• Just putting in work. Watched porn, but I still went to the gym, which was hard but I felt better after. I’ve been having days where I’m just lost and the biggest reason is because I don’t really live for God, as a person who grew up religious, I really left the “Faith”, I believe in god, I just don’t follow the bible, and it’s really been fucking with my head. I’m not sure if I’ll ever go back. I’m not trying to bitch here, rather talk to people that might understand.

  • @paul I completely understand. I walked away from my faith when I was young. In fact, due to my upbringing and education I was quite Biblically literate and made a game of baiting Christians. I would ask hard questions that they couldn’t answer and watch them become uncomfortable.

    But as I got older, I realized that there is a certain emptiness if you abandon your Creator. I am still a Christian although I avoid the organized church. I have come to the conclusion over the years that there most definitely is a God and if you abide by His very basic rules, you will avoid a whole lot of pain and turmoil in your life.

    I have done a lot praying, meditating and contemplating about this matter. My belief is: If God is omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing) and eternal (having no beginning or end) then God is the Universe and we are all just tiny pieces of “Him”.

    I also believe we are all interconnected spiritually (which explains a lot of the “odd” phenomena I have experienced in this life). I would strongly encourage you to seek wisdom and knowledge in these matters. I also encourage you to give up porn. It is really bad for you in many ways. I wish you every blessing in your struggle. I have struggled with these things too. Hang in there, you will overcome.

  • Don’t overthink, take action, forgive and forget.
    That’s my phrase for now.

  • @boothe i know this post is super old but hey boothe how come chronic cardio isnt good for you

  • @iattacku We are designed to move slowly over long distances, sprint occasionally (think escaping from an enemy or predator here) and pick up fairly heavy things (here again, occasionally). When you engage in chronic cardio, your body doesn’t have sufficient time to recuperate. This causes stress so your body releases stress hormones in response. Overuse (i.e. long distance running) causes joint damage as well. Your body responds with endorphins to quell the pain. This is what is referred to as “runners high” and I’ve known guys with trashed knees from running several miles a day who couldn’t quit doing it even though their injuries were getting worse. They were addicted to their own endorphins! Another issue chronic cardio causes is an enlarged heart. This is the reason you’ll read about men in their mid fifties to early sixties who are fit, eat right and seem to be great athletes just keel over dead from heart problems. I highly recommend that you check out more info on the primal lifestyle and why it works. Mark was a top athlete when he was young and trashed his health with chronic cardio. I’ve read his book, The Primal Blueprint and it makes sense. That’s a good place to start. It’s wonderful to be fit and athletic at my age, but like anything else, all things in moderation. I eat right and exercise, but I don’t overdo it and my body rewards me for that with wonderful health. I highly recommend a primal lifestyle modified to your specific needs.

  • @iattacku
    what boothe said. (shakes head in disbelief)

    the only thing i’d add is that the type of surface really, really matters for running. You won’t trash your knees on softer surfaces, which is why I only run on dirt, sand, or grass (barefoot is best). I also love playing soccer on spongy turf for that reason. No way could I run for 50 minutes on concrete like I do on turf during a soccer game.

    I’ve followed this guideline for the last twenty years. As a result, I’m in my early 40s with zero knee problems. Zero pain anywhere, except occasional back pain from weightlifting. That’s why I can still play against teams full of 25-yr-old former Division 2 soccer players, like I did last week, even though I’m technically old enough to be their father. (They were really f’in good, but we beat em by one!)

    And to your question, yeah, chronic cardio is stupid. Anything over 45 minutes is a waste, IMHO.

  • @jammyjaybird said in Improvement:

    Zero pain anywhere, except occasional back pain from weightlifting.

    That disturbs me. I’m almost sixty and still deadlift, do bent rows and squat with no lower back pain. Do you have any idea which lift is causing this? A simple form change could fix it. For heavens sake, you don’t do “good mornings” do you?

  • @boothe Yeah, I know exactly which movements cause my lower back pain, and I avoid them. Lifting anything above my head will cause it for sure - one chiropractor said that I have a slight extra curvature in my lower spine - so I’ve learned to substitute different exercises in my circuit training class. Occasionally it happens when I do my usual 10x200 seated cable rows. Once it happened on pull-ups, but that was because my muscles were cold off the street - now I use the dry sauna before working out.

    What’s a good morning?

  • @jammyjaybird

    What’s a good morning?

    It’s a barbell exercise where you put the barbell across your shoulders like you’re going to perform a squat, then bend at the waist to work your hamstrings. It’s a fantastic way to help your chiropractor pay for his summer home or end up with back surgery. I recommend deadlifts and or stiff leg dead lifts with proper. Here’s a link about “Good Mornings”, but don’t do them!:

  • @jammyjaybird The lower back strain during pull-ups doesn’t surprise me either. I’ve experienced that. Usually what happens is you’ve reached near failure and to try to get those last couple of reps you start to engage your lower back pulling too much curve into it unconsciously. If you already have that little extra curvature it would exacerbate the effect. I still do pull-ups and think they are at least one of, if not the greatest body weight exercise there is. But like anything else you can overdo it. I damaged my left brachioradialis trying to outdo my teenage son back when I was your age. It took years for it to heal. I don’t allow male pride to govern my workout routine these days, lol.

  • @jammyjaybird

    Lifting anything above my head will cause it for sure

    I have experienced this with military presses, Arnold presses and the like. Just like with pull-ups, when you reach near failure you’ll engage your lower back to try to get the last reps and that’s where the damage is done. I follow the @WB-Fitness formula of light weight and high reps now. If I start feeling my lower back engage, I stop immediately. I have this German Shepherd who depends on me to sprint around the yard with him and throw the ball and the Frisbee for him, so I can’t go injuring myself in the weight room. We’re a big part of each other’s exercise program. ;)

  • @boothe i checked out the mark guy he seems to know his stuff

  • @iattacku Mark Sisson is doing a terrific a public service. He should be protected like a national monument.
    That said, I disagree with his “no-carbs-ever” rule. Still, lowering carbs down to the bare minimum, and upping the protein and good fat, and clearing out all vegetable oils – it’s really great advice. Following that diet helped me put on about twenty pounds of muscle in 2015/2016. Sisson really knows his stuff.

  • @jammyjaybird said in Improvement:

    That said, I disagree with his “no-carbs-ever” rule.

    It’s not a no carbs ever rule for keto. It’s a 5 - 10% of your calories from carbs. Good carbs at that. Doing a “no carbs ever” diet isn’t impossible, the carnivores do it (a lifestyle I have no interest in, ewww…nothing but raw meat & fat? Seriously?). But it’s not for me. Carbs, in the form of raw spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and the like are fine. Simple carbs such as refined sugar, white rice, white potatoes, bread, cake, cookies, etc. are not. In my case a lot of simple carbs run my blood pressure out of the roof. Other folks suffer gout (or pseudo gout), diabetes, obesity and heart disease. The primal lifestyle is based on the theory of what our primitive ancestors would have eaten and how they would have exercised. Carbs would have been part of their diet (when they could get them), just not a major part (depending on the region). A lot of the United States’ populace is sick and fat due to easy (and cheap) access to simple carbs. The big corporations from processed foods to healthcare to pharmaceuticals make a lot of money off of this situation.

  • @boothe agreed on all that, BUT there’s also evidence that people have varying levels of ‘tolerance’ for simple carbs. Mine is apparently high; I eat bread, potatoes, and pasta without any problem. Not in large quantities, but most days I’ll have 2 of the 3. Maybe it’s a faster metabolism, maybe it’s more physical activity, I don’t know. But I do know that even with those simple carbs, I have visible abs. Yay.

    So if it ain’t broke, I ain’t fixin’ it. Pass me the buttered toast please.

    There’s also some evidence that women process carbs better than men do, which is interesting. Women have about three feet longer intestines than we men do, which probably explains why so many of them get constipated lol…

  • @jammyjaybird Oh, there’s no question that it comes down to the individual. I had a recent question about the supplement stack I take. I told the individual what I use daily, but I also explained that you have to experiment to see what works for you. I’ve read Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo’s book “Eat Right 4 Your Type” and a lot of what he proposes makes sense. However, despite the evidence that blood type is based on our ancestors’ lifestyle, hence our diet should follow that, there are anomalies and nuances to that theory. One size never fits all. It may be close. It may be tolerable. But if you want the best results for you, then you have to fine tune what works specifically for you and it won’t be a big surprise if that’s not what works for me. Jammy, you and I are unique…just like everybody else. XD

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