Thursday, November 8, 2012

5th Week of BBC

We are almost finished with our 5th week of the Black Book Challenge and to be honest with you guys, I have seen a huge drop off in participation.  A few of you guys haven't showed up to the gym during the entire challenge.  Whomp Whomp....

If I were a betting man I'd bet big on a few things, 1. you have chalked this year up as a loss and are waiting until the "New Year".  2.  You have let birthdays, weddings, sporting events, and other occasions derail you completely.  3.  You haven't put any time into practicing any of the strategies put on this blog.

Guys and Gals, it is really hard to make in changes in your body if you do not make any changes in your lifestyle... damn near impossible really.  Before we wrap up the 5th week I want to leave you with two things.

1.  Here is a scenario I get all the time.  I like to call it "The Battle of A lot vs Enough".

The Battle of A lot vs Enough pops up concerning muscle gain and fat loss.  Lets take a look at our fat loss battle first.

A client approaches me and says, "Steve, I'm just not losing weight, I've tried everything.".  The first thing I do is ask them if I can see their Black Book.  I obviously want to see their BB so I can get a look at the types of foods they are/are not eating.  The moment I take a look at their BB I see the battle of A lot vs Enough rearing its head.

Our Client is eating way out of our general guidelines, not putting in extra work and cheats way to often.  I ask our client, "What gives?"  Usually, I get a response of, " I know man buuuuuuuuuut I had a wedding to go to, my kid had a birthday, Alabama was playing, it was Halloween, one of my friends came into town, my other kid had a birthday, the Saints WON, or Southern Miss won..... jk."

Instead of going down a laundry list of things our client could do better lets look at the beginning at the basics.  Our client is frustrated because they can't seem to lose weight.  In their minds they are doing "A LOT" of work.  After we look at their BB and their gym attendance its very easy to see they aren't doing ENOUGH.

Enough is a learned habit.  Enough is something you have to earn.

What is the key to Enough?  Simply put:  Effort and Consistency. 

Lastly on the Battle of A lot vs Enough- Do any of you out there have a family member that fits the "black sheep of the family" description??  You know what I'm talking about!!  They always seem to be bouncing around from job to job, in and out of jail, or from big idea to even bigger idea!  They just just can't get it together.  In the back of your mind you are always thinking, "Dude, if they would just go out, get a job, stick with it, work hard and save up they could be extremely successful!!  They are their own worst enemy."

Our client from earlier is his or her own worst enemy.  Our client keeps bouncing around from good idea to good idea.  Doctor Oz, Muscle Magazine, The Paleo Diet, The Zone Diet, The Beard Diet, The Atkins Diet, The 3 day a week gym routine, The 5 Day a week routine, Indoor Program, Outdoor Program, Anatomies, CrossFit, Versus, Julian Michaels, Running, Rowing, 5ks, 10ks, etc etc etc etc etc...

Do you really want to know the Secret to getting the results you desire?  Effort and Consistency with a plan you KNOW works.  Go over to our success story page and see what Effort and Consistency look like.

The Second thing I want to leave you with to close out the week is a message from a member who has had extreme success with eating clean, working out and being consistent.  Here is a few tips from Katie:

First off congrats to everyone who is doing the challenge! The first step is always the hardest and you have already taken it.

I feel like one of the most important aspects of eating clean is taking time to preplan your meals and snacks. When we have healthy options to pick from then we are a lot less likely to cheat. When we are hungry and don't have a clean option then we will probably make a bad descion and then beat ourselves up over it. Also many times when we feel that we are hungry we are just dehydrated and really are bodies are needing water. So drink up!

A few of my favorite clean meals and snacks.
Protein smoothie for breakfast: I use 1 scoop of life's basic plant protein( made with pea, hemp, and chia seed) add half almond milk and half water a few walnuts black berries and a handful of kale( add stevia if you like it sweet)
Always have lean fish, chicken, or eggs available. I love topping any of my proteins with homemade salsa. (fresh tomatoes, jalopenos, onion, black beans, cilantro, and avacodo.

Do you ever crave something sweet?
Slice an apple and add a little water and cinnamon to the bowl and microwave until it gets soft. Drain water and top apple with plain Greek yogurt, stevia and pistachios.

Try to eat your fruits before 2pm and try not to eat 3 hours before you go to bed. The body needs a 12 hour break from last meal until your first one the next day to rid itself of the toxins in your body.

In my opinion you always see better results when you stay away from all of the 0 calorie sugars! They are terrible for you. They make you have cravings and mood swings. No diet drinks! I promise your body will thank you.

Don't forget you are not only physically strong but you are also mentally tuff! You can do this! 

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