Eating is pretty intense. Think about it… you put food into a cavity where you smash and destroy it with 28 (32, if you’re wise) protruding bones. Then, a muscular meat tentacle pushes it down into a pool of acid and after a short time, you absorb its essence and transform it into your own energy.
Erika (You all still remember her, right? Show some love) and I have recently entered into a mutual agreement to hold each other accountable for our diets. Strict paleo for the next thirty days, or until our Beantown Throwdown, which Erika will be competing in. This brings me to one of the easiest way you can blow your nutrition, and that’s hanging out with the wrong crowd.
The people you hang out with will impact what you do and who you become in a major way, so choose wisely. Having peers with similar interests and goals, or at the very least an understanding of yours, will propel you toward your own goals much faster. Occasionally having beers with some friends is one thing, but getting hammered a few nights a week, sleeping in until noon, and missing the first couple meals of the day will definitely put hurdles between you and your goals.
So, here are my suggestions.
Figure out why you’re dieting. A strong enough why will help you through the how. Respect the process, have patience and realize that this won’t happen overnight. One donut doesn’t make you fat, but one salad won’t make you fit either. Create an environment for success, in the kitchen and out. And keep in mind that just getting started is far more important than having the perfect plan.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of your coaches, and by all means, feel free to ask how our month of strict fooding is going.
And now, a thought from Erika:
I completely agree with Sam, friends. My mom used to to say it to me in my peer pressure to smoke a doobie days. Haha, doobie. You are the company you keep. Having positive influences around you that push you towards your goal and not pull you away will be essential to your growth with anything.
The one liners I most often here are: “It’s just so hard.” “Everyone else is doing something different.” “I just don’t have the will power.” The dreaded “I will start Monday” is sometimes still a popular phrase in my household. To that I always reply the same thing. Do your friends want what you want? Are they on the same path towards better health that you are?
Now do NOT get me wrong. You all have seen my demise with food. I am the first to admit if the person I am with says the words “Dairy Queen”, I am at the front of the line ordering a cone to be dipped immediately. In the same token, I would say 80% to 90% of my week is eating for what I know will make me feel good, energized, and focused in the day.
As it’s often said, you only live once. But make the choice to live most of it not keeled over in the fetal position with a trail of combos behind you. Now go find a buddy!
August 30, 2013
7 Deadlifts (315#/205#)
14 Pistols, alternating
*Rest 10:00, then:
15 Gut Busters (1 Gut Buster = 1 Burpee + 1 Toes-to-Bar + 1 Bar Muscle-up)
20 Burpees + Toes-to-Bar + Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups
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