FROM PART 1 -- PUNISHMENT OR PRIMETIME (August 2, 2017):
It's the beginning of August. YOU HAVE NOT LOST. IT'S PRIMETIME. You are 7 months into the game that you promised yourself you'd play well. Do better by yourself. Stop beating yourself up for what you haven't done... For where you dropped the ball. Your plan -- or lack thereof, for some -- didn't work. Don't punish yourself. You need a new plan -- constructed from your best attributes, not your worst.
The first 7 months are over. There's nothing you can do about it. But the game is far from over. IT'S PRIMETIME -- What is your comeback strategy based on your best self?
After yesterday's post, I received a number of messages from those who could identify with finding themselves disappointed with their health and fitness performance so far this year, but with no idea where to even start creating a new comeback plan.
For those of you who asked, I have created a detailed, 10-part series to help turn the second half of your year from defeat to a primetime comeback with a better plan.
Again, the above is the IDEAL. And while the best health and fitness professionals will usually make assessments easy and affordable, not everyone can or wants to undergo a professional assessment.
If you are taking your own stats, try to include the following in addition to just your weight (These are the stats I request from my Online Training Clients to best coach them):
Balancing your nutrients in a pleasurable way can be tricky. Without an intentional plan, most find they are eating far too many of certain macros, and not nearly enough of others. Particularly if you are working on your fitness and working to build lean muscle, getting enough protein can be tricky.
And then there is the issue of boredom. It's Friday night, you've worked hard all week, and the last thing you want to eat is another boring chicken breast. You want flavor, maybe something savory... maybe something that will do a glass of wine justice. I get it. Me too.
While many have chicken breast heavily represented on their meal plans, the more savory duck breast is often overlooked. True, it has a fair amount of fat attached to it, but the vast majority of fat is right underneath the skin. Simply remove the skin before cooking, and you've got a much leaner and meaner bird (just be sure to keep it moist).
It's the beginning of August. And just as it happens every year, at this time, I hear an overwhelming number of people profess their defeat. It's over. They have failed. Their New Year's resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle, lose weight, etc. have not only tanked, but in many cases, they've even lost ground in the battle of the bulge, and have put more weight on since December. Summer came and is quickly becoming a memory, while the beach body they promised themselves never happened.
They are failures. And while standing in the checkout lines of back-to-school shopping, or drowned in the ocean of post-summer vacation piled up workloads, they have decided it's unequivocally over for the year.