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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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4-food-journalIn this blog post I am going to talk to you about creating a habit based approach to achieving your desired outcome, when it comes to your fitness and nutrition, to sustain a healthy lifestyle. If you are stuck and not sure what to do, or tried various other things just to put weight back on and a little more, not sure where to start or simply had enough and ready to make changes with your health and fitness, then this is for you.

Many people come to me asking for guidance with what to eat, how to get in shape, I am stuck what should I do, where do I start….and many other questions.

It is all very confusing with what you should do and what you shouldn’t do, what you should eat and what you should not eat, what exercises you should do and which one’s are the best.

When it comes to your health, fitness and nutrition, creating daily, weekly, bi-weekly, behavior changes and cultivating habits to achieve your desired outcome will get you to your monthly, quarterly, 6 month and yearly goals.

But, WHAT do you need to create the behavior changes and habits?

Let’s start with something very simple.

Create time for yourself.

Deep down within you, you know you want to make the changes. You know you need to get in better shape to keep up with the kids, because the doctor said so, or because you can’t fit into some of your clothes.

I know…shitty feeling isn’t it!

Now let’s get past that and onto the new you.

Nobody is going to give you time, you have to create that time for yourself.

How to create time and make it a habit?

  • Decide how much time you can realistically commit to spend doing some exercises and eating better. This could be as simple as 15 minutes or as long as you can consistently commit to doing so on a weekly  basis.
  • Add it to you calendar. Set a reminder to your phone. Block it out on your calendar. If you are not a morning person, avoid setting a workout in the morning. Set times that you know you can COMMIT to.
  • Stick to your appointment with yourself. Things are going to come up no doubt. The same way you will get to that doctor’s appointment you have scheduled, do the same for yourself.
  • Put yourself in control of your time. We can’t get back time, but we can control what we do with our time.

Now that you have created some time, what is your next step?

Know what you want, know why you want it and know how you are going to get it.

Firstly, you got to know what you want to achieve. Take a moment to write down what it is that you truly want to accomplish with your health and fitness.

What to do next?

Set an outcome goal: The main outcome or objective you would like to accomplish. The desired outcome. The long term goal.

Example: I want to lose X pounds, by Y date…

Next….

Set behavior goals: The steps you have to take to achieve your outcome. Activities you have to complete on a daily basis, that will get you closer to the desired outcome.

Example: I will exercise at least 5 hours per week. I will drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day. I will eat till 80% full. I will only eat out once per week. I will eat protein at each meal….

Next you got to know why you want to achieve your desired outcome.

Ask yourself why you want to achieve what you want to achieve. Go deep here and truly find that real authentic, genuine reason why you want to accomplish your goal.

Keep asking yourself “why” at least 5 times.

This is very powerful and I highly recommend that you dig deep here.

You got this!!!

Lastly, have a plan of massive action. Check your behavior goals for your plan of action. Take a moment each day to go over these behavior goals. Keep these at the forefront of your thoughts as by taking these steps each day it will get you closer to your desired outcome. It will also create the habits needed for success.

Find a routine in your day and week.

Many success people have a routine for their day from the time they get up, to the time they go to bed. Set your day up so you know what is going on. What time are you going to work out? What time are your meals? What day you are going to meal prep? What have you got coming up for that week with travels, meetings, kids activities?

Plan your week in advance.

How to plan your week in advance?

  • Take one day for the week, (eg. Sunday) to plan your meals for the week.
  • Make a grocery list for what is needed for your meals.
  • Bulk prepare food items and store as needed.
  • Schedule your workout times into your diary.
  • Have ‘go to’ emergency healthy snacks with you at ALL times just in case you get stuck in meetings or traffic of something comes up.
  • Know your work schedule and commitments and work around them so that you avoid missing your workouts.

Set yourself up for success by knowing your and planning your week.

Stick to the plan.

Life is going to get in the way at some point. This is no reason for you to fall off and give up on all the hard work you have already done. If this happens, dust yourself off and pick yourself up and go again. Avoid beating yourself up. This is all part of creating healthy, sustainable habits to live a healthier lifestyle.

The plan can also be adapted as things come up. Stick to the habits you have created for yourself. Do the little things on daily, weekly monthly basis. Reward yourself for the small victories and also the big ones.

In concluding….

You will have ups and down. Good days and not so good days. This is going to take time to create, but once you develop these habits, it will set you up for long term success with attaining your desired outcome.

Start small and build on your foundation. Let each habit build on the last one. Aim to improve 1% each day and over the course of a year you will transform your health and fitness and live healthier lifestyle.

 

Want guidance and support to finally getting the healthy body, and feeling more energized to unleash your true potential to be your ultimate best?

I will be opening up my online habit based nutrition & fitness coaching program very soon!

 

 

I had the opportunity to walk on fire and broken glass a few years ago. On both occasions, it was very nerve racking for me, with the walking on glass a little scary.

I watched a few other people walk on the glass before me, and all I could hear is the breaking of glass with each step that was taken.

Some of the pieces of glass were sharp. If you stepped on it you could potentially cut your foot.

Some of the pieces shifted as you placed your weight on it.

Some of the pieces broke under your foot.

With every step that is taken, you are getting feedback on the path you are on. With this feedback you are receiving, you can correct the path you step on.

If you stepped on the glass and felt a sharp pain from the glass, did you fail?

NO you certainly didn’t!

You got valuable information on what your next step should be – to shift your weight or step in another place.

You got FEEDBACK!

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The feedback you have received is just information for you to make a decision.

When you walk on broken glass, you get feedback. That physical sensation you feel under your foot – sharp, painful, or uneven surface – guides you on what you should do next.

Same as when you are at the gym or on the sand at the beach. You have to constantly adjust to the feedback you are receiving. If you are on unstable surface or standing on one leg, you have to adjust to get your balance back, which means taking action to correct that.

Same with your eating habits. If you notice some red flags with something that you have eaten, that makes you feel bloated, or low on energy or not your best, that’s just feedback you are receiving.

Over time as you get to know yourself better, you build a database of feedback.

This is very important information you are receiving, as you will probably learn which foods trigger those not so good feelings.

It is all valuable information.

What you do with this information is very important also.

If you eat those extra hot, chili BBQ wings, dipped in more sauce, and feel crappy after, that is just feedback for you on what NOT to do next time.

If you decide to ignore the feedback you are receiving, you will continue to feel the way you are feeling.

You will make mistakes along the journey, but that does not mean you have failed.

You will make choices that did not work, but that does not mean you have failed.

What you have gained is valuable information of what does not work for you.

What to do next?

  • Keep a journal and log all that you eat.
  • Write how you feel just when you finish eating and also 30-60mins after you have done eating.
  • Make a note of any foods that trigger that crappy feeling.
  • Avoid eating those foods that make you feel crappy.

Be your own science experiment. You will learn so much about yourself.

Remember it is all information you are receiving. You now have to analyze that information to make better choices.

There is no “good” or “bad” choices, just better choices.

You are not failing, you are learning a better way to accomplish your desired outcome with your health and fitness.

 

Have you ever said this to yourself?sport-diet-chrome-dumbbells-surrounded-healthy-fruits-vegetables-white-background-55629974

I don’t have time for myself….

I don’t have time for the gym…

I don’t have time to eat right or prepare healthy meals….

I am too busy to….

I have heard them all and more, and I am sure you have heard some yourself!

Here is the thing…

We all have the same amount of time in the day. I get that you have other things going on in your life and so do many other people out there and myself included.

Getting in shape and living a healthier lifestyle does take time and does not happen by accident.

You have to carve out that time. You have to make some time in your day.

Unfortunately nobody is going to give you some extra time. YOU got to make it!

Start where you are with your health, nutrition and fitness.

Have a plan to simply improve by 1% each day. That is going to be different for each person and only you know what that 1% is for you.

For your nutrition t could be as simple of drinking a glass of water each day, or drinking one less can of soda a day, or eating one piece of fruit or vegetable a day.

For your fitness it could be going for a walk once a twice a week, or doing some push ups each morning, or joining the gym or finding a workout partner.

These are all simple things you can start with.

If you simply aim to make each day better than the previous day, you are heading in the right direction.

How do you do all this?

  1. Decide how much time you can commit to improving 1%. You know what your days and weeks are like and how much time you can allocate to looking, feeling and performing at your best.
  2. Once you have decided when you can commit and what you are going to do, schedule it into your calendar and set a reminder on your phone. This will prompt you to keep your appointment with yourself.
  3. Focus on small chunks, like 2 weeks at a time. Once you master scheduling time for your health, fitness and nutrition, increase it to 3 weeks and then for a full month.
  4. Stick to doing the little things on a daily basis and the big things will fall into place.

Book some time for yourself on a daily basis for your health and fitness. You will thank yourself later on for doing that.

Make this work for yourself.

Be realistic: start where you are and work towards where you want to get to.

Know what works best for you: if you are not a morning person avoid scheduling things in the morning. Find options that are going to suit your schedule.

Block out you time: let people see that you have blocked out time for yourself
and respect that time for yourself as well.

Expect the unexpected: plan for when things are going to come up. If you need a babysitter, make sure it is planned. Do you need to move things around to make it work? If so, then do that. Make sure and have it all planned for your success.

It’s going to be challenging at the beginning, but it will be worth it in the end.

You will have to step out of your comfort zone, so get get accustomed to being uncomfortable, as that is way the magic happens.

Take one day at a time, and get back up, dust yourself off, and get going again.

 

 

 

Do the following statements describe you?

  • I prefer to eat in private, where no one else can see.
  • I eat healthy in front of others but then indulge recklessly in private.
  • I follow a healthy diet during the day, only to fall off the wagon at night.
  • I sneak food secretly and eat it away from others.

If you can relate to any of the above statements then you may be engaging in closet eating. This “secret eating life” of yours sabotages your fitness goals, making it impossible to achieve the body that you want.

Before we dive into this topic, it’s important to approach yourself from a place of love and respect. Resist the urge to look at yourself as a failure as you strive to discard unhealthy eating habits.

Use the following 5 steps to curb your closet eating once and for all:

Step #1: Learn Your Triggers
Journal about the feelings you experience before, during and after an episode of closet eating. Was there a particular trigger that caused you to feel stressed, or angry, or helpless before the urge to eat in secrecy hit you?

Refer back to your journal after a handful of episodes and try to determine a pattern. This will allow you to prepare yourself with an exit plan before the next potential episode.

For example, if you find that your closet eating occurs mainly when your spouse goes out of town on business, then make plans to visit with friends rather than be alone at home with food.

Step #2: Log Every Calorie
Let’s face the facts. Just because no one sees you eat it, doesn’t mean that the calories don’t exist. The simple act of tallying each food item that you eat will force you to be more mindful of your eating habits.

There are many apps you can download to your phone, like My Fitness Pal, which is ideal for calculating your calorie intake, and be aware of how close you come to that range each day. Resist the urge to not log foods that are eaten in secrecy.

The point is to bring accountability to the situation, so be vigilant.

Step #3: Carry Healthy Snacks
When the urge to eat in secrecy hits you, it may be useful to allow yourself the snack, but change the script slightly by making it healthy and portion controlled.

Eat one of these snacks every few hours to prevent from becoming overly hungry, thus more susceptible to reckless eating.

My favorite healthy snacks are Dale’s Raw Protein Bars.

Step #4: Don’t Stock Bad Food
Most cases of closet eating are said to occur in the comfort of your own home. Be proactive by not stocking your favorite indulgences in the kitchen.

When you have the urge to sneak a few bites of ice cream before bed, you’ll be unable to do so if there isn’t any ice cream to be found. Be careful not to fall into the trap of “buying it for the kids,” as this is a slippery slope.

No one in the family benefits from having junk food stocked in the house. Get it out.

Step #5: Exercise Regularly
How can exercising regularly help you overcome closet eating? It’s simple. When you are actively working towards a goal, and are supported, you’ll be less likely to self-sabotage.

My fitness plans are designed to get you to your desired weight loss goal quickly and efficiently. There’s accountability, encouragement and measurable results to keep you on track.

If you’d like to see your fitness goals become a reality then take control of your actions.

Closet eating may be your way of dealing with the stress you have in your life, but you can change that.

Change comes from within and it starts by knowing when you are making decisions due to pain or pleasure, and if that decision is moving you towards your desired state.

Live With Courage!