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Looking to make a transformation? I have some (controversial) advice for you.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

September
21
2010

Today, in case you didn’t know, is the last official day of summer. This past summer was one of the most fun, educational, diverse and physically active summers I’ve ever experienced. As most of you know, in recent years learning to find balance between life, a healthy diet and training has been a challenge for me; I’ve had some degree of success in the past, but for the first time ever I truly feel that this summer I was 100% successful. This victory did not come easy, and it feels good.

I want to be clear about something. There are times when it’s not only appropriate, it’s critical to make diet and training top priorities. If you’re fat, out of shape, sedentary and miserable then I feel it’s imperative that you make your health and fitness top priorities while you change your bad habits. The transformation approach I recommend is not without its critics, however. A lot of people will tell you to make small changes here and there, and for a few people that advice will work. But what I’ve seen over and over again is that most people will slip back into their old habits when they don’t fully commit. I’ve found that when people are making consistent, tangible improvements those changes help motivate them to continue. The bigger the changes, the more excited people are to stay on that path. So how do you see the biggest changes? Well, that’s easy: 100% commitment to what you’re doing. I’ve certainly found this to be true for me personally, and I’ve seen it over and over again from the majority of people who have made the most dramatic transformations. So my advice is if you’re ready to make a change then commit 100% and make health and fitness top priorities in your life.

Getting back to my own story, you may be thinking, “Well, what about the difficulties you’ve had learning to balance health and fitness with the rest of your life? Isn’t that a byproduct of what you’re suggesting we do?” Maybe. It depends. Some people have a much easier time finding balance after their initial transformation than I have. A lot of that is my personality, which is very “all or nothing”. I suppose the bottom line is I’d rather be healthy and in great shape while I figure the whole balance thing out than to still be fat and out of shape while I pussy-foot around trying to lose a pound every month.

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