak, but they can’t shut the fuck up and stop themselves from constantly complaining. Verbalizing your list of can’t-does will disable your actions and pollute your intentions. Once this bad habit of being the constant whiner becomes ingrained in your personality, it becomes very difficult to break. Extremely problematic. Continue reading Enough With Your Excuses (Part 2)

Enough With Your Excuses (Part 1)

excusesI had a very challenging Olympic lifting workout last month with a new gym friend. His name is James and he has a lot of experience with the lifts and I need all the help I can get. The workout wasn’t planned and was improvised when we at the gym training at the same time.

When I first start to train with somebody new, I make a lot of effort to show I can handle anything thrown at me. That’s the problem of living a former life of being weak. Pathetic memories are still vivid and I’ll never be able to completely rid myself of the bitter after taste that almost ruined me. Continue reading Enough With Your Excuses (Part 1)