I Have Your Back: Here’s To All My Killers and Resolution Fillers

To all my killers and resolution fillers:
First off, congratulations on taking the step to change your life. It’s worth it and if you’re serious, I have your back and you have my respect. Second, disregard the memes, the hate, the shit talking, the discouragement, the friends and relatives who give you advice when they haven’t done anything to better themselves in decades, the naysayers, and the eye rollers. THIS IS FOR YOU! This will be a battle of you against you!
This will not be easy. This will be one of the hardest fights of your life. This will be a struggle, but not in the gym or even in the kitchen or the dining room, the struggle will be in your head. The reason people post those memes is because most people quit, and try year after year and make the same resolutions and the same excuses, because they fail in the most important place, their mind. Don’t let it be you. It doesn’t have to be you. It’s easy to give up on yourself or make excuses or listen to your friends and family who tell you, hey it’s just one piece of stuffed crust triple cheese pepperoni pizza (if you’re drooling slap yourself), “it can’t be that bad”. Things will have to get sacrificed, your family time, your tv time, your me time, your social life etc. You’ll have to become a calorie mathematician, a food expert, your own life coach, and your own personal trainer. If you’re still reading and you haven’t been discouraged by this then I take it you’re for real so I’m going to give you some real advice from someone who has been there, done it and is still doing it every day.
DO NOT GO CRAZY! (At least at first) Your first few weeks should be you slowly easing into it. Don’t go to the grocery store and buy 30 pounds of chicken to grill and 90 pounds of broccoli to eat in the side and then eat nothing else. It’s unsustainable and quite honestly idiotic. If you’re training for a competition or at a point where eating like that is necessary is one thing, but doing it to get back in the game? Biiiig Mistake (Arnold Voice). First off you’ll hate it and people quit things they hate. There is plenty of delicious low calorie and healthy food available. Do some research. Track calories over everything else. Download an app. I use MyFitnessPal. BE HONEST with yourself about what you’re eating and take in less than you’re burning and you’ll be fine. The goal is to lose one or two pounds a week or maybe even less, see below. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Also if you track your activity, via Fitbit or what have you, do not consume those calories in potato chips! Have a quality protein shake or a healthy snack but please I beg you don’t use those extra burned calories as an excuse to hit the Golden Arches.
In addition to the above. Have a cheat meal once a week. People who are trainers and bodybuilders and fitness models and what have you will sometimes disagree about this, but here’s my take. If in order to stay sane and reset the hormone balance in my body and in my brain I need to add a couple of ounces hell maybe even a pound back to my weight IT IS WORTH IT. Like I previously stated, this is a marathon not a sprint. Your mental health is just as important and sustaining a diet when you have nothing to look forward to when temptation is always there is destined for failure.
Secondly, when you go back to the gym same rule applies. Slow the F down. If on Monday you go to the gym do cardio then lift for an hour (which, btw, all men and women should be lifting) you’ll be sore as hell on Tuesday and Wednesday and then won’t go back. Go to the gym, do a little cardio (15-20 mins) and go home. Then in a couple weeks add weights, but slowly! Lift light, get those muscles warmed up some, don’t tear a pec on the first time back (or ever for that matter). Do a couple of weeks of cardio, then add mild lifting. Maybe 2 or 3 exercises per body part 3 times a week or a circuit full body 3 times a week then go home. Then when you feel like you’re ready do whatever your heart desires. Now if you don’t want to lift traditionally and you want to do crossfit make sure you have a good coach first!! If you’re from Long Island and you’re reading this I have a great guy for you just email me or DM me for questions.
Lastly and perhaps one of the most important is to stay off the scale. I dedicated a whole earlier blog post to this, but I will sum it up in a paragraph. Your body is changing. Building muscle, retaining water, losing fat, replacing glycogen, losing glycogen, etc. The scale will not always say what it wants you to say, so if you must use it, use it only as a guide and weigh yourself once a week before your cheat meal on the same day in the morning before consuming anything. Much more is happening inside you and not seeing that number move or seeing that number slow down can be crushing, especially after a cheat meal IT MEANS NOTHING. If you’re being honest about your intake vs output and working hard, you’re doing it, period.
If you have taken the time to read this and are serious about losing weight and getting in shape I applaud you. It is difficult but by absolutely no means impossible. If you need encouragement I am there. If you need advice I am there. You got this. You can’t do this. Be strong and I have your back every step of the way. Here’s to a fitter 2017.

One thought on “I Have Your Back: Here’s To All My Killers and Resolution Fillers

  1. Beckah says:

    Yes!! Yes!! I hope this is read by all the newbies and resolutioners please listen!! 90% of the regulars are hppy to see you! Happy you have decided this is the time!! We want you to stay and on days you feel discouraged look up and look around 99% of u in that building with you have felt the same!!! And we are with you even if we are silent as we work!! We are with you!!

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