So, it’s been easily 8 weeks now since I started training with Ty, and I’ve got to say, I’m pleased with my results. My second chin that was gone, that came back, is now gone again, and we haven’t done measurements lately, but I think they will be moving in the RIGHT direction when we do them again. There’s a lot of positives that happen when you stick with it, but it’s a lot of hard work that requires quite a bit of self control to be able to stick with it. I figured I’d share a list of some of the things I do to help keep on track…
- Plan everything out before you do anything. Plan at least 2-3 days out, but no more, and when you are making that plan, include time to do future planning. Plan all your gym time (with and w/o your trainer if you have one). Plan out all your meals – every detail. This will also help with your time management skills for life in general.
- Know your diet/meal plan like the back of your hand. You shouldn’t need to reference back to your meal sheet to see what meal #3 consists of – study it, memorize it, or tattoo it on your forearms – you catch my drift? When you are creating your plans, this will be super helpful and save you a lot of time.
- When you have a cheat meal…HAVE A CHEAT MEAL! Don’t be like – oh, I’m gonna have this Snickers bar…um no…go hit up Waffle House, and have a cheat meal you are going to enjoy, but don’ t overeat. Look forward to these meals. In my current plan, I have 2 a week, and I take advantage of each of them.
- Find your motivation and constantly remind yourself of it. Everyone that wants to lose weight, gain muscle, etc always has a reason why they are doing what they are doing. Find that reason and focus on it.
- Get in the habit of always having water with you every where you go. When you wake up, have water there. When you get in your car/truck, bring water with you. When you are sitting at your desk at work, have a water bottle FULL of water. Hydration is absolutely key to any decent weight training/fitness plan, and it can help curb cravings.
- Take a day or two off. I recommend sticking with whatever your plan explicitly says for you, like for mine right now, I get 1 day off a week – Sunday, so I make sure I take advantage of letting my body rest.
- Find resources to help you. My buddy Ty runs a blog @ TeamCaneFitness.com and provides a ton of information like routines, recipes, diets, etc – all for free – and if you want some serious ass kicking results, hire him as your trainer – I’ve got plenty of personal testimonials and I know quite a few people who have changed their lives because of his training. He’s pretty good about responding to comments/questions as well, so if you do have any questions, hit him up.
- Wait for it…it’s my favorite line…“don’t go from Twinkies to rice cakes”…meaning, ease in to your plans. I understand the concept of shocking your body out of a plateau, but let’s face it, if you have failed many times at this, I guarantee it’s because you went all gung-ho, and you burnt out in 2 weeks. A weight training/fitness plan shouldn’t be put in place to “lose weight for X event” or something similar, it should be to better your life. Always think about that while you are looking forward to your goal(s). Oh…and make sure you are setting small obtainable, yet challenging goals for yourself on a daily basis.
I hope this list helps. Just remember, seeing progress isn’t going to happen over night, but if you stick with some big goals and have your smaller daily goals, you can see daily progress on what you’ve accomplished, which will only add up to good things…trust me.
If you have any questions/etc, please feel free to leave them below in the comments section.