What Have I Been Up To?

Hi my loyal blog readers. I appreciate those that have kept me followed for the last few weeks as I’ve been pretty busy and I thought I’d write a blog post about what I’ve been up to.

Just to put things in perspective, I’m a pretty busy adult these days. I work full time as an IT tech at a school. I’m also a full time parent with my wife for two kids including a beautiful and cute 11 month old baby girl. Also we have our adopted nephew who’s 11 years old and just finishing 6th grade in his schooling. So probably the main reason I choose to wake up early to workout everyday is because the early morning is the most open time for me to use for myself. My whole day goes from working full time to being a parent and husband when I get home. It’s quite a balance, but long ago this is the life that I wanted to build for myself so I’m more then motivated to work hard at it everyday.

My Fitness Training

After finishing the The Work back last month, I started a new program known as Muscle Burns Fat (MBF). I’ve really been loving the work I’ve been doing the last 4 weeks on this program. I’m in month 8 of my fitness training with the Beachbody programs and with MBF I’m seriously seeing my results accelerate. This program focuses on doing a high amount of reps to the point where my arms, legs and abs are getting seriously sore in this program. Megan Davies, the creator of this program, has the right energy to bring you to pump you up every workout. I’m also enjoying the indoor jump rope known as the BOD ropes which allow you to work on your jump roping indoors. I’m currently in the Advanced round of MBF which extends the workouts by about 10 minutes and also adds some more difficulty. Check out this MBF page for more info about this program.

IG Live Workouts Weekly

So I’ve decided to go live at least once a week and show you my full workout so you guys can all see me die and get these reps in. Haha. So far I’ve been having them on Tuesdays and Mondays at 6AM PST. I will try to get some workouts in during more active hours, but for now this is what I can do. I hope everyone gets motivated by my work ethic. I talk during the workout and continue to pass on tips that I’m getting from the Beachbody Super trainers that I’m working with. Hope you guys enjoy and find these IG live workouts helpful.

What are my Goals for 2021?

I’ve been consistent with my fitness training and routine now since April 2020. I’ve successfully been working out at least 3 times a week for over a year now and I’m at my strongest I’ve ever been in my life. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to improve and the protection of having the vaccine allows things to get back to normal, I’m looking ahead on where to test my strength. I’ve joined two virtual 10K races with the Giant Race . In April, I came in 10th place out of 141 entries and in May I came in 9th place out of 181 entries. So I’m really happy with where I’m competing with others. I have a Spartan night time 10K trail run in September that I’m excited for. I’m considering joining the Spartan races with obstacles later this year and go for a Spartan Trifecta, which is a medal earned by completing three types of obstacle races in the Spartan races. In 2022, I plan to join my first Spartan Elite race which is a race only for the competitive that want to really test their skill in a Spartan race. This is what I’ve been training for the last year which is why 2021 is a key year to continue to grow strength in order to really compete effectively. This has been a long term goal of mine and I’m looking to achieve this goal and see how I do.

Thanks for following my blog. I’m sorry I’ve been absent and not as active lately. I will try to get back to adding more useful fitness and lifestyle entries. I wish everyone that follows and reads my blogs the best. I enjoy giving others inspiration. I strive to lift others up through life. Life is not easy for anyone and we all have our personal struggles and hardships that we have to deal with, but I strongly believe that whatever life throws at us is an opportunity to face it and become stronger. Stay well my fitness and running friends and have a great week.

Staying Active Over 40 Is Key – Overweight Muscular vs. Underweight Low Muscle Mass

Is My Weight Gain Caused by Slowed Metabolism While Aging?

Metabolism is the process through which your body converts food into energy. Even when at rest, you need some energy to aid in breathing, repairing cells, and circulating blood.

You’ve probably heard that when you hit 40, it’s downhill for your weight. The inexplicable force on the metabolism rate begins to grind slower each year from 30 years onwards. Is slowed metabolism the cause of weight gain at old age?

Here’s what you should know: studies show that the rate of metabolism slowdown in older age is rather minimal. Additionally, weight gain in midlife is not due to slower metabolism. The reality is that, as we age, we get less active.

Regardless of whether you have a slow or fast metabolic rate, our bodies are synchronized to store excess energy in fat cells. Taking in more calories with reduced body activity (older people are lesser active) expands your body for weight gain.

Generally, you don’t have any control over your body’s metabolism. However, to keep a healthy weight, you should reduce and control your calorie intake. Additionally, you need to be more active. Engage in regular physical activity to burn your calories. In fact, people with fast metabolism are more active.

Metabolic Adaptation: The Undiagnosed Epidemic

The weight loss formula is simple: burn calories as much as you can consume, and you will probably drop pounds in no time. Metabolism is the energy-producing force that runs faster than Usain Bolt!

Metabolic adaptation is the slowing of the metabolism rate despite several efforts exerted for one to lose weight. This slowing of metabolism causes people to regain weight if they fail to keep up with high levels of exercise and restrictions of major calorie intake.

Metabolic adaptation is a biological response process to starvation. For example, in the availability of plentiful food, the body doesn’t see it necessary to store calories in the form of fat. However, in times of famine, the body’s metabolism process uses the minimum number of calories to maintain the biological homeostasis. The rest is stored as fat for later use to avoid starvation.

Ultimately, metabolic adaptation is one part of dieting and metabolism. Weight loss or weight gain depend on the collection of metabolic adaptation traits.

The takeaway: your body metabolism will adapt to weight loss; however, that doesn’t mean that you will gain it all back or stop shedding pounds. Getting enough sleep, upgrading cardio workouts, and managing stress will help you in overcoming metabolic adaptation.

Overweight and Muscular Rather Than Thin and With Low Muscle Mass

“There are two certainties in life: taxes and death.” However, people should also add loss of muscle mass to that list.

Don’t get worried about sarcopenia. It’s an age-related muscle loss condition, a natural part of aging. Remember that you should rather become overweight and muscular than thin and low in muscle weight.

The reason being, low muscle weight means that you’ve less mobility and greater weakness. These two results of low muscle weight increase your risk of falls and fractures. Research by the American Society showed that people with sarcopenia are 2.3 times more prone to low-trauma fractures from a slight fall (broken hip, leg, arm, collarbone or wrist).

However, losing your muscle mass doesn’t mean that it’s all gone forever. You can still increase your muscle mass despite the aging consequences. It takes work, planning and dedication to rebuild the muscles and maintain them.

To lose weight and also maintain your muscles mass at the same time, you need the right type of exercise and the appropriate diet. Muscle mass is the biggest contributor to resting metabolism. It helps in burning more calories than fat.

Being underweight presents more health concerns as you age than being overweight with muscle suprisingly!

Fat And Depressed At 16 to Being Passionate And Fit at 34

Imagine going through grade school being the fat kid that everyone picks on and makes jokes about. Where everyone around you is skinny and able to eat whatever they want, but you’re the one that is overweight and opting to wear 2XL just to make your clothes look baggy. To be so out of shape that going up and down a flight of stairs got you out of breath or not being able to keep up with the baseball team because your body is just not able to handle the workouts like all the other fit jocks are able to. This was my reality growing up in High School. I wasn’t driven and worst of all the depression I had made me feel even more unmotivated while many around me were enjoying the benefits of being in their teen years.  These are supposed to be the years that you’re supposed to be in the best shape because of youth. That was not the reality for me and it never was all the way through High School. So how did I end up being in the best shape of my life 19 years later?

Me at 16 Years Old

Most people I know look back at their High School years and talk about how exciting life was back then.  They talk about how amazing their sports days were or how amazing all the School dances were. I\’ve heard also how much people talk about how they were so skinny back then. Unfortunately I’m unable to really relate to these conversations as I was overweight at 320lbs for most of high school and had zero confidence in myself. I did try to ask some girls out to dances, but got rejected. I really had no game at all in that department. Haha. As much as I loved Baseball, I unfortunately wasn’t driven enough to push myself to do well.  In my sophomore year, my baseball coach used to make us run so much and being mentally weak back then, I regrettably faked an injury to avoid having to run.  As a result this didn’t get me into games too much. The few at bats I did get in games, I didn’t really do much to give my coaches a vote of confidence in me. While being out of shape was one thing, I was even more disappointed in myself because I knew I was a good hitter in my little league years. However I didn’t practice or push myself enough to handle High School ball overall. So the one year I did play High School Baseball, I pretty much failed myself and didn’t end up trying again at Baseball in my Junior and Senior years. Doing this self inflicting behavior to myself only lowered my confidence and self esteem even more as High School dragged on.

By the end of High School the realization that my time in grade school started to hit me and my automatic reaction was to do a review of my years in grade school. All the regret I had about never going to a dance or participating in High School events, not trying hard enough at baseball, struggling to fit in, or just not having much to be happy about really affected me. However it was a different feeling.  It wasn’t the brooding negative feelings I had been feeling that suppressed my confidence over the years. It was a feeling where I was tired of being the person I was during grade school. I had had enough. By the time I graduated, I was ready to leave my school years behind and reinvent a new Richard that would take on life much better then I have in my first 17 years. I decided first and foremost that I would get real serious about my overweight problem and start actually pushing myself to lose weight. I wanted to make some serious changes in my life and really be a better version of myself. At 17, this is where my real transformation started.

At 19 and half years old, I made a lot of amazing strides toward reinventing myself.  I had lost 100lbs after dieting, running, and starting to do workouts for the first time in my life. This was the beginning of me being a runner as I realized that running isn’t that hard once you stay consistent. However the dieting part was and still is the hardest part, but I was determined to make a change back then. I had restricted myself to as simple less then 2,000 calories a day and stuck to it while exercising 3-4 times a week. Back then Slim Fast was all the rage and I really had used that drink to my advantage and actually used it to substitute meals (This would not be a diet I’d recommend now as my whole outlook on dieting has changed drastically). The confidence I built from doing this physical transformation really affected my personality in a positive way. My family has always been supportive of me losing weight and they were all extremely happy for me about making my big change to being more fit. I was so much happier with myself and being more confident I was able to build an IT career.  I went into my 20’s and lived my life with a much more positive perception then I did in my High School years. I really learned that how you view the world and your attitude of your view of the world really made a difference in how you tackle everyday life.

From my 20’s to my 30’s, the transformation hasn’t really stopped. I’ve become a person that has always strived towards improvement. I made a lot of mistakes in my 20’s as many of us do and learned to do things better. I ran into ups and downs still in my life.  Life isn’t as simple as the Disney movies where “You live Happily Ever After” when all the problems and conflicts in life have been taken care of.  Life continues to always throw curveballs at you every step of the way.  I found the love of my life in my late 20’s and married her at 30 years old. We adopted Leia our Husky in 2015 and she’s now my running partner on my No_B.S._Rich Fitness Instagram page. In 2016 we adopted our nephew in order to give him a better home and education. Last year we had our first baby, who’s now changed our lives forever as parents.  Life will always be full of personal struggles, but I’m extremely grateful that I turned things around after High School and became someone that can face the hard parts of life.  I’m now 34 years old and I’m the most driven and passionate I’ve ever been in my life.  I’m driven by my own little family that my wife and I have been building the last few years. The Covid 19 pandemic may have took me away from the gym, but it didn’t stop me from finding a a new way to do fitness training. I’m in the best shape of my life physically and mentally. I still believe I have so much upside still in my fitness life.  Going through my early life struggles in grade school really prepared me for adulthood. While back then I hated life and didn’t expect much out of myself for my future. I would say my 16 year old self would be completely surprised at how well 34 year old Richard is doing now. I hope this story of myself inspires others that are in High School or College that your future is not determined and hasn’t been written yet. You have a lot of time to really turn things around and live the fulfilling life that you want. I’m surprising myself everyday on what I’m doing in my life compared to what I used to think I wasn’t capable of doing. Stay positive about the future and don’t let your mind cheat yourself out of a positive future.

Me at 34 Years Old Stronger Physically And Mentally

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Fitness Is A Lifestyle! Key Facts To Make It A Sustainable One!

For many fitness is a struggle and a subject of difficulty. Its not easy figuring out how to build a healthy body and I can honestly say I struggled for over a decade to figure out the true meaning of what it means to work towards your fitness. My Fitness journey started when I was 17 and I was convinced that drinking slim fast was actually going to make me lose weight and get me the strong body that I or anyone else desires. However after dropping 100lbs to 220lbs by the time I was 20, I realized over the years into my 20’s that fitness isn’t just something you do for a certain point in your life and stop all together. Its a lifestyle that needs to be adopted. As a result of not understanding this at first, my weight fluctuated between 240 to 260lbs for some years in my 20’s. I stopped working out at some points and then kept coming back to it. As I mentioned in another blog post, I had a perception in my early 20’s that just going to the gym and doing cardio was working out. So while I worked out here and there, I wasn’t working out as passionate as I am now which affected my weight. I didn’t consider fitness an important lifestyle in my 20’s and that is the reason I never got my body and muscle toned the way I wanted. I was missing a key part of working out and I want to share some key facts that can help set your mind in the right direction for success.

The Key to Lasting Change/Results

Focusing on and being consistent with healthy habits is the absolute best action you can take, right now, to attain the results you’re after and achieve lasting change. Simple yet specific dietary and physical activity habits like drinking enough water each day, including colorful vegetables on your plates each day or getting in at least 10,000 steps, are all great places to start. You don’t have to do them all at once, either. Pick one or two healthy habits to work on for a few weeks; make it so easy at first that you physically can’t fail. You’ll distract yourself from the constant worrying about the scale, and when you focus on these things, lasting and meaningful change will follow. Consistency is found in those small, repetitive, seemingly unimportant decisions you make each and every day. Slow it down, stop putting so much pressure on yourself and make the decisions that allow you to feel your best. Whether that means losing weight, getting stronger or faster, or simply trying to make better dietary choices for yourself each day, your success on this journey will depend on your consistency over the long-haul.

How to deal with setbacks?

In the world of health and fitness, setbacks happen to everyone. The most important thing is how you choose to deal with and respond to those setbacks. Real progress is made when you accept that health and fitness isn’t linear and that perfection isn’t possible. Accept responsibility for your actions, take a deep breath, and vow to get back on track. Nothing is as black and white as we make it seem, and you are not good or bad if you made poor food choices or skipped a workout. Acknowledge your shortcomings and take the time to figure out how you might avoid a particular setback in the future. Have a plan: create a workout schedule, make time in your week to shop for and prep whole and healthy meals ahead of time, set aside time in your workday to get in some extra steps, movement or stretching– whatever it may be. Make the commitment to yourself to keep moving forward and not let setbacks be the reason you give up on your health and fitness journey.

Why You Can’t Fail (Cause It’s a Learning Experience, Everything You Do Gets You a Little Closer to Your Goal)

Overcome the fear of failure: you CAN’T fail! We all learn from our errors, and no one is perfect enough not to commit any mistakes. Learning from failures is important. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be your own failures; learn also from the mistakes and errors of the people who went before you.

You should be proud of your mistakes. Don’t feel horrible because of mere errors. Mistakes help us gain knowledge in our fields. Any successful individual will tell you for free that without some failures along the way, the journey wouldn’t be what it is today.

Here are some of the reasons why failures and everything you do will get you closer to your goal:

·         Failures trigger creativity and enable us to think outside the box.

·         Mistakes and errors make us resilient; we can understand the adversity of overcoming challenges.

·         Failure teaches us humanity; we are all humans and mistakes are inevitable.

·         Every failure provides references; we are always better each day when we try something

·         Failure offers us new ideas; they push our limits in addition to offering new things that inspire us

Ultimately, everything we do should add courage. Failure makes us wiser. Thomas Edison said that, “I’ve not failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Mistakes are true references!

And as John Powell said, “The only real mistake is one we learn nothing from.”

Salt, Carbs, Fibers Info And Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

Salt – Should I avoid it?

Salt is commonly thought of as something to avoid entirely, as too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. And while it is true that an excess of salt in the diet increases the risk of high blood pressure and heart failure, it turns out that salt is actually necessary for the human body for a myriad of reasons. You need salt to maintain a healthy blood pressure, a proper balance of fluids in the blood and optimum muscle and nerve function. That being said, most of us already get plenty of salt in our diets that we needn’t be worried about adding more. Additionally, when it comes to the nutritional value of salt, both sea salt and pink himalayan salt are commonly seen as the healthier alternative to plain old table salt, but that just isn’t the case. Although salts do vary somewhat in their mineral content, pink himalayan salt and sea salt are both nutritionally very similar to table salt in how much sodium they contain. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your salt intake, but no, you don’t need to avoid it altogether.

Do Carbs Make Me Fat and Ill?

No, you don’t have to eliminate carbs from your diet entirely in order to lose weight, no matter what your friend doing the Keto diet tells you. We need carbohydrates to function at our best in the long-term. Here’s the catch, though: refined carbs like white bread and pasta have literally been stripped of all their nutritious elements. So not only do these types of carbs spike your blood sugar, but they are linked to inflammation in the body, and they really aren’t adding any value to your diet either. So, choose your carbs wisely! Instead of refined carbs, opt for high-quality carbohydrates like quinoa, oats, sweet potatoes, bananas or legumes and skip the processed grains and sugars. And remember: any food can cause weight gain if you eat too much.

Types of Fiber and Where to Get Them, Benefits

Nutrition and healthy eating needs more fibers. You’ve probably heard this before. However, do you know why fiber is essential for your health, and which one in particular?

Dietary fiber is a roughage or bulk that includes parts of the plant foods that your body cannot digest or absorb. Fiber is not digested.

Fibers are commonly classified into the following.

Soluble fiber: This kind of fiber dissolves in water, forming a gel-like material. It lowers the blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber is found in peas, apples, oats, citrus fruits, barely, psyllium and carrots.

Insoluble fiber: This category of fiber promotes movement of food materials through the digestive tract. It increases the stool bulk. It is of great benefit to those struggling with constipation or the irregular stools. Wheat bran, whole-wheat flour, beans, vegetables and nuts are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Benefits of High-Fiber Diet

Dietary fiber:

·         Normalizes the bowel movements making it easier to pass stool as well as decrease the chances of constipation.

·         Helps in maintaining the bowel health; the high-fiber diet lowers the risk of developing small pouches in the colon and hemorrhoids

·         Lowers the cholesterol levels.

·         Controls the blood sugar levels

·         Helps in achieving the desired weight

·         Lengthens one’s life; it reduces the chance of cardiovascular disease and all cancers.

“Eating Healthy Is Sooo Expensive” (Or Is It?)

Many people believe that eating healthy is so expensive, but that is not the case: eating healthy might cost you money but eating unhealthy can cost you your life!

Eating healthy is possible if you are on a budget. Eating healthy can be cheaper sometimes, so choose wisely the foods you are eating. There are many nutritious foods and they can be stocked easily on a flexible budget.

The following tips will enable you to get your grocery on a low bill while your family enjoys a healthier diet.

·         Pay attention to portion sizes and compare your options: a bag of apples cost less than a big bag of chips, a bag of apples can last for more than one week, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

·         Plan before purchase:  avoid impulse purchase; plan your meals before shopping.

·         Buy cheaper proteins: protein products are the most expensive food in the shopping list, so choose the cheapest ones.

·         Buy in season: know what is in season; the cost will be lower and the vegetables will be fresher.

Finally, remember that however more expensive the product is, you cannot equalize it with your health. Choosing healthier food is not a luxury no matter your budget.

Fitness Check In: Week 3 And 4 Of “The Prep” Finished. What’s Next?

Two Days ago I finished my 4 grueling weeks of ‘The Prep.’ This program is by far the hardest Beachbody program I have done and it wasn’t even the main event. It was only a ‘Prep,’ but that didn’t make it any easier either. Week 3 and 4 were a repeat of weeks 1 and 2 where I covered all the workout days in my previous blog posts which you can read here: Week 1 & Week 2. In this blog post I’m going to go over a few comparisons in the last two weeks of this program and then also a preview of what’s next in the real program called The Work.

I started off Week 3 by going outside on a beautiful day in the San Francisco Bay area. I picked a nice spot next to the water and did a rare afternoon workout. You can view my reel to see for yourself. Week 1 & 3 pretty much gets you prepared for Week 2 & 4 based on the patterns I’m seeing in the schedule. The push and pull days are separate while in week 4 the push & pull day is covered in one day. There is a designated leg day in week 1 and 3, but in week 2 and 4 the leg workouts are combined in full body workouts which I honestly like. I like this mix up because I can get bored really easily doing the same thing over and over. This mix up keeps things fresh and interesting while still getting the work in all the muscle areas. The middle of the week workouts are similar as they focus on cardio & agility. However Week 2 and Week 4’s version (Cardio and Abs) puts a focus on some ab work. These agility workouts are so fun and with the work I’ve done in 30 Day Breakaway and Liift4 since October I feel confident and strong powering through these workouts. The one thing I’m missing on being able to do in this program is a pull up bar. However Amoila Cesar provides you with a modifier move that allows you to simulate a pull up move using two dumbells.

Here is how the modifier move looks for pull ups

This modifier move proves to be effective for day 5 for all the weeks of this workout which focused on pull movements. The Isometric workout is still by far the 2nd hardest workout of the program as it forces you to do static movements while holding the dumbbell weights in place. You can view my Instagram post going over all the moves for this Isometric workout. The hardest workout award still goes to the last workout in week 2 & 4 called the “The Crucible” which is a grueling workout that has you do 25 reps of each workout move and then superset (A workout move after another with no rest) with 25 army crawlers. This workout is a marathon and as I mentioned in my week 2 blog about this program, if this program was a video game, this workout would be the last boss to overcome to beat the game.

Here is a video of The Crucible Workout:

So Whats Next

As hard and challenging as ‘The Prep’ was its only the start of my real fitness challenge. The Work is the primary program I have been prepping for for the last 4 weeks. Based on what I’ve seen in the schedule for this program it looks like the exercise days are the same format. However researching further into the workouts I noticed that the workouts in The Work are about 40-45 minutes instead of the 30-35 minutes that were the average length for workouts in ‘The Prep.’ This means I’ll be working out longer and probably doing more reps in The Work. I’m so looking forward to starting this program tomorrow. I’ve been training for over 5 months on these Beachbody programs now and this is where my fitness journey has brought me. Amoila Cesar always says he likes “killas who don’t hesitate.” There is no hesitating on my part. I’m going to crush The Work and enjoy the results of my progress and hard work.

I Got My First Covid-19 Dose, No GPS Included

I’ve heard so many weird conspiracies about the Covid-19 vaccine. From the GPS chips that somehow can survive in liquid to one of of the ingredients being the blood of aborted babies. Both of these claims are absolutely baseless and have no proof if their true or not. Instead these conspiracies are extremely toxic and the deeper you read into them the crazier they get. So I’ll just leave it at that. The Covid-19 vaccines are here and it has been approved for use by many countries around the world to fight back against people contracting this deadly virus. I want to talk about my experience with getting the first dose and how I have felt in the first 24 hours. Its good to note that everyone’s body is different so my experience my differ from yours. Before going into that lets first go over what this vaccine is and what it actually protects against & what it doesn’t.

The Moderna Vaccine

Lets first understand the basics about the Moderna Vaccine before I go into how my experience is going with my first dose. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19. There is no WHO or FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19 as of yet. This is probably why many are skeptical about the vaccines. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine contains the following ingredients: messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine,
tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose. I’m not going to pretend I know what all of this is, but you are welcome to go ahead and do your own research of all these ingredients. Lets go over a few of them though:

  1. Messanger RNA (Ribonucleic Acid): People take RNA/DNA combinations to improve memory and mental sharpness, treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, treat depression, increase energy, tighten skin, increase sex drive, and counteract the effects of aging.
  2. Hydrochrloride: Betaine hydrochloride is also used to treat abnormally low levels of potassium (hypokalemia), hay fever, “tired blood” (anemia), asthma, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), yeast infections, diarrhea, food allergies, gallstones, inner ear infections, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and thyroid disorders.
  3. Tromethamine: This is an acid blood reducer. It can correct acid levels in the body following heart surgery or cardiac arrest.

As you can see these ingredients have been used for many other types of medicines that treat other types of medical situations. The Moderna Vaccine had over 15,000 individuals aged 18 and over go through the clinical trials with at least one dose before it was approved for use. So what are the side effects of this vaccine. There is mild and severe side effects that can happen.

Mild Side Effects:

Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm
of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
• General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and
vomiting, and fever

Severe Side Effects:

Difficulty breathing
• Swelling of your face and throat
• A fast heartbeat
• A bad rash all over your body
• Dizziness and weakness

What It Doesn’t Protect Against

The Moderna Vaccine has a 92% effectiveness so there is still an 8% of contracting the virus. This is why wearing a mask and keeping a distance are still key precautions to take. There is also the fact that while the vaccine may protect you from contracting the virus, it will not protect you from passing the virus to others still. Many are not aware of this and think the vaccine protects against this. This would be far from the truth. As much as we want things to be normal again, its important to face the hard truth about the risks still involved with Covid-19. As a parent, I will continue to stay diligent in staying healthy and avoiding the risks at all possible. I refuse to allow my nephew and daughter to contract this deadly virus at a young age.

My Experience With The First Dose

Now that we are aware of what’s in the Moderna Vaccine and what the side effects are I’ll talk briefly about my experience in the last 24 hours. I woke up early Thursday morning yesterday after my last workout of ‘The Prep’ program. I filled out a consent form that asks for your information and insurance. The form goes over the side effects and things that can happen after the vaccine is administered. I went and signed. The shot is a simple poke in your shoulder. My pharmacist asked what my dominant arm was and then proceeded to give me the shot in the opposite arm which is my left. He warned that I may experience soreness for the next 10 to 12 hours in my left arm and I can honestly say that was very true. As in good of shape as I am, it still didn’t protect me from feeling very sore and limiting my range of motion in my left arm. This is why he asked what my dominant arm is so that he left me with my stronger arm to still use during my day. The rest of the day the soreness in my arm felt more obvious and so I left work early for the day. The other effect I believe the 1st dose had on me was that my energy levels seemed to drain as the day went on. I was even falling asleep on the couch a bit a little before 6PM. It would take getting up and interacting with my 9 month daughter to jolt me to action in order to not let myself completely have no energy for the evening. However the drain of energy was obvious and I was looking forward to getting to bed last night. My daughter however decided she was not going to allow my wife and I to hit bedtime so easily and stayed up till 11PM where she finally went to bed on her own. Being a parent is never a dull moment. Haha. This morning I woke up and felt a lot better and gained more range of motion and had less soreness in my left arm. I also feel a lot more energetic today so hopefully yesterday is the only mild side effects I’ll experience. We’ll see how the 2nd dose goes in 4 weeks.

Happy Friday!

Sources For Moderna Vaccine Info:

FDA Fact Sheet On The Moderna Vaccine

First Databank

WebMD

RXList

WHO (World Health Organization)