Day 50: The halfway mark.. Am I the same guy? [Retrospect]

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This day represent the halfway mark of my 100 day challenge. When I got the idea, my first biggest obstacle I had to overcome was my love for the food. Like I mentioned in the previous post (check it out HERE), during this period I’ve eaten my fare share of candy, muffins, ice cream and pretty much everything people would consider “unhealthy”. Did I feel bad that I “broke” my diet? No, the eating unhealthy part (in a controlled manner)  IS part of the diet, (MIND BLOWN). Thinking back on my previous attempts on eating healthier, this is by far the longest period I’ve succeeded in sticking to my diet plan. And let me tell you, it feels pretty damn good.

“When you achieved a goal and worked hard to reach it, there’s no other awesome feeling like it.”

When I have people over, I don't serve chips anymore, I give them chicken, raw, cold ass chicken, with DAT FACE.

When I have people over, I don’t serve chips anymore, I give them chicken, raw, cold ass chicken, with DAT FACE. Chicken with the side order of protein shake?

It’s crazy how fast this challenge is going, and how much I’ve improved on my lifestyle in just 50 days. For you readers that are new to the blog, the reason why I started this idea was to regain my control on my body and eating habits. What I wanted to achieve with this was 1) To feel sexy again; 2) Show my future kids how awesome their dad looked back in the days; 3) Show to people that getting in shape isn’t that hard. I made up a plan where I went through these following topics, I’ve linked the posts on each part:

  1. The Goals, [LINK] what do I want to achieve?
  2. The Workout, [LINK] Reverse Pyramid training on a 9 day-cycle.
  3. The Challenge, [LINK] Setting up a public challenge, me against the readers, If I lose I buy them EACH a dinner.
  4. The Diet, [LINK] 30% workout 70% diet is what’s needed for me to get in shape.
  5. The Weekly Weigh-in, [LINK] My documentation on my progress, fat control, weekly pics and measurements.
  6. The Rehab, [LINK] I fell off my longboard a few months back on my shoulder, in the progress of fixing it.

    At 12 reps now on my chins, will go for 20 reps by the end of the challenge, LETS GO!

    At 12 reps now on my chins, will go for 20 reps by the end of the challenge, LETS GO!

I know that it’s just gone 50 days but there are already noticeable changes. These are the things that has changed since I started with the challenge (for better or worse):

Positive changes:

  • I can already state that I’m in better shape then when I started, (Captain Obvious).
  • My tummy doesn’t do those weird morning grunts sounds anymore.
  • If I pass by a mirror, I turn to it and say, “who’s that sexy man in the mirror? Oh, its just me” *Giggle attack*
  • Confidence is growing not only in appearance, but also at work and the way I approach new people.
  • I cook more of my food nowadays.
  • I make better use of my time compared to how I was before.
  • Rehab is part of my everyday routine, it’s a new acquired habit.
  • English grammar skills has improved…. slightly…

The “less” positive changes:

  • I need to constantly go up and pee during the night… Like an old fuck.
  • If I pass by a mirror, I turn to it and say, “who’s that sexy man in the mirror? Oh, its just me” *Giggle attack*
  • I tend to go more often shirtless around the apartment, my room mate hates me now (Sorry äggmannen and Narvin-Hoe).
  • Taking a selfies has never felt this good…ever
  • Still can’t figure out the difference between “than” and “then” when I’m writing in the blog.
  • Writing these posts and cooking my own meals take a big chunk of my time.
  • I’m starting to believe that I look like the Green Hulk but in fact I’m still the same Yellow Asian Man.
  • I still want to eat a pizza, however the craving isn’t as strong as before.
  • I’m currently the “he needs to eat a sallad with high protein or he won’t join us” – friend.
Lets go for another 50 days, are you guys with me? Like and comment and give some support!

Lets go for another 50 days, are you guys with me? Like and comment and give some support!

I still have one more thing on my game plan that I need to do. Since I know how I get when things are going my way (lazy and content), this last topic is needed. Check out my next post, this one is gonna be fun.

Work hard, eat hard, sleep…hard?

//Chris

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Day 39: Going to rehab, NOT that type of rehab [The rehab Part II]

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When I planned this 100 day challenge of mine I realized that I’m accepting it well aware that my shoulder wasn’t functioning properly. For people that missed my last post on the accident go to this link. This meant that I couldn’t fully rely on my shoulder when doing certain exercises. There was even one particular time I wasn’t even able to do a normal push-up, it hurt like hell.  So, I had two choices, either wait another year an let it heal like my left shoulder did OR try to speed the healing with some rehab and go for the challenge.

“Since I’m writing this blog, its obvious which alternative I took, and I pretty sure I made the right choice.”

I wonder how many comeback stories this room has produced? This place has produced several of Swedish best athletes, amazing.

The rehab facility in Bosön.I wonder how many comeback stories this room has produced? This place has produced several of Swedish best athletes, amazing.

The first thing I did was some research on the internet, looking for some similar cases of people having the same issue. Sometimes you forget the ridiculous amount of valuable information the internet has to offer, besides funny pictures of cats and fail-compilation. I also spoke with a few friends with similar injuries as mine. I eventually decided that the best course of action was to see a specialist, so I went to a sports facility called Bosön. This facility is amazing, they have basically every tool you need to improve any athlete, from indoor facilities, physiotherapists, mental coaches and so on.

Giving me the status of my shoulder, luckily he couldn't find anything seriously wrong.

Giving me the status of my shoulder, luckily he couldn’t find anything seriously wrong.

I met up with Mattias a physiotherapist (Sv sjukgymnast) which in my eyes is some kind of a sorcerer or witch-doctor, he has such a powerful understanding on the human body. He could by just looking at my posture  already tell several things about my what I work with, what I ate yesterday, and even my biggest secret, YES I’m joking.

We did numerous exercises on both my left and right shoulder BUT luckily he couldn’t find anything serious. He told that when I fell I received a minor bump on my shoulder which contracted the muscles around it to “protect” the shoulder. This led to a reduced agility and strength of my shoulder, which causes instability when I preform certain exercises (which explains the push-up I couldn’t do). The muscles that got affected are Serratus anterior and Supra Spinatus, and luckily for me, I can get my agility and strength back with a few exercises.  

“If you do these four exercises morning and evening, 20 reps on each exercises, you’ll get your strength and agility back.”

My first thought was, “that’s it?”. I’m almost at the 40 day mark, and I’ve not missed deliberately (Sv avsiktligt) a single rehab session. If that’s the price to pay to keep my shoulder away from injuries, you can beat your pretty little ass that I’m gonna putt the time to do the work.

As I mentioned earlier, they have an indoor track here as well. During my younger running days, I basically started my passion for running on these very tracks. I must say I got a bit sentimental, and NO I didn't cry.

They have an indoor track here as well. During my younger running days, I basically started my passion for running on these very tracks. I must say I got a bit sentimental, and NO I didn’t cry.

Even though this injury might just be minor bump on the shoulder and trust me there other people with far more serious issues with there shoulders, I still find it important to check it up. Make the effort now when instead of paying for it later with bigger problems.

Now let’s hope that my shoulder doesn’t fail me now, have a nice Sunday and keep following and giving me feedback.

Eat hard, work hard, sleep…hard?

//Chris

Day 36: I’m broken in half [The rehab Part I]

IMMORTALITY

Don’t worry it’s not as bad as it sounds. Let me tell you a story that took place back in 2012 when the first incident occurred. I got to know a few new buddies (shoutouts to AtmosQueer and Johnny White) that shared a common interest of mine, Longboarding. They invited me to ride with them one day, which got me super pumped. However, the excitement didn’t last long when I realized that these guys weren’t looking for car-free streets or just looking “swag” with their boards, NAH BRAH. They were thrill seekers, THE REAL DEAL, and I just felt like a hipster wanting to look cool with my board.

They finally found the most retarded hill I’ve seen in Stockholm, which made me shit my pants a bit. So I had a choice, either, bitch out or ride with fear. And til’ this day I don’t really know if I chose the right decision, so I tried my luck and started half way on the hill. Went well, so I progressively climbed up the hill, until I was at the very top. After my fifth attempt I went all in, went down the hill, but half way through I started to hesitate and feel a bit of fear.

“When going down a ridiculous hill with NO protection gear, AND hesitation and fear in your mind, you know your’re FUCKED beyond recognition. You can pray to your God, but nor God, Buddah, Allah, Jebus or fucking Superman can help you now. Just relax and let life punch you in the face.”

What happened after is simple, check the clip above. It may not me but the events are strikingly similar. I was going about 40 (km/h), jumped of my board, did THE face you do when you know you’re about to hurt yourself, and finished of with a failed front flip on my left shoulder. It hurt, more than life, I wanted to take a time out and just cry.

“It takes you just one big fall to realize that you’re human, there is no friend that will be there to catch you when you fall, there is only the ground.”

Hold my beer, I got this.... CUUH

Hold my beer, I got this…. CUUH

This summer I got a helmet and a shitload of protection gear which boosted my confidence again. It takes quite some time to built up the courage again after you’ve hit the pavement hard. Me and my good friend Tommy rolled up on a big ass hill one evening and I decided that I wanted to go down this hill. Once up, I gazed out in the open and felt a bit of a slight regret, but I could see Tommy giving me the “don’t bitch out” -look. So, taking my fear aside I rolled down the hill when I suddenly got flashback from the incident before, I choked, but felt a bit safer with my protection gear on. I realized soon that there is no chance of me foot breaking so I bailed and fell on my hands, elbow, ass and RIGHT shoulder. But not on my knee pads and head, where I had fucking protection. Didn’t hurt at all at the point of impact, so I thought I was good.

“However, the pain didn’t hit me until the very next morning, and that feeling was something that I recognized from last year fall. Seems like my RIGHT shoulder is fucked now.”

This is me not falling.

I have no idea what I’m doing. *FACEPLANT*

So, I had two choices, either wait another year an let it heal like my left shoulder did OR speed the healing up with some rehab and hope it holds out. Since I’m writing this blog, I’ve kinda already answered the question. I’ll write more on this on the next post.

Stay eat hard, work hard, sleep…. hard?

/C