Monday, July 21, 2014
The Missing Link To Nutrition
Hi e3 Fam! Coach Anjo here, wanting to thank all those who attended our first e3 Nutrition Accountability Group lecture. For those who missed it or were wanting highlights of the lecture, I have provided a brief summary/blog of the topic discussed last night below. The Missing Link To Nutrition Most of us know what to eat and what not to eat. We’re bombarded with plenty of nutrition info, some helpful, others not so much. But on average, we all know the basic fundamentals. Some even follow a particular popular diet that’s all planned out for us, such as Paleo, Vegan, South Beach. Even some would incorporate fasting and even purchase Isagenix. Yet, why are we not getting the results we want and desire, the fit, healthy body we all long for? Well, the answer is simple, the absence of accountability. Accountability by definition is the acknowledgment of responsibility for your actions with the obligations to report, explain, and be responsible for the resulting consequences. Being accountable to something and/or someone is the missing link in our nutrition. Having to report to someone gets our butts in gear. Plus, it will keep us consistent if we have to report to someone. And if you stay consistent, then you can make progress and see results. So how do we get accountability? Two ways to get accountability are commitment and finding one other person, or two, or three, or more and asking for their help. Let’s talk commitment first. We have three options when we commit. One, we can commit to more. What that means is you want to commit to something bigger than yourself. For example, creating a contest between friends to win a grand prize. And when you reward yourself, make sure you’re rewarding yourself for what you do versus what you achieve, at least in the beginning. Don’t reward yourself for losing weight, reward yourself instead for cooking home meals 6 days out of the week when you would typically go out for fast food that resulted in you losing weight. Reward your actions versus your outcomes. Second, we commit to less. Our tendencies as humans often times is to over promise and under deliver. Raise of hands who has told themselves they will cut out sugar forever and a couple days later during a party, you find yourself eating a cookie and drinking a soda? That’s me. That’s you. So, rather than make this same mistake over and over again, let’s instead under promise and over deliver by creating small, miniature changes and using the confidence scale of success. What’s that? Ask yourself on a scale of 0-10, 0 not confident,10 very confident, will I be able to achieve this goal? For example, when you want to give up sugar, let’s say you’re a 9-10 on the scale if you were to give up sugar 2 out 7 days out of the week then that’s what you go for rather than 7 out 7 days out of the week. Make it almost too easy to accomplish and build on that. When you’re ready, you move to 3 out of 7 days out the week and so fourth. And lastly, we can commit to both more and less. As an individual it’s smart to commit to something less. We’ll have greater success. As a group, it’s wise that we commit to more because of all the support we’ll receive from each other that will get us through tough times. There a saying my friend always reminds me now an again and that’s “The task ahead of you is never as great as the power behind you.” I truly believe that if you have a group of people who will support you, you can achieve anything. Now let’s talk about the other way to get accountability, and that’s getting help from at least one other person. I talked briefly about how I once had gotten into a slump with my basketball game even though I’d put in my time at the gym when I could. And even if I did get to the gym, I really was just going through the motion. My game didn’t change for the better until I hired my friend, a basketball coach/skills coach to train me. He put me through drills I already knew, but my intensity was different. My movements were more purposeful because if I didn’t he’d punish me with wind sprints. I did this, paid him to do this, and I got the results I wanted. And guess what, by hiring him, I got accountability. The bottom line with this lecture is to let everyone know that, yes, we know what to do, we know how to do it, but we can still struggle. Especially when it comes to nutrition. I’m here to tell you that’s okay. That’s okay, because there’s a simple fix: ACCOUNTABILITY. Accountability will give us consistency and consistency will give us results. So if we can commit a little differently and make ourselves accountable to at least one other person, we get the healthy, fit body we all desire. In closing, Dr. Victor Frankl once said, “He who knows the why can bear any how.” We all know the “how” to getting the healthy, fit body that we desire. Now, as individuals, we need to know the “why” so that we can fuel the engine that will keep us in track to our desired goals. Finding out our personal “why” is crucial. And when we do, joining the e3 Nutrition Accountability Group is a no brainer. Past experiences with the group garnered an average of 9 pounds lost per person who consistently met and reported to each other on a bi-monthly schedule. Let’s repeat these results! Grab your friends! Let’s stay accountable together! Let’s face it, we NEED accountability. In strength, Coach Anjo P.S. Those interested in joining e3 Nutrition Accountability Group in the future must sign up with me after the lecture on Thursday July 17, 2014 where I will discuss “What’s the best diet?” Paleo versus South Beach versus Vegetarian versus Fasting. Who is the champ? You’ll be surprised by the answer! e3 Nutrition Accountability Group Info: Members - $29 add on Non-Members - $39 per month Bi-monthly meetings held thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm TBD; bi-monthly weigh in’s and monthly body composition/girth measurement assessments, educational discussions/lectures, Q&A, and group counseling A few examples of some topics that will be addressed include Kitchen Makeover, Eating for Your Body Type, Restaurant Lessons, Grocery Tours, Sugar Lesson, and Nutrition Timing.