By: Corbin Williams, NPTI-CPT
Personal Trainer/Nutrition Coach
So you made it through Thanks Giving!! Good Job. Now you only have two more holiday weeks to get through.
These Holidays are always full of sweets and food. This makes for a very difficult time to be “good”. With all the homemade cookies and pies, it is not an easy time for a struggling appetite. But who cares, Right?
This kind of attitude is NOT acceptable. Let’s change that right now. You are probably thinking “How’s he going to change my thinking?” I’m not, but you are. First of all you have to take responsibility for yourself. For all that got you to this point you are at now. Good and Bad. Next, you need to tell yourself that you are worth it. Let’s focus on making this new year “Your Year”. I know it’s only December and we haven’t had New Year’s yet but why wait!!
This is why I am saying to you, START NOW!! You don’t have to wait for a Holiday where you make new promises to
yourself that only last a month or so. You can start now by telling yourself I am worth it and I am going to do
something about it and I am going to do it NOW!! It only gets harder to change the longer you sit and think about what you should be doing to get yourself into the best shape of your life.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought to yourself “I wish . . . “only to walk away from it feeling let down
and depressed? Well WHY do you want to keep feeling that? There is only one way to overcome this, and that is to take charge of your own body. Think of it as you having a driver but you just aren’t getting to your destination.
You know where you want to be, so take the wheel and go there!! Here are a few ways to be successful.
Without discipline you have nothing. This is the hardest thing to develop. It is the life style change that is crucial to your overall success. Our daily choices make who we are. When you are craving that snack you know you should not eat, wait 5 minutes and make a healthier choice. Instead of going home and propping your feet up at the computer or on the couch for hours, go to the park for a jog or walk or go for a bike ride, but just get out and get active. Remember it is all about mind control. YOU are in control of your actions; now help your body by choosing the right ones to direct you towards your goal and not away from it. Discipline, discipline, discipline, I can’t stress this enough.
Set up your workout schedule like you would a work meeting. Be on time and show up every time. This will increase your chances of reaching your goal.
You need to focus on what your goal is. Why do you want to succeed? Use that to drive you. It’s not what you do but how you do it. Go into your session ready to give your best effort and then a little more. Get into your mind and “see” yourself completing the task at hand.
#4 “Off Days”:
Working out with a trainer may leave you with days you are on your own. When people work with me they generally are with me at least 2 days a week or more. This leaves you 4 days for you to stay motivated and active on your own. Remember the first Key to success? DISCIPLINE!! That’s where this comes into play. Get up, Get out, Get active. Don’t quit until you have given your best effort for each day. It’ll only get you that much closer to your goal and THAT is where you want to be headed.
Nutrition accounts for about 50% of your training program. You can’t out train a bad diet. “You are what you eat” is a saying that is so true. If you eat a lot of bad food you will feel and look bad. Your body is a machine and needs the proper fuel to operate. Give it the right quality and quantity and you will begin to feel amazing. Water is part of healthy living as well. You should get ½ your body weight in ounces a day. Water is needed for life. Everything in moderation is ok, but be careful what you choose. There are always better choices.
Here is something to think about. Why is sleep so important? Without it, your body won’t rebuild and heal your muscles and bone strength. During your workout, the goal is to break down your muscles. That is what the “burn” feeling is. After the workout, have a small bite to eat, something such as an apple, orange or slice of watermelon. Then get plenty of sleep (7+ solid hours). Remember, discipline and consistency. No excuses!! Go to bed earlier.
Remember, Start Now. Don’t wait, it only gets harder the longer you put it off. Make this next year YOUR year. Take the wheel in your driver seat and take charge of your body. Keep focused or find someone to help you keep on track. It is in your court now and it is up to you. If you really want to make a change in yourself then don’t wait. A quote I saw recently sums it all up, “If you are tired of starting over, then Stop giving up!”
From your coach at GetReal Training, Happy Holiday and Happy YOU Year!!
Corbin Williams, NPTI-CPT
Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
Certified Nutrition Coach
Graduated from the National Personal Training Institute
Owner of GetReal Training, LLC