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Tonight, Aaron and Don talk about the basics of the 1 Meal – 1 Workout philosophy. How Aaron got started, and what’s worked for them!  Click HERE to start listening!

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Like I’ve mentioned before, I still get the “how did you do it” question quite often. One of the things that I did that I think really helped with my success was an intentional mental shift in the way I regarded working out.

That was a long complicated sentence to just say “I changed how I looked at working out.”

I started thinking about what I needed to stay motivated about working out. How do I turn one workout into two, two into three, and so on? For me, I decided to treat “working out” like “going to work”.

When my alarm goes off in the morning, I don’t think, “I don’t feel like going to work today…I think I’ll just stay home.”  I get up, get dressed, and go to work. I do it for two reasons. First, I enjoy my job. I have a great job and I work with great people. Second, and most important, it’s how I take care of my family. My job puts food on the table, clothes on our backs, and a roof over our heads.

Once I put working out at the same level of importance as work, it all seemed to come together. And the truth is, IT’S JUST AS IMPORTANT.

Working out is part of what keeps me healthy so that I can provide for my family, be a father for my son, and be a husband for my wife. When it’s time to work out, I go. I use my normal work ethic as my litmus test. If I’m so exhausted that I need to stay home from work, then I can skip working out. Conversely, if I’m not sick enough to call into work and take a PTO day, then I don’t need to take a PTO day from working out. (This could be a problem for you if your personal work ethic stinks…sorry…that’s a blog for a different day.)

It’s usually easy for us to see the consequences for not working. We get fired. We don’t have money. The consequences are usually fairly immediate. But when we don’t work out…well, that’s a different story. The consequences are often delayed. We blow off a trip to the gym and nothing really seems to happen.

“But Aaron”, you say, “I don’t want working out to be like a work.  It’d feel like I have a second job! If I wanted a part-time job I’d deliver pizza.”

I understand that. But it’s been said that if you have a job you like you never have to work a day in your life. That’s my final advice to you. Find something you like, or even better, love to do for your work outs, and you won’t mind going to work!

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Have you heard of High Intensity Interval Training, or “HIIT”? It might be just the thing you need to jump start your workout. Learn what you need to know about how to get started! Click HERE to start listening!

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Tonight was a good night. In case you didn’t know, I’ve been battling IT band syndrome. Tonight I felt like I was back in the groove for the first time in a while.

I was out under the stars, pavement under my feet, theTightwad Tech podcast in my ears, and the wind in my face. I put in a couple of miles and felt pretty good when I was done. Sometimes going back to the beginning is the best way to move forward.

 I love pickles…I really do. If you love pickles, then you’re in luck. Pickles, to me, are one of the best snacks out there. Why? Let me tell you.

  • Super low calorie – the average kosher dill has between 5 and 10 calories.
  • Lots of flavor – When you eat a pickle, you know it.
  • Crunchy – A pickle gives you something to CHEW! Yogurt tastes great and it’s good for you, but you can’t really chew it.
  • Handy – You don’t have to spread it on a cracker, cook it, heat it, or doing anything but fish it out of the jar.

However, you can’t just go hog wild and eat 10 pickles a day. I mean…you can, but you shouldn’t. Pickles are also fairly acidic. Pickles are also very high in sodium. Very high. If you already eat a high sodium diet, be careful about adding a bunch of pickles to it. That being said, if you sweat a lot when you exercise, like I do, then some extra sodium is not necessarily a bad thing. I usually grab a pickle after I work out.

What’s your favorite low-cal snack?