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by Tony Gjokaj March 11, 2021 2 min read
In my teenage years, I was overweight and depressed. My poor choice in lifestyle led me to have bad insomnia and high levels of fatigue.
Poor diet, poor exercise, poor sleep... poor outlook.
This made me very resentful towards people who, to me, had it made... more successful, more talented, and so on.
I was angry because I believed these individuals were given everything they wanted out of life simply for existing.
I never saw the hours they committed to BE successful.
This is why I look back and realized why I never got any of it.
When my mother heard me complaining about these things, she told me to put that talk into action.
I started exercising with her.
I completely despised it.
I hated how embarrassing I looked, and believed that everyone looked at me in judgment. Some actually did, which made me want to stop at times... but I continued.
I stopped complaining about my circumstances once I started seeing results from exercise, and seeing that my perceived limitations could be destroyed if I worked my ass off for it.
I realized, and finally admitted to myself I am not where I wanted to be because of all the things I told myself subconsciously.
My thoughts weren't mine... they were what others said about me. I was picked on because I projected that I had zero self-confidence in myself.
I started making better food choices.
I started sleeping better.
My mood was better. My energy was higher.
...My depression started to dissipate...
I started to enjoy what fitness gave me.
This was my glimpse of Self-Sovereignty through Fitness: realizing that I can be in charge of what I could potentially become.
Self-Sovereignty - A state of mind that allows you to control your own destiny.
To me, Self-Sovereignty is simply the definition above.
When my muscles stopped growing as efficiently, I had to focus on getting stronger - physically and mentally.
Once the physical started to have some limitations, I had to focus and prioritize on how I felt and how I thought... I had to focus on the mental.
Some people are genetically more gifted than you or I. It's a reality we need to accept.
But we can't focus or ruminate on that.
Some of us aren't naturally gifted at anything... but we refuse to let that stop us.
This is exactly why I believe Fitness is the analogy to life itself: we all struggle... and there's beauty in that struggle.
The struggle is where we define ourselves and shape our individuality.
Some accept their circumstances.
Others, like us, refuse to accept our current deficiencies or circumstances.
We strive to change them.
Use Fitness to reach Self-Sovereignty to reforge yourself.
Use Fitness to Seize Your Destiny.
I know I will.
Tony is the Owner of Reforged. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help millions exercise their way out of depression and anxiety.
by Tony Gjokaj April 25, 2023 3 min read
Exercise can feel like a chore, and even if you know it’s good for your health, the motivation to get moving sometimes just isn’t there.
But it doesn’t have to be a burden - by making exercise meaningful to you, it can become something fun and rewarding!
Here are five ways to make exercise more meaningful!
by Tony Gjokaj October 07, 2022 4 min read
Men, I know what it is like to be overweight and depressed.
Not having the energy to do anything but relax and sleep.
While relaxation and sleep are incredibly important, they can make us feel like we are not making progress in our lives.
And when depression hits, it’s very difficult to push through with exercise and weight loss.
But did you know that even though it takes time and some effort, you don’t need to get obsessively crazy over it?
In fact, with just a few small adjustments, you can lose weight, fight back against depression, and take your life back.
If you're serious about shedding pounds and pushing away those depression demons, here are five tips that can help get you started.
by Tony Gjokaj September 05, 2022 4 min read
A few weeks ago, my buddy Grant and I talked about nutrition.
We talked about how he's lost over 120 pounds so far with the weight loss progress he's been making.
This is all because he has been making healthier decisions over time.
One of the newest challenges he's facing right now is he's got a new job. He's working 10 to 12 hour days with physical demanding labor.
And what's been happening for him is that he's been super exhausted, he's not motivated to meal prep, he's having trouble trying to sit down and cook foods doesn't have the energy doesn't have the time.
So what I propose is five tips that you can use to live a more on the go fast food healthy eating lifestyle.
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