Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Little Things Go a Long Way...


You've been eating clean for a few weeks now...you are using portion control, keeping a good balance of protein/carbs/fat and you haven't missed a workout, yet, not much is going on. What the heck you wonder...I'm working my tail off, and for what!

Well, are you truly working your tail off? Are your journaling your food? Are you really eating as clean as you think you are? If you want results, make a plan and stick to it. If you have your day's meals ready to go, then that's what you eat and drink, nothing more, nothing less. Sounds like tough love, but guess what, a lot of you need it. I know, I know, those three french fries your 4-year old left on Monday's dinner plate don't count, nor does Tuesday's mini brownie that your co-worker brought in, oh, Wednesday's fat-free, sugar-free, skinny caramel mocha latte, no whip, no that doesn't count either--at least not in your clean eating mind it doesn't. Well guess what folks--those little things you think are meaningless--well they are more than likely the reason you aren't seeing the results you think you should be. You are consistently sabotaging yourself. Diet and exercise are not easy, but then again, most of the worth while things in life ever are.

So starting now, think about these little things. Is that split second of culinary delight to your tongue is worth losing the benefit of the last couple workouts you did; is not wanting to throw out little Bobby's last two chicken nuggets worth not having your zipper gliding up smoothly (versus you having to lay on the bed and not breathe to make it go up); or is just saying no and walking away from the office food trough, and you feeling like a million bucks for having done so, just not worth it to you?

You've been working hard, I know. I'm not naive, I know 'stuff' happens and sometimes the best choices cannot be made, but I'm realistic and I know that the majority of the time that is not the case. Stop poking yourself in the eye to spite your face..make this happen for yourself. You set out to do something great for yourself, so do it.

Okay, rant over... :-)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Challenge...Can You, Will You?


So, I undertook a challenge. It wasn’t something I set out to do, but it was presented to me and I took it. You all know I work out -- I love it, I’ve done well with it, and I now really try and help others achieve their goals as I have mine. Like most people, even though I do my thing and get my work done, I sometimes find myself in a rut. I’ve been maintaining, but have been getting a little bored with the program and thus maybe not giving it my usual 100%. I’ve gotten to the point where “the trainer needs a trainer”. I can write programs for my clients with no problem, I can guide them, advise them, listen to them, but when it comes to myself, well, I guess it was time for someone to do the same for me. I just wanted to be told what to do for a while (how scary is that?!). Now, once again, the power of Social Media comes through. Another fellow fitness fiend/friend that I've been talking to listened to my tale of woe and offered to write up a new program for me. Yikes! What have I gotten myself into?! I haven’t worked this hard in a long time, but after having successfully knocked out week one, I have to say I feel amazing. The feeling that I had in the back in the beginning, and that same feeling that led me to pursue this, is coming back full strength. Mind you, I never lost it, but I may have gotten a little ‘weak’. I’m now being pushed and being held accountable. I’m liking this new challenge, and don’t want to let this person down. Just as important though, I refuse to let myself down. I’m AM going to do this. Despite the fact that it’s making my already chaotic schedule even moreso, as I said, I survived week one, and will continue to survive the oncoming ones as well. In the end, I’ll be better for it—not only physically, but mentally as well. Sometimes, the mental strength far outweighs the physical. I look forward to it. I’m working my tail off, but I haven’t felt like this in a while. I can’t wait to see the results.

So, are you up for some fun? Challenge yourself and come join me. Do you dare, can you ‘handle’ it?!