“You gain courage, strength and confidence by every experience in which you stop to really look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you really think you cannot do”-Eleanor Roosevelt.
How’s your saturday’s going now that you are changing or even changed your lifestyle?
For some people, it used to be a few pints tonight, last night and maybe tomorrow too. Throw in some fast food, and maybe a couple of takeways, and this would usually mean an avalanche of calories!
Some of you have changed this, some of you are doing less of it.
I think it’s always good to unwind on a weekend, whether it’s a saturday, friday or sunday, whatever day it is for you, the problems always begin when it’s a binge from friday to sunday every week.
On top of that, it’s always a double whammy if you do binge the whole weekend, then seek solace with those close to you because you “were stressed”! The need for self-pity is one of the weaker human traits, and some people play on it more than others. The reality usually is that those close to you may be fed up of it too, but are too afraid to tell you. Let’s get out of all that rubbish and do something positive and whineing about how life’s so bad at times, listen here, it’s bloody not so let’s get out there tomorrow after your big night tonight!
The reason usually for this is trying to get attention for your actions, whatever the reason. This is the opposite of taking responsibility for your actions, the opposite to making progress and it some circles, it’s called being “a drama queen”!
To make this programme really happen, you have to take responsibility for your actions. For example, if you want a few drinks tonight, don’t make the excuse of staying in bed the next day feeling sorry for yourself. Get your behind out of bed and get out there and run, cycle, walk with purpose, anything, as long as it’s active and you can get a good workout out of it.
For every action, there has to be an equal and opposite reaction so the saying goes. So if you pile all those sugary calories in, you’d better be prepared to quit making those excuses, and you’re out there tomorrow come rain or shine!
Schedule it in early too, as you’re leaving yourself open to yet more excuses. If you’re making the effort to get up earlier, you will feel BETTER earlier too!
Most of you have come a very long way now by now, let’s keep up the momentum, have plenty of fun tonight, and hit it early tomorrow morning, and you WILL feel better for it!!
This is a fantastic post from Victoria, as it says it all really and i don’t have to add a thing! A great story so far!
Challenges are coming your way thick and fast now, and most of you are starting to question your own abilities, and then some of you are taking action, going back to what you know now to be true, and rescuing your challenge and getting yourself well and truly back on course.
Chris L who has done so well in losing over a stone in the first month feels he has a major roadblock in his way, and feels as if the “wheels have come off the wagon” in a big way as he says.
He now works in Newport 15 hours a day, to put food on the table for his family, so he feels as if this challenge is over for him, despite his amazing progress so far!
He asks me what to do, and here’s my response.
First of all I tell him how fantastically well he has done so far and he ought to be proud of his achievements. Then the next step is how to salvage the rest of this challenge for him?
We have 45 days left and he had amazing progress in just 28 days, so I think 45 days is enough for a major transformation against the odds especially after the great start!
A couple of things happen when you work away. You are tempted to go out for a drink after a long hard day, its be expected in some circles. Then, you are eating rubbish you just grab here and there, and the thought of a workout at the end of a 15 hour day is not the most appetising thing in the world!
So let’s take it back and start from scratch for Chris and any of you who are struggling with the “lifestyle” imposed on you!
First of all Chris, remember why you are up there, to earn money for you and you children, that has to be number one I would guess.
Number two, if you want to save more money again, stop eating the rubbish in shops etc and start doing a weekly, or daily shop in a supermarket. Get your wholemeal bread as your job is labour intensive, no margarine or butter (useless calories), buy some cans on tuna in brine, mackerel, salmon, they are very cheap around 70p each, or a cooked chicken and make it last a bit in the fridge.
Buy a ready to eat bag of veg every two days, they are very cheap too and there’s always some on offer. Buy some fruit too every two days. And drink a big bottle of water throughout the day you have filled up in the morning.
Your workouts? Remember what I am always banging on about working out in the morning first thing, because things always “crop up” later, and you won’t feel like working out later in the day or evening. This takes many excuses away for all of us at times.
The home workout you can do in your room and there’s no excuse for your numbers to go down, you have performed really well so far and I believe you have plenty of fight in you so let’s do it, and really crank it up!!
The alcohol thing? In my experience, everyone I know who has worked long hours or worked away and drunk every night looks usually 10-15 years older than they actually are by the time they reach 45-50! Is that where you want to go? It’s not glamorous with these guys, men bitching about life by an empty bar every night? Doesn’t sound too great to me!!
Let’s get back to your children again, are you going to make them proud and tell them the time that the time you went to work away for them to put food on the table for them, you had many challenges come your way, and instead of “joining in with the crowd”, you actually turned it around and worked on your body, you worked on your health and you actually came back with more energy the weekend, so your time with them was higher quality, because you wanted to watch them growing up properly?
And, you put even more money in the family’s bank account by not sending yourself to an early grave or being a burden to your family in the future through ill health, you fought back and you lived the next 45 days like a man possessed and got another stone off? You regained your old strength, your lung capacity and your old sense of drive and enthusiasm??!!!!
Do you really believe this can happen and are you ready to MAKE IT HAPPEN?!! I know you can do it Chris against the odds, and keep inspiring people on this site like you have already.
You have to get life strategies that work in any situation and I have offered you the opportunity to follow them. I don’t wake up every morning at 4am and feel TOTALLY motivated, I have strategies that get me that way.
I eat well, I never drink in the week, I exercise inside and out in the fresh air, and all this helps me sleep well. THEN, I get motivated by most people’s progress, and trying to turn around sometimes so called “lost causes”, that REALLY gets me motivated!!
You have these choices too, you won’t be working away forever and when you do get back home, it will lay down the foundations for you becoming even more successful!
Good luck and make the right choice for you! Let us know your weekly progress, don’t “settle” in life Chris for mediocrity, your future is in your own hands and it looks very good to me!!!
Okay, here it is! This is for all of you who don’t know what to do, or know what to do and haven’t quite “done it” yet!!
Food? Is this a problem for you? Is it a conundrum that would rival the crystal maze, the krypton factor, the worst kind of puzzle imaginable?
Okay, maybe it is to some of you but it needn’t be I can assure you!
Imagine we are going shopping in a supermarket, because it all starts here, and ends here if you get it wrong! Let’s clear the uncertainties out the way right now.
We are walking into the supermarket and the first thing I come to is the fruit. This is an excellent energy source, and the type of food that can protect you from illness and tiredness, this is where it’s at!! Also, full of nutrients that do us no end of food and a natural way of looking after everything in the body.
I always like strawberries, blueberries, apples, oranges, tangerines, mangos, pears, bananas, plums, kiwis, just about any fruit so take your pick! I mean straight fruit now and no “VERSIONS” of fruit, that’s no good! Are you with me and do you understand me, are we staying simple here? Good!
Same with vegetables too, eat a variety of these, keep them colourful and keep it a good selection, these are vital for your internal workings, keeping your cells and vital organs healthy, and generally creating a better you over the next few months. Make the change right now and aim to include as many veggies as possible, then try another selection next week, and change it again the week after! Endless possibilities when you have your health and wellbeing as your number one concern!!
Next I move on to nuts, and none of that salted rubbish, I like PLAIN almonds, brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts etc. No salt rubbish I repeat or “versions” of nuts, keep it simple and plain!! Is that clear?
Okay next I go to white meats and I always like chicken, turkey now and again, a little lean beef also (red meat) and lean mince now and again, is that simple? Okay I thought so and no “versions” of chicken again or turkey, keep it simple and the plain stuff please!
Next I go to fish and I love tuna, salmon, mackerel, trout now and again, cod now and again, and will try haddock sometimes, again I keep it simple and don’t go for fish in the high fat/high sugar sauce, I care what goes into my body and so should you!
Next I hit the pasta and rice section, I go for wholewheat and wholegrain pasta, no versions again, its plain and simple pasta, the same with brown rice if possible.
You can make the sauce yourself out of tomatoes etc, so no need to put foreign chemicals in your body and loads of sugar, YOU DON’T NEED TO DO IT!
Next up is cereals for me, most cereal boxes belong in the rubbish bin, but porridge, oats of any brand as long there are NO ADDED SUGARS or rubbish like apple sauce flavor etc, it doesn’t wash with me and will get your day off to a REALLY bad start! Are you still with me so far? So straight porridge it is!
Some good stuff sometimes to go with your porridge is dried fruit, and in any supermarket, you have a good selection so take your pick, these are really your flavourings for usually plain food so use them wisely. I don’t eat them so much anymore as my food tastes are probably more bland than most people on here. It did take a long time though to get to that stage!
Where else do we need to go? Orange juice, if I am using apple of orange juice, I always dilute it like I would squash, it keeps my simple sugars under control as well as my calories, you will get used to it and you don’t need all that simple sugar.
I think that’s it off the top of my head! If you are hitting every aisle in the supermarket, chances are that you are bumping into lots of temptation and are likely to fill your trolley up with needless snacks that eventually you are going to consume, don’t kid yourself on that one!
The one main message about shopping, keep it simple and stick to the main food groups, but the natural versions of those food groups. These suggestions will do wonders for the way you look and feel trust me!