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Here is a simple plan to manage holiday events and free days. Believe it or not, you actually get to choose – you just get to be responsible for the results produced from those choices.
As usual, we're talking about total freedom, no guilt, and just purely mechanical ABC meals = XYZ results.
Following this week's theme that Thanksgiving is a free day, lets review your options for between now and the end of 2012:
Like I said yesterday: "Look, I think you can get it. Skip the christmas cookies and all of the crap food that starts showing up around you during the holidays. Save your free days for the big events with people."
You can still get great results eating great 6 days per week and having 1 free day each week.
During the holidays, you can actually choose to maintain, and eat great 5 days per week and have 2 free days.
Or… you can just minimize damage by eating right 4 days per week and having 3 free days.
I don't judge. It's your body and it's your holidays, and you can do what ever you choose. Just be responsible for it.
Just like the time I went back home for two weeks and pigged out non-stop on every kind of crap food I ever ate as a kid. I gained 18lbs in two weeks, and it took me two months to lose it. But… at the time I decided it was worth it, and I was totally willing to pay the price later (taking the two months to lose it).
You can have what ever you want. Just plan accordingly.
It's my recommendation that you plan out all of your free days NOW. Put them in your phone or what ever calendar system you use. And actually choose:
Get Results: 1 Free Day Per Week
Maintain: 2 Free Days Per Week
Managed Fat Gain: 3+ Free Days Per Week
And, as a reminder – if you don't really lock it down on your non-free days, free days are a disaster. Free days *only* work if you lock down the clean eating on the non free days.
Sloppy Eating During the Week + Free Day(s) = Massive Fat Gain Fail
Awesome Eating During the Week + Free Day(s) = Massive Fat Loss Results
It's that simple. Plan out all of your free days between now and New Years, and put them in your phone. Enjoy the holidays!
by Josh Hillis
Author of the upcoming Fat Loss Happens on Monday, for On Target Publications (2014)
Info on my coaching program here: https://www.losestubbornfat.com/articles/2013/06/josh-hillis-online-coaching-program-open-again-2.html
Thanksgiving is a free day. Period.
Scratch that: Thanksgiving should be THE MOTHER OF ALL FREE DAYS.
Don't listen to all of the crazy talk about "how to eat clean on Thanksgiving". Every year we get 1,000 stupid artciles on how to eat right on Thanksgiving. Don't do it. I think that's the kind of advice that trainers give when they are totally out of touch with reality.
Eat right the day before Thanksgiving. Eat right the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, you should totally pig out.
I mean Give Thanks.
I mean Give Thanks AND Pig Out.
Free Days Are About Picking Your Battles
The holidays are coming, and the holidays are all about picking your battles. Some holiday events you may have to eat right. Most of them you will make free days. The trick is to eat right between holiday events, and to not have every day be a holiday event.
Thanksgiving: Free day
Random Thursday that someone brings in brownies at work: Pass on the brownies and eat clean
Company Holiday Party: Free Day
Walking by a jar of candy canes: Pass on candy canes and eat clean
Look, I think you can get it. Skip the christmas cookies and all of the crap food that starts showing up around you during the holidays. Save your free days for the big events with people.
Happiness and Free Days
It's kind of like every time they do a study on money buying happiness, they always find the same thing: Buying stuff with your money almost never leads to any kind of lasting enjoyment or happiness, but buying experiences almost always does. In other words, the 6 day carribean cruise with your significant other or best friend gets you more happiness than the new car.
By the same metaphor, a free day that's an experience buys you more happiness than a free day that's just a type of food. In other words, it's more fun to have a free day on Thanksgiving with people you love than it is to have a free day eating donuts in front of the TV alone.
There tends to be a lot of events coming up through the holidays. Make those your free days.
And remember – a free day only works in your favor if YOU EAT AWESOME THE REST OF THE TIME.
Thanksgiving as a free day = awesome
Thanksgiving as a start of a continuous free season
that lasts until January 1st = epic fail
Make sure to put really awesome, clean eating days between your free days. Then you can really enjoy your Thanksgiving.
RKC, CPT, PES, ZMIS
P.S. My ultimate fat loss program is on sale for almost 50% off. System Six: The Absolute Minimum Workout, normally $47, is now on sale for $24.77
Happy Thanksgiving sale is in full effect until the end of this week!
In 2013 I'm re-naming it "System Six: The Absolute Minimum Workout" because that's actually a much more accurate title – it really is just the absolulte minimum workout you can do and get fat loss results, that I tested for over two years.
People who've gotten it love it, and are shocked by a.) How massively informative it is, and b.) How it's totally chunked down into small, simple, easy to use pieces.
Anyway, next year it'll have the new title and a new cover, but it will be the exact same program. Enjoy!
P.P.S. The page still shows the price as $47 – you have to be one of my readers to be "in the know", when you click on "add to cart", you'll see that it comes up as $24.77 - the really amazing sale price.
I just want to thank EVERYONE who entered! Really, really awesome costumes!
Brittany and Kathryn both won by a pretty solid margin in BOTH categories. Brittany was #1 for best costume, and Kathryn was #2 for best costume, and Kathryn was #1 for most fit and Brittany was #2 for most fit.
Both are long time readers of the blog, and both are clearly rockstar fit! And I'm stoked they won 'cause I'm a huge nerd for both X-Men and Batman =)
Both of you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line "costume contest" and let me know which one you would like as your price for winning!
1.) The Stubborn Seven Pounds
2.) The 21 Day Kettlebell Challenge
3.) The Platinum Coaching Club Workouts (currently unavailable anywhere else)
4.) Fighter Workouts for Fat Loss Part Two (currently unavailable anywhere else)
5.) System Six: The Absolute Minimum Workout
6.) A Custom Program just for you
The Vanessa Hudgens getting her body from deadlifting and kettlebell training article has been one of the most popular articles on this blog for two years now.
In fact, whenever I don't post for a few days, it shoots to #1.
Clearly, going from High School Musical to heavy deadlifts and kettlebell work only made here leaner:
By 2012 I'd like to think that the idea that girls can be strong and hot should be obvious. The combination of strength + the right food is clearly the quickest way to your goals.
In other words: Kettlebells and barbells are a girl's best friend.
While the movie was clearly… missing something… the workouts were outstandingly cool, and that's why 532 people per week come to the blog just for that one article:
Entries so far:
Brittany as Rogue from X-Men
Kathryn as Poison Ivy
Laura as The Black Swan’s crazy great-aunt, The Grey Goose
Janna as Jill Valentine from Resident Evil
April as Lara Croft
Katy as Zombie Bride
Ruben as a Pirate
Jason as Jose Cuervo and Lime
Jamie as a Fantasy Peacock
Everyone that enters gets a copy of Fighter Workouts for Fat Loss: Part One.
There will be winners in two categories:
1.) Best Costume
I’ll stop accepting submissions this Friday, and I’ll run the poll on the blog next week.
Everyone who submits an entry gets a copy of Fighter Workouts for Fat Loss: Part One. The two winners will get any program they want (even if it isn’t available anymore, like the Platinum Coaching Club Workouts or the full Fighter Workouts for Fat Loss), or I’ll make them a custom program.
P.S. With the Physical Therapists I work with, as the Scooby Gang (I’m Shaggy!)