Sportul ca filozofie (IV). A fi “in forma” toata viata / The philosophy of exercise (IV). Staying in shape for life

Dupa operatia de diastazis din 2012, au fost luni de zile cand nu mi-am putut folosi complet muschii abdominali. In prima saptamana de dupa interventie, ma trezeam dimineata cu dorinta arzatoare de a ma…intinde. O astfel de actiune insa ar fi pus in pericol cusaturile inca proaspate. Asa ca ma abtineam. Corpul meu intra atunci intr-un fel de spasme. Incepeam sa tremur la propriu, atat de greu ii era organismului meu sa nu poata sa faca ceva atat de firesc, de natural si de instinctiv: sa se intinda dimineata, dupa ce toata noaptea incercasem sa dorm cat mai nemiscata, ca sa nu se desprinda pungile de drenaj.

Ulterior, miscari simple, pe care pana atunci nici nu le constientizam, cum ar fi datul cu aspiratorul sau apasatul pedalei de ambreiaj, erau o provocare. Nu mai spun de exercitiile fizice. Cred ca abia dupa vreun an si jumatate de la operatie a disparut complet orice disconfort al muschilor abdominali.

Atunci cand dintr-o data nu mai poti face ceva ce anterior era usor sa faci, ajungi sa apreciezi foarte tare cand, in sfarsit, dupa multa vreme nu mai ai dureri si recapeti posibilitatea de a te misca firesc. Articolul de mai jos, preluat de pe un site pe care eu il citesc de multa vreme si la care revin constant, vorbeste despre motivatia de a face sport, un subiect pe care eu il tot aud. Oamenii nu gasesc motivatie sa se apuce ori sa continue sa faca constant miscare fizica. Tindem sa complicam totul atat de mult! Desi nu vei citi despre asta in articolul tradus mai jos, cred ca lucrurile sunt muuuuult mai simple!

Asadar, ce spui de aceasta motivatie? Misca-te pentru ca poti! Nu stiai? Sa te misti fara dureri chiar poate fi un privilegiu! Nu poti decat sa mergi pe jos? E in regula, mersul pe jos e tot exercitiu fizic; cel mai firesc si cel mai important tip de miscare, de fapt!

Deci, care e motivatia ta de a (nu) te misca?

Am cunoscut candva un  bărbat care facea sport în fiecare zi. Rutina lui zilnica de miscare fizica era câteodată de trei ore si niciodată nu “pierdea” o zi. L-am întrebat odata pentru ce se antrena, de ce isi doreste sa fie mereu într-o formă atât de bună. El a răspuns: “Vreau sa fiu în formă toata viață.” Apoi l-am întrebat cum reuseste să facă asta, cum poate să facă față unui antrenament atat de dur zi de zi, fără pauza. El a spus pur și simplu: “Îmi place să fac asta. Aștept cu nerăbdare antrenamentul meu de zi cu zi. “

Asta suna logic, dar încă aveam impresia că acest barbat avea niște puteri neobișnuite de auto-disciplină și auto-motivatie. Nu mulți oameni din lume ar putea face ceea ce făcea. Acest om nu parea să aibă aceeași problemă de motivație pe care majoritatea dintre noi o au.

Motivatia este într-adevăr o problemă serioasă pentru toți, cu excepția câtorva “selectați”. Dar cum depășim această problemă? Cum putem deveni mai coerenti cu programul de miscare fizica, zilnic? Există un program ideal de exerciții, care ne va ajuta să facem acest lucru?

În ultimii patru ani, am realizat un studiu privind exercițiile fizice. Am vrut să aflu de ce este atât de greu ca oamenii să se motiveze sa faca sport. Studiul a aratat ca toti cei intervievati erau de acord cu faptul ca sportul este important, dar e greu…de facut. Rareori am găsit pe cineva care era mulțumit de gradul său de consecvență. Am auzit multe scuze. Acestea au variat de la program supra-aglomerat, probleme personale, până la boli fizice, stres mental sau pur si simplu, lene. Dar, în realitate, toate acestea nu sunt decât o problemă de motivatie, deghizata in altceva.

Rădăcina lipsei de motivatie este în mintea noastra. Suntem în esență creaturi leneșe, predispuse să facă doar ceea ce este convenabil și plăcut. Pur și simplu avem nevoie de motive distractive pentru a face lucruri. Cheia in a face sport este de a găsi o modalitate de a realiza antrenamentul cât mai convenabil și mai plăcut posibil si adaptat fiecarei persoane.

Sursa traducere articol:

After the diastasis surgery in 2012, there were months when I couldn’t fully use my abdominal muscles. During the first week after surgery, I would wake up in the morning with a burning desire to … stretch. But such an action would have endangered the fresh seams. So I refrained. But my body would go into some kind of spasm. I was beginning to tremble, so difficult it was for my body to not be able to do something so natural and instinctive: to stretch in the morning, after a whole night of me trying to sleep as immobile as I could, not to detach the drainage bags.

Later, simple movements, which until then I wasn’t even aware of, such as using the vacuum cleaner or using the clutch pedal, were a challenge. Let alone doing proper exercising!

I think after more than one year and a half after the operation, all discomfort of the abdominal muscles completely disappeared. When all of a sudden you can no longer do something that was previously easy to do, you get to appreciate it very much when after a long time, you no longer have pain and regain the opportunity to move naturally. The article below, taken from a site that I have been reading for a long time and which I return constantly to, talks about the motivation to do sports, a topic that I keep hearing. People do not find motivation to start or continue to constantly make physical movement. We tend to complicate things so much! Although in the article translated below you wont’t find this idea, I believe things are soooooo much simple!

So, what about this motivation? Move because you can! Don’t you know? Moving without pain can even be a privilege! You only can walk? It’s okay, walking is still physical exercise; the most natural and most important type of movement, in fact!

So, what’s your motivation for (not) moving?

I once knew a man who exercised every day. His routines were sometimes as long as three hours, yet he never missed a day. I asked him one time what he was training for, why he stayed in such good shape. He merely replied: “I’m staying in shape for life.” I then asked him how he was able to do it, how he managed to face such a grueling workout day after day without a miss. He said simply: “I enjoy doing it. I look forward to my workout everyday.”

This sounded logical, but I still went away with the impression that he had some unusual powers of self-discipline and self-motivation. Not many people in the world could do what he did. He just didn’t seem to have the same motivation problem that most of us have.

Motivation is indeed a serious problem for all but a select few. But how do we overcome this motivation problem? How do we become more consistent with our daily exercise programs? Is there an ideal exercise program that will help us do this?

For the past four years, I conducted a study on Exercise. I wanted to find out why it is so hard for people to motivate themselves to exercise. I talked to many people—some who were jocks and some who weren’t. All, I found, agreed on the same thing: Exercise is important but hard to do. Rarely did I find anyone who was satisfied with his degree of consistency. I heard many excuses and alibis. They ranged from overcrowded schedules and personal problems to physical ailments, mental stress and plain laziness. However, in reality, all these were nothing more than the motivation problem in disguise.

The root of the motivation problem is in the head. Exercise Reform is a head trip—mind over matter. We are basically lazy creatures, prone to do only what is convenient and enjoyable. We just naturally need fun reasons to do things. The key, then, to Exercise Reform, is to find some way to make the workout as convenient and enjoyable as possible. An exercise program has to be designed to accomplish this. It has to be tailored to the average person with a busy schedule, to the person who doesn’t play sports, who is faced with the task of working out on his own, often without the support of a workout partner.

Josh LaJaunie: from morbidly obese to ultra marathoner / de la obezitate morbida la ultra maratonist

Since my 3 hours daily commuting, I have been listening to hours and hours of Podcasts. The one that I listen the most is Rich Roll’s Podcast. That is how I found out about Josh’s amazing story. I hope you will enjoy this interview and let yourself get inspired by this man, who not only had the power to do profound personal changes, but he accomplished that by overcoming deep food traditions and, even more amazingly, by inspiring his community and his family.

In just a few years, after deciding that he must transform his life, Josh body and mentality were set on a new trajectory: that of a happy and a healthy man! Josh reinvented himself at all levels: he turned from being morbidly obese and from deeply suffering, to a true athlete, healed by a plant-based diet, known also by gracing the cover of Runner’s World Magazine and by being on famous TV shows (like “Good morning, America”!), but most of all, known for his big, warm heart.

Josh, to my joy and pride, accepted to answer a few question for Liorisme. So, without farther ado, let me introduce you to Josh LaJaunie:

Liorisme: Dear Josh, the  fact that you were a big kid and a food fan has to do with the place you come from and with the habits the community you grew up in had?

Josh: Sure, that played a role, no doubt. Also, being a big guy went hand-in-glove with being a decent football player. However, football, food, and alcohol all had to be re-framed in my mind as I grew away from old mindset.

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Liorisme: When was that you felt your body, your health, your self-esteem badly declined and that you actually needed a change right away? What were the first steps you thought you needed to take? Who inspired you at the beginning?

Josh: There was no “fix it right away or else” moment. But at 33 years old, in 2011, I was simply tired of being so miserably heavy. It just got to be too much. The first thing I did was to join a gym (like always) and start showing up daily to sweat and get sore. Running and jogging came into the picture as a good way to punctuate my lifting workouts.

Liorisme: What were the first changes you noticed on yourself, after getting into sports and how soon those happened?

Josh: Clothes fit better. Very soon. 🙂

Liorisme: What would you say was the most difficult part, when you decided to change your habits and what did you do to overcome that?

Josh: There was no most difficult part. Embracing difficulty itself is the point.


Liorisme: What led you to become a plant-based eater and how did that change your life and your performance in sports?

Josh: As I got into running, I wanted to be light and fitter. While reading books about how to do that, I came across Scott Jurek. From then on, I have been modeling myself as a runner, as a human, as an herbivore, based off what I learned in that process.

Liorisme: Please tell us about your first marathon and then about your first Ultra. How were those experiences for you?

Josh: Very tough on both accounts. They both hurt me in the moment and made me want to quit. Learning how to deal with that kind of discomfort has re-shaped my life.


Liorisme: Please give us an example of a daily menu on an “ordinary” day.

Josh: Usually, I eat oats after a 6 mile run and maybe a smoothie. Then, beans for lunch. And, for dinner, usually a toss-up, but lately it’s been air fried tempeh.

Liorisme: How do you train and how do you prepare, from the nutrition point of view, before, during and after an endurance competition?

Josh: I eat the way I normally eat, just more, if I’m more hungry than usual, because of my training.

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Liorisme: What is your idea about ketogenic diet? How about fasting? Are those something you experienced?

Josh: Keto is garbage, but try it if you want. You’ll definitely lose some weight, you also definitely put it back on (see: Jimmy Moore, Keto author and speaker). Fasting is great, but it also can just mean to put some more time between feedings: don’t grace all day every day. That’s the main lesson I learned from my fasting experiences.

Liorisme:  What would you say is your most important achievement as a runner? What about at personal level?

Josh: Running 100 miles was awesome, but WINNING a 50-miler in Florida while my Bam Bam (grandfather) watched the whole thing unfold, was incredible. Being able to help point others in the right direction nutritionally is my greatest passion and the people I’ve helped are like private little achievements in my own soul.

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2009 / 2019

Liorisme: Do you take any supplements? Why?

Josh: B12. Because my friends say so. 🙂

Liorisme: Do you ever have cravings for “before” foods? If you do, how do you handle the moment?

Josh: I simply do not. I crave and cave to less-optimal vegan food sometimes, but “before” food cravings aren’t a thing.

Liorisme: What would you say to a long distance runner who would like to become vegan, but thinks that this kind of eating will affect his/her performance?

Josh: It won’t affect the performance. But I’m not going to spend too much time trying to convince you, if you’re not willing to look at the data/research on your own. I’ll point, but not drag.

On the cover of Runner’s World Magazine, 2016

Liorisme: Do you ever worry about the  caloric intake? How about protein?

Josh: No.

Health Fest Garth Davis febr 2017
Speaker at Health Fest, 2017

Liorisme: How did you inspire your community and your family and how was that experience for you?

Josh: By DOING more than I TALKED about it, and putting real world results in front of them. Actions speak louder than words. Be about it.

Sid Montz sept 2018
with Rich Roll and Sid Montz, 2018

Liorisme: Would you share with us some of you dreams and future plans?

Josh: I’d like to grow my coaching app and website into a megalithic paradigm changer. I wasn’t to 100 miles in a mountain race. I want a 6-pack! And I want to run the Comrades Marathon in South Africa!

febr 2018

De cand fac naveta 3 ore pe zi, ascult multe ore de Podcast. Cel pe care îl ascult cel mai mult este podcast-ul lui Rich Roll. Așa am aflat despre povestea uimitoare a lui Josh. Sper că te vei bucura de acest interviu și  ca te vei lăsa inspiraț de acest om, care nu numai că a avut puterea de a face schimbări personale profunde, dar a făcut acest lucru prin depășirea tradițiilor alimentare adanc inradacinate și, chiar mai uimitor, prin a inspira comunitațea din care face parte, dar si familia sa.

În doar câțiva ani, după ce a decis că trebuie să-și transforme viața, corpul și mentalitatea lui Josh s-au agajat pe o noua traiectorie: aceea a unui om fericit și sănătos. Josh s-a reinventat la toate nivelurile: s-a transformat dintr-un om suferind de obezitate morbida, intr-un adevarat atlet, vindecat cu ajutorul alimentatiei pe baza de plante. Josh este cunoscut si pentru aparitia pe coperta Runner’s World Magazine, dar si ca invitat in cateva emisiuni tv celebre (cum ar fi “Good morning America”!); dar, mai presus de toate, Josh este cunoscut pentru inima lui mare, caldă.

Josh, spre bucuria și mândria mea, a acceptat să răspundă la câteva întrebări pentru Liorisme. Deci, fără să o mai lungesc, ti-l prezint pe Josh LaJaunie:

Liorisme: Draga Josh, ai putea spune ca faptul ca ai fost un copil “mare” si un fan al mancarii  are legatura cu locul de unde provii si cu obiceiurile din comunitatea in care ai crescut?

Josh: Sigur ca da, toate au avut rolul lor, fara indoiala. De asemenea, fiind un tip mare s-a potrivit cu faptul ca am fost un jucator de fotbal decent. Dar fotbalul, mancarea si alcoolul, pe toate a trebuit sa le regandesc, pe masura ce mi-am schimbat perceptia asupra lucrurilor.

Liorisme: Cand ai simtit ca organismal tau, sanatatea si increderea in tine erau in declin si ca, de fapt, aveai nevoie urgenta de o schimbare? Care au fost pasii pe care ai crezut ca trebuie sa ii faci intai si cine te-a inspirit la inceput?

Josh: Nu a existat un anume moment de genul “repara imediat ceva”. Dar la 33 de ani,  in 2011, pur si simplu obosisem sa ma mai simt atat de mare si de mizerabil. Gata, era prea mult! Primul lucru pe care l-am facut a fost sa ma inscriu la o sala de sport (cum se intampla mereu) si sa ma tin de chestia asta, transpirand si indurand durere. Alergatul si jogging-ul au completat exercitiile cu greutati de la sala.

Liorisme: Care au fost primele schimbari pe care le-ai sesizat, dupa ce ai inceput sa faci miscare si cat de repede au aparut?

Josh: Am vazut ca incap in haine mai usor si asta s-a intamplat foarte repede. 🙂

Liorisme: Care ai spune ca a fost cea mai dificila parte, cand ai decis sa iti schimbi obiceiurile si cum ai depasit asta?

Josh: De fapt, nu a fost o anume parte dificila a procesului. Trebuie imbratisata dificultatea procesului in sine si atat.

Liorisme: Ce te-a determinat sa devii vegan si cum ti-a schimbat acest lucru viata si performanta sportiva?

Josh: Cand m-am apucat de alergat, mi-am dorit sa fiu mai usor si mai in forma. Am inceput sa citesc carti despre asta si asa am dat de Scott Jurek. De atunci incolo, m-am auto modelat ca alergator, ca om, ca si consumator de plante, bazanadu-ma pe ceea ce am invatat de-a lungul procesului.

Liorisme: Te rog sa imi povestesti putin despre primul tau marathon si primul “Ultra”. Cum ai descrie aceste experiente?

Josh: Au fost experiente dificile. Ambele au durut pe moment si m-au facut sa imi doresc sa renunt. Dar invatand sa fac fata acestui tip de disconfort mi-a schimbat viata.

Liorisme: Da-mi te rog un exemplu de meniu, intr-o zi obisnuita.

Josh: De obicei, mananc dupa o alergare de 6 mile, fie niste ovaz, fie un smoothie. La pranz, mananc leguminoase, iar la cina ceva convenabil; de exemplu, in ultima vreme, mamanc seara tempeh prajit la friteuza cu aer cald. Daca ma antrenez pentru o competitie, consum o cantitate mai mare de alimente, in cazul in care ma simt mai flamand.

Liorisme: Ce parere ai despre dieta ketogenica? Dar despre postul negru? Ai experimentat asa ceva?

Josh: Keto e o dieta-gunoi, dar o poti incerca, daca asta vrei. Cu siguranta ai sa pierzi din kilograme, dar la fel de sigur ai sa le pui la loc (vezi: Jimmy Moore, sustinator al acestui tip de dieta). A tine post negru e ceva grozav, dar ai putea incerca pur si simplu sa mananci intr-o fereastra de timp mai ingusta, fara sa gustaresti cat e ziua de lunga. Asta am invatat in principal din experienta mea cu postul total.

Liorisme: Care crezi ca e cea mai importanta performanta sportiva a ta de pana acum? Dar la nivel personal?

Josh: Sa alerg 100 de mile a fost ceva grozav, dar sa castig competitia de 50 de mile din Florida, avandu-l pe bunicul meu, Bam Bam, martor al acestei realizari, a fost cu adevarat ceva deosebit. Pentru mine, cea mai mare pasiune e sa ii ajut pe cei din jur sa isi gaseasca directia din punct de vedere nutritional. Fiecare persoana pe care am ajutat-o, o consider a fi o realizare personala, de suflet.

Liorisme: Iei vreun supliment? De ce?

Josh: Da, B12…pentru ca asa imi spun prietenii. 🙂

Liorisme: Ai vreodata pofte de alimente pe care le consumai in trecut? Daca da, cum le faci fata?

Josh: Pur si simplu nu am pofte. Mi se mai intampla poate sa poftesc la mancare vegana nu tocmai ideala, dar ceea ce mancam inainte, nu e ceva ce ma mai preocupa.

Liorisme: Ce i-ai spune unui alergator care ar vrea sa adopte o dieta vegana, dar isi face griji pentru ca asta i-ar putea afecta performantele sportive?

Josh: Performantele sportive nu vor fi afectate. Dar nu am de gand sa petrec prea mult timp incercand sa te conving de asta, daca tu nu doresti sa certcetezi pe cont propriu datele existente pe acest subiect.

Liorisme: Iti faci vreodata griji pentru calorii sau pentru proteina?

Josh: Nu.

Liorisme: Cum ti-ai inspirit comunitatea si propria familie si cum a fost aceasta experienta pentru tine?

Josh: I-am inspirat FACAND mai mult decat VORBIND despre asta si aratandu-le rezultate reale. Cand actionezi, pentru a face lucrurile sa se intample, asta este ceva mult mai puternic decat orice cuvinte. Fii ceea ce predici!

Liorisme: Ne impartasesti te rog cateva din visele si planurile tale viitoare?

Josh: Mi-ar placea sa “cresc” website-ul si propria aplicatie de coaching in ceva ce ar aduce o schimbare de proportii! Apoi, inca nu am facut o cursa de 100 de mile in munti. Ah, imi doresc un abdomen “6 pack”. Si vreau sa alerg la Comrades Marathon in South Africa!

Cholesterol. Good or bad? (II)

Există doar două laturi ale chimiei, pentru toate fiintele: aciditatea și alcalinitatea. Acizii ard și ne distrug sănătatea. Latura alcalina repara și neutralizează partea acidă a chimiei. Corpul nostru este proiectat să fie ușor alcalin, ceeea ce este cheia catre sănătate.

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Cholesterol. Good or bad? (I)

I am not a doctor. That is why I try learning from doctors. Not from any doctor, but from the ones who I feel empowered by (showing me that health is in my power). In this case, I learn from doctor Robert Morse. So, in short, let’s see what dr. Morse and his students teach about the “evil” cholesterol.

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Detoxification. By Dr. Robert Morse

Detoxification is a system, not a treatment. It is a science that includes chemistry and demonstrates how chemistry interacts with itself. It also includes physics, the energies of the Universe, and how the human body becomes a component part of the whole. It encompasses God and the way in which our spirituality, thoughts and emotions represent the tools that make it possible for the physical body to function.

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