I have always been a person that was active and liked to work out. My family also, seems to have, a high metabolism. So I love any kind of mental or fitness challenge. I know some you are thinking, ” You lucky dog!” (Referring to the metabolism part). But not so fast my friend. All of that changed when I turned 40. It has been an ongoing challenge to fight the fat. Being busy and running the roads a lot did not help my cause. I would tend to eat lots bad foods and I wasn’t getting the exercise that I used to get.
The exercise part was kind of easy to fix, just make the time. I absolutely hate running on a treadmill! I hate it! Running in place, staring at a wall……Aghhhhh! But I hated looking at my stomach in the mirror more. First lesson grasshopper. When the pain of staying the same is great then the pain of change, you will change. I still hate the treadmill so I had to figure out a different strategy. I found out I could do sprints at an incline and burn even more calories. YES! I can do sprints, not so monotonous and quicker. I added the sprints in and started to see some results.
I still wasn’t getting to where I wanted to go fast enough, so I decided to add something else to help speed up the process. I did something called the Lemonade Cleanse. This is like ramming your head through a brick wall, but if there is a fire and its the only way out, you will do it. I need to get to my point so I will discuss the lemonade another time. The point is it helps you lose weight fast.
My real issue was once I lost the weight how do I keep myself from getting back into that position again. (Flabby belly, if you forgot). This is where the worst smart phone app of all time comes into play. See, I never had any idea of how many calories I was eating, if they were good or bad calories, fat grams, protein or carbs. All of his is important information if your working out to lose weight and gain muscle. I was violating the first law of success. If you don’t know where you’re at you can’t move forward. So me and my wife downloaded an app called, My Fitness Pal. It tracks all of the information I listed above and gives you daily goals to hit. It is very easy to use. I started tracking my foods and couldn’t believe how many calories I was eating in a day. I was totally deceived. I thought I would be way under my daily allotted calories and I was way over. If you go out to eat at a restaurant, that day is shot!
This brings us to the leadership part of this blog. If there is any area in your LIFE that you want to improve, you first must know where you’re at and have a way to track where you want to go. Sometimes this is hard to do and sometimes it’s easy but if you don’t know where you are at on a daily basis you will for sure not get to where you want to go.