In my last message I talked a little about how this week is when people really start to drop off in their resolutions. How things started off so good and ended so bad.
You tried really hard for a few days and just could not get a year's worth of results in 10 days. You do good for the first few days. Workout went good, that broccoli and chicken breast at lunch wasn't that bad, and you didn't have one sip of alcohol or soda, etc...
Fast forward to now and life has set in. The hectic schedule is back, stress is back in full force, and everything has gone out the window. Workouts make you sore and cranky, you wish broccoli and chicken had a face so you could punch it, you are mixing alcohol with soda now, etc...
The main thing that happens though, is that the big picture has overwhelmed you. I can't continue to workout 4 days a week and eat right for the rest of my life, so why even try?
The book Lone Survivor offers some good advice that can help you get some perspective. The book is about a Navy SEAL who is the only one from his team to survive a mission gone bad in Afghanistan. There is a part where it talks about the insane amount of mental and physical training you have to go through to become a Navy SEAL.
During part of the training a man named Joe Maguire, who is a highly respected SEAL legend came into to give the prospective SEALs advice on how to make it through this enormous task ahead of them.
Here is part of his speech:
"Whenever you're hurting bad, just hang in there. Finish the day."
And another part:
"Don't let your thoughts run away with you, don't start planning to bail out because you're worried about the future and how much you can take. Don't look ahead to the pain."
That's great advice for whatever your goals are.
Trying to lose weight? Don't think about the 50 you have to get rid of, it's the first pound you worry about first.
Want to run a 5K for the first time? Don't think about the 3.1 miles you have to cover, just worry about the next step your foot is taking.
Signed up for a 4 week boot camp and you can't imagine getting through the whole thing? Get through the next repetition of the exercise you are doing right now.
Doing a 6 week nutrition challenge and you are struggling on day one? Stay in the moment and do one thing at a time.
Break that huge goal down into what you are doing that second and take care of it in the moment. You can't do anything about the future until you get there anyway. It will just intimidate you when you think of how much pain (mental and physical) you will have to go through to get there.
Don't give in, finish the day.
Did you know that now is when you see the most dramatic drop off in gym attendance every year? For whatever reason the third full week in February is when most resolutions are over.
If you have given up on the goals you have set for yourself, it’s not too late! There is plenty of 2017 to go, you just need to recalibrate.
Your first step is to find out what went wrong. Did you choose a goal that just sounded good, but not one you were committed to? Did you set too many goals? Did you have the right goal, but it turns out you hate working out?
It could be several different reasons why things did not work out. No pun intended.
Your second step is to figure out a new game plan. Don’t think about having to commit to the rest of the year. Set a goal for the next 4 weeks. As legendary SEAL Joe Maguire says, “Don’t look forward to the pain.” More on that in Friday’s e-mail.
Your third step is to figure out the most enjoyable way you could reach your goals. What types of exercise do you actually enjoy? Roller skating, yoga, swimming, hiking, lifting weights, shaking weights? Pick something you look forward to.
The fourth step is to do the same thing with food the next four weeks. Find some healthy foods that you like. They are out there I promise, you may have to do some experimenting. Or if you prefer you can start with the food first, then try the exercise in the fourth step.
Living a healthy lifestyle does not have to make you miserable. On the contrary it should make you feel energized and excited! You just have to find what works for you, even if it isn’t the typical “go to the gym, eat foods you hate but are super healthy, and look great but hate your life” tract that people get stuck on.
There is a phenomenon called information blindness that is caused by too much information. When people are faces with too much information, they just shut down and will now act.
Think about a restaurant with an overwhelming menu. What do you do? I just choose something that has a picture.
Or have you ever walked into a library or got onto Netflix with no idea what you wanted to choose? It can cause you to just give up.
Information blindness often happens with diet plans as well. People get presented with all the information for the whole plan up front, they get overwhelmed, and it paralyzes them. I've been there myself.
The idea behind the Lean and Clean Challenge is to give you the information slowly and help you build habits. All of the information is there for people who like a peak ahead, but it is not necessary.
Build the habit, make it stick, and then you will have it long term. There are still spots available if you want to join.
You can join here -->Lean and Clean Challenge
The challenge starts on Monday, February 20 and I would love for you to be a part of it. Join us today!
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” -Jim Rohn
“I can predict the long-term outcome of your success if you show me your daily habit.” -John Maxwell
If you can’t tell, I’m a quote guy. I believe they can motivate and inspire, but like the first quote hints at, it is temporary. To be successful, we have to develop good habits. That is especially true with exercise and eating right.
That is why I am so excited to launch the 2017 HABC Lean and Clean Challenge. Fancy name, awesome program.
It is a 6-week program that will give you all the resources you need to develop the habit of eating clean and healthy foods.
Here is what is included:
-Weekly Check-Ins/Progress Tracking to keep you accountable
-Clean Eating Guide (everything you need to know)
-Meal Mapping Template (teaches you how to create healthy meals)
-Ultimate Shake Guide
-Ultimate Breakfast Guide
-Bulk Cooking Guide (great for busy people)
-Meal Portion Guide
-Access to a free app so all the info can come straight to your phone
-Access to the Private Facebook group specifically created for this challenge to give you extra support and accountability
-Pinterest recipe page
I truly think this has included everything you need physically, mentally, and emotionally to form those all-important habits for long-term success. Two hyphens in one sentence, crazy!
The challenge will start on Monday, February 20, 2017. The cost for everything I’ve listed above is only $39. I guarantee your results or you get a full refund.
Reserve your spot here -->Lean and Clean
PS-The challenge is actually 7 weeks. The first week is to give you the tools and training to prep you for the challenge.
This week your challenge involves most people's most offensive four letter word. Work.
Studies have shown that only 19% of people are satisfied with your jobs. So chances are that you fit into the group that is not happy with their job.
Think about where you spend the majority of your time. It has been estimated that you will spend 91,250 hours (40 hours per week starting at age 21, retiring at 65) at work!
If you aren't happy or at the very least mildly satisfied at work, it would not be a big shock to learn you are an unhappy person.
Here's your challenge this week:
Think of three things you like about your job.
By the way, if you are a stay at home mom you better believe that counts as a job.
It can be as small as this guy I worked with one time who was a combat veteran and he would say, "Well, this isn't the greatest job in the world, but at least people are not shooting at me at work."
Or it can be as big as "I feel like I am making a difference every day I go to work".
If you can't find 3 things about your job that you like, I would suggest finding another one.
How much is being miserable worth to you?
I understand paying bills and making ends meet, but in the end your job stress will eventually cost you much more in terms of health, relationships, happiness, etc...
The question will always be, is it worth it? For some people it might be. For me, I would rather be the healthy, happy guy living in the trailer park than the unhealthy sourpuss living in a gated community. And I've actually been a healthy, happy guy living in a trailer park and it was awesome.
If you aren't one of those people, then you need to find an outlet for your job stress or find a new job.
Chances are you saw Lady Gaga’s halftime show at the Super Bowl. It was the second most viewed half time show ever with 117.5 million viewers. Katy Perry’s performance has the most views of all time (120.7 million) if you are curious.
It was an amazing performance! Although I did get a little embarrassed when I looked down and I had the same outfit on that Gaga did. Faux pas for sure.
Through all that I kept hearing a similar comment from social media and other “news” outlets. “Yeah it was a nice performance, but what’s up with her jelly roll?”
I thought I was crazy because I hadn’t noticed. I was too busy being blown away with her cardiovascular fitness! She did not breathe hard one bit or even stammer despite being all over the place and jumping off of high places.
First off, this didn’t hurt Lady Gaga one bit. She sold 150,000 albums and singles on Super Bowl Sunday. Can’t imagine what that number is now.
But onto a bigger point. You never know what that person you are criticizing has been through.
That lady you admire in the gym that seems to have the perfect body, the guy who likes to flex in front of the mirror, or Lady Gaga. Exercise is a coping mechanism for a lot of other problems people face. Lady Gaga has been vocal about her struggles with eating disorders and body image issues.
I’m no Lady Gaga fan, despite all these Gaga facts I’m throwing out here. I am a fan of people who are bold and focus on their strengths, despite what others think.
Focus on getting stronger, not skinnier. Focus on getting healthier rather than getting into that old pair of pants from college. Focus on changing your lifestyle, rather than getting ready for that event you have coming up.
When you change your focus something weird will happen. You will still fit into smaller clothes and you will still look better but hurtful comments will not derail you as easily.
You do you, baby you were born this way.
PS- I realize this has cost me my man card, but I don’t care. I’m too busy trying to get my cardio to Gaga level.
Your challenge this week is to do one thing to eliminate one major source of stress in your life.
What's the thing in your life that causes you the most negative thoughts in your life? When you read stress, what immediately popped into your head? That's what you need to attack.
Whatever it is, just do ONE thing this week that starts to work on the stress source. You will feel so much better just by doing one thing!
I am a true believer in the AAA principle.
Action Alleviates Anxiety
No matter how big the situation is, pick out something to do. In debt and can't see your way out? Start a budget. Does it immediately solve your problem? No, but it's a start.
Are you so out of weight and have so much weight to lose you feel paralyzed? Start keeping a food journal, do 10 minutes of exercise, or eat one healthy meal. You didn't put all of that weight on overnight and it's not going to come off overnight. Start the process now.
Do you find yourself stressed out by the political climate in America right now? Do something positive in your community. Does it fix the entire country? No, but it sure beats worrying and feeling helpless all the time.
When all you are doing is worrying about a problem it becomes a much bigger problem. You become more negative and the stress continues to build. When you start to do something about the issue, you can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Take action and you become an active participant in getting the stress resolved, rather than just being a victim. These may seem like small, worthless steps but they will help I promise.
Do one thing this week to help with your biggest source of stress.
Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend and I can't wait! I grew up a Falcons fan, I have a lot of respect for what the Patriots have been able to do, and I am pumped about the real stars of the show on Sunday. The food and the commercials.
I know what you're thinking:
"Joe, I enjoy watching the Super Bowl like a normal person, but is there any way I could look like a crazy person while still watching the game?"
I've got your back my friend. My crack staff of graphic designers spent hours putting together this workout graphic for you. It goes along the lines of the drinking games that other people like to put out this time of year.
Print off the list, follow this slightly misaligned list of exercises, and have a great night!
One of the best ways to rid yourself of negativity is to create something positive yourself. Here is your challenge this week.
Do something for someone who has no hope of paying you back.
If you have ever done something like this before, you know you get back so much more than what you give. It is hard to have negative thoughts when you are focused on helping others.
Kind of like it is impossible not to smile while you are skipping. Try it some time, it's scientifically proven.
Mental floss offers 7 reason why you should help others. They are:
1. It helps you live longer
2. It is contagious (think of when someone pays for your order at a drive thru)
3. Makes us happy
4. Some studies show it helps with chronic pain
5. Lowers blood pressure
6. Promotes positive behavior in teens
7. Gives us a sense of purpose and and satisfaction
My job is to keep you accountable. So let me know what you decide to do this week and I will share whatever I end up doing as well. I guarantee this will work.