Quitting Problems

quitI was able to cut down the number of sticks a day from a pack to 10 sticks a day, then to seven and down to 5 sticks a day without any trouble. Now, I am trying to make it 3 sticks a day to keep up with my quite active lifestyle in which I am having trouble. I have this cold like sickness and there is a pain at my left lower chest. I was like, “Damn! What are these that I am feeling?” I never had problem quitting drugs abruptly and I was able to manage the cravings, tingling sensations and all of the stuff connected with abruptly quitting drugs. But, why the hell I am having problem quitting cigarettes?

I am reading some articles as of this moment and makes me think that it is quite normal and a clinic located here in Mandaluyong City offers smoking cessation program by using non-invasive medical tool, utilizing acupuncture or acupressure points but quite expensive. You have to pay around PHP 12, 0000 – PHP 15, 000 but there is a disclaimer which makes me doubt the effectiveness. Is there anyone out there can give me any idea on how to manage the side effects of quitting cigarettes?

Budget Fitness: Achieving Fitness Goal without Getting Your Wallet into Trouble

Again, English is not my native language so, pardon me. Okay, let me start… when I thought that you can’t be fit and healthy if you haven’t got enough money for your expenses, I WAS REALLY WRONG. When I was starting my way into fitness, I am always finding myself broke before even reaching the next pay day. Why? Should I blame commercialism and consumerism?

Here are the mistakes that I made:

  1. Choosing a local gym. I thought that the more expensive the gym is, the more it gives room to fitness as they have facilities and enough equipments that I thought will helped me reach my goal. Well, being a residence of the biggest city in the capital region (Quezon City) proved me wrong. Based on observation, everything goes back to basic: proper diet and exercise. You can choose a local gym where you can work out, or never at all. Why? Have you heard about some exercise techniques wherein you use your own weight? There’s a lot! Use google or you may try these: http://greatist.com/fitness/50-bodyweight-exercises-you-can-do-anywhere
  1. Supplements. A made a big mistake about taking supplements. Okay, I purchased whey protein and tried two different brands but it seems that they are not effective for me as they did not work. So I made some online researches about taking protein powders and boom! If you have read my previous post about milk, then you know that there are people who are having dialysis because of taking supplements.
  1. Proper Diet. (Blame my television on this so I shut my cable off). Okay, there are so many commercials for example this brand of tuna in can who made people believed that if you will eat the said tuna brand, you will achieve good physique. Hell no! I saw some models of that TV Commercials working out! (Rage Mode On!). You want to achieve your fitness goals? START EATING REAL FOODS AND NOT THOSE CANNED FOODS. Start reading some articles on how to cook real foods that are nutritious and not full of preservatives. (Though the label shows: “NO PRESERVATIVES”, that is a lie).

What form of writing I am doing? As if I am just putting everything that is coming out of my mind? Well, anyway, here are the changes I made:

  • Yes, I have my regular Muay Thai and BJJ training but when it comes to working out, I stick to jogging or walking outdoors and doing bodyweight training outdoors. It is not just saving money but you are having fun and most of all, you are breathing fresh air and not contained inside a gym of people producing CO2 as they are doing their work out. (Stay away from diesel fumes though).
  • I addressed my issue about proper diet by eating real foods and not taking supplements at all. Only real foods.

Holla! In two months from 172 pounds to 158 lbs with 19% body fats which means I have more way to go but at least, I am trying to reach my goals without getting my wallet into trouble. Here is a good read about achieving a fitness goal (ignore the promotions though): http://www.mensfitness.com/training/lose-weight/the-new-rules-for-getting-ripped

Am I really making sense with whatever I am posting? Feel free to leave some comments and feedback. I am not a pro but at least not an obese coach potato. 😉

Which is a Better Source of Protein: Milk or Protein Shake?

When it comes to muscle recovery and building muscles, a lot of people go for protein shakes and only few people will grab a liter of milk as a source of protein. I personally recommend drinking milk as post-work out for health reasons. First, I have not heard of anyone who needs to go to their medical provider for kidney dialysis because of drinking milk, but I have heard a lot of people having to undergo such procedure because of drinking protein shakes. Second, did the ancient Greeks consume protein shakes? I am not aware hahaha but they are symbols of good physique. (Just look at the statues they have made and read the history on how many sports that were originated by ancient Greeks). Lastly, man, have you consider how much money you have to spend by buying whey protein or some other kind (variation or whatsoever) compared when you buy 4 liters of milk which gives you 4 servings per liter? (go on check google).

According to this site: http://stronglifts.com/milk-post-workout-build-muscle-gains/, there are 5 reasons why you should drink (or consider mik) as post workout.

  • Muscle Gains. Research shows a mix of slow and fast digesting protein is superior for lean body mass gains. Milk is 80% casein, 20% whey.
  • Fat Loss. Dairy calcium increases fat loss. The fat in milk keeps you full longer which decreases hunger and thus helps you to lose fat.
  • Recovery. Milk is a fluid and has electrolytes. Research shows milk is superior to water and sport drinks for rehydration post workout.
  • Cheap. When you consider the protein (whey/casein/BCAA) and calorie content of milk, it’s one of the cheapest foods available.
  • Easy. Milk requires zero preparation. 1 quarter (1 liter) milk can be a perfect post workout meal depending on your daily caloric needs.

Also, according to http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-drink/milks-benefits-fit-guys, milk has plenty of protein-about nine grams per 8-ounce glass—and that protein contains all eight essential amino acids, which means it’s complete and can be readily used by your body for repair and growth. For hard gainers, who need to cram down protein every three hours, milk can be a major boon. Drinking an extra, and inexpensive, 30 grams of protein a day won’t leave you feeling too stuffed for one of your regular feedings.

Okay, okay, you might say that you have lactose intolerance. Well, you can buy Goat’s milk which has less lactose and the chemical structure of goat’s milk is similar to that of breast milk. So, let us say, you are considering milk as a post work out drink. Now, which brand is better, if not, the best? (Ah! I really hate commercialism and consumerism but for the sake of giving information, here we go). Check out the table below:

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Source: http://www.chefjayskitchen.com/2014/10/philippine-milk-madness-best-tasting.html

Please keep in mind that most milk brands here in the Philippines are not really fresh from farms but are UHT processed to prolong its life (did I use the proper term). Well, I grew up in a province where fresh cow’s milk is available; I would say that cow’s milk has more distinctive taste than UHT Processed milk.

Are there any Health Risks in Drinking UHT Processed Milk?

Yes, I have said that milk is better than protein powders but let me clarify that not all brands are healthy as there are some brands that have some issues. Though I do not have the list of what brands are tested positive for melamine, please have time to check this link: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/123257/news/nation/we-re-testing-more-than-50-milk-brands-bfad

Also, there are some issues wherein some people found strange contents inside their milk brand of choice like solidified paper, carton, or something. So, better have time to read more about milk.

How did I get my way into Martial Arts?

(Warning! English is not my first language and if I will use my native tongue in writing, you will not going to read this).

Well, we all have reasons why we get into something. We get hook into something that makes us feel good like people who are addicted into illegal drugs for example, they get hook into it because their body releases what we call “happy hormones” or sometimes cited as “feel good” hormones. (Do I need to say as to where I have heard or read these? You might wanna check google :-P).

I am quite deviating from the topic now. So here we go, talking about drugs, yes, I have been there. I was with a person whom I thought would give me happiness that would do be my partner. But, our relationship was nothing but mere fantasy as it only circled around sex and drugs. When we parted ways, you can hear people around, “that guy does not look healthy at all” (there are physical changes when you are into drugs as we all know, which I suffered much). That hostile break up and realization, that if someone loves you, he or she will not get you into something that is not safe, gave me motivation to be “BETTER” so first thought of course, is going to a gym but then, I was kinda thinking that time that, yeah you will get good physique, healthy enough, but what is beyond having a good physique and being healthy? Well, it is being able to protect yourself from harm.

There are so many blogs, sites, or anything you can find using internet about martial arts (surely I am not a pro) but, this blog will be different as because, I want to be true, without inhibitions, and just talk about anything that is connected to martial arts. So have fun reading my future posts.