A Challenge To You
For 8 weeks, without fail or falter, you will do 100% of what you say you are going to do. That’s it. You would think it’s simple, but alas, it isn’t. On a daily basis you let doubt, desire, and other people’s emotions affect and alter the course of what it is you want. You falter on what it is you say you are going to do. Some of you may have figured out that the smartest thing to do is to simply not say anything at all. You can’t break a promise you don’t make, right? What I am asking is for you to make a promise to yourself and keep your word. I am challenging you to do exactly what you say you are going to do with the exception of extreme and unpredictable circumstances.
A huge part of being happy in life is related to how you feel about yourself. The majority of the people who have a hard time achieving their physical goals do so because they are constantly let down by their own actions. It might come out in the form of finger pointing or blame shifting, but deep inside, it’s about your own actions. And for most people, aside from the loss of loved ones, most life pains our brought on by the disappointment in one’s self.
All learning has an emotional base. – Plato
You wouldn’t think the act of losing weight and dieting would bring heavy emotions and questions to the table. After all, it is just “eat less, move more” right? The tricky thing is, you need to set aside all emotion in order to achieve your goals, but you have to change your emotional response in order to set aside your emotion.
Overwhelmed? Don’t be. If you embrace this idea, it will help you not only achieve fat loss goals, but the same principle can apply to multiple areas of your life. More
Maintenance is when you have moved from a negative or surplus calorie zone into a neutral zone. In other words, you aren’t gaining or losing on any large or noticeable scale – you are at maintenance. Technically it isn’t possible to always land at “zero” in the surplus/negative scale. Still, no noticeable budge in either direction within a few weeks span of time is a good indication of the fact that you are in maintenance.
The last sentence I wrote is extremely important to because there are a lot of people who feel they are working very hard towards their goals (fat loss or muscle gain) but are not seeing any change. For whatever reason (be it mistake in expenditure/intake or metabolic adaptation) this means you are at maintenance. This means you can’t rationalize your efforts or lie to yourself about your results. This is one of the most important things you can read about your body composition and can save you a lot of heartache. More
There are a tons of terms tossed around the health and fitness industry in which I am not a fan. All bad or wrong? No, not necessarily. Trust me, some very intelligent people use these types of terms. It isn’t about right or wrong. It is about analyzing what certain terms can do to your overall outlook and reactionary behavior. OCD? Perhaps, but here it is anyway. If you haven’t guessed by now, I feel the term cheat meals is one of them. While I believe the intention is a good one, I feel we could do better to use a different outlook, or at least be very clear about what the term is for. More
I have an upcoming audio series I am releasing (for members) that focuses on the complete mental aspect of body composition. I thought it was going to be 2 hours, but it is turning into quite an epic recording. I took additional time to record a bonus on cognitive behavior and its relation to body composition.
One of the areas I am providing you a preview to is learning to identify, and hopefully alter, your negative automatic thoughts. Below is a list (the basis originating from David D. Burns) of the top 10 mental distortions we take part in during our daily lives. Take a moment to read through them. You might be surprised how they apply not only to your body composition, but to your life in general. More