We’re hot and heavy into PACKER season, one of my favorite times of the year! I love the excitement of a new season, the feeling of optimism as we embark on a chance for the Super Bowl ring and even the fresh start of the opportunity to make up for last year’s mistakes!
I have the rare opportunity to hold season tickets to the Packer’s home games. I know—in Wisconsin, that’s a ticket to being part of the “in crowd” on Sunday—me and about 70,000 others, but I’ll admit, on game day, it’s a BIG deal!
After all the pomp and circumstance of game day one of my favorite things is to watch Mike McCarthy interact with the players on the side lines. The practicing is over and Mike holds the reigns. The players don’t question him or second guess the call. By the time they get to game day, they’ve practiced and trained and run that drill about a thousand times. They’ve trained their bodies to REACT and ACT—they’re not guessing anymore and it shows. Any thinking that needs to be done is done by the Packer’s coaching staff. The team is trained to perform and execute.
This thought parallels our successful weight loss clients at Ellipse Fitness. The clients with the most success, and I’ve personally worked with several, are the ones that stop questioning the process and trying to “beat” the system. If you speak with a successful weight loss and fat loss client at Ellipse, 9 times out of 10 they kept a food journal. They drank their water and had 35 meals a week, 32 of which were “spot on” their program. They didn’t try to “create” a better way or attempt to cheat 10 times instead of 3 planned splurges. They didn’t “keep track in their head”, because journaling seemed like a “waste of time”. They TRUSTED that we’d helped their friends, family or fellow Ellipse members to lose weight and we could help them, too.
As a coach, we don’t hold anything back. There’s no “special sauce” that we aren’t sharing. They key is to CAPITALIZE on the knowledge we’re giving you and not attempt to recreate the wheel.
I recently had a client try the “shake for breakfast and lunch” phenomenon. She was having decent success on the program, but a friend offered to help her get weight loss “faster” and she gave it a whirl. It’s ok, and she lost some “weight”—however—the calorie reduction resulted in muscle loss and the extra weight she dropped too rapidly ended up being muscle. We talked and she decided to follow the plan laid out for her. Eating well balanced meals really did result in weight loss. The muscle loss stopped and the FAT LOSS returned, which was her goal all along.
Life isn’t a perfect circle, it’s ok to try new things and even fail a few times, but remember that somewhere out there in all that information is a plan that works for you and chances are, it’s been tested and proven. Trust the process and you’ll get your chance to experiment in maintenance, I promise! In that phase, you’ll learn what your body will allow and what it will reject. You’ll find your sweet spot and learn what it takes to keep the weight off. Until then, find something and trust in it and rest confident in knowing you’re doing what’s best for YOU.