WHY YOU'RE GETTING NOWHERE...

Ok, you have been hitting the gym everyday and trying to "change" your eating habits. So you keep this up for about 6 months and at first you saw awesome results. Now all of a sudden it seems as though you have just come to a stop. Thinking you might need some more "calorie burning," you start throwing in some more cardio to get those awesome results again but that doesn't seem to help much. Now you are a bit frustrated... and in your constant battle of frustration, you decide the hell with it and go out on a week long binge of dense calorie foods and maybe some drinks to drown those sorrows a bit. So, as the guilt sweeps in, you tell yourself that you're gonna make it right by hitting the gym hard on Monday and eating "clean" everyday until you hit your goals. Four weeks go by and your progress is stalled again, so you binge. Then you hit sobriety again. This process just keeps going on and on, and some times it never stops. Let's take a minute to talk about some things you are missing that might save you from your on/off exercise program you have created.  

#1 STOP LETTING YOUR MIND GET IN THE WAY...
Your heart is in the right place, but your mind is sabotaging you. First ask yourself, "Who told me working out everyday is good?"  How did you come to that assumption? In weight training... MORE is not always better. Sometimes LESS is more. Now, before we go any further, understand that the increase of volume and stress over time is how you build muscle and strength. But that does not mean you have to do it all in one day. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. So stop trying to run towards your goals and start climbing up to them. Your mind is your biggest enemy and also you best motivator. Just get it in check with your goals, and that will help you from burning out to fast.

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#2 WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN...
How do you know where you are going if you don't know where you have been? Here's an example: Monday you do a "killer" workout; you don't write anything down - you just know you sweated a lot and everything is sore on your body. Then next Monday you do another workout which is not really that hard of a workout, and the next day you gained 2 lbs. So does that mean it was because you didn't work as hard as the previous Monday, or was it the double bacon cheeseburger you ate that night? No one knows because you don't keep track of it all. Training is all about progression. The only way to progress is to keep track of what you're doing so you know when to switch it up, add more weight, eat more or less food, so on and so fourth. We are all scientists, searching for a specific result (lose body fat, build muscle, etc). The gym is our lab, and our training and food intake are our variables. SO WRITE SHIT DOWN!!!!

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#3 DO YOUR OWN TEST...
I had a guy yesterday approach me about a "new" supplement coming onto the market and wondered if he should take it. I simply replied, "Is your diet that perfect that you need to add this supplement in?" He kind of stared at me like I had 2 heads. He proceeded to tell me how Dr. Oz recommends it and it's awesome. I asked if he had ever taken it and he said no. So I tell him he should take it for a month and change nothing else in his diet or life to see if it actually works. Again he looked at me like I had 2 heads. He said well I have to eat better and workout for it to "work". In which case I replied, "how will you know it's the supplement then?" He looked confused, as if altering one's diet and exercise would produce positive results right? The point of this story is to do your own "studies". Don't let anyone tell you, sell you, or fool you into doing anything. Test things yourself. Don't go gluten free because some Crossfit guru says cavemen didn't eat gluten. Cavemen would eat their own shit if they were hungry enough -- that doesn't mean I am going to do that. And gluten tastes really good, especially when it's in the form of a roll with a bit of sugar and butter on it. 

All three things aid each other... Don't let your mind get in the way of constant progress, keep track of your constant progress so you know when to switch things up or slow things down, and do your own tests to see what works for you. Now go out there and make some science happen, but please don't go eat your own shit...ever. 

** This article was authored and written by Daniel Johnson. All information in this article is based on the author's personal experiences and is in no way portrayed to be scientifically proven. This information is to be used at the reader's discretion. Any person using this information in a representation of themselves without credit to the original author will be pursued (DO NOT PLAGIARIZE MY MATERIAL!). As you read this article, there is a good chance you may or may not find spelling or grammatical errors -- there is no need for you to point this out, the author does not care. Use the information or don't use it, but keep your comments to yourself.

September 19, 2014 by Daniel Johnson