Summer Runnin’..Had Me a Blast
I’m one of those people who loves to use holidays, major events and milestones, and vacations to start things, end things, or take stock of where I am with various endeavors in my life. As I write this, I’m somewhere over the middle of the country en route to a two day intensive coaching/masterminding session in San Diego with a small group of extremely successful, incredibly inspirational fellow fitness boot camp and personal training studio owners from around the world. Through the course of this holiday weekend, i’ll definitely doing a little of everything: starting, stopping, and assessing.
As one of the new members of the group, this weekend for me will require me to share my vision for helping as many fellow busy Brooklynites as possible “Have fun, get fit, and meet the healthier, happier, hotter” (him or her) along with my corresponding business plan and strategy with all 25 of them. Then, in the 15 mins that follow, I’ll put my ego aside and sit down humbly and listen as the best of the best tell me all the things I ought to change, improve, or stop doing altogether. I’ll commit to very specific goals for the next 3.5 months and, when we meet again in Septemebr, I’ll stand up once again and report on my progress. Hopefully, I’ll get more than a little positive feedback on the things that are working and I look forward to being able to share my experiences to help them improve their boot camps.
What we all share – and what is most amazing about working with this group – is a burning sense or purpose or, I dare say, obligation, to improve the lives of as many possible people in our towns and cities around the world.
…and this brings me to my point in writing this email. Before I lock myself in a hotel conference room for the weekend to improving my fitness business (and better serve you!!!), I wanted to give you a few thoughts on how you might use this weekend to impact your health and fitness endeavors.
As I see it, you have five options this weekend. Only you know what you need to do or really want to do, but read through each of these and think about what you’ll be feeling on Tuesday should you chose one or another.
Most importantly, before you think about your own life this weekend, please take a moment to pause and reflect on the sacrifice that so many have made in the service of your country over the last two plus centuries.
Your memorial Day Fitness Options
1. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry for on Tuesday We All Cry
Maybe you’re planning on starting a new fitness or nutrition program next week. I know many recent “recruits” at Captain Quinn’s Boot Camp are planning on getting started next week. Maybe you’ve been kicking ass for weeks or months at boot camp or with a personal trainer or in a personal fitness program and you want to fully enjoy the benefits of all your hard work and not think about anything other than eating whatever and doing whatever you want for a few days. Whatever the cases, you’re going all out to attend and fully enjoy every possible Memorial Day party, event, BBQ, pub crawl, live band karaoke event, or concert you can possibly fit into your weekend. Some nutrition programs recommend a cheat day each week. All exercise programs should include rest days. If you chose this option, this weekend will be your Super Cheat and Super Rest weekend. Just remember: the longer and deeper you dig the hole, that harder it is to climb out.
2. Use it to Lose It
You’re already on a nutrition and exercise plan and things are going well. This is your big chance to employ some of the tehniques you’ve learned in a challenging environment. this weekend presents multiple opportunities to sleep in, skip your workout, eat great food in a great many high-calorie forms, crack open all those great summer beverages…wait…I’m getting off track and imagining how I would have spent my weekend…but you get my point. Its a mine field out there if you’re trying to watch your weight. However, with a little preparation, some mindfulness, and some minor self discipline you can not only make it through this weekend without veering from your goals, but you can prove to yourself that can even be possible to exceed them – and still enjoy those BBQs. When this weekend is over you’ll be really proud of yourself and super charged to keep on rocking toward your goals
3. Slow Down; Don’t Fall Down
You’re somewhere between the first two. You’ll be careful but you won’t be too worried if you don’t exactly stay on track. It’s a holiday weekend but you don’t want to completely fall off track.
4. Turbo Charged Jump Start
You’re planning on starting a new program or
picking up the pace in an existing program and this weekend, while others are sleeping in and eating BBQ and beers all day, you see an opportunity to hit the after burner. You have a long weekend so why not do an intense workout Saturday and Monday? Get through the hard part of getting started and facing the possible initial shock and soreness while you’re not working (i know not everyone has the weekend off but you you get my drift). When you get back to from the holiday weekend, you’re well on your way to establishing a new pattern which leads to a new habit…and ultimately lasting transformation.
5. Save the Labor for Labor Day
This weekend marks the beginning of three months of not caring about exercise or nutrition. It’s summer time. You want to relax, recharge, and skip the work. If you fall into this group I’m shocked that you’re still reading this but know that you’re not alone. The average American gains 15-20 lbs each summer. Scary, eh? I’m here in September if you need me…