Just The Facts?
Words without real life application are useless. We can study until we know a subject thoroughly but unless we apply our knowledge, it will never help us. It will give us something to think about but it won’t change our lives, much less change the world. Changing the world to be healthier is our goal at David’s Way.
Real life application of our teachings must occur in all parts of our life, not just when we’re wanting to test the theory, or the results mean nothing. It would merely be a staged exhibition designed for a given end. The reason that I believe in David’s Way is that it works in every situation. I’ve worked this plan through tornadoes, relocation, new employment and other major life upheavals. If I work the plan, the plan always works. It not only helps manage my weight but to live a better life all the way around.
Number 1 Way to Work It
Making sure that we have healthy food options on hand is an important part of the program. Eating out can get expensive and it’s harder to make healthy choices when you are away from home.
Work The Plan
I worked extra hours on my job recently and while I made good food choices, my sleep suffered and that caused me to feel weak. I didn’t feel quite like myself and honestly had trouble deciding what to eat and when to eat it. As I neared my workout that evening, a sense of dread settled over me. There was no doubt that I would work out. I had one of my best workouts ever, but not because I felt like it.
I had a good workout and achieved some new minor goals because David’s Way gives us a framework to live within. Before lifting I went to the grocery store and bought lean protein and complex carbs to fuel me for strength and energy and to build muscle. There is a system, a method, a right way to go about everyday decisions and that system saw me through.
Make It Work
I knew that I didn’t want to spend any time in the kitchen because I was late coming home. I bought protein bars, fat free plain Greek yogurt, apples, cheese sticks and coffee along with my other groceries. To contrast this to going out to get food, it must be considered that the mere act of going out to get food is quite often a waste of time. It only covers one meal. When it’s time to eat again, you still have nothing in the house!
A “quick” drive-thru can set the entire day back. Although it seems like a good option, we can spend a long time at that window. That time can be better spent working out or prepping real food. A trip to the grocery store provides you with food for days.
We post recipes that make cooking a worthwhile venture. The best laid plans can be laid waste easily so we have to have recovery strategies. Getting the food we need and working out when it’s hard to do will set us up for victory every time. Count your calories. Consult your doctor to decide how many calories to eat. You can also use the Calorie Counter Pro to get an idea of how many calories to eat. We encourage you to lose no more than one pound per week. It’s easier, safer and you will look better. When you finish eating all of your allotted calories for the day, stop eating. It’s that simple. Choose foods that are nutritionally dense and avoid empty calories.
ALWAYS consult your medical doctor before beginning ANY weight loss or exercise program! Once you have done that, find a type of exercise that you will do. It doesn’t help to go out and buy a gym membership if you hate driving to the gym. At one time I was an avid swimmer. I swam 5-7 days per week for 2 hours each day. Between getting ready to go to the gym, driving, swimming and the shower and primp time afterward, it became insufferable.
I have my strength training equipment at home now so all of my allotted time to work out is spent actually working out. I’m not going to spend all day just getting ready and recovering from a workout. It is nonsensical for me to join a gym. Plan to do what you will implement. The best laid plans alone won’t work your body. You have to do it.
When you are building muscle you make microscopic tears in your muscle tissue when you work out. The healing of those tears results in more muscle. As your body lays a layer of protein down to mend those “injuries”, that layer of protein is new muscle. This healing occurs best during sleep. In the fast-paced, busy world that we live in, sleep is a luxury to some of us. Even though it’s hard to come by, it’s necessary if you want to build a great physique. Find a way to make it work. The idea of being able to “catch up” on sleep is an ever-changing argument but at this time, the verdict is that you can’t. Sleep deprivation can cause many serious health problems. When you’re building muscle it’s certainly better to sleep well each night for maximum repair and growth.
Make Your World Small
Remove negative influences from your life. If you allow people and circumstances in your life that keep you upset all the time, they will curtail your health incentive. Having too many irons in the fire will cause you to push your nutrition and exercise program to the side. Before long, you will most likely abandon the whole idea. Surround yourself with positive input as much as possible. When the unavoidable negative influence does seep in, it will have little to no power to change your plans. Program your mind for success.
The moral of this story is simply this. The methodology works, work the methodology. It doesn’t work only when we want to do it. It works IF we do it. Our feelings are irrelevant. Even if we don’t feel like it, IF we do it, it will still work.