Environment: Is it Positive?
Ok, time to get real.
Last week I screwed up my nutrition and exercise plan while I was in Chicago.
I spent six days attending a high level business training how to be a better writer, communicator, and add value to your life as a fitness professional.
BUT — that didn’t stop me from eating high-calorie foods too many restaurants, drinking way too much wine (with few martinis and beers)…and slacking on my workouts.
For example, here’s Vince Del Monte, my business partner Colby, and I hanging out on the Navy Pier playing on the last day of the event.
Environment? Is it Positive?
Yes, that’s a huge beer in our hands 🙂
Vince goes low carb (Coors light), Ryan goes for taste (Blue Moon), and I go for the high carb dark stuff (IPA).
This explains why I came home, looked in the mirror, jumped on the scale to assess the damage, and…uh oh.
SIX pounds heavier.
So even though I had a great time, made some new friends, and learned how to serve you better…
I came home FULL of regret.
Why did I fall off track?
What stopped me and held me back?
Here’s what I should have done instead:
– Planned ahead and had a fridge delivered to my hotel room
– Went grocery shopping for healthy food choices
– Set an alarm clock to wake up early for my workouts
– Limited my intake of alcohol and cheat foods, etc…
But I didn’t.
Primarily because I wasn’t in the RIGHT environment.
I’m not making excuses.
After all, it was MY lack of discipline that cost me to have so much regret after I got back home.
But it just goes to prove how our environment, many times, will determine “how” we spend our time.
Environments mean everything.
If you control your environments then you’re guaranteed to have more control of your health and fitness goals.
It’s that simple.
– Bars and Night Clubs = Alcohol and partying
– Restaurants = Too many calories (bad food and more alcohol)
– Gyms and Health Clubs = Consistent exercise
– Cooking at home = Healthier food choices and controlled eating
– Perimeter of Grocery Store = Fat burning foods
– Shopping in the aisles = More processed fat storing foods
You get the idea.
So take the time to look at the environments you spend your time in and make the necessary changes that will take you closer to your goals.
This will make a HUGE difference in your life.
The environments where you spend all your time will ultimately determine “who” you spend your time with, which will determine your outcomes and your destiny.
If you constantly hang out in an environment with lazy, unhealthy,overweight folks who don’t care about their health…
…You’ll end up being lazy, overweight and unhealthy too.
Now I’m not saying you should ditch all your friends and family if they’re dysfunctional or have a bad influence on your life.
I’ve always believed in having unconditional acceptance of everybody, regardless of his or her shortcomings.
After all…every time we point the finger at somebody else, we have three fingers pointing back at us.
My story from above is the perfect example of my shortcomings and screw-ups, so who am I to judge anybody else for theirs?
But it’s still in our best interest to do everything we can to spend time with quality people who support our goals and have a positive influence on our life.
This is one of the biggest secrets to staying motivated and making continuous progress in your life.
One last thing…
Don’t forget to change up your exercise environments and routines often too.
Frequent changes in our environment and exercise routines stimulates higher energy levels and helps us break plateaus.
It’s another secret of the fat-loss journey!
Your friend and coach,
Shaun “control your environment” Hadsall
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