SO WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET COMMITTED TO BFL IN THE FIRST PLACE?
It is very hard to start this program blindfolded. The book is the guide for this program and explains why it is different then other dieting programs. This is a change of lifestyle in both exercise and nutrition and meant to be lived by for LIFE, not just 12 weeks. The book also talks about myths on weight loss and helps us understand right away why we never succeeded in other attempts. It's because we had the wrong mindset.
1. Needless to say, in order to commit to a program like this, IT IS A MUST to read the book cover to cover and highlight what you learned for the first time. There will be many "Aha!" moments.
2. I don't recommend either starting the same day you start reading the book. You will not only need time to digest the info, but also time to get ready mentally. Like I described before this takes serious commitment, dedication, a "never-give-up" attitude and much willpower and more. So, take the week to not only read the book, but start emptying your cupboards and refrigerator(s) of all "unauthorized foods"!!!. The more bad stuff you have around, the easier to fall off the bandwagon like many often say... "I fell off the bandwagon, need to restart". So, guard your mind from being TEMPTED in the first place. Eat up those potato chips or throw the darn things away! Same with the soft drinks and ice creams. Next, take time to study the "approved" food list and go to the grocery store and challenge yourself to see how many things you can find to work with. This takes time and even well after being in the program you will continue find things you can use. I discovered wheat tortillas like in week 5 or so. Get your shopping done and then you are prepared with the right foods and your brain knows there is no turning back! Also, decide what supplements you will take if any. Not everyone joins the challenge officially by submitting their story and pictures, but those who do are required to use at least one product by EAS. The rest can decide if they want to use supplements or not and try from different brands.
3. Obviously, join a gym if you haven't as yet unless you have a home gym already. After joining, if you have never lifted before or used the machines, take a day or two to have a gym personnel guide you through how to use them. It takes time to figure out what weights you can handle with each exercise. Also some machines can be complicated to work if it is your first time and will stress you out on the day you begin if you don't know what you are doing.
4. As you continue reading, let other important people in your life know what you are about to begin. Get their support and thus avoid friends inviting you out Monday night for Pizza and beer! lol! Remember that your day off is Sunday! The more people you tell, the more you are sure to continue with your program because now you are under the microscope and being watched to see if you will go all the way or quit. The more accountability, the better.
5. Figure out how you will track your progress!!!!!!! This is a MUST! Ain't nobody gonna become successful without keeping close track of their activity!! Make copies of the sheets the book recommends or buy yourself a journal. You must plan and keep track of meals and exercises. Some feel this is for sissy's. Well, all sissy's succeeded on this program by following it to a T. I am one of those sissy's.
6. Now is not the time to start tweaking the program. Follow it to a T!!! In this challenge you HAVE to teach your body a new routine, teach your stomach new eating habits and teach your mind to get committed! Don't replace things and omit things. (Unless there is a medical reason you can't eat some things or workout some ways). If you had past injuries, limit weights for those muscle groups but pump it on the rest! After Challenge 1 feel free to change up your routines as long as you will continue to eat clean and work hard. There are many good programs out there. For Challenge 2 I am doing Insanity with Shaun T. by Beach Body for example and other tweaks, but working out HARD and eating right.
7. Take time to read other threads on here and become familiar with other people's struggles and suggestions others are making so you know what to expect. The best way to get committed is by being REALISTIC! Some struggle really bad, but they get a lot of advice and support and the strong keep going and make it to the end. So, make new friends, ask questions, join conversations. Those who journey together, tend to keep going. Those who stop participating and stop being accountable are sure to be left behind! And then they are gone for good!
8. Take BEFORE pictures. Good ones. Front, side, back! Measure yourself! The only way to keep track of progress is by comparing every month or so and be astonished at your losses!!! It is a very encouraging feeling!!
9. Obviously all of this takes time. Time to process, time to get ready, time to get familiarized... but mostly it takes time to get your motivation and commitment level to where you KNOW you are in this for the long haul. THOSE WHO CHOSE TO START WITHOUT GETTING READY MENTALLY AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT THEY GOT INTO ARE SURE TO QUITT BEFORE 2 WEEKS ARE BY!!!!!! We can't do something half way and expect full results. This is plain stupid! Sorry for being hard at times, but I love motivating people. I get fired UP!
10. Ultimately have fun!! know that it will hurt! Know that you may be disappointed at times because you wanted faster results. Know that you will sweat! Know that some days you will not want to do it, but you MUST and will need someone to kick you in the rear! BUT ABOVE ALL THINGS, AFTER BEING REALISTIC, KNOW THAT WHEN YOU ARE DONE WITH THE FIRST 12 WEEKS, NO ONE WILL BE MORE HAPPY YOU DID THEN YOU YOURSELF!! And you will inspire others, especially those friends or relatives who didn't believe in you!! So, Show 'em what you are made of!!!
"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this:" Psalm 37:5
"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you fist sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying "this person began to build and wasn't able to finish" Luke 14:28,29
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! This is the time of the year to make health related New Year Resolutions and also the time for gyms to get an overload of new members. That is good. I want to encourage you that this has to be a lifestyle. Don't let it be a 2 week fever. 2 week fevers never work. It is hard to keep motivated without being accountable and without having a plan to follow. Both of those things are found on this website and also on MyFitnessPal. I have loved the community of supporters and to know when I am not doing so good, such as over the Holidays, there are others living through the same thing yet all, like me, are committed to clean up our acts and get going right after a few days of splurging. Have a happy 2013 and may you reach your goals you have set for yourself. You can do it, like all the others who have done it through BFL.
I'm heading into day 1, week 3 in the morning. Onward soldiers of good health.
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