Thursday, August 20

Food is always a hot topic around the gym. Whether we are talking about what we should eat, what we shouldn’t eat, or what we ate last weekend (which usually falls in the “shouldn’t” category). We all know what we should be eating, but why is it so hard to do it?

I go on swings where it seems easy to stick to the plan, but once I fall off it’s really hard to get back on track. I will convince myself of nearly anything to eat what I want. This includes telling myself that the nachos and ice cream were vital to my performance because of the excess energy I had stored up.

While there is some truth to eating enough to support activity and performance being better when you’re not at a caloric deficit, this does not mean that eating junk food is the best option.

The question I have been considering lately is what would motivate me to stick to my diet? Or rather, what would motivate anyone to stick to a diet? If I knew the answer I’d be rich for sure. But finding that motivating factor is what it’s all about.

A few weeks ago some of us posted our “fat” pictures from the past. Mine was from about 13 years ago right after college. I had become sedentary and my diet consisted mostly of pizza and beer. So, what motivated me to loose the weight? I moved to the beach.

Pretty simple, but my motivation was that I was going to the beach nearly every day and as a 23-year-old single guy, I didn’t want to look like that in front of the girls. As shallow as that may seem, it’s true. And it worked.

We all want to look good, it’s human nature, and that’s ok. My current motivation may be a little different now that I care about my health and athletic performance more. But I still fall off course every once in a while and have to figure it all out again.

If you have a weight loss or body composition goal you need to think about your motivating factor. I guarantee that if that factor is important enough, you will do what you need to do to reach that goal.

So, what’s your motivation? What do you need to do to get there? Can we help you?

Oh, and just in case you missed it, here’s my picture again:

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Workout for Thursday, August 20
EMOTM for 4 min
4 Strict Presses
Rest 1 min, EMOTM for 4 min
3 Push Press
Rest 1 min, EMOTM for 4 min
2 Push Jerks
Work from Floor. Build Up in Weight Through Sets.

10 min AMRAP
30 Double Unders
15 KB Swings (1.5/1)
5 Muscle Ups
Scale Muscle Ups with 2X C2B Pull Ups, Pull Ups, or Jumping Pull Ups