So, you have decided to get get healthy! Good for you, now let’s look at what it may take to make that lofty ideal become a reality. I could not possibly count or remember the times that I made that decision only to crash and burn. Don’t let that happen to you. David’s Way has been the only program that has sustained me at an ever increasing rate of health and stamina. I’m 62 and work a full time job and a part time job and spend countless hours blogging. I work out hard and regularly. I care for a special needs family member and pets. Health is everything. I have also been told that I deny my age in many ways and I know that I am not typical. You can achieve these results but only if you are diligent in your program.
Decide on a strong motivation. Before beginning David’s Way, my primary motivation was to look good. While that is still very important to me, my health is my strongest motivation. That works well together because when we are strong and healthy we look good. It’s impossible to look great for a long time if we are unhealthy. Health exudes confidence which causes us to make more and more positive changes and we look better and better. I challenge you to define your motivation to stick to your program. While mine is health and looking like an athlete, yours may be different. Whatever it is, it should be the most important thing in the world to you. If you can have a strong motivation, you are much more likely to be successful on an ongoing basis. I have decided that I want to be at 14% body fat and be clearly defined in my torso. My body fat is a little higher at about 18% but I am getting new definition all the time. I will not rest until I can see the outline of every muscle in my body.
Set realistic goals. We would all like to wave a magic wand over our heads and POOF! skinny. Well, that’s not going to happen. I have been working David’s Way for about a year and a half and I am the strongest and sleekest that I have ever been but believe me, it did not happen quickly. Our bodies have to have time to make positive changes. Start working your program without borders or deadlines. Commit and do it until you see results and do it again. That’s how it works. When we want to lose weight and get in shape fast. we set ourselves up for failure.
Set Yourself Up to Succeed
If you have foods or drinks that you can’t seem to resist for Heaven’s sake, don’t have them in the house. Don’t say they are “for the kids” or some other family member. If they are not good for you, they are not good for them. Just say “NO!”
Avoid “All or Nothing” Thinking
So often when we are trying to stick to a program and we slip and eat something , or a lot of something, that we shouldn’t have, we ditch the whole idea. That will cause you to fail every time. When you lose control, merely regain it. Immediately decide what you need to do for the rest of that day and do it. Make sure to get adequate protein to quell hunger and move on. If you wait for the perfect day to stay “on track”, you may never get on track again.
Speaking of Protein
Always have healthy, high protein snacks available at home, on the road and at work. The protein will quell your hunger enough to help you fight off cravings for simple carbs and empty calories. This is especially important if you are in a situation where you can’t eat a full meal on time. The high protein snacks will get you through the fast with energy to spare. Almonds, jerky, hard-boiled eggs cheese and Greek yogurt are great, portable, high protein snacks.
Work Out and Manage Your Food Simultaneously
Good habits reinforce each other. When we manage our food and work out together, we see faster results than if we do either alone. Sometimes people think that if they work out, then they can eat whatever they want. That is simply not true. David always says that you can’t outrun a bad diet. I know avid athletes that are hard core to the point of needing to budget for medical care for injuries and they still have a pot belly because they think they can eat and drink anything. Wrong. We need balance. Our bodies seek a state of homeostasis, or balance. Do your part to help your body find this balance and your body will yield benefits beyond your wildest dreams.