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On vacation; Do you want to get in shape in 2012?

Friday, December 23, 2011 by  
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I'm on vacation!

I'm on vacation!

This will be my final blog until Sunday, January 1, 2012–I’m on vacation! 🙂

Normally when I’m on vacation I don’t resume my blogs until the Monday following, but I’ll be back a day early to ring in the new year and announce the January 2012 Transformation Spotlight of the Month.

On Monday, January 2nd I’ll be starting my 2012 cut. I’ll get all my starting stats posted on January 2nd, and I’ll also update my training page. Of course I’ll be posting my complete food logs every single day while I’m cutting, right down to every last calorie.

The goals for my upcoming cut are to get as light as possible and to get in phenomenal cardio shape. You can read more about these goals in my November 3, 2011 blog. I’ll be training hard (no missed workouts) and eating clean (no cheat meals, no alcohol) for 10 straight weeks. It’s looking like I’m going to start my cut at around 187 pounds and ~10% body fat. This will be a very aggressive cut. I expect to lose at least 20 pounds over the course of the 10 weeks, which is going to put me in the mid to low 160s.

Most regular readers of my blog already know this, but I’ll touch on it again for those who don’t. Obviously bodybuilding is something I’m no longer interested in. I enjoy lifting weights (a lot), and I love working out, and that’s not going to change. But over the years I started to become bored with getting big for sake of, well, being big. When I discovered mountain biking… that changed everything! My goals started to shift from aesthetics to athletic performance. So here we are.

It doesn’t matter that my goals have changed, or that they may be different from yours. At the end of the day we’re all here for one reason: health and fitness. And who doesn’t want to look good naked? 🙂 I invite those of you who are also looking to drop fat, gain muscle and get in shape to work along with me.

So, where to start? I know a lot of you have the desire to make positive changes, but may feel overwhelmed by all the information out there. Put your mind at ease: I promise that it’s not as hard you may think. Let’s talk about what you need to do to get going…

First of all, if you’ve ever told yourself that you were going to get in shape and failed, I want you to forget about that. This year you will succeed, but you need to start believing in yourself right now.

Having made a successful major transformation myself, I know what it takes to make it happen. Before I talk about some of the things you need to do, I want you to pause for a moment right now and picture yourself with your ideal body relaxed and 100% confident on a crowded beach. Don’t stop there: visualize yourself in all kinds of situations with your new body. There is no shame in doing this. Visualization is a powerful technique that really works. When I first started my transformation I visualized myself outside washing the car and mowing the lawn with no shirt on, ripped and with six-pack abs. Whenever I felt like skipping a workout or going off my diet, I replayed these powerful scenes in my mind. Six months after I started, I’d lost over 55 pounds of fat and I had a six-pack for the first time in my life. I can’t describe what it felt like the first time I lived out these visualizations in real life. All it took was six months of hard work and dedication. Check out my monthly, weekly or even daily pictures (near the bottom of the page) to see what I accomplished in a relatively short period of time. You can do it, too.

Picturing yourself in your new body is important, but it’s obviously not enough. You need knowledge and you need a plan. Without a plan your new body is just a fantasy. With a plan it’s an obtainable goal. Maybe you’ve already done your homework and know exactly what you need to do; if so, then great! If you do not have a plan, then you need to come up with one right away. Here are some things I think everyone who wants to make a transformation should do:

SET A GOAL OR GOALS. Figure out exactly what you want to accomplish and write it down. Short term goals and long term goals are both very important. Do not skip this step! One of the best places to express your goal is in “public”. Tell everyone you know what you are doing. I encourage you to create a free account on the forum and start a journal. Get involved with our friendly community. Make friends, learn, ask questions and get inspired!

HAVE A PLAN. You’ve got the desire and the goal, so now what you need to do is come up with a plan that will allow you to get there. Start educating yourself by reading the “sticky” threads in the Beginner’s forum (the threads that are “stuck” at the very top). Feel free to check out my own detailed food logs, my training routines, my photographs, and daily news archives. Come up with your own meal plans and a training programs. Create a free account on JSF BodyShop™ and start tracking your measurements, food intake and workouts (as of May 3, 2010 all my stats and food logs are on BodyShop). The JSF community can help you tweak your plans and answer any questions you might have, so please feel free to post if you are confused about something.

CONSIDER HIRING A PERSONAL TRAINER. If you want someone to create a diet and/or training plan customized just for you and your goals, look no further than Personal Training with Aram “Mastover” Hamparian. I’ve worked with Aram many times over the years, and I give him my highest recommendation. Best of all, Aram is running a 15% off sale all during January 2012! The sale will launch on January 1, 2012, so look for the announcement then.

EXECUTE THE PLAN. Ah, now this is the hard part. Are you ready to dig deep? What you are doing is not easy; your inner strength and character will be tested. Life throws things at us every day that separate those who are truly committed from those who are not. Those who refuse to make excuses and execute their plans with dedication and consistency will be successful–this is a fact. Take it one day at a time, and don’t let negative thoughts enter your mind. Keep picturing yourself in your new body and remain focused like a laser on your goals.

I’m going to go get the last bit of work I have to do done and then get on with vacation! This is the last week I have to indulge before my cut starts, so I’m going to take advantage of it. 🙂

See you on the 1st!

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