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Who Is Your Biggest Influence?

I knew this guy that had a great deal of influence over me.  Whenever, I wanted to get out of doing something all that I had to do was listen to him.  We would go out of town and he would convince me that I should stuff my face with all kinds of food that I knew was going to have a negative affect on me and my body.  I would tell him that I can’t eat like that and he would say, “man you can work it off at the gym tomorrow.”  Next thing you know, he would drag my ass out all night to a couple of different bars and we would get loaded.  I’m not against drinking at all.  I still do it once in a while.  I just don’t have this guy around to convince me that I should do it a couple of nights a week or every night that I am on the road.  For me to reach my goals I do have to keep drinking to a minimum.  This is the same guy that has told me in the past to give up and to quit.  When I started doing mud runs and obstacle races he said to me, “why do you want to do this stuff?  You already workout.  You don’t need to run through the mud and over obstacles trying to kill yourself.  Your days of playing sports are over.  You’re closer to being an old man than a kid.”

If you listen to someone like this long enough, than it makes the excuses easier.  But why do you want someone who is always negative in your life?  I’ve had other people tell me not to do something or tell me that I wouldn’t be able to do something before.  I usually never listened to those people.  In some cases I removed those people from my life.  But with this guy it was different.  For whatever reason I let him control me.  I couldn’t remove him from my life.  I wasn’t strong enough to make the right decisions.  I couldn’t help but listen to him.

I realized that he was my misery and misery loves company.  I made the decision to remove him from my life and the funny thing is that not only is my life better for it but even other people see me in a different light.  I rather listen to someone who is SUCCESSFUL.

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In case you are wondering who would let someone control their life that way.  Here is his picture.  Seriously, this is the guy that I let control my life.  Now I scratch my head and wonder why I let that happen.  I was the one who was holding me back.

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Top 10 Excuses Not To Eat Healthy

The toughest part of my transformation was eating a healthy diet.  I wasn’t successful until I was able to have the self-control that it takes to be stronger than my excuses.   Motivation from my results and being able to enjoy my food helped enforce my self-control.

10) Healthy food doesn’t taste good.  (Maybe you need to experiment more.  It is possible to make a lot of healthy meals taste good.  If you enjoy your food, than you can stick with your healthy nutrition.  Check out the recipes in my blog.)

9) I have kids and we have a lot of junk food around.  (Why do your kids have to eat crap?   Get them into healthy food while they are kids.  They can enjoy their food.  The results will not only keep them healthy but can give them an edge in sports.)

8) I don’t have time to cook most of my meals.  (I make a lot of meals in less than 30 minutes.  I also make enough so that it will last me through several meals.  Plan ahead.)

7) Healthy food is more expensive.  (So is heart surgery.  Eating healthy can save you thousands of dollars in medical expenses from living an unhealthy lifestyle.  You can still budget and cut costs in certain places.)

6) I love (insert surgery snack here) and can’t do without it.  (I use Raw Honey several times a day.  It’s a great sugar replacement.  I also make homemade chocolate and other nutritional snacks that taste like they are bad for you.)

5) If I eat something that I shouldn’t I can burn it off while I workout or run.  (You are better off eating food that works for you than against you.  Eating healthy and working out will keep you in shape.  Before I started my transformation, I was working out and trying to eat healthy.  I made excuses like these and continued to build fat.)

4) I have tried diets but they never work for me.  (Many diets are set up to fail.  If you don’t like the food you won’t stick with it.  If you cut your carbs out, it can cause other issues, such as kidney problems.  It is possible to enjoy your food on a healthy nutrition program.)

3) If it’s in front of me I will eat it.  (Eating healthy is mostly psychological.  You have to control your own mind.  Be stronger than your cravings.)

2) I like to eat out.  (I don’t eat out as much as I did but when I do I ask them to make changes to my meals.  I ask them to use olive oil instead of butter.  I ask them to leave things out of my meal.  Such as no croutons or cheese on a salad.  Most importantly if you have something that is supposed to come out with your meal but don’t think that you should be eating it, ask them to leave it off of the plate or substitute it for something else.

1) I don’t know how to eat healthy.  (Eat 6 meals a day.  Both Protein and Carbs.  Use portion control.  Protein should fit in the palm of your hand.  Carbs should be about the size of your fist.  Vegetables should be about the size of your fist.  Protein includes, eggs, chicken and fish.  I do eat beef but not as often as before.    Carbs include, sweet potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal – steel cut oats, quinoa.  Carbs also include fruits and vegetables.  Eat them along with several of your meals.  No processed food.  Nothing that is man-made.  I don’t eat bread or pasta.  There are other people who have diets similar to mine but they do eat both of those things.  Drink 50% of your weight in ounces of water each day.  I eat organic fruits and vegetables.  My protein is free range and grass-fed.)

Top 10 Excuses Not to Workout

As the saying goes, “Everyone has one and they all stink”.  The only way to reach your goals and turn your dreams into a reality is to be stronger than your excuses.  I had my own excuses.  I still come up with some sometimes, but instead of blowing off what I am supposed to do I make sure that I get it done.  I feel a lot better about being stronger than my excuse.

Going into the gym intimidates me. (You are going for yourself.  Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.  Don’t let someone else stand in the way of your goals.  Especially yourself.   Focus on yourself and you will see improvements.  If you are still worried about setting foot in a gym, try working out at home.  You can even have a trainer come to your house.)

I’ve never worked out before.  I wouldn’t know what to do. (Hire a trainer or go with someone who knows what they are doing.  Having someone with you will also help with motivation.)

Every time that I work out I get so sore that it takes me a week to recover.  (You will get lactic acid build up in your muscles.  Especially when they haven’t been used for a while.  The more often that you workout the less you will be sore. Get through the first one or two weeks of it and you will be fine.)

Lifting weights is boring.  Running is boring. (You can get a workout done in 25 minutes.  You should also change your workouts up.  I change my workouts every day.  I also run trails with my dogs outside.  The scenery and my dogs cure my boredom.  When you are seeing results, you won’t be as bored.  If you feel like you can’t take it anymore because you are bored try something different.  If your gym has different classes, you should be able to find something that you like.  You will also have other people going through it with you.  You can try workout programs like P90X and Insanity.)

I’m too out of shape. (I’m not sure how people come up with this excuse.  This should be the reason that you get into the gym.  Get active.  Get into shape.  Start a good mix of cardio and weight training.  You aren’t going to get into shape without training.)

I’ll do it tomorrow.  (The best time to start is right now.  The longer you hold off on starting the harder it is to start.  The sooner you start, the sooner you can feel the benefits of transforming your body and your life.)

I can’t afford a gym membership.  (Have you check all of your options on gyms in your area or are you just saying that?  There are a lot of bodyweight exercises that you can do at home.  So if money is keeping you out of the gym, get it done at home.)

I’m too old.  (You are never too old to start.  Just because you are old doesn’t mean that you can’t workout.  After 12 weeks, you will feel like you are 10 years younger.  I’m doing things that I never thought that I would be doing.  Such as Spartan Races and Tough Mudders.  I’m 46 and don’t consider myself old.  But when I was 45, I was old.)

I don’t want to get too muscular.  (Your body can make some drastic changes but you probably won’t be competing in the Mr. Olympia or Ms. Olympia.  Set goals for where you want your body to be.  Your workouts and nutrition can help you get there and you can switch some things up if you feel like your results are to extreme.)

I don’t have time.  (You can get your workouts done in 25 minutes 3 or 4 days a week.  That is enough time to make a change.  I workout for about an hour 5 days a week and I run for about 45 minutes 5 days a week.  I’m addicted to it and I have goals that are centered around my training.   You could wake up earlier and workout.  If you workout in the morning, then you will feel more awake for the rest of the day.  How much time do some people waste during the day?  One less episode of Honey Boo Boo.)

Do you want it bad enough?  Are you learning to S.W.I.M.™?




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