I have been focused on the importance of never missing a Monday or Friday workout. This is a GREAT article from The Daily Burn on the benefits of flexing on Fridays! Fitting in a Friday workout before heading into the weekend will undoubtedly help you make better choices throughout the weekend. Who knows, you may even fit in a long walk, hike with the kids, or weekend workout. It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend for outdoor activities. Let me know what you fit into your Saturday and Sunday! BAM!
You want to be fit. You know how much you should weigh. You know your ideal pant size. You can even picture how great those skinny jeans will look.
So why aren’t you living life in your ideal body?
There are many complex reasons that make weight loss (or living a fit life) a challenge, reasons that go deeper than simply calories-in versus calories-out.
I’m talking about the life issues that get in the way of your success.
Read the following 5 obstacles and the solutions to unlock your best body ever.
1. You don’t want to be bothered.
It’s in your DNA to avoid pain and seek out pleasure. Unfortunately this works against you when trying to get fit. In your mind, it’s painful (or at least uncomfortable) to deny yourself the tasty food that you crave and to exert yourself with exercise.
There’s a simple way to work around this obstacle: Find something painful about being out of shape to motivate yourself towards healthy eating and exercise. Focus on the negative impact your current physical condition has on your health, self-esteem and lifestyle. Convince yourself that the pain of being out of shape is much greater than the discomfort of getting fit.
2. You don’t want to wait for the good stuff.
Just as you wish to avoid pain, you are also an expert in seeking out pleasure – namely food. This served the cavemen well, but these days it ends up as extra pounds around your waist and thighs.
There’s good news: extra calories are not your only option to stimulate the pleasure center of your brain. Find an activity or two that make you smile and indulge in those regularly.
- A walk outside
- A good book
- A night out to the movies or theater
- A spa day
You can also retrain your brain to crave the pleasure of exercise-induced endorphins. Talk about weight gain kryptonite!
3. You are crazy busy.
Let’s face it, you work too much, commit yourself to too much and don’t even get enough sleep most of the time. The fast-paced way you live leaves you exhausted, stressed and hungry for comfort food. You even begin to feel too busy to take care of your health.
It’s time to reprioritize. Let go of your perfectionist standards and remove a few commitments from your schedule so that you are able to cook healthy meals, exercise and get a good night’s sleep. Remind yourself that taking care of your health is not a luxury – it’s a necessity.
4. You don’t deserve it.
I don’t agree with it, but you sure act like you don’t deserve to live the good life in the body of your dreams. Take a moment to think back on all the times you have self-sabotaged your fitness and health efforts. If you don’t believe deep down that you are worthy then you’ll never give yourself a chance at a fit body.
I believe that you deserve to have a healthy body – and I urge you to dig deep down to uncover why you don’t. Once you conquer your feelings of unworthiness, getting on an exercise and healthy eating plan will be easy.
Take the time to take care of yourself. You DO deserve it.
5. You are afraid.
You’re afraid to start because you just might fail, and wouldn’t that be embarrassing? You’re also afraid to start because you just might succeed, and change makes you uncomfortable – even if it’s change in the right direction.
When you decide to get fit you will need to go through a bushel of changes:
- New diet
- New exercise routine
- New friends at the gym
- New clothes
- New self-image
Focus on all of the ways that getting fit will make your life better. Envision that better life everyday so that it goes from being new and scary to familiar and comfortable.
I want to personally help overcome every obstacle standing between you and the best version of you. Call or email today to get started on a program that will change your life and body forever…in a good way 🙂
This past week I had the yummy experience of trying Duck Eggs for the first time. I eat some many chicken eggs, that at the first thought of eating something different made my turn my nose up. Haha!!! My first actual taste was in a frittata that Lauren made for me. I was completely taken back (in a good way) by how rich and creamy they tasted. The duck egg has this buttery taste and a slightly thicker consistency. I was pleasantly surprised by how great they tasted.
Duck Egg Facts:
- They have a higher (good!) fat content
- Ducks eggs are higher in protein than chicken eggs
- They also have a little bit more cholesterol than chicken eggs (again, this is a good thing!).
- They also contain more vitamins and minerals- such as iron, B12, folate and vitamin A.
- They are full of Omega-3 fatty acids
- Duck eggs are quite a bit more than chicken eggs, but still not prohibitively expensive. Whereas the average price for a dozen chicken eggs is somewhere just north of $2 in the U.S., duck eggs will usually run you anywhere from $6 to $12 a dozen.
- Since duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs, setting trays must be designed to accommodate their larger size. Eggs from common ducks like Pekins require 28 days to hatch. Eggs from Muscovy ducks hatch in about 35 days after setting.
- Duck eggs keep for about 2 weeks if kept cool and for about 6 weeks refrigerated.
- The size difference is just as apparent from the inside- the yolk is much larger in the duck egg than in the chicken egg. The shells of a duck egg are much tougher, and it can be harder to get a clean crack, but it also leads to a longer shelf life.
The two things that stood out for me was thickness of the shell and how much more creamier they were. If you’re an egg lover you must give duck eggs a try.
Sometimes I feel like a broken record.
You’re constantly hearing from me how important exercise is to your health and how so many of your health problems will improve or even disappear as the result of a consistent exercise program.
Why do I continue to give you the same lecture?
Because I’ve seen exercise change lives. I’ve even seen exercise save lives.
Here are the Top 4 Health Improvement Factors that come as a result of challenging, consistent exercise:
1. Your energy levels boost and you feel great.
I have noticed that most people don’t realize how bad they feel. They get used to feeling bad. Then when they start exercising they feel so much better. Your energy levels soar and you feel excited about life again.
2. Your muscles and joints feel better than ever.
You’ll notice a reduction in aches and pains once you’ve been sticking with an exercise program for a few weeks. That chronic muscle and joint pain that you’ve lived with for years may begin to fade. For some, joint replacement surgery is postponed. For others, arthritis pain is reduced.
3. Your risk of heart attack or stroke is reduced.
I like to remind my clients of this one, since it’s not something they can physically feel, but it’s the one that saves lives! Exercise has the power to remove two of the major risk factors that lead to heart disease: 1) physical inactivity and 2) obesity. Exercise also increases your good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers your blood pressure.
4. Your blood sugar levels are better controlled.
Clients of mine with type 2 diabetes see substantial benefits from exercise. Exercise improves the body’s use of insulin, and the related weight loss improves insulin sensitivity. For many, exercise becomes the natural, permanent antidote to their type 2 diabetes.
There are SO MANY benefits to exercise, why would anyone avoid doing it?! Typically it comes down to excuses.
• If you’re tired…exercise gives you energy.
• If you’re in pain…exercise alleviates your muscle and joint pain.
• If you’d rather stay in bed…exercise makes your sleep more restful.
• If you’re pressed for time…exercise improves your efficiency and extends your life.
• If you don’t know where to start…that’s where I come in.
Call or email me today and I’ll show you the fastest and safest way to reap all of the benefits of exercise.
It’s time you start enjoying all the benefits of exercise. Let’s do this!
The U.S. Weight Loss Market is Worth $66 Billion
Take just a moment to really think about that — 68 BILLION DOLLARS! This figure includes online dieting, meal replacement products, frozen entrees, support groups with meal programs such as Weight Watchers and Nutri-System, and many other “nutrition-based items.” Why not just learn to cook clean, healthy, and indulge in your guilty pleasures in moderation?
You don’t have to be a professional chef like Chef B-Rizzle, to learn how to make low-calorie, tasty, and enjoyable meals. Many of my clients have taken ahold of their nutrition by learning to plan and cook in a new way. No one way of eating works for everyone. Here are a few things you can try to baby step yourself into new healthy meals in your house without eating pre-made, over-processed “diet foods.”
- Find reliable resources to help you with your new goal of cooking healthy! My Fitness Pal has a blog with some useful ideas on how to embark on healthy cooking!
- Try new recipes. Cooking Light has a library of recipes to help you eat smarter.
- Try substitutions for healthier recipes. The Mayo Clinic offers a list of ingredients to help you substitute unhealthy items for a healthier ingredient.
I would love to feature some of your recipe successes on my blog or in my NEW newsletter! if you would like to SHARE your recipes and photos with me, please message me, text me, tag me and use #CoachRobCooks! BAM!!!
You better EAT your vegetables!
This week has been a very trying week; I tore my quadricep tendon from my knee cap. While my career and my life revolves around activity, fitness, and strength, I am obviously human and face setbacks like many of my clients.
I work with people in all stages of physical fitness and health struggles, so now it’s time for my to lead by example. Like I tell my clients, I will not allow adversity or injury to take away my positive outlook. I am committed to “showing up” and moving forward. Looks like it’s my turn to take some baby steps.
Thank you for your messages and prayers. I am truly blessed to have the love and support of my clients, friends, and family.
Yet another Monday is upon us, so it’s time for your weekly motivation and push toward a healthy and productive week. If you need a few suggestions for some Monday morning exercises, check out this link. Hopefully you will start moving early on this Monday and keep on moving all through the week. Are you tracking your workouts?