THE HABIT: Week-2 (Motivation)

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 morning, you’ll begin to take control of your life. We are creatures of habit.   Our days consist of daily routines that shape our lives. Small changes to these patterns can have profound impacts on our lives because they are repeated thousands of times.

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

Instead of waiting for January 1st to arrive, begin adopting a few small habits so that when the ball drops you’ll already have built-up some momentum. I will present a series of small habits you can adopt each week to change 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. Eventually you’ll have become a person that can achieve whatever it is you set your mind to do.

Success is not the result of one heroic act of determination. Success is about taking small daily actions and wiring-in good habits that over time produce great results.

John Maxwell’s Power of Five provides a great example of the power of small persistent actions. He should know, he has written over seventy successful books. He asks what would happen if you had a large tree on your property and you committed to taking five swings at it each day? The answer is always the same, the tree will fall. It doesn’t matter how large the tree is. We are often intimidated by the large trees in our life, but if we just committed toward doing a little each day, instead of being overwhelmed by them we would achieve unimaginable results.

I challenge you to take these small daily actions every day. Some people ask John what he means by every day. His standard response is every day: every Sunday, every Christmas, and every other holiday. Every day is powerful. Every day is easier because you don’t lose any momentum. Constantly starting and stopping requires more energy than the everyday method. He says that for decades he has done five things to become the prolific writer and expert he is today. Every day for decades he reads, he writes, he thinks, he asks questions, and he files.

The Week-2 challenge is to listen to something motivational the first 20-minutes after waking-up. All I am asking is that you put on some wireless headphones and listen to something that inspires and motivates you each morning as you begin your normal morning routine. A fantastic video to get you started is Morning Motivation by Video Advice.

Here are a few of my favorite channels: Be Inspired, Success Archive, Motivation2Study, MotivationGrind, Motivational Videos, Motivation Archives, and the MulliganBrothers.

Subscribe to some channels and download a few videos on your phone so you can listen to them when you need a quick pep-talk. I recommend listening to a great video multiple times, like you would a inspirational song. Each time you’ll gleam new insights.

Did you know that you are able to influence the spirit of your day during the first few minutes after waking? During those first 20-minutes, your mind is transitioning from the low 4-7 cycles per second (Hz) your brain operates at during light sleep to the higher, 12-30 Hz that is your normal waking state of consciousness. In this state your subconscious brain is most impressionable. Learn more.

Take advantage of this opportunity to influence the spirt of your day by putting on some wireless headphones and listen to something inspiring while performing your early morning routine. This is your opportunity to program your subconscious mind for success. Refuel your motivational reserves so you can power through your day and take the actions success requires. This one simple habit will provide you with hours of motivation.  This one habit has the potential to change your life. Like any good habit, the effects might not be immediately noticeable, but overtime, the additional energy you are able to put into your day will create dramatic results. Habits are powerful because they are small efforts compounded daily. Click HERE to listen to another of my favorite motivational videos.

There are a lot of cynical people that will tell you that motivation doesn’t last, and they are correct.

Motivation doesn’t last, few things do, which is why they need to be repeated daily.

Working out once will not get you in shape. Studying once will not make you an expert. We don’t go to work once and expect to receive a paycheck for the rest of our lives. It is easy to be a cynic. It is easy to be negative. Don’t fall into that trap. If you make motivation a habit you’ll become a motivated person. Motivation the most powerful catalyst for action so keep your motivational batteries charged-up and start attacking each day with more drive a determination. Energy is more important than intelligence. Knowledge isn’t power until it is applied.

“People often say that motivation does not last. Well, neither does bathing that is why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Till next week, good luck!

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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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Don’t Wait for the Ball to Drop – Start 2018 with Momentum!

As 2017 draws to an end, start building momentum toward your fitness goals!

New Year’s Resolutions rate of success is an abysmal 8%, with 80% of people quitting by February. The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic seeks to improve that rate.

The Fat Loss Habit adopts 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 are all backed by research and scientific studies.

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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.

Print: The printed book can be purchased from Amazon .

Audiobook: You can purchase the Audible book from Amazon. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the book to life.

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BOOK UPDATE (Kindle-Print-Audio) Chapter 1 Audio

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A quick update on the book:

  1. Print: The printed book can now be purchased from here. The printed version should be available on Amazon by the end of the week, September 29, 2017.
  2. Kindle: The Kindle Version has been updated. If you have already downloaded the book, your copy will be updated in the near future. Amazon is working through some technical issues.
  3. Audio: We are currently on Chapter Four of the audio production, schedule to be complete by the end of October 2017. Click link to hear the 1st Chapter.  Chapter 1 Audio

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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.

 

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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.

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

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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 NOW Available on Amazon!

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!

If you enjoyed this article, please LIKE and SHARE. Our Book is NOW Available on Amazon!

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