I recently read a post on Johnny B. Truant’s blog that really hit home. So much so that I wanted to do two things: share it with my readers and 2) think on and write about each piece of his post. The post is “20 Truths About Life No One Wants To Believe” and the first one I am going to tackle is:
1. If you want to lose weight or see your abs, you need to eat less.
Nobody wants to eat less or eat better, so if they want to lose weight, they keep eating and simply exercise more. I know I did. I have been aggressively weight training for 20 years and have experimented with just about every way of training out there. I have done powerlifting. I have done strongman workouts. I have done Crossfit. I once did four major endurance events in two months, and I trained 20+ hours a week during that time. But despite all of that, I only finally got a six pack when I got my diet under control and started tracking what I ate religiously using an app. There’s an expression that says “you can’t out-train a bad diet” and one that says “abs are made in the kitchen.” Both are 100% true.
This is a hard truth for me.
I’ve been working on shedding weight and reaching my Ideal Weight (178 pounds) for a few years now. It’s been a mixed bag in terms of results, but I recently got into the 180s, solidly.
What I mean to say is that for a while I was solidly in 200 – 203 range, then I got into the mid-190s. It wasn’t until recently that I got in the 180s and have stayed there. (My low weight, for the last couple years, was 184 last week).
The reality of my situation, and how it relates to Johnny’s truth above is that for me to get to 178, and not hover in 185 range, I must eat less. And, eat at least 30% better. And exercise regularly.
Mainly, I need to eat less. But now, all three matter for any further progress.
One of the things that allowed me to from the low 200s to the mid-190s was consistent exercise. But that’s all the regular exercise was going to get me.
It wasn’t until I began to eat less calories and exercise consistently that I got into the mid-180s.
Is there something that you’re trying to achieve and/or change, but aren’t making progress or have reached a plateau?
It’s probably because you need to adjust your actions and/or work harder.
That’s the point I’m at.
I have to exercise regularly, eat less calories and and eat better.
If I don’t, I will be at 185-83 for a while, a long while…
So, I’ll ask again, now that I’ve ‘fessed up… where do you need to change and/or work harder to achieve an important goal or change?
It’s probably not some deeply hidden secret, it’s probably just something that’s been gnawing at you for a while, that you keep denying.
As a coach I would say: either renounce it or decide to make it happen.