#BobbysBulletin: March 21st, 2017

This is the last full week of our Anti New Years Resolution Challenge. The goal for the challenge: to work for 8 weeks to develop long lasting habits that will create long term success in the following areas:

Routinely get 4-5 workouts sessions in per week
Prep 80% of your meals on the weekend
Drink appropriate water intake based on your goals
Sleep 7-8 hours per night
Find 15 minutes per day to “chill” and de-stress
And a few other items
This being the final stretch, always comes with interesting conversations with participants.

Specifically in regards to…

How much progress they made and are proud of.
How much progress they made and are not proud of / always thinking ” it should have been more”.
What things went well/came easy…
What things didn’t go well/aren’t quite there yet…
Things they thought would be hard and weren’t…
Things they thought would be easy and weren’t…
How tricky “motivation” is when you actually break it down and don’t listen to nonsense.
How much better they feel when they are “on” as opposed to when they are not…
Everything in between.
As with any challenge we run there will be people who are thrilled and others who are not. This year, in particular, will be interesting because this challenge was completely different than any we have run before.

The line I typically come back to is, “It is okay to always be striving for better and more progress, but what isn’t okay is to not appreciate the process, how far you’ve come, and the progress you did make.”

The competition and battle is and always will be only with your former self. No one else. Even though this challenge had teams of three and was based on points per habit kept, people will still worry about why/why not things did or did not happen.

If for no other reason, the fact that there is no playing field even enough to make a legitimate comparison, should calm some of our participants. My friend Danny Twoguns likes to tell his clients… It’s like an apple getting upset because an orange is better at being an orange. Just be an apple.

Silly analogy? Sure, but it brings the point home for sure. Not to mention how often, the people who are overly critical on themselves are doing extremely well. But that’s another post.

Looking forward to the results as we are going to have some good ones for sure!

Story of a Recovering Scale Watcher

What do you do when you have a kick butt before and After? Show it off to the World of course.

Heather H. recently finished our New Year New You contest and was one of our top finishers. She is the epitome of a woman who was not a large woman to start but due to eating styles, and genetics had that “Muffin Top.” When she sent me this before picture she was so excited.

She didn’t lost tons of weight 8lbs. and PUT ON almost 3 lbs of muscle. She lost ~ 6% body fat. What is the takeaway?

It is not about losing pounds. It is not about losing weight. Putting on muscle does not make you big. It is about getting strong. It is about getting lean. It is about redistributing your body.

That is how you look KICK ASS.

One last thing before I send all you gearheads into the world to congratulate this amazing woman. Heather is a recovering scale watcher. She would get on the scale multiple times per day. She would then obsess over all her nutritional habits based on the numbers on the scale.

As I write this, her scale is right beside me in my office. I took it from her when the challenge started. We all have days when water weight is high. Everyone has different times of day that you weigh more and less. Too much salt, weight is up. Starved yourself, weight is down but now you took off muscle (sorry, rant for another day.)

I didn’t tell her what she weighed for 6 weeks and made her promise not to get on a scale. Heather talked about feeling free. Better moods. Happier life. So bottom line, ditch the scale, and if you see Heather remind her how awesome she is.