In this episode you’ll learn how there’s no such thing as a healthy food, plus…
- Why getting started now is essential.
- What training program you should follow, and not follow.
- How to make sure that you’re making progress.
- What are the key factors in your success, or failure.
- And much, much more.
1. Get started early, and by early, I mean now!
It’s already March, and you don’t want to delay, or say that you’re going to get started in the future. If you’re reading this, then get your butt started now!
You can get started by heading to the gym today, and doing something. Even if it’s just walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes, do that. Just get started, so you can build up some momentum.
Another way to get started RIGHT NOW is to start tracking your food with MyFitnessPal.
2. Find a diet that you know works for you, and stick with it until it works again.
Most people have tried diets, and those diets have given them some success. And if they didn’t get the success that they wanted… they usually didn’t stick with the diet long enough, or didn’t make the changes necessary to make the diet keep working.
If you don’t know which diet to get started with then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you sign up for a package with InsideTracker.com (I always do the Ultimate package, and you get a discount with the code ALLAROUNDJOE). That will tell you which foods your body needs to be at it’s peak of health, and which foods you should stay away from. We really don’t know what we should be eating until we do some testing like InsideTracker.
Or if you aren’t willing to do InsideTracker, which I would tell you that you’re insane for not doing, but if you still won’t do it… then get started by following the Whole30, or Paleo program, and tracking your food intake with MyFitnessPal.
3. Get your workout on! Hire a trainer, coach, or CrossFit gym.
This point is pretty self explanatory. Find a great trainer, coach or CrossFit gym (this will be the least money), and have them help you with this process.
Make sure you question them just as if you were hiring an employee. This is a job application. One of your questions can be if they believe in blood testing for dietary analysis, and if they say no, or they don’t know what you’re talking about, just say “next”.
Also, make sure they have a long history of working with people that have similar goals to your goals, AND have done it themselves! There are a lot of trainers that naturally look fit, and have ZERO idea what they are doing. Don’t hire someone like that.
4. If you aren’t going to hire someone, find a quality progressive training program, or do CrossFit.
If you can’t afford to hire a professional, then do it yourself. I highly recommend simply doing CrossFit. You can follow the CrossFit.com workouts, and go from there.
Just MAKE SURE that you keep fantastic form. Watch people that are professionals, and make sure you’re moving as close to how they are moving as you can.
If you do something stupid, and get yourself injured, you’ll have a really hard time getting that beach body that you want. Trust me.
5. Track everything! Use MyFitnessPal, spreadsheet, Evernote, Beyond the Whiteboard, etc.
If you aren’t tracking it, then it’s really hard to make progress when you hit a plateau.
Just get started. Wait, didn’t I already say that…
6. Tell everyone that you can what you’re up to.
Spread the word to your supportive family and friends about what you’re up to. If you know they won’t be supportive, then don’t tell them.
You’re looking for cheerleaders here! Those people that will tell you it’s an awesome goal.
And if people want to join along on your journey, let them. In fact, encourage them to join you.
7. Get a workout/goal buddy.
Those people that wanted to join you in the last step, these are the people that can be your workout buddies.
There’s power in numbers, so get a team of people working towards the same goal if you can. In this case, more is better. Just make sure you don’t let negativity into your group.
8. Track your progress once a month/week/biweekly. Body fat, pictures, and weight.
Yep, more tracking. I want you to take your body fat every other week, take pictures once a month, and track your body weight once a week.
Please don’t stray from these time periods. They are set for a reason, and if you stray from them it can be easy to get discouraged, or off track.
9. Adjust your plan if you hit a plateau.
This is why you are doing all of that tracking that you’re doing. Most people will hit a plateau in this process.
Just know that plateaus aren’t a bad thing, you just need to know when you hit them, so you can adjust your plan.
For diet you can adjust your calories down by a couple hundred, which will usually come from your carbohydrates or fats. Checkout this podcast/blog to see how I setup my diet.
10. Celebrate your hard work!
Celebrate in any health way that you can think of. This DOES NOT INCLUDE EATING!!!
Please don’t derail your progress by celebrating with food. If you have strategic cheat days that’s find, but don’t make food your celebration.
Go to a movie, or hangout with friends, or post your success on social media, or high five your workout partner. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing, but celebrate.
Maybe buy yourself those new jeans, or workout clothes that you can now fit into…
Resources and links mentioned in this podcast
Checkout my InsideTracker posts:
— Podcast interview with Laura Ligos from InsideTracker
— InsideTracker: Get your blood tested! I’m doing it. Here’s why…
— InsideTracker: My results are in! And they don’t look great…
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