Introducing The GL-12 Success Triangle
First of all, on behalf of the GL-12 team and leadership we would like to wish everyone “Happy Holidays.”
It’s obvious that we all have the same things in common and face the same challenges when it comes to keeping the weight off permanently.
It seems like we all struggle finding enough time for exercise and nutrition and we all have a hard time staying motivated. I know my wife and I searched for years to find long term solutions on how to find the variety and flexibility to stay motivated enough to follow a long-term plan.
That’s why we want to start sharing some of these solutions to help you get ready for the New Year and beyond.
We learned to overcome our frustrations when we discovered and applied all kinds of small but *very powerful* life-long changes to our fitness program that have allowed us to stay lean and fit all year round.
Now that we’re moving into 2010 everybody has Resolutions on their minds. The research shows that over 80% of people make New Year’s resolutions related to weight loss or getting in better shape.
The reality is however, the majority of people continue to fail year after year with fat loss because they look for the quickest way possible and ironically, the longest way is a short-cut.
Learn how to build long-term, efficient fitness habits.
Here are 3 simple steps that we’ve been sharing and using for years that can make ALL the difference.
We call it the GL-12 Fat-Loss Success Triangle.
1. Schedule It
You must plan and prepare ahead of time and schedule your workouts and meals.
We’ve heard it for years, but it’s SO true. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Just like opening the doors of your business in the morning, making it to a doctor’s appointment, or picking up your children from school or practice, exercise and nutrition must be scheduled. We have found that performing 12 to 30 minutes of exercise within an hour of waking up works best for most people. In fact, research shows that a healthy individual can potentially burn more fat and calories in an intense 12 to 20 minute exercise session performed in the morning on an empty stomach than an entire hour of exercise performed in the evening after eating a few meals.
Not only do you save time and burn more fat and calories; it’s also out of the way and supercharges your metabolism and energy to take on your entire day.
Treat your food intake exactly the same! Take 15 minutes every night before bed and plan your next day’s eating and exercise into your schedule. This will help you create more time than you have ever had because you won’t be chasing energy or waiting in a fast food line.
2. Use an Accountability System
Seek accountability daily to beat the battle of the bulge for the long haul.
In order for you to be successful at home or in business you have to hold yourself accountable to certain daily obligations, tasks, and large projects.When it comes to being a parent or a mate, we also hold ourselves accountable to spending time with our children and our significant others. If you don’t invest the time necessary, your business and financial life suffer…and of course ultimately our relationships and family life suffer as well.
The same is true with exercise and nutrition. Most people fail with fitness because they lack an accountability system. There are a few different ways to do this depending on your personality and of course desire to succeed.
The best accountability system is to make a financial commitment. This not only will ensure you the proper way to do things, but also can obligate you through structured appointments or a financial investment. It “hurts” a LOT more when we have to reach into your pocket, and you’re much more likely to follow through.
Another great way to be held accountable is to enter a contest or event with a goal or deadline. This positive pressure will help you stay focused on a pre-determined goal, and by having a deadline, it creates the urgency needed to help develop consistent habits. I personally love scheduling a photo shoot. If I have to be in front of a camera on a certain day and time, it creates a healthy sense of urgency to be ready.
The last method of accountability to use is partnering up with a friend or mate and committing to weekly workouts, trainings, or some type of intense classes such as group training, spinning or kickboxing. If possible, it’s a good idea to pay monthly, or in advance, for a package or series of classes for that extra incentive to follow through.
3. Follow the GL-12 Law of Consistency
Strive to be consistent, not perfect
Learning to develop realistic, long-term lifestyle changes is the key to health, vitality, and weight management. In order to do this, you must come up with a plan that will set you up for creating habits that will last a lifetime.
Because we are all human, we will fall off probably more than once a week. The key to achieving great results is knowing that when you do fall off, you get right back on track instead of giving up completely.
Karen and I personally like to schedule our workouts before or after events, holidays, or special occasions. If we know we’re going to cheat, we just work out 2 or 3 hours beforehand to rev up our metabolism, or the very next morning as damage control. 🙂
Everybody falls, but great people overcome their adversities and immediately get back up. There will never be a perfect time to begin forming fitness habits so the best thing is to begin now by taking small steps today. Use the Law of Consistency. Remember, fat loss and fitness are a journey…NOT an event!
We have found over the years that consistency, not perfection of the basics described here, will give you the philosophies you need to be productive in fitness, business, and in life!
Bringing It Home With Real World Proof
In 1998, I spent 12 weeks doing a physique transformation contest called “Body for Life”. The contest required four to five hours of intense exercise per week and a balanced carb-cycling nutrition plan. This was not only a great way to hold myself accountable, but also allowed me to develop long-term, efficient habits that I still use daily over 10 years later. All because I had desire and a deadline.
It’s inspiring to see what can happen to people when they actually apply these strategies and change just a few small aspects of their plan. Here’s what happens to people when they take action!
I’ve tried every diet that I could find. I’ve spent 100’s of dollars and I continued to gain weight. I was skeptical of the Get Lean In 12 program. However, I decided to follow the first week closely to prove that it would or would not work for me. On my eighth day, I had already lost 10 lbs! I look and feel better than I have in the last 15 years; and this is just the beginning. I know that as I continue the plan, I will see even greater results. This plan really works! Finally! Thank you Wendy and Shaun for putting this wonderful program together and giving me my life back. I have a new attitude and my health and my body show it!
Elia Gardner – Euless, Texas, 12-07-2009
Applying all these *little* things is what really does make the *big* difference. The most rewarding part is being able to share all the strategies that make such a big difference with others.
Regardless of what you’re plan is for the New Year, if you can focus about five percent of your time weekly on the GL-12 Success Triangle, you can transform your body and dramatically improve focus and productivity in all areas of your personal and financial life at the same exact time.
When all is said and done, the changes in your body will be nothing compared to the person you become.
Now it’s your turn! Remember that your life will never be in a perfect situation to begin an exercise program. Set up a small step that you can take now to start developing what can be the most powerful habits in 2010 that you have ever experienced.
Our best to you for a Happy New Year,
Shaun Hadsall and the GL-12 Team
P.S. Be on the look out. In the next few days I’m going to send you the 3 simple nutrition rules you can follow for the holidays and New Year to keep the fat off…forever.
We call it the GL-12 Food Pyramid and it’s a *LOT* different than the traditional food pyramid!
P.P.S. We’re also working on starting up an on-line forum to help everybody with accountability and support, but we need to know you’re interested.
Send us an email and tell us what you think;