THE HABIT: Week-1 (Gratitude)

What is THE HABIT? THE HABIT focuses on how you start each day; your morning routine; because how you start each day determines how you live each day. Each day is your life in microcosm. As you take control of your mornings, you’ll begin to take control of your life. No longer will you be swept-up in the current; current events, current challenges, and current obligations. You’ll become proactive instead of reactive.

How you start each day determines how you live each day!

With 2017 drawing to an end, it is a time of reflection for many people. As a result, many people will start creating New Year’s Resolutions. Many of these resolutions will involve losing weight. Unfortunately, the success rate for New Year’s Resolutions is an abysmal 8% with 80% of people quitting by February. The people that succeed have two things in common. First they make a strong commitment to achieving their goal, because they know if their reasons aren’t strong enough their excuses will be. Second, they start small. There is a lot of power in small consistent efforts.
Habits and daily rituals are the foundations on which our lives are built. We are creatures of habit. Everyone has a set of daily rituals. If you are honest with yourself, you’ll probably agree that today, is much like yesterday, and tomorrow will be a lot like today. The places you go, the people you talk to, the things you eat, the thoughts you think, the actions you take, etc.
We form habits and routines because they feel good. We form habits because they eliminate the need to constantly make conscious decisions throughout the day. When we perform activities out of habit, the actions take place at the subconscious level, with our brains essentially on autopilot. Habits conserve our limited cognitive energy. Our habits make us who we are because we become what we repeatedly do. If you study your field every day, you’ll become an expert in your field. If you exercise every day, eventually you will become a fit person.

“Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.” – Confucius

I suggest that this year, instead of waiting for January 1st to arrive, you begin adopting a few small habits so that when the ball drops you’ll already have built some momentum. I will present a series of small habits you can adopt each week to change your life. I will begin with the smallest of daily rituals and slowly build-up to habits that will require a little more effort to adopt.
We are going to start small, but before long you are going to start noticing drastic improvements in your life. Within a week, you’ll notice an improvement in your mood. In a month, you’ll start noticing improvements in your energy and focus. After three months, you’ll begin to notice improvements in your appearance and self-confidence, and by the end of the year, you’ll have become a person that can achieve whatever it is you set your mind to do. I know this seems like a tall order, but if you understand the compounding effect of daily rituals, you’d realize what I am promising is completely realistic.

One droplet will do nothing to a stone, but as Ovid observed, “Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.”

The problem with most people is that they try something for a little while, then give-up, when they don’t see immediate results. Persistence is the key. Our results come from our repeated efforts.

“Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”- Calvin Coolidge.

The Week-1 challenge is to write down 15 things you are grateful for in your life and then read it each morning; bonus points if you read it again before going to bed each night. If you are like me, the first time I was asked to do this I thought that I would have a hard time writing down 15 items, but when I began to think about everything in my life like my spouse, my children, my friends, our pets, our home, our car, my health, my job, the education I received, and all the opportunities available to me, I quickly wrote 20 things. It is easy to focus on problems and forget everything that is good in our life. I suggest you find or purchase a note pad and a pen to record these items. Layout the pad and pen the night before, and write down everything you can think of, at least 15-items, the next morning. That’s it.

After you create your list, it will only take you a couple of minutes each morning to re-read your list. This one small habit can drastically improve your mood. When you begin each day with a spirit of gratitude it will influence the rest of your day. Anger, frustration, and resentment are not compatible with gratitude. Those emotions cannot exist when you are grateful. When you begin to feel these negative emotions, remind yourself of what you are grateful for. After doing this for a week, you’ll begin to see an improvement in your mood. It is so easy to do, but what is easy to do, is also easy not to do. Make the small commitment to do this every day. Not Monday through Friday, not every once in a while. Every single day, so it will become automatic.

Till next week, good luck!

Change your habits, change your life!

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Want to be more successful? Ignore your feelings, and listen to your gut.

Do you want to know the secret to success? Here it is; ignore your feelings and listen to your gut. Successful people discipline themselves to do what unsuccessful people fail to do. Discipline is the foundation of all good habits, because it gives us the push we need to take the actions we know in our gut will lead to our long-term success and happiness. Discipline is the source that all good habits spring from. There are two fundamental differences between good habits and bad habits. The first is that good habits seldom provide instant gratification, while bad habits almost always do. The second is that good habits move us towards our long term goals and lead to great achievements and long term happiness, while bad habits sabotage our success and the immediate joy that bad habits bring are fleeting and often lead to feelings of regret afterwards. Abraham Lincoln said, “Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.” I couldn’t agree more.

Why don’t we do what we know we should? It’s because we are waiting to feel like doing it. We are waiting to feel like getting-up early and going running. Successful people don’t wait to feel like doing something. Do you really think that successful people feel like getting up an hour early to work out before going to work? Do you think successful dieters feel like logging their food, which is very easy using the MyFitnessPal app, but you wound know that until you do it. No they don’t feel like doing it, but they have the discipline to do it.

“Don’t wait until you feel like taking positive action. Take the action and then you will feel like doing it.” – Zig Ziglar

Do you think successful athletes only workout when they feel like it. More often than not they don’t feel like it, but they ignore their feelings and do it any way. What do you think the just, in the Nike slogan “Just Do It” is referring to? The slogan acknowledges our hesitation to do what we should do. It acknowledges it, and says do it anyway.

Our minds have been hardwired to keep us alive and propagate the species. If you only followed your feelings, your days would be filled with eating, sleeping, and making babies. Not exactly a recipe for success. As Mel Robbins, Author of The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage often says, our minds have been hardwired to protect us. The moment you hesitate to take an action you perceive as difficult, your mind will immediately begin to magnify the danger to prevent you from placing yourself at risk. This cognitive bias, which magnifies our fears and discomfort, is called the spotlight effect. She says you can overcome this mechanism that holds you back by preventing you from taking the difficult actions that will move you forward with a simple trick. To interrupt this habit of procrastination, she recommends you count backward from five. The act of counting backward, 5-4-3-2-1, is a deliberate action that requires focus. It interrupts the habit of procrastination. Use it as a countdown to action: 5-4-3-2-1-move.

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Ignore your feelings and do what you know in your gut you should do. Use her 5 second rule to take control of your life. These moments of hesitation are moments of huge power; moments when leaning into an action instead of backing away from it will change your life. Moments when your inner voice and instincts are telling you what you should do. Mel says if you let your feelings dictate your actions you will rob yourself of joy and opportunity. Many of the actions we need to take are difficult and uncomfortable. If you let feelings decide your actions, you will deprive yourself of growth, opportunity, and happiness. Growth and advancement are almost always the results of taking on new challenges, overcoming fear, and risking failure. If you let your fears and feelings determine your actions, you will be safe and comfortable, but you will never feel joy or experience growth. Conquering fears and overcoming challenges can be scary and daunting, but they also make us feel great about ourselves when we triumph over them. We feel like winners. Will you experience failures and setbacks, sure, everyone does, but failures teach us lessons and make us better.
My advice to you is to ignore your feelings and discipline yourself to take action by applying her 5 second rule. Take control of your life. Success requires we make good decisions. Success requires we consistently do all the little things we know in our gut we should, whether we feel like it or not. Many of these actions aren’t difficult to do, but as Jim Rohm liked to say, “What is easy to do is easy not to do.” These little things aren’t significant by themselves. Choosing to drink a glass of water instead of a soda one day will not make a difference in how you look and feel, but over the course of a year, it could help you lose 30-pounds. Living a disciplined lifestyle becomes less challenging as these new behaviors become habit, and eventually a lifestyle. Start today. There is no better time than now.
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The book contains:

• 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
• A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit, including Alcohol
• 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
• 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set point to Keep the Weight Off
• A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.
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Gym in a Carry-on – The Business Travelers Fitness Packing List

Business travel can make staying on a workout program very challenging, especially if you travel to remote locations where none of the hotels have a fitness center or access to local gyms. Regardless of whether or not the hotel has a fitness center, I always bring my own gym in a bag. It allows me to add a little more variety to my workout and it gives me the convenience of turning my hotel room into a fitness center.

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. It’s better to do what you can to maintain your current workout routine than to do nothing and wait until you get back from your trip. I recommend you layout your workout clothing in the bathroom, next to your smartphone/alarm clock; get-up a half hour early, drink some coffee or tea than squeeze in a quick workout. Warm-up 5-minutes, perform 15 minutes of strength training in a circuit, and then finish off with 10 minutes of interval cardio. My go to cardio workout is alternating shadow boxing with jumping rope using an interval timer; 45-second bouts followed by a 15 second recovery. Did you know a 10 minute interval workout can be as effective as 50-minutes of steady state cardio? A 2016 study found that three weekly 10-minute HIIT sessions consisting of three 20-second sprints within the 10-minute HIIT workout, produced comparable health benefits to three weekly 50-minute steady state workouts.

I always travel with the following items in my suitcase:

  1. Wireless Headphones (I leave this inexpensive pair in my carry on as a back-up)
  2. Lifeline Power Up Chin-Up
  3. Jump Rope
  4. Resistance Bands
  5. Sports Watch or Heartrate Monitor
  6. Boxing Timer app (downloaded on my smartphone)
  7. Running Shoes (I usually wear them on travel days)
  8. Workout Clothing

Another item to consider is:

TRX Knockoff straps

9) TRX Style Straps

BASIC PACKING LIST

The simplest exercises you can perform in your hotel room for each body part are:

  • Legs: One-legged squats and lunges.
  • Chest: Dips between furniture, push-ups (feet elevated or using the resistance. bands across your shoulders).
  • Back: Pull-ups using the Lifeline Power Up Straps.
  • Shoulders: Jack-knife push-ups.
  • Triceps: close-grip push-ups or resistant band triceps extensions.
  • Biceps: resistant band curls.

Remember to, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.

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Are you ready to reboot and reset your relationship with food and exercise? Most programs focus on the mechanics of weight loss, but fail to adequately address the psychology of change required. Most people know more than enough about nutrition and exercise to lose weight, but fail to take action. This book takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger.

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Book Introduction

The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

Our BOOK The Fat Loss Habit is NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!!! We would greatly appreciate a brief REVIEW. Your feedback is our best marketing tool and it will help us to make a better product. Your review will help other people who want to make a positive change by helping them to find our book.

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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Staying Fit While Traveling On Business

Business travel can present some real challenges, but it is possible to come back home from a trip in better shape than when you left. Prior planning and preparation is the key.

Apply the tips I provide below and you will not only come back home fitter than when you left, you’ll won’t have to play catch-up when you return to the office.

While traveling on business, your mantra should be, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

Good is not the enemy of great. A twenty-minute workout in your hotel room is much better than doing nothing at all.

It all starts with planning ahead, so that is where we will start.

Trip Planning:

1. Hotel: Visit the hotel’s website, prior to booking your room. Choose the hotel with the best fitness center by comparing photos of the hotel’s fitness center on the hotel’s website. Some hotels will also give you access to local gym facilities.

2. Bring your own gym: I always travel with the following items in my suitcase:
1) Wireless Headphones 
2) Lifeline Power Up Chin-Up
3) Jump Rope
4) Resistance Bands
5) Sports Watch or Heartrate Monitor
6) Boxing Timer app (downloaded on my smartphone)
7) Running Shoes (I usually wear them on travel days)
8) Workout Clothing

BASIC PACKING LIST

3. Download Helpful Content: Download music and video content, for your workouts and travel days. You might also want to download some YouTube workout videos as well. There are lots of No Equipment Cardio Workouts and Resistant Band Workouts available. You can also download PDF documents to your tablet to do some professional reading during your travel days. There are apps available that can read the documents to you:
a. eReader Prestigio (Google)
b. @Voice Aloud Reader (Google)
c. vBookz (Apple)

Travel days:

1. Exercise: Often times it is difficult to work out on travel days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. I make a conscious effort to walk as much as possible and take the stairs whenever possible. I will walk around the airport listening to an audiobook while I am waiting for my flight instead of sitting down. You are going to be sitting enough on the plane.

2. Eating: I recommend having a quick breakfast at home. If I am rushed, I’ll have a shake and a piece of toast. After I go through security, I’ll use my company credit card to purchase water and some snacks for the trip. I expense these items as my breakfast. Beef jerky and high protein, low carb protein bars are usually your best options. The key to not overeating is to log your food on the MyFitnessPal app.

Staying the Course During Your Trip:

1. Exercise: Whenever possible, wake up early and workout before beginning the work day. I recommend laying your workout clothing next to your smartphone. Place your phone far enough away that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. This will make getting up easier.

If the weights that the hotel fitness center has to offer are lighter than you usually use, you can make the weight feel heavier by slowing down your repetitions. You can pre-fatiguing the major muscle group being worked, for example, perform the dumbbell fly immediately before incline presses. Lastly, you can decrease your rest periods between sets to make the workout more challenging.

The simplest exercises to perform during a trip for each major body part are:
1) Legs: One-legged squats and lunges.
2) Chest: Dips between furniture and push-ups (using the resistance bands).
3) Back: Pull-ups using these straps that turn any door into a pull-up station (Lifeline Power Up Chin-Up).
4) Shoulders: Jack-knife push-ups.
5) Triceps: close-grip push-ups or resistant band triceps extensions.
6) Biceps: resistant band curls.

2. Eating: The key to not overeating is logging your food. It is especially important while traveling. Eating out is possible when creating a caloric deficit, but you have to take certain precautions. McDonald’s McMuffin® is my go-to breakfast when traveling. Other go-to meals I order in sit-down restaurants are small steaks with grilled vegetables or grilled fish fillet with rice.

Avoid sauces; they can contain a lot of unwanted calories. Some menus provide calorie estimates. You can usually find menu items at chain restaurants on the MyFitnessPal app (Google or iTunes), so logging it is quick and easy.

Many of us were taught from an early age to eat everything on our plate and not to waste food. Unfortunately, restaurant portions are typically larger than you need for a single meal.

As a rule of thumb, a portion of protein is roughly the size of your palm, a portion of carbohydrates is what will fit in your cupped hand and a portion of fat is the size of your thumb. A portion of vegetables is the size of your clenched fist, but I don’t put many restrictions on vegetables since they have a low caloric density, and are rich in nutrients and fiber.

If your order arrives at the table, and you realize it is more than you need to feel satisfied; ask the waiter for a takeout box. Place the extra food in it to avoid the temptation of overeating. The takeout provides a future meal or snack, depending on its size.

I recommend you limit the number of dinners you eat with your coworkers. I think one dinner to bond with coworkers over a couple of drinks is fine, but most nights, I would recommend you decline the offer. Explain to them that you are going to order room service so you can get caught up on your paperwork. Order off the menu. A steak with grilled vegetable is a great meal. Again, avoid any heavy sauces.

Staying in and ordering room service will allow you to be more productive and stay on track. The more you travel, the more important it is that you do this. Not only will you be healthier, you’ll be less stressed by travel because you won’t fall behind on your work. You can often fit in an additional workout because you can control your nightly schedule.

I believe if you apply these tips, you’ll find that staying in shape while traveling is doable. Just remember to, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt. This is great advice for any situation.

Discipline pushes us, motivation pulls us, but intentional habits keep moving towards our goals. Change your habits, change your life!

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Best wishes and Best Health!

Are you ready to reboot and reset your relationship with food and exercise? Most programs focus on the mechanics of weight loss, but fail to adequately address the psychology of change required. Most people know more than enough about nutrition and exercise to lose weight, but fail to take action. This book takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger.

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The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

Our BOOK The Fat Loss Habit is NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!!! We would greatly appreciate a brief REVIEW. Your feedback is our best marketing tool and it will help us to make a better product. Your review will help other people who want to make a positive change by helping them to find our book.

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Book Introduction

#FatLoss #WeightLoss #NewYearsResolution #GetHealthy #HealthyLife #Fitness #FitnessAddict #Nutrition #FitQuote #GetFit #NoExcuses #TrainHard #GetStrong #WeightTraining #Workout #Motivation #Positive #Inspiration #Habit #Happiness #YouCanDoIt #Success #BodyTransformation #FitGirl #FitMom #FitFam #FitCouple

 

 

The Fat Loss Habit is NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!!!

Our BOOK The Fat Loss Habit is NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!!! We would greatly appreciate a brief REVIEW. Your feedback is our best marketing tool and it will help us to make a better product. Your review will help other people who want to make a positive change by helping them to find our book.

Best Wishes and Best Health!

Jeff

The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limits,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Set Point to Keep the Weight Off
  • A Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

Discipline pushes us, motivation pulls us, but intentional habits keep us moving towards our goals.