FOUR PACKS WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW UP ON RICHARD ROLL AND COMMENT ON HIS THOUGHT PROCESS AND REGIMEN…AND IT MAKES TOTAL SENSE…IDEAL SHAPE IS ACHIEVED BY IDENTIFYING AND IMPLEMENTING DIETARY GUIDELINES AND FITNESS PROGRAMS THAT YOU, AS AN INDIVIDUAL, CAN LIVE WITH…IT HAS TO BE TAKEN ONE DAY AT A TIME AND WITHING THE FRAMEWORK OF A LOWER CALORIE, HEALTHY FOOD PROGRAM….
Don’t diet: Instead, get honest about your habits and embark on implementing healthy, lasting changes in your nutrition. I feel quite strongly that a nutrition program built entirely around plant-based foods and completely devoid of animal products is optimal. Conventional wisdom would say that an athlete cannot perform on plants alone. But I am living proof that this is false, and I have ample research to support this position. Personally, I cannot overemphasize the difference this has made in my own life, a secret weapon for enhanced athletic performance and overall long-term wellness. (In the last two years, I have not gotten sick or even suffered a cold.)
I realize, of course, that not everyone is ready to go 100 percent vegan, but a program built on a strong foundation of fresh organic vegetables, fruits and grains should be the focus. Don’t skip meals, but reduce your portions slightly. Read the labels and educate yourself. Avoid saturated fats, processed foods and soft drinks, all of which are entirely devoid of nutritional value. Eating whole fresh foods high in nutritional content will also stave off those unhealthy urges to binge.
One day at a time: Large goals can seem insurmountable. The idea that you can never eat a cupcake or sleep in
again is daunting at best. Instead, just focus on what is happening today, even if it’s hour to hour, and don’t worry about tomorrow.
“Today, I’m not going to eat that cupcake. Maybe I’ll eat it tomorrow, just not today.” And if you miss a beat, don’t flog yourself; it only leads to discouragement and quitting altogether. The important thing is to make sure you get right back on it the next day — don’t let another day go by.
Prioritize: Take an honest look at your average week, identify your inefficient uses of time and eliminate the things that don’t serve your goals. No matter how busy you are, if you are truly honest about this inquiry, I guarantee you can make some cuts and carve out some time. Remember: Nothing changes if nothing changes.
Be consistent: It’s not about how much you do in a given workout or how hard it is. Ten minutes of core exercises four to five times per week is far better than one long run a week. Establishing a consistent rhythm of repetition is key, and another reason that your choice of exercise should be something you truly enjoy.
Let’s join together to shift the world’s perspective on long-term health and wellness. No matter how old, overweight or out of shape you are, you have the power to make a decision, set a goal and create a plan. Positive change is always within your grasp, and today still remains the first day of the rest of your life. Make it count!