I was asked by a friends husband how I changed my body so drastically over the last several years. Here is my reply:
The secret sauce is really suffering through the pain of changing habits. When you make the decision to dial it in and make a change you have to dial it all in. Being consistent with your training cycles, dialing in your food and removing empty calories from the equation. (Sugar, booze, etc.)
In my 20’s it was easy to stay lean, drink, eat whatever, and workout. In my 30’s, even playing more soccer and fighting, I became more sedentary in my day job and was weighed down by eating poorly. It wasn’t even that the food was bad. (Well some of it was) but it was way too much especially in combination with my alcohol intake going up significantly.
Looking back, I must have quadrupled my sugar intake from the time I was 25-35. (Cocktails, beer, processed foods, ice cream, etc.)
At 35 I started reducing all of it. When I wanted to really drop (unless I was super active, as in 8 hours of hardcore fight training a day) when I wanted to get lean it meant (and still means) low daily sugar intake. No booze. Lots of vegetables, lean but not fat free meats. Nothing processed or sold in a box. No fast food.
When I need to drop, I can dial it in for 2 weeks and drop 10 lbs with this system. When I need a major change, I go 30, 60 or 90 days. It is a commitment to doing it.
I also don’t let myself make excuses. The accountability to myself is key. Pushing aside the distractions and accomplishing the goal.
There is no silver bullet. There is only the decision and will to make the change.
Not going to lie, a good support structure does help. Especially in the beginning. Knowing answers can be had and even people to challenge is great for motivation.
This is a really long way to say, it isn’t easy. 😊 it is 100% doable. You just have to want to do it.
For the last week I have made an effort to stay below 50g of sugar a day, get 7-8 ours of sleep a night, eat healthy meals/snacks and keep it booze free.
My Monday 5/18 7:30AM weigh in was 196.4 lbs
My Saturday 5/23 9:00AM weigh in was 186.6 lbs
Does taking active control of your diet, workout schedule, and sleep schedule have an immediate effect? For me it does!
This isn’t rocket science. This is accountability, this is commitment, this is being able to follow through and achieve a goal. At the end of the day, unless you have something medically going on with you (thyroid issues, hormone imbalances, you are pregnant, cancer, etc.) you should be able to “dial it in” for 2 weeks. It may not be as fun as eating and drinking whatever you want, whenever you want, but it does allow you to reset.
At the end of the day, during your fitness journey, losing weight is the most difficult part of the process. You have to realize where your bad habits are, and work to break them. When you are at your goals, it is MUCH EASIER, as you have typically learned what good habits you need to embrace. Plus the act of maintaining is much easier than “Losing Weight,” or for that matter, significantly improving athletic performance. Maintaining means doing what you are used to. Improving your fitness level takes you back to that commitment, follow through, and decision to achieve. That takes effort.
There are a lot of fitness bands out there and I have tried a pretty good number of them. I have purchased various tubular bands from BeachBody, SPRI, SKLZ, LifeLine, Harbringer, and others. I have even tried sports bungee cords (that one hurt, I’ll explain later) Of all the resistance bands I have used, I really like the Performax bands. These are multi-layered flat latex loop bands available in a wide variety of resistances. (from a few lbs to a few hundred lbs) These bands have held up exceptionally well at my gym (FitFight) where we really do put them through the paces.
Taking into account the high quality and reasonable price of the band, the loop band does everything a tube band can do and more. We use the loop bands for almost every movement that can be done with barbells/dumb bells, we attach them to kettle bells to change the resistance vector when we do kettle swings, we use them as a pull up assist, we use them for fight training, and much more.
If you are looking for a resistance band, give serious thought to purchasing these bands or something similar. The variety of exercise and convenience of the bands make for an exceptional experience. Using these bands or similar will take your workout to the next level in almost any sports discipline.
Use the comment section to ask any question you may have.
Sometimes I can rant, I know, and here is my latest:
“What do I have on my mind? (this is a fitness centric post, but you can apply it to many things) I am sitting here thinking that many people in SF need to get their priorities straight. Many people I know personally and many people I have just met have said, “they want to get more fit, that they want to take an active roll in how they age and perform.” So, I mention they need to find a place to work out, be accountable for what they do, what they eat and not be sedentary. Many disappear for a while, and when I see them again (Sometimes months, sometime years later), most of them are in a much worse state than when we had our first discussion. (more…)
This is a continuation of our progress. Started this week at 197lbs and I have been sticking to the diet, taking the supplements If weight loss is the end goal, I am achieving it. I don’t seem to be losing muscle mass, though I am failing occasionally mentally. This could be due to the fact that I have not completely stopped working out. (Though I have been dialing it back a bit, teaching classes more than training every day.) The mental stuff has been just weird moments of near senility/really stupid stuff.
Example: Today (Day 9) when I went to brush my teeth for some reason I reached for my contact solution instead of the tooth paste. Went so far as to pop the cap and turn it over, as if I was supposed to put it on my toothbrush. WTF? Hope this is a one off occurrence.
Yeah, I am over this program. See my final thoughts below! (more…)
It is a new year, and FitFight is now 90% operational! (I’ll say 100% when I get the TV installed) With the new year, there is brand new promotion for all FitFight Classes (Sambo, Boxing, P90X, and Shuia Chiao. This does not include Lumen Fitness Classes) This Program is available for all current students, and all new FitFight members.
You can get up to 50% off for 2 months.
How to get 10% off for one month: Bring one new person to FitFight and have them sign up/pay for a monthly Program.
How to get 20% off for one month: Bring two new people to FitFight and have them sign up/pay for a monthly Program.
How to get 30% off for one month: Bring three new people to FitFight and have them sign up/pay for a monthly Program.
How to get 40% off for one month: Bring four new people to FitFight and have them sign up/pay for a monthly Program.
How to get 50% off for two months: Bring five new people to FitFight and have them sign up for/pay a monthly Program.
To qualify, the person MUST BE new to FitFight. This program will run from January 1st to January 31st.
You will recieve 10-50% off (based on the number of new members you bring into the club) off your February Club Fees. (and Possibly March if you bring in 5 members) This does not stack with any other discounts.
We just installed the Rogue P-4 Pull-Up Brackets, which have a 30″ Swing from the wall. We are going to put people through some SICK body work with this simple tool. HardCore P90X Live Classes! Be Prepared to SWEAT!
FitFight inc./Bay Area Combat Sambo 1586 Market Street, SF CA 94102
That’s right people, I have already passed the first BeachBody P90X test, and after attending this weekends 2 day seminar (and my last 5 years of personally using P90X) I will be able to officially RUN P90X classes at my martial arts school! Can you was AWESOME!
Still using BeachBody products, still seeing results, still kicking ass and still pushing play!