As I continue to go through the daily grind of work, training, and life in general, I can see how easy it is to let things slip. Most all of us do it...sometimes it's something at work or maybe a project at home that you've been working on for nine months...and sometimes it's our resolutions. For those who follow the website, you know that I am not a fan of resolutions, but I also understand that it is a part of our culture, so I will make reference to them. We are moving into the third week of the new year and this is where the rubber starts to meet the road. My advice to you is to keep your eye on the prize. Lifestyle related choices are generally binary in nature...yes or no. I will choose to go to the gym or not. I will choose to eat this or I won't.
There's great power in our daily routines, but new routines, like the ones started on January 1st aren't yet a part of our established daily routines. If you are struggling with this, than let me make the decision for you. Choose whatever yes it is that gets you closer to your goal. By this time, we are getting tired of going to the gym...take the thought process out of it. Get there and start slow and after you get going, I promise that your mood will change and you will get back on board. If you can't get into your workout, than choose a class where you just need to follow along and not worry about self-motivation.
When it comes to food choices, choose fat. It is almost impossible to eat too much fat. Start your day with your coffee or tea and add in MCT Oil or whipped butter. That will help start you off right. Believe it or not, the more fat you eat, the more satiated you will feel. This will make your food choices easier.
So now getting to what got me on this subject...I was thinking about something that one of the trainers at the International Performance Institute told me what I was younger. IPI was a part of what now is known as the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. It is where you do the strength and conditioning aspect of training. I can't remember the guys name, but I've never forgotten what he told me. He said, "You're either born fast or you can train to be fast.." This sparked my curiosity and it was one of the things that had led me to go into Kinesiology later on in my life. Some of us are born with genetics that predispose us to one thing or another. Some people have the biologic/genetic make-up to be swimmers or distance runners or power athletes, based on our body types. Some of us metabolize foods more efficiently than others, e.g. how our bodies respond to carbohydrates.
With that being said, we can take our genetic or biological cards and we can put in the work to improve our hand. Through biomechanical analysis we can see what we need to do to make ourselves more efficient runners or through metabolic testing, we can see what and how we are burning as fuel. With that data, we can build programs to improve ourselves. So regardless of how we are built, with the right data, we can achieve our goals. I'm not saying that if you are a 5'10" guy, with the right training you will play in the NBA, but with the right data points and training, we could help you dunk. If you are wanting to lose weight or even develop a "beach body" we can achieve that if we know how are body reacts to our macros.
If you are struggling with where you are at and not reaching your goals, don't give up. Take a step back and look at the data. Are you tracking your macro ratios? Are you getting the recovery time that you need? How's your level of physical activity? Most of the time, the answer is right in front of us. Also, you have to be persistent and persevere. It will take a little sacrifice to get to where you want to be.
"Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak."