Be Honest

be honestOne of my favorite motivational quotes has to be, “Don’t be upset with the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t put in.”  Basically saying don’t expect great results if you’re not willing to put the work in.  I think this is an issue that we all struggle with from time to time.  When you’re working out in your own home by yourself and relying on yourself to track your nutrition there is always temptation to not quite be honest with yourself.  You might say that you’re giving it your all, but are you cutting corners?  I do ask people this a lot when they tell me they’ve been working our super hard for a month and following the nutrition plan and still aren’t seeing any changes in their body.  It just makes me wonder, have they been giving it their all for that month with no deviations from their plan?

There are really two areas where this comes to play in my mind and the first is with your workouts.  If you’re frustrated with your results, ask yourself “Am I really giving it my all in the workouts?”  Or do you tend to slack off here and there.  Or skip the bonus round.  Or skip Ab Ripper or Cardio Abs on your scheduled day.  Believe me, there are days when I’m tempted to skip parts of the workouts that I don’t like, but I know that if I start doing that, it’s a very slippery slope.  Out of all the Beachbody programs, I think Insanity is the one with the biggest risk here.  With Insanity it is incredibly easy to not go all out or not go as hard as you can.  It’s really hard, so there is that creeping temptation to take it a little easy on a round here or there.  But if you’re not going all out for that 3 minutes, then you’re not getting the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training.  I’m not saying you can’t take short breaks, that’s definitely ok, but once you start taking it a little easy on one round, that can start to be multiple rounds or even the whole workout.  Same thing goes for P90X.  If you’re not pushing yourself to failure, or as Tony says it, if the last 3 reps aren’t hard, you’re not going to get all the benefit from the workouts.  So if you’re frustrated with your results, take an honest look at your workouts.  Are you really giving them your all or are you just kind of going through the motions?  When you’re working out by yourself I know it can be tempting to slack off, but don’t let yourself!

The second area is your nutrition.  If you’re a regular here, you know how important I think tracking your nutrition is.  But what’s the problem with tracking your nutrition?  The problem is that it’s so easy to lie!  If you track your calories, do you track every single bite?  Again, I’ve done this myself.  No one really wants to track that handful of M&M’s or the one brownie you let yourself have, right?  But if you’re tracking your nutrition and you don’t track every bite, then why track in the first place?  Your ratios will look better without those cheat bites/meals but what good is that?  And when people tell me they’ve been following their nutrition guide but can’t seem to see any results, I always have to ask if they’re following it all the time.  The thing is, a cheat meal can take 2-3 days of working out and sticking to your nutrition to recover from.  And the small cheat foods here and there do really add up fast.  So if you’re tracking your calories, don’t do yourself a disservice by not entering everything.  Be honest with yourself and track every bite that goes in.  Who cares if your numbers look good if they’re not true?  When you actually track everything, it can really open your eyes.  And when you force yourself to track everything, that’s more motivation to not grab the foods you know you shouldn’t be eating!

So this is your reality check.  If you’ve been at it for a while and haven’t seen the results you’ve wanted or haven’t really seen results at all you need to ask yourself some questions and really look at what you’re doing.  Are you giving 100% to your workouts, not slacking off and not skipping anything?  With the nutrition, are you following the nutrition guide as it is laid out and are you being honest  when you’re tracking your nutrition?  I know it’s tempting to cut corners, but that’s no way to be successful.  If you want someone to hold you accountable and aren’t a part of this team yet, then join our team!  If you’re already on our team then plug in with the group and let us hold you accountable!  But overall, be honest with yourself  so you can start hitting your goals!

2 comments
Jeff
Jeff

I can't believe how many calories you eat. Unbelievable!!! I've had to cut down to 1200/day (obviously more when I workout), but I've finally started to see some great progress. Solid blog entry, sir.

Coach Tom
Coach Tom

Thanks Jeff! And lol, yeah, I'm eating a ton right now! But it's working well, up about 9 lbs in 45 days with Body Beast and people are noticing. But my next round I'll probably bring it down to the 2500 range. But awesome to hear you're seeing the results of your hard work and focus on nutrition, that's by far the hardest part for most people.

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