”1 Meal – 1 Workout”…you may have seen that name/phrase bandied about lately by me on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or any of another number of places on the world-wide-interweb. But what does it really mean? Maybe it’s time to revisit the basics.
Last June when I made the decision that I needed to lose 100+ pounds, I really didn’t have much of a plan, but I did know one thing. As a 42-year-old fat guy, I had tried and failed to lose the weight multiple times over the course of my life. The way I had approached getting fit in the past hadn’t worked, so I need to make a fundamental change. As I thought about it, I kept thinking back about my past failures. It usually went something like this:
- Sit up late at night for no reason.
- See Tony Horton selling P90X (or some variation thereof).
- Get disgusted with my current condition and decide “it’s time to do something about it”.
- Day 1 of my new lifestyle: Make drastic changes to my eating habits and activity level.
- Day 2 of my new lifestyle: Discard all changes and continue life as before.
- It made the task do-able. It was something I could wrap my mind around. Anybody can eat good one day, right? Anyone can put in one good workout.
IfWhen I failed, it eliminated the guilt and condemnation. I hadn’t “blown it”. There was no diet I had failed. Instead, I just needed to do better at the next meal, or put more effect into the next workout.
- Procrastination was taken off the table. No more “I’ll start over after the holidays”, or “on Monday”, “or next month”, or “next week”. Start now!
Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help!