Yeah you guys are right I should spend a bit more time stretching post-workout, in fact I did just that today after my V-burn.
I also had my first HSM today, some lean chicken and brown rice. DELICIOUS.
I have to admit there is one thing about what i’m doing that is making me feel very proud. Let me explain.
I work from 5am to 1:30pm Monday through Friday. I then come home and sleep about 2.5 to 3hrs before waking up taking my shake in and going to class from 6pm to 9:30pm Monday through Thursday.
Then i get to sleep from maybe 10pm to 1am before i have to wake up again and drive to the gym for my workouts. Then drive back, shower, and head off and be at work by 5am.
Between Friday and Saturday I actually got to get some great sleep in before my V-burn challenge and I felt mentally great and inspired. Not only do i work 40 hrs a week, I am a full-time Junior at my University and I’m doing the Velocity Diet.
I saw a couple of posts on the forum lately and i see others breaking the guidelines Chris had set for us here and there. I can’t help, but think, wow. I’m doing this and i feel great. I saw a few articles from Chris and some of them referenced arrogance, but arrogance doing the Velocity Diet with a take no prisoners mentality. Well guess what, i’m not taking any prisoners, this isn’t about anyone else. This is about ME! Damn right i’m feeling proud and arrogant right about now. I’m not in this to lose, I’m here to play like a &%*#ing champion and i’m going to win this come hell or high water.
Here is the quote from the Chris Shugart article:
Why does anger work? Here’s my take:
The human animal is a predator. He doesn’t track and kill his prey by kinda-sorta wanting it. Achieving a goal isn’t a marathon; it’s a sprint. You have a short, intense window of opportunity to break bad habits and smash through obstacles.
“Successful people share a willingness to get uncomfortable,” Alwyn Cosgrove says. That applies to their training, diet, and lifestyle.
Now, how does a self-pitying whiner deal with discomfort? He quits. How does a guy who’s willing to be an asshole deal with it? He gets ticked and fights through it. And he wins.
Anger isn’t the only socially unacceptable personality trait that comes into play. “Significant change comes with getting a little selfish,” says John Berardi, Ph.D. “That doesn’t have to be a bad thing, although some of your friends and family may think so.”
Even if it feels weird to set aside time for yourself and your own self-improvement, it’s the only way to pull it off, Berardi adds. “You have to get a little selfish and take some of your time back.” That allows you to avoid distraction while focusing so intensely on a single goal.
Another dickish trait common to physique success stories is a certain sense of superiority. You don’t have to hold the weak-willed people around you in contempt, but it helps to remind yourself that you’re stronger and more determined than people who skip workouts and succumb to the siren call of Dunkin Donuts.
If you feel guilty about your newfound arrogance, remind yourself that it’s temporary. Use it, get what you want out if it, and then drop it like a bad relationship.
Take-home lesson: Positive changes often occur with the use of a negative attitude. Being an angry, self-centered asshole with a superiority complex helps body transformers reach their goals. Just be sure to cut that shit out when you’re done. "
That’s what i’m talking about. Thank you for the great article Chris!