Let’s get real. 4 minute abs doesn’t mean you will get a six pack in 4 minutes. It means it is a 4 minute workout targeting your abdominal muscles. If you want a six pack or a flat tummy you need to do at least two things. Develop strong, tight abdominal muscles and shed excess fat in and around your abdomen. Before starting a new exercise program or diet of the week, ask yourself, am I really ready to change my lifestyle? Because that’s exactly what it’s going to take to reach your goal. If you’re not ready and you begin a new program or diet you will not be successful. You will end up cheating or quitting and then you’ll be disappointed in yourself and frustrated. The key to being successful is being mentally and emotionally prepared to commit to changing parts of your life. You will have to change how you eat, what you eat, and your shopping habits. You will have to change your daily routine to incorporate your workout(s). Sometimes you’ll have to wake up an hour earlier than usual or skip that lunchtime gossip session to get your 30 minute walk in. A large majority of the photos you see of fit, toned and a thin people in magazines, on television and the Internet have gone through a grueling process to look that way. Some of them work on their bodies day and night giving up enjoyable foods, alcohol, a social life and dating because of the commitment they made to themselves to look a certain way. Bodybuilders, for example, often refer to it as “the lifestyle”. For the person who isn’t looking to become Mr. or Ms. Olympia, there is no need or desire to take that path. Therefore, you need to remind yourself that you cannot undo years of unhealthy habits in 30 days. It took quite a while (usually years) to create the body you are currently in and it will take time to transform it. Once you understand and accept this you will be better prepared to start your journey and celebrate each victory along the way no matter how small. I hope this is helpful to someone. May you be successful in your transformation!
I’m trying something new. Some of my clients asked for a challenge, so I created Healthy Habits Challenges for the rest of this year. The first challenge starts this month. We’re doing a 21-day AB Challenge and a Water Challenge. Why not a 30 day challenge? Because it takes 21 days to create a habit and most people fall off after 2 weeks, so let’s see if 3 weeks works.
I’ve posted the 21-Day AB Challenge here and on my other social media sites:
July is all about Abs and Water
AB challenge: Review the 21-Day Challenge and choose the track that works for your fitness level and experience. You can always change tracks if the one you chose is too easy or too difficult. But only change once. Choices are: Baby Steps, Off and On, Warrior and Beast.
Just follow the challenge calendar. Simple. It’s by day rather than date so you can start as late as July 11th! If you want to compete just send me a message via FB post or email by July 11th. Not only will you receive bragging rights for completing your track, but you will be entered into a drawing for cool prizes! No pictures necessary, but they are welcomed. You must post by FB (or send email) your challenge day achievements every day for 21 only days. I’ll announce the winners the first week of August. This is the honor system people so please honor yourself and others by not cheating. Let’s have a little fun creating Healthy Habits!
Water challenge: Try to hit your water goal each day for the next 21 days. The easiest way to figure out if you are consuming enough water is to divide your weight in half. Take that number and drink that many ounces per day. (example: if Bob weighs 160 lbs half his weight is 80 lbs. Bob should drink 80 ounces of water daily.) That’s two Super Big Gulps or 2.5 liters of soda. Of course every body is different. My tummy can’t handle much at one time, so I have to sip water throughout the day unless I’m working out. Start slow and build up to your goal.
A tip to check for sufficient water consumption is to pinch the skin on your finger. If the skin stays pinched for more than a second, you need to drink up buttercup!