I get it. Building a fit, healthy lifestyle can be overwhelming. Figuring out when and where to implement diet and exercise is tough reality check and unfortunately this is when most people stop.
They’ve read the books, conceptually understand the principals involved and get really inspired.
Then what? The alarm still goes of at the same time the every morning. You still get home from work at the same time every night. Where do we start? Sometimes the idea of a new regimen is much easier than the implementation of it, and those old familiar routines are all too comfortable and easy to fall back on after a hard day’s work.
Like Warrant Buffett said “Often the chains of habit are too light to be felt until they’re too heavy to be broken”.
This is a nonnegotiable element to your success as an athlete, professional and all around epic human being. You must plan ahead.
Take food preparation for example. Winging it is a sure way to fuck up. You’ll undoubtably find yourself starving one day and revert back to old habits. The key is to plan ahead and prepare your meals in advance. If this seems radical to you then go back and re-read my blog on “The Law of Accommodation” to get a grasp on what it takes to be on top of your game.
The irony of course is that this only seems like more work. The reality is that structure sets us free. By preparing yourself to make easy decisions you free up your mind from frantically searching for unhealthy fast-food alternatives.
Preparation comes in many forms; you can take it as far as cooking every meal you eat per week in advance, hiring a meal service to do it for you, or simply bringing your own snacks and water with you so that you’re not tempted to cheat. This not only saves you time but if you stick to cooking your own food it will also save you money.
We have a saying at the gym that you get trapped in the “eating out loop”. Meaning you keep forgetting to go grocery shopping and therefor keep having to eat out. You end up spending twice as much money and eating half as healthy.
Plan. Anticipate. Prepare. Be Epic.