The Journey Pt.2, loosing 14 Kilos in 44 Days!

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Outside help

When you are stuck in weight gain and the often discussed jojo-loop, a personal trainer can help you a lot. I had and still have a personal trainer for whom i am forever grateful and we still have to go a long way together. We managed to stop my several years of constant weight gain and turn it around seven years ago and slowly, but surely i have lost weight. Without this support and guidance i might not be here to write this post anymore. We walked, we talked, we changed my diet and we exercised. I will write more about that and the original reasons for my weight gain later.

Getting your mind behind it

All of this is hard work for your personal trainer and also for the people around you. The trick and the challenge is that you need to get your own mind behind it. Of course, rationally you know what is right and what would be needed, but your mind is a different thing altogether.

On the rational level you know what to do, but it needs to click to get your mind behind it!

On the rational level you know what to do, but it needs to click to get your mind behind it!

In my experience the right thoughts and incentives need to come together in the right moment for your mind to click and get engaged. After this you run on a whole different level of motivation. For me this moment came when i had a good talk with my dear and wonderful business partner and following this talk she had presented me with a challenge. I was to start with however many push-ups as i managed at this point and to increase by one each day for the following 44 days, i also was to loose 1 kilo per week. Along she gave me some reminders about healthy habits and eating. For me, this was it. I tried out how many push-ups i could make. Guess how many i managed? Just three very crappy ones and i felt totally exhausted! I had not done push-ups in 15 years! Well, that was the starting point. A severe punishment and a promise of reward was declared to make the challenge interesting. I was to send push-up videos and photos of the scale each day. I can’t value enough that she made herself available for that. Here came the click i had been waiting and hoping for for at least seven years.

34 days, the change

But 44 days, starting from three and adding one each day, that would mean 47 push-ups in the end. I thought that would be impossible and i negotiated for 15 to be the target and then keep it at that!

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But how wrong i was! Our body is an amazing friend! Given the right nutrition, attention and exercise, even after all the years of neglect and abuse, it kicked right into reboot mode! The push-ups just kept increasing and by the end i had done 53! One day i even did three sessions, one at 48, one at 15 and one at 49, so 112 on that day.

I also changed my nutrition. Here my personal trainer gave me great advice, to change my morning fruits to a smoothie, which would keep the hunger away longer. I was shy of Yogurt based smoothies, because i am vegan, since i do not want to torture and kill animals, neither be responsible for that. I got reminded of vegan options for yogurt and adopted them and the smoothies containing fresh pressed orange juice, ginger and coconut water worked fine! Apart from that i ate salads and Vietnamese rice paper rolls with ginger, avocado and tofu for lunch and some humus in the evenings. During this period i was very grateful for my wives and daughters patience and a new friends support and cheering online. After 34 days i had reached the goal, i had lost seven kilos, one more than required in the challenge.

motivation carries you, but on difficult days you need discipline!

motivation carries you, but on difficult days you need discipline!

10 days, the fast

So now this was starting to be fun! I had 10 days left in the challenge, what to do next? Well, the flow i was in made me decide to go on to a fast. I booked a trip to a sunny island on short term and was looking forward to surprise my business partner. Of course, this was a great boost to my already existing motivation, but during a fast you have euphoric days and you also can have some difficult hours. For those hours you need discipline and for this you will gain the highest rewards. I kept reminding myself of that and pushed through.

I was drinking fresh juice for vitamins and not-too-thick lentil soup for minerals and of course a lot of water. I was reading books and mostly going with how i felt, but also did one hour of swimming in the sea, one hour of walking, my push-ups and some stretching exercise every day. I also did some creative work, since i felt fresh in my mind and inspired. I went to the local pharmacy to check my weight every day, some days i lost only 400 grams, but on others up to 800 grams. In the end of the 1o days fast i had lost another seven kilos.

The most amazing thing, i started to run again!

The most amazing thing, i started to run again!

Next stage

The reward was manyfold, my business partner was amazed how well i had managed with the challenge she had presented, my family was visibly happy for me and i noticed how my body had changed. New clothes fitted me and when i was stretching my thighs now, my feet could for the first time after many years easily touch my bum again! And suddenly i started to feel the urge for running again! So today, i went for the first run with my trainer. Just 4900 meters and with some walking in between, but it felt great and i am confident to be reducing the walking parts and increasing the running parts day by day now. What i am not so confident about is if i can keep it up with the healthy food diets. I am still on the fast and trying to make sure not to glide into unhealthy habits again when ending it and so i am now working out a diet plan. There is great opportunity to start a new and better life after every fast, i don’t want to let that chance pass me by.

So stay tuned for updates if you are interested in my journey and to find out whether i succeed to go all the way, because there is still a lot of work left to do!

Christian Thibault, August 2nd, 2019

For inspiration and advice on how to gain motivation, deal with challenges, maintain a healthy vegan diet and get your mind to align with your needs and goals, CHECK OUT NORDIC DIVERSITY TRAINERS ONLINE COURSE: “Managing Negative Emotions: Increase positivity in your life”

 

Why you need to learn quickly about diversity before being a sports manager

by Christian Thibault

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Diversity is a winner

Have you noticed how the truly diverse teams have been winning most of the trophies this year? And how the ticket sales have done well in those clubs who cater a safe environment for many different kinds of fans?

FC Liverpool, who's mens football team has just won the European Champions League and who's head coach, Jürgen Klopp, has taken a clear and very public stand against racism might serve as an example:

"Those people (racists) should not be a part of football, because football is an example for how different kinds of people can work together brilliantly. (..) Racists should be banned from the stadiums for life." - Jürgen Klopp

(See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPvzq50vTVY)

Jürgen Klopp on racism

Jürgen Klopp on racism

What is ´true´ diversity?

´Truly diverse´, what is meant by that? It means, not any grouping within the team being dominant. Here it is important to understand that within a heterogeneous team, a group made up by a third of it's members, is perceived as dominant. (Study more: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/sidaniuslab/publications) This perceived or real dominance will challenge other team members sense of belonging and equality and thus their motivation. They might feel excluded from information which is only shared within the dominant group. So at least here, those sports managers who say that sports is a mere mirror of society are actually right, even though this theory is otherwise used far too often as an easy excuse when things within sports have gone wrong.


Failures are expensive

Actually, it is amazing, how in a field as international and diverse as sports, crucial mistakes in those areas are being made by otherwise experienced sports leaders again and again. For example almost every football fan around the world still remembers the historical disaster of the German mens team during the World Championship in Russia 2018, being send home with only three points after the first round. The teams spirit was off balance when the federations and managements leadership had failed to swiftly handle a crisis concerning international and racist aspects around its creative mid-fielder Mezut Özil. They could have seen this crisis coming two years earlier, when similar attacks on their players had been made during the European Championships in 2016, involving star defender Jerome Boateng. (Read here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/08/28/ilkay-gundogan-defends-mesut-ozil-germany-racism-row-sparked/)

Meanwhile US Soccer is facing a crisis, involving sponsor relations turning sour, over the unequal pay for their women compared to the far less successful mens team. Read here: (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/14/sports/soccer/uswnt-equal-pay-ad.html)

Diversity is a winner

Diversity is a winner

Is sports a mirror of society?

Sports is an amazing world also, because despite being an international business, its biggest tournaments and competitions are played out between the federations of national states. In this sports is everything else than a mirror of society, since trade, business and communications have since long developed as international enterprises. Maybe sports is an important promotor of national identity, after all? Is there a need for that, maybe as a substitute for international warfare? And how can racism be avoided and diversity embraced in this framework?


There is a lot to learn!

Obviously there is a need to discuss and learn in the sports world. At the same time the rest of us can learn a lot from the experiences within sports and maybe can look at sports as a testing field.

By the way, the President of the German Football Federation was forced to resign soon after the 2018 World Championship. He made another mistake in the international sports arena by accepting an expensive gift by a foreign business man. This was the one mistake too much. (Read more about it: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/apr/02/german-fa-president-reinhard-grindel-resigns-watch)


Prepare yourself

There is a lot to learn in matters concerning intercultural communications, diversity management international business within sports and from sports. To help with that Nordic Diversity Trainers have developed the course "Intercultural Communications for Sports Managers. Its based on long term experience within sports and includes an interview with Champions League winner and 2x African Player of the year, Cynthia Uwak,

Check out the course here, tit comes with a full money back guarantee: https://www.udemy.com/intercultural-communication-for-sports-managers/











Every Time We Say Good Bye

Claes Andersson 30.05.1937 - 24.07.2019

Claes Andersson 30.05.1937 - 24.07.2019

We mourn the passing of Liikkukaa - Sports For All honourable chairman (2004 - 2019) Mr. Claes Andersson

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Click on Image to read more

Together, we had warned of the threats within social media as early as 2004, at the same day as facebook first went online. Claes Andersson was a visionary in so many ways. It was him, as minister of culture, who first launched the Finnish Sports Worlds campaign against racism. He warned us that “It might take 400 years to overcome racism!” Young as we were, we did not want to accept this time period. We wanted to see the end of it during our lifetime, but meanwhile, we see that the great man had a point. We are proud and feel blessed to have been able to walk 15 of those years together. We see it now as our duty to resurrect the work against racism in the original true intention. Until it is our time to pass on time to pass on the torch. Is it a coincidence that the now being leader of Claes party and minister of Culture carries his name? We will look forward to be working with the wonderful Li Andersson.

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Claes had also been one of the faces of the first ever RESPECT campaign, which was later adapted by the European Football Association and is still carried out by Liikkukaa - Sports For All Ry.

It is no wonder that Claes was a great inspiration to us during all this years, for the multi-lingual psychiatrist and politician was a true renaissance man. Additional to writing books, movie scripts and poems, he also vice chaired Helsinki Football Club FinnPa and was regular seen as a Jazz musician at his favourite place, the jazz-club Storyville. We will greatly miss you, forever remember you and carry your spirit in our future work.

Time to say Goodbye:


“Have sat at meetings, ticked off items on the agenda, recommended, turned down

Approved the minutes (change "should" in §123 to "ought")

Gone to movies, museums, bars, libraries, homes, deserts, caves

Shoveled snow, played with the children, screamed at the children been bitten by dogs

Traveled in Europe, the States, Africa, met people Bought and sold junk and cars, waited for buses, trains, have biked

Given speeches, lectures, been dumbstruck, signed petitions, demonstrated

Read (tons of) books, papers, brochures, hares' and crows' tracks in the snow

Stared at TV, drunk beer, wine, schnapps, kefir, tasted sperm

Awakened in my own bed, in another's, up to now have always awakened

Dozed off over books, steering wheels, bottles, women, in buses, closets, on guard duty

Put on pounds, lost them, exercised, lifted weights, brides over thresholds, odds and ends

Been disappointed, happy, angry, indifferent, enraged, in love, indifferent, empty

Been to funerals, weddings, soccer games, visiting, to crayfish dinners, outhouses

Witnessed deliveries, death throes, christenings, autopsies, orgies

Written plays, traced hearts in the snow, poems, demand notes, prescriptions, crib sheets

Shot rifles, pistols, water guns, mortars, slingshots, blowpipes

Had the mumps, the shakes, anxiety, depression, paranoia, inflamed urethra

Fought with conservatives, radicals, myself, Finns, windmills, my wife

Rented rooms, laundry rooms, apartments, tuxedos, cars, bought houses, potted plants

Been plagued by guilt, small children, nightmares, red-headed lovers

Have asked the meaning of it all

Brooded, deliberated, pondered, constructed, conceived, stopped thinking

Found the questions irrelevant and answered with the answer of the senses”

Claes Andersson, from Tillkortakommanden (´Shortcomings´, 1981) Translated by Rika Lesser



Christian Thibault, 2019