Monday, April 18, 2011

Best Summer Ever 2011

Time to stop living the same life over and over and over. No more excuses, no more obstacles, no more of the same old routine. You know what you want, which is the most important thing... The only thing left is to make it happen!

or you could live in a van down by the river!

1. Reflect on past summers. I encourage all my clients to look back at the last 5-10 summers. When were you feeling and looking your best? What about when were you at your worst? Learning from the past is a great way to shake up the future the way you want it.

She's a little too comfortable.

Those summers where you were really happy at where you were at… what had you done for the 3-6 months leading up to the summer, and what did you do during the summer?

I'll meet you girls in a minute, let me finish this blog.

Similarly, all the summers that weren’t so good, what did you, or didn’t you do leading up to the summer to prevent you from getting in shape?

So that's what it feels like to Wake up feelin like P.Diddy?

I am amazed when I hear people complaining about how the look and feel, and when I ask them what they are planning on doing differently, they don’t even know.


Einstein once said: “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

2. Variety is the spice of life. The people who seem to be the most fit, and less prone to injury are the ones that play a variety of sports, or participate many different activities. If you are doing doing one on one personal training or Austin F.I.T. Camp , also try some other activities. They might include biking, swimming, martial arts, dancing, yoga, pilates, kayaking or whatever else you can think of.

One of my favorite past times!

Not only will it make your body more well rounded (not that kind) but it will keep boredom from setting in.

3. Show off your worst body parts. I got this idea from Arnold Schwartzenegger. Back when he was young he had very skinny calves which he was embarrassed about. Instead of keeping them covered up, he cut all of his jeans off at the knees to the world could see them. This made him very self conscious and he spent extra time working his calves and eventually got them to a pretty good size.

So if you don’t like your arm, wear sleeveless shirts, if you don’t like your stomach, wear a tight shirt. I bet you will think twice about getting a second dessert or reaching for that beer if you feel your arms flapping or your stomach suction cupped to your shirt.

4. Meticulously plan out your day and meals. Summer tends to be a time with grad parties, potlucks, picnics, vacations, soft ball leagues, and so on. It is more important than ever to make sure you are planning out your meals. I recommend when you are eating by yourself or with your family… ie not at a social gathering, you commit to eating nearly perfect. Then those ball games, or parties that happen 1-2 times per week, you can splurge and eat what you want guilt free!

I live off of tupperware.

5. Set up some rewards along the way. In the upcoming month or two before summer and then during summer, set some goals, and with those goals, so rewards. For example by June 15th you might set the goal to do 1 pullup. The reward for doing this is a 60 minute massage. Or maybe you are in a 5K race and you want to run faster it under 30 minutes. The reward could be a new pair of running shoes.

Celebrating successes along the way keeps you hungry for more and allows you to appreciate what you have accomplished. If you don’t take time to step back and appreciate it, you will just be chasing goals, never being happy or appreciative of what you have accomplished.

I have had to personally learn this one the hard way. The past 4 years I have been working super hard in many areas in my life, whether that was fitness or building my business up. Once I would reach a goal, I would set a higher one, and go after that. After a couple years of that I realized that I wasn’t even appreciating the accomplishments I have been able to achieve. I bet you have done the same thing. Maybe you have lost 35 lbs, but all you can focus on is losing those last 5 lbs, instead of celebrating the 35 lbs you already lost.

I need to take some of my own advice right now and celebrate how far I've made it with my business right now. So while I'm thinking up my own reward, you do the same.

Question of the day: What are you doing to make sure this is your fittest and healthiest summer?

4. “Reduced Fat” Anything!
FACT: Have you ever had a sudden craving for a certain food?
I’m talking about the “real” version of it. Like THE chocolate chip
cookie, THE blueberry muffin, or THE potato chips?
Don't believe the marketing!
Well, don’t worry, you can satisfy that craving without the guilt with the
chemically engineered, overprocessed, carcinogenic additive rich,
“Reduced Fat” version…that oh by the way, usually has almost
80% of the calories of the original anyway! Awesome…what a choice!

Sometimes neither option is a good one.

How about skipping them altogether, especially if you are actually
trying to look better in a bathing suit this year, not to mention, be
able to look forward to years ahead by avoiding the chemical
question marks that are often used to create these “lite” versions.
It's okay, it has low fat mayo.

This blogs lesson:
It's never too late to change. And it's never too soon to start!

If he can change. You can too.

Next Blog:
How to visualize your goals.


Meal 1: 4 egg whites(1 Yolk), 6 for men
1/3 cup of Oatmeal, 1 cup for men
1/3 Banana, whole banana for men

Meal 2: Protein Shake
Peanut Butter

Meal 3: 4 oz Chicken, Turkey, or White Fish, 6 oz for men
3 oz Sweet Potato, 6 oz for men
1 cup Veggies

Meal 4: Protein Shake
Peanut Butter

Meal 5: 4 oz Chicken, Turkey, or White Fish, 6 oz for men
1 small Green Salad(greens only)
1 serving light dressing

Meal 6: 3 Egg Whites, 5 for men

1 comment:

  1. Great blog post!!! Love the photo captions and so glad you included a climbing pic :