Two weeks down…. Only ten more to go. Damn… TEN?! I think time has slowed down a little bit since I started this process.
BUT, no matter what I WILL complete this journey with 100% compliance.
I have always been an extremely self-motivated and self disciplined individual, but this is taking that skill of mine to an entirely different level!
Each and every day I am faced with temptations and adversaries to stray away from my diet, which is what I believe has been the toughest part of this journey.
I have 6 meals a day, pre-planned and prepped ready to go. Those are my meals and I cannot have anything less, more or in between.
Before this I still was eating great and had an extremely well balance diet, but if someone offered me some cashews or a muscle milk… Damn right I took it! And that didn’t make my diet bad or unproductive what so ever.
But now, it’s always a no. Regardless of how healthy or low-calorie the offer is and the funniest part about that is how much more often it seems I get offered things now that I cannot have them.
So now that I have got my bitching and moaning out a bit, let me recap my week.
This week was definitely rougher than last week in the sense of my training. Starting to “Feel It”, A.K.A. this program is kicking my ass. But I love it, because I am crazy like that. My energy has been better than ever during my training, it’s shocking to me. I haven’t felt this good throughout an entire workout ever.
Is it my diet? The supplements? The macronutrients? To be honest, I can’t completely answer it.
But I do know this; I am tracking everything on a daily basis. So each and every day I get better sleep, recovery, meals, tissue work, etc. This is allowing me to realize what isn’t perfect and improve it as much as possible, whereas before I recorded everything it was a guessing game and I could not look back at the things that need improvement.
If you’re not tracking your diet, training, sleep, stress, and your life in general. Start now! As cheesy as it may sound, adding a daily journal into my life was one of the biggest benefits I have added to myself since the start of this.
Another rant, sorry I do that a lot. If you ever get a chance to hear me speak to a public group, you’ll realize how much I talk. At least on here I can edit my rants…
But anyway, back to my recap.
My diet is going extremely well. I learned that cooking pounds of meat and rice on Sunday was the smartest thing I could’ve done. Saved me an unbelievably large amount of time.
My cheat day wasn’t too bad. I survived it and it was definitely easier than the first week. The crazy part is that I am actually having cravings, which is new to me. I have never been one to complain about wanting pie or ice cream like a depressed teenage girl…. But I am not afraid to admit that I have been DREAMING about a sweet potato pie all damn week! And sushi… and cereal…
In fact, when my coach finally allows me to have a cheat meal I am probably going to write an entire article just on that meal. Because it’s going to be epic and probably lead me to being sick in bed from eating entirely too much food.
Now is the part where I tell you what I have learned this week, or at least which thing I have learned that I wish to pass on to all of you.
The biggest thing I have come to realize this week is the power of ones attitude and mindset.
If you can have the right attitude for success, anything is possible. I always make sure to have the most positive attitude possible even in the worse situations and because of that; I spend 99% of my time happy and stress free.
I have an extremely focused mindset when it comes to the goals I pursue in my life so when I took on this 12 week transformation, I knew it was needed to conquer this mission.
How do I keep a strong mindset and such a positive attitude?
-I journal everything on a daily basis. Writing down your feelings, energy, stresses, etc. will help feel as if you are taking weight off your shoulders.
-I listen to motivational audios/videos daily. The majority of the time I train I don’t listen to music, I listen to people like Eric Thomas or Martin Rooney who will pump me up and put me in a successful state of mind.
-I wake up an hour early every day. This allows me to have “Me” time. For me, that’s going on a walk and then drinking some coffee while surfin the web. But it could be anything, just time for self-reflection and relaxation. [An hour early gives you 7 extra hours a week, which is 30 hours a month… that’s almost an extra work week each month!]
-I have written quotes and goals next to the mirror in my room. Everyday I look in the mirror while getting ready I have to read “If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful” [-Eric Thomas] because it is written straight across my mirror. Next to my mirror on the wall is a list of my goals, 1-month, 3-month, and 1-year. These things remind me what I am chasing and that I WILL get them.
[I will be adding daily questions asap- “How will I help somebody today? How will I improve myself today? Etc…]
-I surround myself with like-minded people who have accomplished or are on a path to accomplishing the same successes I strive to accomplish in my own life and I see them on a daily basis.
-I never forget that someone else out there in this world has it bad and would be unbelievably happy to be in my shoes.
-I realize that we have a short time on this earth [only about 960 months] and I have to make the absolute most out of this life if I expect to have a mass effect of changing lives on this planet.
Now, if I were you, I would follow my lead on those steps. I didn’t just make this up. These are all practices of the most successful people I know and study.
Life is a gift, it is given to you. What you do with this amazing gift is up to you.