Start to believe
Living the dream
Overcoming doubt (weeks 1-2)
Every single individual I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting into shape, they have all had the feeling “can I really do this?”, or “I’ve tried everything else before and it’s never worked”, so I’m not new to what doubts are going through your mind. I’m here to tell you and show you that you CAN do it and achieve major things in your programme, in fact, the more you dare to dream, the more you’re likely to achieve long term.
The overcoming doubt phase will usually last for 2 weeks, which gives you “bedding in” period for any programme. It’s about learning how to eat foods that will help you perform better in every area of your life, as well as your workouts, and more importantly, feel better than you‘ve done in an awful long time!
This stage is also about learning what exercises are best for you, which have most benefit for you and learning how much of each you should do.
Start to believe (weeks 3-4)
You will have had a decent first 2 weeks by now, and started to get to know your body again! You will be learning new ways to cook food, eating foods perhaps you previously thought of as tasteless, you will being to feel that much better, and you may realise that you’re not so bad at this “exercise” thing after all!
Be proud (weeks 5-6)
You will have accomplished a lot by this stage. You will be in a flow of exercise, suddenly started to make exercise a little bit more intense than normal, and liked to feeling of wellbeing you get after a great workout. You will being to do things you never thought possible, really enjoy the outdoors again and if you eat high-fat, sugary foods again on a regular basis, it will make you feel sick, tired, irritable and soon yearn to get back eating fresh, natural
foods (hard to believe I know but it’s true!)
Living the dream (weeks 7-8)
“living the dream” isn’t about suddenly having a luxury yacht in the marina, it’s not about winning the lottery or anything in material terms. It’s about feeling fantastic again, walking up as if you look forward to the day again, feeling that whatever you taking on that day, you’re going to do it and then have some energy to spare, as well as having almost daily complements on your appearance, and the good news is that this stage lasts for life, as long as you keep to your new lifestyle and follow the tried and tested structure you now have in your life!
Let’s get to it, I’m sure you don’t want to waste too much time reading and I want you to spend more time “doing” so let’s go!
Eating good makes you feel good full stop!
I always tell everyone to look at the way they eat in terms of how they feel, and how they perform in the lives right now. If you’re not feeling like you have much energy and there’s no medical reason, then there’s something wrong. If you’re putting on lots of unwanted weight or just feeling flabby, there’s something wrong. If you’re not going to the toilet regularly, then there’s something up! If you’re not sleeping properly, the guess what?!!
Let’s take away the excuses and address why you may not be performing like you know you really want to!
Let’s start at the very start of the day. A lot of people I know don’t eat breakfast, or they don’t “feel” like it or they may think they will lose weight if they don’t eat. They are all WRONG! Breakfast has to happen or you don’t kick your day off right. You will not burn calories straight away, you will have no energy and your digestive system is not firing properly. Follow any of my recommendations for breakfast, they will change your life I promise, and for the better. And another thing, before you eat breakfast, try and have a glass of water, put a slice of lemon in it if it’s too much like hard work, but what the water does is clean your system out. Have you noticed that when you have a pee first thing in the morning, it is usually a dark colour, this is due to all the “bad stuff” from the day before building up in your system, the water will take care of that and even better, it will actually begin the “feel better” process of the day!
This is a time usually for most people if they’ve skipped breakfast, the day begins to go even more wrong. Fried bacon in a white bap with ketchup sounds tempting, chocolate of ANY kind sounds compulsory, and a bag of crisps sounds part of British culture! Here’s a good incentive not to eat them, have a look at the person eating any of these and especially if they eat them REGULARLY. Most likely, they will be carrying some or a lot of excess weight, or if they’re not, they’re going to struggling with spotty skin, or a general redness of poor complexion. Nothing wrong with treats like this now and again, but regular consumption is not going to be one of your greatest ideas, and will slow down or stop your progress.
Fruit sounds like a boring option for you maybe, but give it a try, there’s always going to be one or two types fruit you like, and maybe try some natural yoghurt on top to sweeten it up. Natural yoghurt usually gets a bad rap too, but usually because most people never try it, and they never try it with their favourite fruit, or maybe with some a small handful of chopped nuts thrown in. remember we’re think fresh, natural food and we’re trying to feel better. The sooner we do it and make the change, the better!
This is all about getting to love food again, but not always taking the easy option and picking something too high in saturated fat, and loaded with sugar! We’re going to discover lean, fresh proteins (chicken, turkey, fish) again which are vital for keeping your lean muscle tissue, and that means keeping the rate you burn calories very high!
The important factor in determining your lunch has to be balance. We’re thinking a piece of protein around your size of your fist, a healthy supply of colourful vegetables, and your carbs (energy) should also be the size of your fist. This isn’t always possible when you’re on the run so I’ve included plenty of options in the lunch list.
Many people are out for lunch, or calling in bakery’s etc. The trick is to stay in control and realise the fact that YOU’RE paying for the food, and have the RIGHT to ask for no mayonnaise, little or no margarine or butter, little or no salad cream etc. The sooner you start taking control of your food, the more results you’re going to get, and you’ll find that those closet to you may actually begin to follow you! We all take what’s given most of the time, so it’s time to change and finally be your own boss. It’s not about being a “health freak”, remember it’s about being the best you can be, feel fantastic and do what you want in life, and this plan is going to make it happen!
Is a time when most people struggle for energy. Usual reasons include eating too much for lunch, which means too much energy, fats consumed which “spills” over and leads to a sleepy feeling, and a lack of general will to do anything! Putting fruit in your programme at this time will help enormously, giving your body some natural sugars it needs.
Another good idea would be to include some nuts at this time. Cashews, almonds, walnuts, brazils are all examples of tasty nuts that provide your body with essential fats your body needs. Your skin, hair and teeth all depend on these naturally good facts, as well as your vital organs and inner workings of your body. Fats often get a bad rap but these fats are an outstanding idea for your diet every day, so make sure you take them in!
This is the meal that many people when I first meet them, have a decent stab at. A lot of people suddenly remember that vegetables have to come in sometime during the day! Try and make your plate colourful when it comes to vegetables, this way you can get a fuller variety of vitamins and minerals your body really needs. Like lunch time, your body needs some lean protein to protect and preserve vital lean muscle tissue. This helps enormously in making sure your metabolism keeps firing along at a much increased rate, so give it a helping hand by putting the right foods in!
Everyone has screamed at the sight of carbs the last few years, but they’re not really the bad guys! Too many carbs are the bad guys, which can lead to that “overspill” effect we have talked about so far. If you take in too much of any food, you will put on a little body fat full stop. Like I keep saying, try and keep your carb serving to the size of your fist, the protein to the size of your fist and vegetables in abundance, as they are low in calories and packed full of great nutrition that you’re body is going to thank you for!
One of the most important factors in your diet, yet most people don’t follow through and get enough water full stop. Most people know water is vital, but most rely on tea, coffee and fizzy drinks. We all get thirsty, but by then, we’re usually dehydrated. It’s important to get water throughout the day, and not in big amounts in one go. If you try this method, all it will do is make you go to the toilet more. Sipping regularly throughout the day will give you a performance improvement of up to 30%, compared to days when you don’t take in enough water.
Taking in enough water won’t only make you perform better, it’ll make you feel better, and keep your concentration levels high too. It will lead to greater fat loss, you’ll be working better internally, and a great bonus would be having healthier, glowing skin, free of any redness or spots. It’s all about cleaning your system out and keeping it nice and healthy.
8-10 glasses a day is recommended but you will need more once you start exercising and your body temperature starts to rise. Start off slowly by increasing your water intake and work your way up. It won’t take long before you’re feeling unbelievably better!