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What stands between you and achieving your fitness and nutrition goals?

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself that question?IMG_8318-01

You hit your 30’s and you know 40 is going to be next. You have this big plan of getting in the best shape of your life. You are ready to take the challenge and get rid of that belly that is hanging over those jeans. You realize your suit is becoming a little tighter for the wrong reason. Running around with the kids is getting a little more challenging and you are out of breath. Keeping up with the guys on the court or field is taking it out of you more than usual.

You know you have been thinking for quite some time that you need to shake things up and get back into the gym.

Then you start thinking where do I start? What do I do? What’s holding me back?

In other words, what are the limiting factors that are holding you back?

Limiting factors are anything that makes it difficult for you to achieve your desired results.

There are many limiting factors out there like:

  • Lack of time
  • Work/family commitments
  • Procrastination
  • Past injury/present injury
  • And more….

I could go on, but to be honest, those are all EXCUSES!

Let’s not pretend, but instead take control of your fitness and nutrition to live a healthier lifestyle.

Over the years of working hands on with people and recently online coaching, the 3 main limiting factors that are holding you back from looking, feeling and performing at your best are:

MINDSET

You played sport back in the day, you have an idea of what to eat, you know what you want to look like, but all this has to be translated into massive action and creating sustainable habits as you move along.

When it comes to getting in the best shape of your life, or any other aspect of life, you have to have a clear vision of what it looks like to you. Some sort of a plan to get to where you want to go. In other words direction!

I learnt this strategy when I attended Tony Robbins, Unleash The Power Within seminar and then further enhanced at BB3 Fitness & Nutrition Center where I worked.

It’s called RPM.

R – What RESULTS do you want to achieve? What’s your desired outcome? Be as precise as you can with this. Don’t be afraid to dream big with this. This is your life for you to be your ultimate best so don’t hold back on what that is for you.

P – What’s your PURPOSE for wanting that specific result? Why do you want to achieve that result? How is it going to make a difference to you and the people around you? These are really important questions, so take time to answer them.

MMassive Action Plan. This is your map that you are going to follow to get from point A to point B. It like going on a road trip and you plan the direction you are taking. Start thinking how many days per week you going to workout. What are those days and times you are going to train? How much water do I need to drink? What workouts you are going to do. How am I going to structure and prepare my meals?

Once done, you are going to have a blueprint of what needs to be done, to get you in better shape and progressing. Visualize the outcome. Visualize yourself doing the work. Visualize eating for optimal health. Visualize the process and you getting there on a daily basis.

NUTRITION

Good nutrition is going to get you to look, feel and perform at your best. Whether you want to lose fat, build muscle, live a healthier lifestyle or even improve sports performance, your nutrition is going to have a major impact on all these factors.

If you don’t eat healthy, wholesome nutritious foods, you are going to feel crappy. Your energy isn’t going to be optimal throughout the day. It’s going to hold you back from be your ULTIMATE best!

Nutrition is a major limiting factor!

Start by making simple changes and creating better habits with your eating.

Increase the amount of water you drink and decrease the amount of soda, juices and sports drinks you consume.

Increase lean protein sources at each meal.

Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat daily.

These are 3 simple habits that can be incorporated today that can make a difference to your health and you moving towards your goals.

Need help with your Nutrition? Feel free to contact me about my 12 months Online Habit Based Nutrition Coaching.

EXERCISE

The limiting factor with exercise is if you are not moving enough, chances are you are slowly going to get some love handles. Not what any guy wants in his 30’s or 40’s.

If your lifestyle is wake up early, grab something on the run to work, lunch meeting, grab something from the vending machine to keep you going in the evening, then get home to a massive meal, sit down and fall asleep in front the TV, trust me when I say, you are adding on the pounds slowly but surely.

You got to get moving!

To become fitter, be stronger, live a healthier lifestyle, you need to commit to becoming more active by focused, consistent, intense exercise.

Aim to strength train at least 3 times per week and cardio 2-3 times per week, depending on your time commitments. If you lack time, we all have 20 minutes that we can commit to working out. Keep the intensity high and give it your all for those 20 minutes.

Focused exercise, increasing physical activity (increasing the amount of steps you take each day), and healthy eating control, will produce long-term results.

In concluding, these 3 limiting factors don’t have to hold you back from looking, feeling and performing at your best. You can overcome these obstacles by having a clear plan of action with your mindset, creating simple nutritional habits and building from there and focused intense exercise.

All that you need is within you, to unleash your potential to be your ultimate best, to look, feel and perform at your greatest on a daily basis.

Get out there and take ACTION to becoming the best version of yourself!

Strong Mind. Strong Body. Strong Life.

 

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3 Steps to your health and fitness success.

How to get from where you are to where you want to be.

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Have you ever stopped and wondered what it really takes to achieve your health and fitness goals?

Over the 15 years of working with clients across the globe, I have noticed some common question that constantly come up.

What do I need to do to lose weight?

What do I need to do to get in shape?

What do I need to eat?

Can you do a program for me?

Can you help me with my fitness?

And the most famous statement of all time.

I have tried everything but nothing works…..

Does any of these questions sound familiar to you? I know I have been there with asking questions like these at some point in my life.

Success with your health and fitness goals takes strategic planning just like any other aspect of your life. You have to sit down and dig deep to find out what you really want to achieve and why you want to achieve the goal you have set your heart on. It has to be unique to you and for you. Not for anyone else but yourself.

So how how do you do this?

At BB3 Fitness & Nutrition Center we use 3 steps to success:

Step 1: MINDSET

This is where is all starts.You have to have a mindset that you are going to crush your goal that you set out no matter what. You have to believe in yourself that you can do it.

Mindset tips:

  • Have a clear, precise vision of what you want to achieve.
  • Have a purpose so strong that it not only drives you but also inspires others to be more and do more.
  • Know exactly why you want to achieve your goal.
  • Visualize the end result. See it. Believe it. Achieve it!
  • Commit to taking action daily to get closer to what you want to achieve.

Step 2: NUTRITION 

This is the area that most people struggle with and it is where you can make a massive breakthrough with your health and fitness. It is about seeing where you are presently and making small changes in your eating habits. It is about replacing one thing for a healthier option. It is about doing the little things daily and on a consistent basis.

Nutrition tips:

  • Drink half your bodyweight (lbs) in ounces of water
  • Aim to eat every 3-4 hours
  • Plan your meals in advance
  • When at the grocery, purchase foods mainly from fruit and veg section.
  • Eat foods closest to it natural source

STEP 3: EXERCISE

Exercise can be done in various forms from going to the gym, outdoor activities, swimming, biking, playing sport to name a few things. It is going to take grit and determination. It is going to take hard work. You WILL have to step out of your comfort zone. You will have to challenge yourself. You will have to push yourself. In the end the rewards are priceless and you will feel on top of the world.

Exercise tips:

  • Workout 3-5 times per week.
  • Incorporate strength training to your routine.
  • Focus on making improvements with each workout.
  • Structure your week by scheduling days and times to workout in your calendar.
  • Commit to doing each workout scheduled.

Following these 3 steps will provide you with greater clarity to achieve your desired outcome. Celebrate the little victories along the way. Stay focused on the task at hand and unleash your true potential to be your ultimate best with your health and fitness.

 

Where do you need more help with these 3 steps? What do you need to do next to cultivate better habits with your health and fitness? You can leave a comment and let me know.

 

 

At some point in your life you wanted to change something. To lose some weight. To put some muscle on. To train for a 5K, 10K, half marathon or the very popular obstacle course races like Spartan, Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash to name a few.www-fineartamerica-com

With each of these, a decision has to be made. A very precise decision to take action and train for the relevant goal that you are after.

However, saying ‘I want to lose weight’ or ‘I want to do an obstacle race’ is not a very strong commitment to achieve your desired outcome. Yes it is a good start to the process but it will stop there if you don’t take the next step.

The next step is to take action and burn the bridges that will stop you from going back.

You got to make it impossible to go back to your old habits. Create an uncomfortable scenario for if you fail.

So if you want to lose some of those extra pounds, burn the bridges by getting rid of all the junk in your kitchen. Get rid of all the sugary drinks you may have stored away.

You have to take some kind of action no matter how small or big to achieve your desired outcome.

I noticed that when I talk to people when they want to get started on there Health and Fitness journey they are sometimes hesitant and want the perfect day to get started or the perfect time to get started.

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NOW!

Saying I will start tomorrow or next week or next month or when I get some new shoes or when I get some time isn’t going to change anything for you. I didn’t workout today and it didn’t kill me, so it must be OK. 3 or 6 or 12 months later….and you are out of breath and panting as you walk from the car to your office or up a flight of stairs or running for the bus. This way of thinking will NOT get you closer to your health, wellness and vitality goals. You have to avoid these mistakes and this way of thinking as it will end up costing you.

Now let’s flip it…

Success on the other hand is doing the things we don’t want to do and doing it to our very best no matter what. It’s a few simple disciplines practiced daily. Its like getting up in the morning and following your routine.

Successdul people always have a plan and stick to it no matter what. They know what they want and go after it with drive, determination, discipline and massive action.

You can do the same with your health and fitness by doing the little things on a daily basis. Commit to working out a minimum of 4-5 times a week and for at least 30 mins of intense exercise to break a sweat but not leaving your exhausted and drained. You should feel energized after these workouts.

Plan you meals ahead of time. Know what you are having for each of your meals by taking a day each week to plan your meals for the week. At first this may take some time but to be successful you have to plan for the results you want to achieve.

Start slow and build. Don’t try to run a marathon before you can run. A baby has to learn to crawl first, then goes through the stages before he or she can walk, then run. It’s a process. Be patient with the stages and the process.

We as humans have the ability to take control of our lives. Its through our conscious choices on a daily basis, that we can develop and transform our lives, to what we dream of it being.

Make each day a success with your daily choices to unleash your true potential to be your ultimate best.

Live with Intention, Passion and Courage!

I am trying!!!

I know you have said that before in some area of you life. I myself have said that on many occasions. But what does I am trying mean?

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It is neither here or there. There is nothing to it really. There is no commitment to anything when you say try. I am trying to lose weight, I am trying to get back to working out, I am trying to eat right….

Here is the thing….

You are either going to lose weight, start working out and eating right or you are simply NOT going to do so. There is no in the middle of trying.

By saying you are trying, you then have the excuse of ‘you tried,’ if things didn’t workout. That’s what we call being a lamb and not being a lion. A lion doesn’t try to go after his prey, he attacks it with everything he has. He stalks his prey. He sets it up so he is in the best position to conquer his prey. There is no half hearted effort with a lion. It is ALL in.

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Are you trying to lose weight – or going to commit to losing weight?

Are you trying to eat right – or going to eat right?

Are you going to try and workout – or commit to joining a training facility to workout?

What to do next?

  1. Eliminate the word try from your vocabulary. There is no substance to the word try. It is not the most inspiring word in the dictionary and it does not empower you or motivate you to be a lion and attack life.
  2. Make a decision. You are either going to ‘do it’ or you are ‘not going to do it.’ Be honest with yourself and it will save you a lot of heart ache down the line. Stop pretending and START DOING!
  3. Make a commitment. There is nothing more rewarding than committing to something and seeing it to the end. The person you become at the of the commitment is where the reward lies.

This can be applied to any area of your life that you want to improve on. Make that commitment today, to doing what you need to do, to unleash your true potential to be your ultimate best.

Live with Purpose, Passion & Courage!

 

These 11 traps are holding you back in some way or the other.

A winning mentality creates a positive cycle in our lives with anything we do. Every time we see some type of results in the gym, it spurs us on to keep going. It’s why setting goals are important and also monitoring/measuring the goal to make sure we are going in the direction we want to be going.

When we win we gain self confidence. The more confidence we have, the more likely we are to stick to the plan and take action to keep things moving forward. We feel on top of the world. We feel AWESOME!

However, losing can create a cycle in our lives, which tends to be a negative one. Loses can lead to low self confidence and being disheartened. It causes us to question things that usually cause doubt and insecurities in ourselves. Not a great feeling and not a great place to be.

Over the years of training people, I constantly hear these 11 traps that potentially hold people back form being their ULTIMATE best.

11 traps holding people back:

1. The Mistake Trap: “I am afraid of doing something wrong.”

If you are afraid of doing doing something wrong, then you will never get started. That is just a story you are telling yourself. Be courageous and make that step and keep taking little steps each and every day. How are you going to know if you are doing something wrong if you do not know if you are doing it wrong. Think about that for a second. It is a learning process with each and every step.

2. The Fatigue Trap: “I am tired today.”

Snap out of that excuse. By doing some form of exercise you are going to feel more energized.

3. The Comparison Trap: “Everybody in the gym is fit and healthy.”

Everybody in the gym had to start somewhere and so do you. You are NOT inferior to any of these people that are fit and healthy. You can do the same and transform your own health and wellness. The only person you need to compete with is yourself so forget about everybody else.

4. The Timing Trap: “This is not the right time”

Then when is the right time? There is no time like the present time. Listen the right time is now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not the first Monday of the month. The time is NOW.

5. The Inspiration Trap: “I don’t feel like doing it right now”

When do you feel like doing it then? Stop hesitating and start taking action to take control of your health. You only have one body for the rest of your life, so own it and take care of it today and every day.

6. The Rationalization Trap: “Maybe it is not important”

Are you kidding me???? You bet it is important. And you very well know that your health is important. Don’t let this trap demotivate you from being the best version of yourself.

7. The Perfection Trap: “There is a best way to do it and I have to find it before I start”

You honestly do not need the newest pair of sneakers or training clothing. You do not need to find the perfect workout (there is no such thing). All you need to do is get started and make relevant changes as you go along.

8. The Expectation Trap: “I thought it would be easy, but it isn’t”

You definitely got that one correct. Hey, yes it is going to be hard. Yes it is going to be challenging. Yes you are going to have to work for it. But in the end the reward is greater.

9. The Fairness Trap: “I shouldn’t have to do this.” “Why me?”

Yes you do! Your health is of utmost importance.

10. The Public Opinion Trap: “If I fail, what will others think?”

First of all stop thinking what other people are going to think of you. It will paralyze you. Secondly, if you fail so what. Get up and go again but this time learn from your failures. That is the joy of failure; you learn what not to do next time. How great is that!

11. The Self-Image Trap: “If I fail at this, it means I am a failure”

Let me start by saying you are NOT a failure. You are FREAKING AWESOME! (my new 2 favorite words). You are also not going to fail. There may be set backs but again it is learning process.

All of these traps are caused by losses, and all create a negative mindset. If you want to be successful with your health and fitness goals, shift your mindset to a more positive, winning mentality to bridge that gap.

What you focus on, you achieve. So focus on the things you want to achieve.

Live With Courage!

Have you got the emotional attachment to your goal?

Yesterday I witnessed something that I have never seen before with any of my clients. It was such a great feeling to see and it made me feel very humbled.

I started working with her back in October 2013. I remember the first day she came in very clearly. I did my usual meet and greet with her and started her consultation. At the end of the consultation is a section to go through her goals of which I really dig deep to find out what is that person’s emotional attachment to their goal.

Loads of people find this very difficult to answer and very uncomfortable at times.

So I asked her what was her goal?

I got the usual I want to lose weight and tone up.

So I asked what does that mean to you losing weight and toning up?

I got a little bit more in depth answer which was great.

Now here is where it got really deep.

I asked her why she wanted to achieve the desired goal and she told me why. After that I kept asking why till I got to that REAL EMOTIONAL attachment to the goal.

At that moment I did not believe it was the last ‘why’ question to be asked and believed there was more. She started to feel very uncomfortable with this strange guy, who she has never met before asking her questions to really dig deep to find that emotional attachment to her goal. She started to feel really uneasy and I could see that so I stopped where we were and then advised her to keep asking why when she went home to find that true emotional attachment.

Her emotional attachment to the goal at the time was for a lifestyle change, to achieve something for herself and as she was in the Health & Wellness Industry, to practice what she preached and most importantly to do something for herself.

Her specific goals were:

Body Fat 18%

Fat Mass 25.2 lbs.

Lean Mass 114.8 lbs.

Weight 140 lbs

All to be achieved in 12 weeks.

At the beginning her stats were:

Body Fat 21.7%

Fat Mass 31.7 lbs

Lean Mass 114.9 lbs.

Weight 146.6 lbs.

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Long story short is we achieved this goal at week 10 and she was ecstatic.

Look at her eyes in the before and after picture. A totally different person.

But here is where it got really exciting for her.

She felt like a totally different person and wanted more. She now wanted to push her limits to see what she could truly achieve by here birthday. She was now doing things that she thought she could not do. She entered two 5k runs and on both occasions she smashed her personal best times without doing any running. She was doing exercises that she was struggling with at the beginning with ease. She was coming out of her comfort zone and becoming the person deep down inside of her that she truly wanted to be.

I felt as though I was working with another person. An entirely different person to the one I met on the first day.How awesome is that?

Her new goal for her 30th birthday was 15% body fat, 30 push ups, 10 pull ups and squat 155 for 1 rep.

On Monday there were tears of joy as she hit all her goals 3 days before her birthday.

I have never seen any of my clients cry from achieving their goal, so this was a special moment, not just for me, but more so for my client.

Congratulations Dani! So proud of you and the privilege of working alongside you on your journey.

The best is yet to come. Now let ‘s get back to work 🙂

Have you got an emotional attachment to your goal?

I get all my clients to place an emotional attachment to their goal, as we are driven by our emotions. I have noticed the greater emotional attachment you place on anything in life, the greater chance of you achieving the desired outcome you are working towards.

So dig deep and keep asking ‘why’ when you set goals, until you find that emotional attachment.

Live with Courage!