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March 11, 2016

Avoid the Scale

Avoid the SCALE!!!!  Now I know that’s easier said than done.  But I’m seeing a lot of our Customers and Challengers getting hung up on what the scale says.  They are becoming almost obsessed with the number!  This is why I don’t want you to do that.

If your clothes are getting looser, if you FEEL BETTER, if you’re measuring inches and those inches are going down, BUT the scale isn’t moving, IT’S OK!  Everybody will remind you of the fact that muscle weighs more than fat, and that’s true.  Your body will respond differently to different workouts, another reason to change it up and do different things and then come back to something you like from time to time.  Shaun talked about this at Shauntervention in the UK, when you hit a plateau, you need to change it up.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT thing to remember WOMEN!!!  Men lose weight faster than women.  When Shaun ran his first Insanity Test Group, in the first 30 days the guys were dropping weight like crazy, and the women weren’t.  In some cases the women didn’t lose any weight at all in the first 30 days, this is where people quit, because they think it’s not working.  Then the next 30 days, the women started dropping, and the men started to slowdown in weight-loss. It’s normal for some people not to see results as fast as others.  What you will find (and a lady in the UK said this on our most recent Podcast “Shauntervention UK” which comes out this Thursday) is that she wanted to quit after 30 days because her scale didn’t move, but she didn’t!  If you listen to it, you’ll hear her say that she lost a lot of weight in the second 30 days and was glad she didn’t quit.  Everybody’s body is different.

We already struggle with Body Image issues, why add to it with a number on a scale.  I finally got to the point where I had to walk away from the scale, I would work my butt off with an Asylum workout, for example, think “surely my body fat dropped a tenth of a percent!!!” (I have one of those scales that measures it) and I would get on there, and it would go up a tenth of a percent!  I would be like “What the F***!”.  LOL, I laugh because I think back to how dumb I must have looked but at the time I was so obsessed with the numbers.

Am I saying don’t weigh yourself ever?  No.  I’m just saying don’t weigh every day and turn it into a daily obsession, because what will happen is you will get a high off the losses and a low off the gains.  Go by the inches; guys –  watch the inches grow in your arms as you build muscle, ladies – watch the inches go down on your arms as you lose the fat around your triceps.  Both men and women, watch the inches around your waist and go by the way your clothes fit.  It’s a much healthier approach to feeling like you are accomplishing something without it becoming an obsession.

Remember this is coming from a former “fat guy”, I get it, I got it…and so will you.

 

February 10, 2016

Valentine’s Day Body Issues

So Valentine’s Day is this week! Some of you might be like “YAY”, some of you might be like “Who Cares!”. If you’re one of the “who cares” people, I get it, I’m not here to change your mind. But I am writing this blog this week because for some people Valentines Day is a day of romance and being with their significant other and based off of a conversation I had with a friend the other day, it brings up body image issues for her.

Anytime she’s intimate with her husband; she doesn’t like the way she looks, naked or otherwise. This rung true for me BIG TIME. Why, because still today, I sometimes feel like the fat guy, or I feel like the work I’ve put in isn’t enough to make me happy with what I see in the mirror. I also remember having serious body image issues when I was overweight and not liking the way I looked naked, let alone in clothes. So where am I going with this? Let’s talk about being naked! As some of you may know, I produce Shaun T’s podcast Trust and Believe and for two weeks in January, he talked about this very thing. The second part, he interviewed me, and we had a long discussion about being naked and body image issues. I invite you to take a listen and enjoy it, learn from it and open yourself up to explore it in your head. See if you have some of the same issues, or if you’re one of the ones who has no issues (and I’m extremely happy for you if you are).

Trust and Believe - Episode 17 Get Naked

Trust and Believe - Episode 18 Get Naked Part 2 (we're on this one!)

My last thing, if you are fed up with your body image issues and want to work on it, please feel free to contact Alisha or myself. We get it! We know the struggles you’re going through, and we have been there. We genuinely want to help you if you’re ready.

We want your Valentines Days to be amazing for years to come and for you to be happy in your skin!

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