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Look, over the next couple weeks you are going to be inundated with friends, ads and even family on social media, at holiday parties talking about how this new pill/wrap/supplement/drink/detox/3 minute workout/dvd WHATEVER changed their life forever in some sort of miraculous way that was easy, took no time at all, no effort etc. They’re good people with good intentions, most of them anyways but I’m begging you to be better than a quick fix, here’s why.
Nothing easy lasts, at least in my experience. Easy doesn’t change your body composition, easy doesn’t make you a more resolute person, easy will never change your life, ask someone you admire, someone who inspires you to tell you about how easy it was to become great. Think about the points in your life when you experienced massive amounts of change, saw the greatest improvements in your body, your bank account or your relationships, easy wasn’t it, like a walk in the park. NO it wasn’t was it, it was hard, it made you question every adult decision you’d ever made, doubt yourself, lose sleep and it was hard. GOOD!
DO NOT FEAR HARD, FEAR EASY
Challenge will cause change so embrace it, yearn for it and don’t ever back down from it because it won’t go away, it will wait patiently for you to return and decide that you are ready to overcome it. So what do we do? How do we get used to hard, how do we shake off the quick fix and stay focused? I’m glad you asked because I put together this list for you but before you jump into it and skip the rest of the food advice in here please read this one last line:
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Success isn’t always about greatness, it’s about Consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.
(Yes I just quoted The Sexiest Man Alive)
3 Simple Ways to Be Consistent:
- Journal It – You may not be the “Dear Diary” type but when you start tracking and noting down your actions on a daily basis you will become more aware of your actions. By journalling or tracking daily you give yourself accountability but even more important you give your self a tool to analyze, learn and understand your greatest fan, yourself! It doesn’t have to be lengthy, in fact in the beginning you should only track 1 or 2 actions (we’ll chat more in #2). Track the total minutes of focused physical activity each day and the way you are feeling right before you eat something. Simple (notice I didn’t say easy…) Those 2 metrics will allow you to understand how many minutes you need to train to see change and give you insight into your food triggers, eating habits and also give you awareness of how much you are eating.
- Start Simply – Don’t be a resolutionist who shows up on January 1 at the gym, goes balls to the wall for 3 hours, signs a 9 year contract with the local globo gym then stops going after 4 weeks. Take where you are and add 30% to start, if you are starting at zero start with 30 minutes a day, the average American spends 5 hours a day on leisure activities, watch your tv but at least bust out some squats, push ups, planks and jumping jacks during the show or better yet, get outside, away from your home and get some “Me time”
- Do One Thing – Wake up early. Yes I went there. Get up out of bed 30 minutes early and get your workout done before anyone can call you, before the world has even gotten out of bed and before you have anything to distract you. Over the last decade of working with people to help them transform their lives the ones that consistently see the greatest changes over the longest period of time are the ones who get it done before the sun comes up.
They say the early bird catches the worm, and research suggests there might be some truth to the old adage.
Waking up with (or before) the sun allows executives like Apple CEO Tim Cook and “Shark Tank” investor Kevin O’Leary to get a head start on the day, knocking out tasks before the rest of the world has rolled out of bed.
Those “extra” hours with less distractions and fresh energy also give them a chance to do some creative thinking, fit in a workout, and spend time with family. And it should be noted that waking up early doesn’t necessarily mean losing sleep.
So hit the sack 30 minutes early to keep up on your beauty sleep and get your fitness in early so no matter what the rest of the day brings you’ve already won – not sure what to do? We got you covered with 3 different at home body weight workouts you can download for free
I know it’s tempting to look for the easy way out and with the advancements in technology, dating apps and gene mapping someone should have developed the unicorn of diet pills by now that makes all our dreams come true but alas we will continue waiting. In the mean time be patient, track it, start simply and get up a little earlier.
Blake Robinson CSCS