All posts by Mahal Ramos

Those banners that don’t help me.

You know those videos and banners that keep propagating how we’re gonna pass up the gym, indulge in foods to the point of gluttony and ignore what our coaches and trainer tells us? Those don’t help me.

They might be funny. I get a laugh out of people floundering around trying to match their exercise to the level of the instructor. Or worse, I’m guilty of mental fat shaming and attributing my less-than favorable habits of lacking self-control to a hopeless case of comedic dysfunction.

But as I take my health and fitness more seriously, I’m finding that those messages that mock discipline, timeliness, dedication, self-control, clean eating, are harming my focus.

I’m probably too sensitive to a lot of things anyway so this state of delicateness doesn’t surprise me. (Frankly, I annoy myself with it sometimes). But what used to be amusing to me isn’t as entertaining anymore. That’s not to say that it doesn’t help other people who are at a different stage of their wellness. I’m just finding that, for me, I might be outgrowing it.

Is that what happens when we take on new chapters? Old habits and amusements are revealed and we learn how to break from it?

Media impacts me greatly. I get motivated watching other people lift, run, work out and train. I see someone taking on some reps and grinding out a set, it makes me look at the calendar to see when I get to go to the gym. I start thinking, “I wanna do that, too!”

What I learned is that I used to not notice the difference when I would view those banners or ads that had the message to be casual about health or even disregard healthy choices altogether. But now, I can see how it affects me and I am now aware of how to purposely reach for media that is encouraging, inspiring and helpful.

This time of year is slammed with setting new goals. What have you decided to feed your mind?





Dr’s appt: Good results. New suggestions.

2015 Health Update

Great news! My recent dr’s appointment in November went well. Now that I’m healthier, my doctor suggested moving forward with my fitness and health. What you see is a page from my fitness notebook. I try to scribble updates in bright colors so I can track my progress.

Doc recommended walking as a form of exercise: 30 minutes a day, at least 3-5 days a week. Ideal is to walk 3mph, 5 days a week. I mentioned that I wanted to try restorative yoga, since this martial arts place by my house was offering it. He encouraged it, and overall, he expressed that yoga is great exercise.

The note about minerals and muscle twitching meant that I expressed that I noticed my right calf muscles had a tendency to twitch. He mentioned that it could indicate a low magnesium level. I’ve started on supplements with calcium and magnesium. Nothing fancy. Just the tablets from Trader Joe’s. The twitching still occurs (which I’m convinced is actually neurological from an unrelated incident), but my hot flashes have significantly subsided. Again, I can’t scientifically say if this is related. Just a noticeable change.

BONUS: The anxiety I typically experience going to the clinic has subsided. I felt like a whole person, walking healthily to my appointment. I was reminded that I’m going to the follow-up because I’m WELL, not because I’m ill or diseased. That was a victory to praise God for.

The weight that I lost weight was gained back. I have nothing else to blame other than my inactivity. I work, do chores, eat and sleep. I wasn’t even walking around the block. Shame shame. Whatever!

If you’ve ever found yourself in a rut, then you’ll know what I mean. What got me moving again was…someone else’s blog! True story. I read a post on Maxed Out Muscles by Christian Boyles, a young man who is committed to fitness while managing Crohn’s disease. Through his posts, I witness commitment, positive persistence and a winning attitude.

I found myself in a seasonal slump and by admitting that, I found a way to start fresh and start over. This journey is indeed emotional, spiritual, mental and physical.

Now that I have a good report from my doctor, familiar suggestions and encouraging bloggers to follow, what will I do about my commitment to discovering the best version of myself?

Thank you for sticking with me through this journey! I hope you continue with me in the coming year!