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Hello Hello Hello,

It feel’s good to be back to writing the “Quote of the week post”. It’s the one time I get to really open up and get creative. I think the last one I wrote was over 12 weeks ago now, when I started going head deep into my competition prep for the WBFF show. Since then I’ve done a few post here and there for some up keep and maintenance, but most of my energy and attention was directed towards the prep.

A lot of you don’t know as it was a last minute decision but 2 weeks after the WBFF show I actually entered another competition. This time round it was the Miami Pro show.  I was in two minds whether to enter or not as I didn’t feel mentally prepared as I did for the WBFF.

The reason for this was, I had started enjoying chocolate and the little delights of life and I suppose this threw me off a little as I never touch sweets or anything like that whilst dieting.

My train was delayed on my way to the show and I knew I was going to be late for the registration and thought that may affect me from entering and maybe I should turn back. I started telling myself that it was a sign for me not to enter and that I should go home – Funny the excuses we come up with when our heart isn’t into something…

I didn’t place top 5 unfortunately but got some cool photo’s I think you’ll like and genuinely had a brilliant time 🙂

Anyway…

Enough about me, how are you guys?

It seem’s like everyone is jumping on the fitness bandwagon one by one now…I love it.

People are setting goals, dreaming big and making stuff happen…Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Everyone is trying to keep motivated, positive and improve their current situation whatever it may be…

But I know how it is…Staying motivated is hard!

If it was easy, we would all be motivated and procrastination wouldn’t have the slightest chance of breathing.

So what do we do when we loose motivation?

We loose focus. And what happens when we loose focus?

We loose sense of direction and if we have no direction we don’t know where we are going and this leads to the road of giving up.

And this my friends bring’s me to todays quote of the week:

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”

Please allow me to share a story with you…It has been kept secret up until now and only a small handful of people know…If that…

Back when I was 17 I started learning how to drive. I passed my theory test the day after my 17th birthday and was fired up to hit the roads. I already had my provisional license so it was just a case of getting the money together to start taking some lessons.

Before I booked lessons with a driving school my Dad took me out on the road for some 1st timers experience…What a bad idea (bless him)

We’d argue left right and centre because he would tell me to check my mirrors after I’d already checked them and then we’d get into this little madness going back and fourth and LOL…What drama…

Anywhoo, at this point we decided it was a good idea for me to start taking some “professional” driving lessons. I booked up with a driving school and not to long until I was back on the roads…

I practised and I practised, week after week , grinding session after session, practising my 3 point turns, reverse parking, finding the braking point properly…When I say I was going hard, trust me, I wasn’t playing lol

Both the instructor and I felt that I was ready for the test and he gave me the thumbs up to proceed 🙂 Fun times right…

So test day is here, I wake up in the morning fully psyched up, pumped and rearing to go.

I get to the test centre, fill out all the paper work (still pumped up and rearing to go) get into the car, start the engine and BAM!

I TURN INTO A NERVOUS WRECK…O DEAR

If your heart and mind is racing as fast as he is, then you my friend may want to slow down lol

If your heart and mind is racing as fast as he is, then you my friend may want to slow down lol

Left turns become right turns, 3 point checks become something you’ve never heard of, my heart starts racing quicker than Usain Bolt at the Olympics lol…I became a right mess.

It’s safe to say I failed that day…

I think you fail if you get more than 10 minors mark downs and 1 serious mark down…

Well my friends, I must of received something like 20 minor mark downs and 5 serious mark downs LOL

Maybe that’s exaggerating, but it was pretty bad though.

Anyway, it was back to the drawing board and I continued on with more lessons (and more money). I continued grinding until the driving   instructor gave me the thumbs up again.

So I’m back at the test centre 2nd time round, this time with much less anxiety and feeling a lot more confident.

I know I made a few hiccup during the test but still felt I had done OK…

HOW WRONG WAS I…

I failed again – But 2nd time round it hurt much more….

I wanted my independence to drive myself. Taking bus and going to college at the time was a long and costly journey for me and I calculated that it would work out cheaper for me to drive their back an fourth everyday…

On top of that, I had built up my expectations on passing and people around me helped add fuel to my expectations…

You see, I had my 1st car at 17 and I use to drive around with my parents once I was test ready. For some last minute practice. I’d have friends or family members in the car at the time who would also agree I was a good driver, so you can imagine my ego and confidence was running in over drive.

At the test centre after hearing the bad news, I met another driving instructor from the AA who asked what I failed on. I told him and he said:

“Sometimes nerves just get the better of you – It doesn’t mean that you’re not ready, it just means that you need to relax and believe in yourself some more”

My Dad was around and we both agreed that it was about time I switched driving instructors and who better than Mr “AA”  aka Mr “Guru” lol .So I exchanged details with Mr “AA” and I thought to myself at the time:

“This is it – 3rd time lucky and this guy seems pretty cool”.

So back to the lab (more money) and I’m fully in Rocky Baboa mode at this point. I refused to loose. I was a pretty good driver already, so we would just go through maneuverers and drive around round-abouts which was my weak point at the time.

My problem for not passing then was that I allowed nerves and anxiety to consume me…

But I continued fighting on and booked up for my 3rd and what I thought was going to be my final test, but would you believe I failed AGAIN…

I cried when I got home and I’m sure I had a few shots of vodka…

My soul was crushed guys. I was hurting and I was hurting real bad. Being 17 at the time, I saw myself as a failure…I was about ready to throw in the towel. I failed for something stupid like indicating too early. Even the instructor agreed that it wasn’t fair and should of been marked down as a minor rather a serious, but o well, it was what it was…

No more lessons were needed –  It was just a case of getting another test booked in as soon as possible and getting that green card upgraded to a pinkie (provisional license to full license)

I booked for my fourth test and I can’t remember exactly what had happened but I failed again…THAT WAS IT! I’m done for!

The fear of failure

The fear of failure

I was a naughty boy and started driving behind my parent’s back. I had enough of sentences starting with:

“I’m sorry to say” OR

“Unfortunately” OR

“On this occasion I’m”

I was threw with it…

I allowed my frustration and pain to consume me and lead me to act irresponsibly…

At 17 I wasn’t a man, but I was fully aware of what I was doing…I was driving illegally…

My conscience kicked in and tried to help me to do the right thing but my pain was stronger than my conscience at the time and I continued driving…

One day reality kicked and I said to myself:

“Dave…Driving illegally makes you a failure even though you get the freedom of driving, you do know that don’t you –  But by taking your test, even if you don’t pass, that doesn’t make you a failure because your facing your fear of failing” Woah…

When I talk to myself like that I really don’t feel like it’s me talking to me lol but anyway…

I went for my 5th test and BOOM – I passed…

For those who watch Family Guy, I felt like Stewie when he does the happy dance lol

For those who watch Family Guy, I felt like Stewie when he does the happy dance lol

For 7 years I’ve kept this story confidential for fear of others judging me but after facing my fears and stepping on stage this year, not once, but twice, I’ve learn t to let go of the emotional baggage that comes along with caring what others think about you. Through sharing this story with you, I’ve let go of another layer of emotional baggage that I’ve been carrying around for so long.

I can’t tell people to “Not care what others think about them” and be the same one to sit here not living life through my own words. Don’t get me wrong, to an extent we will always have a care to some degree, but it’s letting go of that care emotionally and not letting it affect your day to day life.

People don’t face their fears due to the the fear of a failure itself. It’s like that movie Inception with Leonardo Di Caprio when they was in a dream within a dream, only this time your trapped in a fear within a fear…Now that’s deep!

Sidetracked…

The moral of the overall story if you hadn’t guessed it already is NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER MAKE GIVING UP AN OPTION! NEVER GIVE UP ON GIVING UP (THIS ONLY APPLIES TO BAD HABBITS)

Through giving up, the option of failure becomes your only option…

You give birth to failure! You and only you! Why give birth to such an option?

Life isn’t hard…We make it hard. We as humans complicate things unnecessarily. I’ve learn’t a lot this year and will share everything I’ve learn t with you if I feel it will benefit you in some way.

Now I have to read all this back and spell check it and hope the punctuation is OK LOL.

Do forgive me for the spelling mistakes and punctuation. I hope you feel the energy behind the message and the LOVE that I am sending out to you all.

The quote that based today’s Quote of the Week is from my man:

Thomas A Edison and yours truly

MR DEE’S FITNESS

It feels good to be back baby…

Making my dreams a reality by never giving up - Failure is not an option for me or YOU!

Making my dreams a reality by never giving up – Failure is not an option for me or for YOU!

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Hey Guys,

How are we all doing today? As always, I hope you’re all doing well.

Now that I’ve finished competing for the year and all my prep and dieting is over, I have time to get back to writing some heart felt post 😀

Interestingly enough, I’ve had A LOT of request for me to bring back the “Quotes of the Week” post. It appears it resonated with you guys more than I was aware of, so it’s only right I bring it back with no delay 🙂

For those of you who are new here, once a week I take a famously written quote and expand on it in detail giving you my philosophy and perspective. Check a previous “Quote of the Week” here for an example of what I am referring to. 

It’s been such a fantastic year for me and in January 2013, I never saw NONE of this all happening – What an incredible journey it’s all been. Without you guys who take your time to even read my post and support me, none of this would exist in my reality… So thank you all for being apart of my journey.

Let’s keep this movie movie rolling baby 😉

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

This video right here has nearly 4 million hits and for a real good reason.

When I first watched the video, I was unemployed at the time and trying to find direction in my life. It gave me chills, brought a tear to my eyes and made me think real hard about what I wanted from life…

However, upon trying to dig deeper, I realised that I never knew what I wanted…

I felt lost, depressed and at the time I felt as if the future had nothing for me…I was heading down a slippery slope…

Through self talk, self analysis, taking a deeper look at myself, my skills and natural born talents, I have reached a point where I have finally found my life’s purpose…

~It’s only right to at least “try” and help the man who’s shoes I once wore~

Through finding that purpose, I now have direction and am able to help other find and identify theirs…

I love writing, helping people, educating others on health and nutrition and guiding them on looking after their bodies.

I love all things fitness related, music, art, science and the list goes on…Through self analysis, you can also tap into your deeper self.

The deeper self is where your emotions come from (But we will get into that another time)

I say everything happens for a reason as I was once the most unhealthiest person around with no knowledge on nutrition and had no one at the time to guide me and tell me that what I was doing to my body was wrong. I see others in the position I was once in and it’s only right to at least “try” and help the man who’s shoes I once wore…

However, sometimes you find you want to help someone more than they want to help themselves and in a situation as such, you have to leave them be…It will happen for them when the time is right…

A combination of knowing where you want to be in life combined with motivation, passion, persistence and the ability to be patient can take you down a wonderful path you had never anticipated…I am currently on that path…

I invite you to question yourself everyday and every aspect of your being as that’s the only way you are going to truly get to know yourself better and become more in tune with your body…

Question your thought’s, your emotions, your goals and your ego. Learn to identify with your true self and recognise that your true self know’s nothing but love and happiness and if you find you are not happy, feel loved or giving love, it’s likely that you’re not aligned with your true self.

In laymans terms, find thoughts that make you feel good no matter what…

I mean, why would you ever want to make yourselves feel bad – Does that even make sense?

Why would you create such negativity for yourself as an individual?

Most people I hope will resonate with this message in one way or another. It’s time we started truly loving ourselves and others around us and recognising we are all one…

I use to hear people say “we are all one” and thought it was a load of mumbo jumbo but I truly recognise now that we are all one as it’s the same energy keeping us all alive – You will understand this concept when the time is right for you…

By the way, when I say love others around you, that doesn’t mean love in the traditional sense as if being with a partner or love for a family member – But love as in an act of kindness or something as simple as smiling at that old lady down the street…

I see many lost souls, and all my heart want’s to do is help…

I love you all and hope you do not take my words lightly…

I thank Eric Thomas who helped me find direction in life and hopefully I can return the favour by reaching out to others…

Me & Eric Thomas - I've always wanted to meet him since watching his video on Youtube.

Me & Eric Thomas – I’ve always wanted to meet him since watching his video on Youtube.

“Love and helping people is a domino effect – Help one, you help 100”

NAMSTE

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

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Hello my wonderful Brothers & Sisters:-D

How are we on this fine day?

You may ask what is fine about the day due to the cold weather or even a sticky situation you are in…

I say, the day is fine as you are alive, breathing and able to have the experience of that sticky situation.

For if you were not alive, that situation would not have managed to manifest itself in your reality…

Some may say, be thankful for that sticky situation for when you are out of it, your health, wealth and happiness remains with the bonus of becoming a stronger individual.

~What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger~ couldn’t be much truer

A stronger character has arose from having to face, conquer and defeat that situation – Whatever it may be/or have been.

Therefore, if we find ourself in future sticky situations, which we will, because that’s how life lessons and mastery is learnt, then we should view them as mere blessings in disguise, knowing that once we have faced the ugly, the pretty will reveal itself – Make sense?

This is called “4D Thinking” – It’s another way of thinking and perceiving life…I invite you to explore this concept further with me…

Here’s another example of “4D Thinking”

If you feel bad about something, recognise that you are the one making yourself feel bad. No one can MAKE you do anything.

Take real control over your life by recognising that you control your feelings, thoughts and emotions.

The moment you blame someone else for how you are feeling, you are then indirectly saying that they are in control of you – Make sense?

If that’s the case and people dictate how you feel, you will never have true control over your life and true freedom will only exist as a thought, wish or even desire…

Claim responsibility, take control and truly be free.

This is “4D Thinking” at it’s finest.

We live in a 3D physical plane where everything is just that – 3 Dimensional (3D)

We now have, 3D TVs, 3D movies and crazily enough, 3D printers…Go Youtube it!

It’s understandable why we then as humans think in “3D terms”.

However, looking at today’s society and the world itself “3D Thinking” is obviously not working.

Today I am showing you an insight into my new reality…This reality has improved the quality of my life far beyond my expectations.

I am more confident, magical things are happening for me, I’ve found my life’s purpose, I’m helping people and events, people and places are no longer coincidences but synchronistic events – Deep I know…

In fact, the word coincidence no longer exist in my vocabulary – I’m not even joking. That’s how much my reality has changed.

I also no longer use:

I Should of

I Could of

I Would of

They are all poison for the mind…

I simply say to myself:

“The NEXT time I’m in a similar situation, I will do things differently by…”

I Should of, I Could of, I Would of = “3D Thinking”

WHY you may ask?

BECAUSE, it leaves you in a place where you don’t feel good about yourself and Life is about finding joy in every moment and feeling good about yourself. Why EVER should you make yourself feel bad about something? Ask yourself that now for 5 minutes?

Therefore, if you are not feeling good about yourself, then you are not in alignment with your true self as your true self only knows happiness and love and if your not feeling happy or loved then your not being true to yourself and you are neglecting yourself from your own love -This is “4D Thinking“.

Some might then say, “4D Thinking” is a way of thinking that helps you to always feel good about yourself whilst living in the present moment…Yes this is true plus some…

Why feel bad about anything? If you screw up, so what, screw up and screw up HARD…As long as you learn from the situation, move on and continue living your life rather than letting it consume you.

Life for me is exactly that –  Making mistakes, learning from them and becoming an improved version of me/myself  and I – “4D Thinking

Previously for me, it went a little something like this:

Making a mistake and beating myself up about it. Then poisonous self talk would enter my mind;

“I should of done this, I could of done this,argghh If only I had done that”

NO DAVID, SNAP OUT OF IT!

That is 3D thinking as your living in the past, a reality which no longer exist and like I’ve said before:

If you’re living in the past, then you are insane by a Psychologist definition as you are thinking about changing something which has already happened and cannot be changed. A previous (past) reality is consuming your current reality…

The sad thing is, so many of us live like this or know someone that does.

Breathe and come back to the present…Come back and claim your gift…

Come back to the NOW, and get a hold of yourself.

Can you see why the present is your gift? The present moment that is. The present moment is life itself. The present moment is all there is, all there ever was and all there ever will be.

We don’t go into the future by any accord – The present moment (now) takes us into the future and simultaneously creates our past.

10 seconds ago is now the past…..

What you are reading will become a past experience in only a few seconds…

This is why you hear TIME IS AN ILLUSION!

And it is, think about it with me for just a moment…

When you’re having fun, time does what, it fly’s past quickly right.

However, when you are bored and your brain stimulus isn’t as active, time does what, goes slowly right…

Now, in reality, it takes the same amount of time for the big hand on the clock to turn 360 degree’s…

However, the “Fun vs Boring” situation has some how changed your perception on reality, although the big hand on the clock was moving at the same pace…Why is this…

Because the reality you live, is the reality you create…

Which is all in your mind…

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESSS

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Hey guys,

We all know how important Nutrition is right. I’m sure you’ve heard at some point in your life: 

“You are what you eat”

A lot of truth can be found in the above statement…

Also, did you know that foods & drinks can be separated into a number of food groups. Today the 2 groups I’m introducing to you are:

Alkaline & Acid Foods

First we have to look at some basic science, stick with me here…

Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 – 7.45 ). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.

An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

An acidic balance will: decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.

he reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables.

Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison and extremely acid forming.

One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.

To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.

Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.

Conclusion

Today is just an introduction and I will be exploring this subject in more detail as I delve into the in’s and out’s and the do’s and don’ts through thorough personal research. 

We have to be educated on nutrition as we need to eat to survive – Would you all agree on that one?

I really do believe that the school systems around the world should make nutrition a compulsory subject so kids grow up know that Haribo isn’t good for them. That commercial should be banned from TV!

“Kids and grown ups love it so, the happy world of Haribo”

How happy you gonna be when your kids have been diagnosed with some illness related to their diet caused by YOU!

it’s time we wise up people, it’s really that time!

I also feel NUTRITION courses should be made more widely available educating parent’s about healthy eating and proper nutrition.

I just might have to be that guy to start these courses as the information is out there, it’s just a case of finding it and applying it to your own personal life.

But it’s deep because, you don’t know to fix something if you don’t know it’s broken. An example…

Back when I worked in Fitness First in 2010 – I was training with a client and we were discussing what she feeds her children for breakfast in the mornings. Cut a long story short, she was feeding them cereals loaded with sugar and thought that it was healthy because she see’s that very same cereal advertised in the commercials. In situations like this, she doesn’t know any better…

It’s sad though because, there are MILLIONS of parents out there in her position, clueless as to what their putting in their children’s bodies let alone their own.

I’ve learnt that if we want to see a change, we have to be that change…

So let the change begin!

With that said, I hope you enjoy the article and take something away with you.

Much Love

David

DEE’S FITNESS

Sources: http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

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What’s good people,

I hope everyone’s well.

I first want to say a massive thank you to everyone that’s reached out and supported me on my journey so far. From the start of the blog to the start of the body transformation in January, to start of this completion prep, it’s all been joyous experience and I’ve loved sharing every bit of it with you.

Introduction

At the start of the year, I had intention whatsoever to compete and step on stage.

In fact, I had no intention of even dropping my bodyfat which was at the time sitting at around 20%. As most of you know, I dislocated my shoulder back in December and was out of the gym feeling sorry for myself.

The Christmas season was the perfect time to eat and make excuses. I went on the “See Food Diet 2.0” whereby you see it, you eat it LOL.

I ate anything and everything I wanted and at the time I was actually enjoying it.

You name it – Ice-cream, Hargandarz strawberry and cheese cake being my favourite 🙂

Mince pies, Chinese platters with the little duck rolls and that beautiful tasting peaking sauce 🙂

~Baileys, rum cake, jerk chicken~

Trust me, I was going for it hard LOL.

But a combination of no gym and the “See Food Diet 2.0” soon had a guy looking tubby around the waist and out of shape.

Still at this point I hadn’t thought to slow down until my gym put together this body transformation competition where you had 12 weeks to transform your body to the best of your abilty. I knew that by entering I would have the motivation to stop feeling sorry for myself and have a goal in place to work towards. Being goal orientated, I signed up and it was history…

Cut a long story short, I grinded hard and I won. Why do I tell you this?

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Body Transformation – New Winner Poster

I tell you this because, around the time of winning the body transformation contest was around the time I first heard about the WBFF European  Chaapionships coming to the UK. I also had a holiday booked for July and knew that I was going to continue cutting to further my progress and bring through my abs a bit more.

That’s when the thought entered my head:

“David, why don’t you enter the show – You’ve always wanted to compete. Prove to yourself that you can do it. What bigger motivator do you need?”

But I left it at that, just a thought…

Weeks passed and it played on my mind. I’d check Facebook and see guy’s competing and/or getting ready for a show and my soul wanted a piece of the action and wouldn’t let me rest.

I mentioned it to a few people and more or less everyone said I should go for it.

The consensus was that I diet and train hard so why not just go for it.

“Full throttle, no looking back”

I knew that if I entered and told everyone that I was competing, there would be no going back.

I mean, how could there be any going back?

I would look like a fool. Even worst, a man that doesn’t keep his word. And I am a man of my words (Well I try LOL)

After self doubt, self talk and self analysis – I registered for the show. £190 was paid to enter and the word was out:

“David is competing on the 9th November at the Indigo2 at the WBFF Show”

More self doubt enters and self talk begins:

“Snap – I’ve done it? I can’t do this! What was I thinking? What am I thinking? I’m not cut out for this. Maybe I can fly to America and everyone will forget if I pull out…”

That’s where the journey begun and it was time to get serious…

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The Prep

Firstly, for those who don’t know – In the bodybuiding/fitness game, when competitors are getting ready for a show, they go through a process called a “prep” wherby the undergo a strict training & eating regime for a number of weeks to bring their physique close perfection. This usually involves weeks of no chocolate, sweets, cakes, crisp, alcohol and all of lifes little treasures. You basically deprive yourself of the things you cheekiliy love to eat in order to look perfect for that special day LOL. Yes, I too ask why I do it sometimes HA.

Anyhoo, a competion prep can last any where between 12-20 weeks to even a year depending on the competiotors physique, the show they’re entering and a number of different factors.

My competition prep was a continuation from the body transformation in January at the start of this year. So I’ve basically been dieting since January…

Don’t worry, I plan to go on the “See Food Diet 3.0” real soon LOL – Only joking. That would be some Man vs Food type of eating going on over here I tell you LOL.

Anyway, where was I…

Prep!

It was time to bring my A game like never before. I knew that I was going to be stepping on stage with some of Europe’s finest athletes. I knew that I had to go harder than ever before. In my mind, I knew that if I was going to even stand a chance, I’d have to get uncomforatable, real uncomfortable.

“I’ve have to step out my comfort zone”

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In a short number of weeks I’d have to learn how to pose like a pro, learn to model a suit on the cat walk, learn how to tense my whole body and look as if it’s even close to comfortable, learn to smile whilst not looking awrward and have the confidence to step out in front of 1800 people in nothing but my yellow underwear and my afro…

” No tuning back now Davey boy”

Thoughts

This competion was more than than coming first place for me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t training for 2nd place or anything like that LOL – But on a deeper level though, I was facing some real demons…Let me explain.

As I posted on Facebook last week – Around some time back in 2008 I used to do a bit of acting. I was going to this drama group and we had a production coming on. ON the morning of the show, I allowed fear and aniexty to consume me and pulled out of the show. I let everyone down including myself.  I didn’t even call to say I wasn’t turning up. Even worst, I was starting the show…

I’ve lived with that demon since 2008 but have now forgiven myself for that sutuation and learnt from the experience.

But within that still was the underlying fear of stepping in front of people on a stage like setting.

Where did this fear come from I’ve always asked myself. I’ve never been a shy person and I like to think that I’m confident. So what was up??? I have some digging to do…

Little did I know that the 08 stage incident would lead to face my fears 5 years later stepping in front of a MUCH larger audience and a more intense setting. It was divine intention that I went down the path of what I thought was failure and to have the ability to share my story with you today.

This is my why I am able to open heartedly make a statement such as:

“Everything happens for a reason” – and actually aceept it as my personal truth. Because that’ is all my life has ever been. Going through experiences and learning from them.

That is all life is:

“Going through experiences – Finding the joy in them – Learning from them and becoming a better person while helping others” –

That is the philosophy that I have found truth in and I invite you to explore my truth.

On my journey preparing for this show I have learnt so much about my body.

Where to begin?

Flexibility – I never realised how tight I was in certain areas of my body until trying to hit some stage poses. My whole body was/is tight and is currently something I’m working on.

In life everything is balance. Bodybuilding shortens the muscle. It makes sense to then to an activity which focuses on stretching the muscle; such as Yoga.

Through my awareness about my flexibility, I can now help others by educating them on the importance of stretching and taking more care of their bodies. Like I posted a few weeks back, whether you train or not, stretching is a vital way to help alleviate tension and tightness within the body which can lead to bad posture, head aches and even depression – Don’t believe me though, go research!

Along my journey I have met so many great people. From going to the posing camp and meeting with first timers like myself to being back stage with amateurs and veterans in the game.

Me and some athletes before stepping on stage. What great guys.

Me and some athletes before stepping on stage. What great guys.

Inspiring people – I never EVER thought of myself as an inspiration to other people. I’ve always been hunble and modest, so to hear people call me an inspiration or say that I’ve helped them in some way or over come this or that – It still amazes me to this very day and I believe it will continue to do so.

I think the reason why people find my story so inspiring is because I’ve shared my true feelings with you all from day one. I’ve posted my goals and dreams and followed through to see them come through. I’ve shared my set backs and heart aches and through doing this I believe people see that we’re not so different. In fact, where all the same.

By recognising this, you recognise that if I can do it, SO CAN YOU…

I live my dreams so you can live yours. Why do I say this?

Because, people talk to me about their goals and aspirations as if it could never happen in this life time and it upsets me because if only they knew that they could live the life they wanted and manifest their dreams in this current reality by applying themselves.

I don’t want to get too off track here, but what I am trying to say is that:

“YOU CAN DO IT”

Do what exactly?

Do what ever it is you want to do provding your willing to work at it and give it whatever it takes. Knowing that by applying some basic principles over a period of time that it is yours for the taking.

~I’m living my dreams – Literally~

Whilst back stage I was surrounded by the most beautiful females in bikini’s. I felt like I had made it LMAO.

I stepped on stage and had girl’s screaming my name – Girls that I never even knew. I felt famous.

I exceeded my dreams!

Napoleon Hill taught us:

“What the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve”

The guy wasn’t lying – I visualised being on stage and doing my thing and I manifested that very same exact thought here on this physical plane. Remember, you and I aren’t so different…

I feel like I’ve started something new here. I don’t know what yet exactly, but my 6th sense/intuition which is pretty strong right now is feeling pretty darn good 😀

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Stage Time

I forgot my routine!

The bright lights! Thousand’s of people! The judges! The camera’s! Me! My afro! And time to rock the show!

It’s funny because my nerves transformed into impulses of excitement at the very moment I stepped out on stage – My mind went blank that’s all LOL.

I somehow managed to strike all my poses just before hitting them though and it went down very well 😀

I didn’t place 10 but when I left I had my whole family telling me I done then proud, so that made me feel good.

The Training & Diet

Although I maintained clean eating throughout the prep, at 10 weeks out from the show I increased my carbohydrates as to ensure I didn’t look to small on the stage. It worked! I wasn’t the biggest guy there but I sure held my own.

An example of what I ate day to day would look as follows:

Wake – Black Cofee

Gym – AM Cardio 30 -45 mins

Meal 1 – Protein Shake (40g) & Oats (55g)

Meal 2 – Turkey Breast (150g) & Brown Rice (100g)

Gym – Y3T (Google this training method – I will get into it another time)

Meal 3 – Turkey Breast (150g) & Brown Rice (50g) Broccoli

Meal 4 – Turkey Breast (150g) & Sweet Potatoe (50g) Broccoli

Meal 5 – Turkey Breast (150g) & Brown Rice (50g)

Meal 6/Bed – Protein Shake (40g) & Tbsp Coconut Oil (Slow digesting fats – Another topic)

Routine

M- Arms/PM Cardio

T – Hamstrings

W -Back & Shoulders/PM Cardio

T- Rest

F- Chest/ PM Cardio

S – Quads

S- Rest

Abs were trained everyday, but the ab routine is so sacred I’m not sure I’m ready to give it out just yet LOL. For actual exercises performed, send me a an email and I’ll gladly share it with you.

Tips for First Times

  1. Prepare your mind for the journey. Prepare with what resources you have and you have won half the battle
  2. Don’t be to hard on yourself
  3. Stick to your diet and keep strong – Times of weakness will be upon you. But as step one states, be prepared for what will and may come.
  4. Enjoy it – The process of training & dieting, to being on stage to the aftermath, feedback and what feels like a little fame.
  5. Never compare yourself to other competitors. I could write a post on this subject alone. Whether you compete or not, never compare yourself to others! Remember, you are your own competitor. Compete against yourself to be the best and to do better than yesterday.
  6. Look at the bigger picture – It is all a learning process. The learning of self, your weaknesses and strengths.
  7. Sportsman ship – Never be a lousy looser. Be happy for the next man and the hard work he/she put in. For when you are in their position, you would not want that hate and negativity directed your way.
  8. Be critical of yourself – Being hard on yourself and being critical are two separate entities. Being critical for example is knowing what weak areas you need to work on. Being hard is self talk along the lines of “If only I had trained my abs harder and not been so lazy”
  9. Tell the world your competing – Share with the world that you’re going to show of all your hard work on stage… Unless you want to leave it a surprise of course 😉
  10. Practice posing and tensing like there is no tomorrow. Practice like no ones business. (Ladies, I’m not sure if you have to worry about the tensing part here LOL)

And remember –  It’s all one big game to be enjoyed.

Conclusion

I am a winner.

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Number One Baby

From what has come from all this, I may not have been awarded a trophy for first place, or walked away with a PRO card but at heart, I genuinely feel like a winner.

I’m accepting the hard work that I’ve put in and the life’s that I’ve touched – I am finally accepting it.

What does being a winner even mean anyway – Is it simply just a state of mind?

I say go for it – Go for what?

“GO FOR EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING”

Write it down on a piece of paper, stick it on your wall, look at it everyday and just go for it. No talking, no procrastinating, no thinking, no blinking. Just go for it.

I feel like I could type forever – It’s like me not blogging from my heart for a while makes me realise just how much I love it.

Whether you read the whole blog, just read the tips, or stared over the pics lol – I appreciate you being here.

I’M BACK BABY 😀

2014 is around the corner and it’s only right we step our game up and take things to the next level. Stick with me and we can all reach that next level together. WHY?

~BECAUSE TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK~

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

We just getting started baby.

Hey guys,

How’s everyone doing. Upon doing my weekly research, I stumbled across this video which I feel is a genius idea.

What is the Meatrix you may be asking?

Think the Matrix but to do with animals, hence the name “Meatrix” LOL.

It is a fun, clever, animated short film that goes a long way in explaining some key concepts about factory farming.

There is a lot of dirty secrets being kept from us when it comes to the food industry and I am here to reveal the truth to you and to open your eyes as to what is REALLY going on with the foods available to us and to shed some light on the industry itself.

Nutritional education should be something taught in schools from an early age, but sadly it isn’t.

What is the consequence of this?

We grow up mis-informed and mis-educated as to what we are putting into our bodies.

We get sick and question why we are sick without ever knowing that our diets are making us ill!

Stick with me and I will show you the road to a better life:

Mind, Body and Soul

Enjoy the video and I hope you learn something new.

David 🙂

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UPDATE – 17/11/13 – I was waiting for my pictures and they have finally come through 😀

Sorry for the delay guys. I’ve wrote the post but I’m not 100% happy with it. I shall have the complete write up ready for the 16/11/13 (tomorrow)

Thank you for your patience.

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

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This is the day I decided to make that change

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Put your mind to it and you too can do it – Make it happen

Morning folks,

1 day to go until show time 😀

I didn’t think I would be this excited. My nerves of the unknown have somehow changed into feelings and emotions of joy. The way I look at it now is, I’ve gone hard in the gym since January and cleaned up my diet majorly.

It’s all about showing people the hard work you went through when you go up there.

The 5.30 am gym sessions when you was tired and wanted to sleep and it was still pitch black and cold outside with the stars still waiting to greet you.

The money spent on turkey breast and then the time preparing your meals so you stuck it out with your diet without excuses.

The twice a day gym sessions when you really wanted to go home and chill out with the fam.

For the people that said you couldn’t do it because your back isn’t big enough, or you don’t have the lower 2 bottom abs.

For the people that continuously show love and support.

It’s not even just about stepping on stage anymore, it’s now deeper than that.

I am facing my fears and letting go of emotional baggage. Through facing my fears, others to will face theirs to.

A lot of you don’t know, but I use to do a little acting back in the day and cut a long story short, I backed out of a performance due to fears and anxiety. This saturday I will be facing those little demons once again and letting go of them forever – I will prove to myself that I can do it.

I can’t tell you fears are like an illusion and that they don’t exist and then be the same one to fear stepping up. I have to lead by example and will do so proudly.

Face your demons and let go of anything holding you back.

People don’t see the graft of what goes on in regards to building a aesthetic physique, but hopefully through my continuous post throughout the year you see that it is possible providing you keep focused at the goal in hand.

I will continue to uplift, motivate and inspire where I can. Without you guys, there would be no Dee’s Fitness, so thank you 😀

Now let’s go rock this photo shoot like never before.

Making it happen baby, making it happen!

P.S Tickets are still available but selling fast – WBFF UK Show

European Fitness and Model Spectacular – London UK – November 9

Venue Address: Indigo2 at the 02 center

Peninsula Square

Millennium Way

Greenwich

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Tickets- On Sale now at axs.com  get your tickets today for the most Spectacular show in Fitness and Modelling

indigO2 ticket hotline 08448560202

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~Stop listening to what others tell you, you can and cannot do~

Recognise that the only limitations that exist are the ones in which you place upon yourself!

The moment you create your reality based on the ideologies of other’s, you lose track track of your true self!

~There is an abundance of wealth out there for all of us to create~

To think that we cannot become millionaire’s because there is too many out there already is a “small” and “old” way of thinking.

People can live the life’s they truly wish to live but aren’t willing to put in the amount of work and sacrifice that comes with it.

So what is the result of this…We conform to the norm!

What does this mean exactly…

It means that we just follow what everyone else does and don’t question anything. We follow without questioning because:

“Society say’s that’s the way it works”

Well, if you take a look at the world we live in now, it’s quite clear that society is messed up, so I will continue to question and try my hardest not to conform to the norm.

I mean, let’s take a real quick look:

– The economy is f*cked up (pardon my french)

-The school and education systems aren’t working.

Why pay £9,000 for 1 year of study when university used to be free. YES, do your research, it used to be free.

-The political system…Don’t get me started!

And I could continue ranting but I’ll hold fire here.

Sorry for the rant, but I’ve got a lot on my mind.

Back to blogging after the show…I got lot’s to share 😀

Dave