Monday, July 2, 2012


Unless you're a celebrity, you have to make choices every day of the week. We all have families, friends, relationships and jobs that get in the way of our desire to be completely and totally healthy, savage individuals. You have to work hard every day to maintain your healthy lifestyle, but how?

There are two things that I think are important. The first is to surround yourself with the right people as often as possible. Jim Rohn, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker, says "You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with." I couldn't agree more.

Surrounding yourself with the right people is one of the most important components to getting your shit straight. Think about it - if you're trying to eat healthfully and everyone in your circle wants to go to Burger King and Subway every day and crush carbs and processed meats, then it's going to be tough for you to keep on the right track. If you want to go to bed early so that you can get up and go train, but your entire circle wants to go sit at a bar and drink beers then it will be ten times harder to do the right thing. People who aren't interested in health and fitness won't understand what you're trying to do. When you say "I can't go out tonight, I need to get up and workout", they will give you shit and make you feel bad. When you say "I don't want to go out to eat, I have food at home", they will give you shit. If you have 4 or 5 people giving you shit about not going out, you know what you'll end up doing? Going out.

I'm not suggesting everybody go out and blow-up their circle of friends or anything, but be aware of what positive or negative effects different people have upon you. If a particular friend or group of friends tends to have negative impacts on you living the right way, maybe it's a good idea to cut down on the amount of time you spend with them. Limit your interactions to the weekends or something.

The other thing I like to remind my clients of to help keep them on track is that there is always a better food choice. Because my clients are all adults (in theory, at least) there will be situations that present themselves that will put them in sub-optimal food situations. Meetings, happy hour, conferences, business dinners; these are all situations that you can't avoid. Well, maybe the happy hour. I don't want anybody to become obsessive about the healthy-eating thing, so I suggest people continue trying to live their lives normally.

In each of these situations, there will be various food choices. You can't avoid being in these situations, so you just have to make the best of each one; it may not be the best choice, but it's the best choice in that situation. Let's say your boss throws some Red Sox tickets at you and some co-workers. Go! But that doesn't mean you have to eat nachos and drink Bud Lights all night. Make the best choices you can. Don't get the nachos, get a bag of peanuts. Don't drink B.L. Smooths, get a Sam Adams or something that legitimately tastes good so you won't just hammer it. Instead of a hotdog, get the clam chowder. It may not be the best choice, but it's the best choice at the time.

Little changes you make in your daily life will end up with big results. Remember this and chip away at all of your bad habits. Now, go lift some heavy shit please!!

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