Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday

Little bit of active recovery today:

warm up: run 400m, hip mobility x10, 25 jumping jacks, 10 shoulder press, 10 pvc pass thru, run 50m, 25 jumping jack.

wod: 15min amrap
run 50m
25 hollow rock or abmat sit up
25 kbs

In a few days, I will post some video and some new literature under the "travel wod and nutrition" link. I have fielded a TON of questions about nutrition lately. I answered all of the questions as honestly and diligently as I could. I have put in a ton of work the past few years educating myself on what to eat and when to eat it. I helped Paula lose over 10% of her body weight. I encouraged JP when he was stuck at a certain number on the scale. Personally, I have lost 30lbs by doing CrossFit wods and eating correctly... So what's the secret?

Scenario

Steve: How was your diet today?

Client: I was running late this morning and didn't have time to make breakfast and I also forgot my mid morning snack.

Solution:

The client response makes me doubt how much you really want to lose weight/be healthy. I don't mean to be rude but... Are you lazy? I spend a lot of time trying to help clients and sometimes all I get is, "Its too hard, I don't like that food, I don't have time, That's way too much food..." Boo Hoo... if it were easy everyone would be ripped, skinny, healthy, active, jacked, FEF'ed etc... If you want to reach your goals and be ______ (fill in the blank), listen to what we preach, and ACT on it. Stop setting up road blocks for yourself. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink...

HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?

3 Shout out:

The Metz Family said...

are you talking about me again?

Steve McAlister said...

Nope, not just you. I guess most clients do not comprehend how bad i want you guys to accomplish all of you goals. That's why I try so hard. However, sometimes I get very frustrated trying to "coach desire". I can show you the road map and even make you take your first step, but its the client that has to continue the journey.

jp said...

When I tell people about my weight loss, they ask me whether the diet or the exercise was the hardest part. I tell them neither. The absolute hardest part of the whole process is deciding that you really want to do it. Once that decision has been made, the commitment, the dedication, the hard work... it all comes easy because it's not a struggle to do it. You've already decided you'll do it, so you just do. A lot of people decide they WANT to lose weight, but wanting and doing are two different things. You have to move past deciding that you want to do it and actually decide to do it. That's a MAJOR leap to take, and it's awfully scary (and quite intimidating). The decision to do, though, is the proverbial "mustard seed of faith" that is required to move the mountain.

Diet doesn't have to be difficult, nor does it have to be bland or boring. It has to be long-term, and it has to be good. It's as much of a lifestyle change as the exercise. I used to eat cereal for breakfast because it's what I always knew. I was starving by 10am. Now, I wake up and boil eggs while I'm showering, heat up a slice of ham, and drink a glass of OJ. I finish it off with coffee (I've learned to drink it black), and I don't even think about another meal until 1pm, and even then it's usually very little food. I'm snacking on almonds and dates throughout the day. I eat the occasional apple. I don't get the 2pm drowsies, and I am fully energized for my workouts. I cook a clean dinner, and I go to bed satisfied.

Do I cheat and eat bad food? Yep. Once a week, usually on Saturdays. On my cheat days, I eat anything and everything I want. Beer. Chocolate. Fried food. Lasagna with cheese. Yum! The absence of it during the week makes it so much more of a treat. And one day of cheating does not a diet break. The longer you diet and learn nutrition, you even start to cheat smarter. You learn to get as much satisfaction out of eating three or four Hershey Mini dark chocolate bites as you do a huge slice of chocolate cake with milk and extra icing.

So, yeah. Deciding to do it is hard. Once you make the life change, everything else will come easy. Oh, and trust Steve-O. There are a bunch of times when my gut reaction was to call him a looney, but I trusted him and have seen major results. He is our FITNESS GOD!!

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