I’m going to be up front and honest with you right off the bat here. This summer I have not followed a regimented weight loss program or a structured fitness program. I have only been to the gym approximately 8 times in the past 8 weeks.
Have I fallen off the weight loss wagon?
Is this personal fitness trainer losing his mind and throwing in the towel?
Nope! I’m proud to say that I am in better shape today then I was at the start of the summer…
… And I’m enjoying myself more then ever before. But how can this be you ask?
Well just because I haven’t made it to the gym does not mean that my activity level has dropped off. Honestly, I have been more physically active in the past 8 weeks then I was for the 16 weeks prior to summer.
Although I may not have followed a regimented diet program, I have been enjoying the locally grown fresh veggies and fruits and definitely eating my fill of them.
We are living in a time when there are more diet and fitness books than we could ever possibly read and yet the obesity rate is rapidly climbing. I don’t believe that this trend is going to stop and reverse itself all because a new diet program comes out or fitness routine is introduced to the market. It’s much bigger than that.
I’ve got to tell you that I personally I tried dozens of highly effective workout programs and several incredibly effective nutrition programs as well. Their are countless programs out there that really do work…
… When you stick to them!
The problem as I see it, is that people are following weight loss programs that they aren’t enjoying at all. In fact, they totally despise them. You may be following this new diet or workout program simply because it is a new trend or maybe a friend or two has been on it recently. They may be enjoying it, but to you it’s absolute torture.
My advice… Do what you love and are passionate about!
For me that means doing activities where I’m surrounded by nature. I love exercising in the great outdoors. This summer I have done more biking than ever before because I’ve found new trails to ride on, mountains to bike up, and my 2 young children have learned to ride their bikes this year as well.
I’ve climbed a mountain a couple times this summer, swam a whole lot, walked quite a bit, hiked often, and so many other physical activities.
Being active while playing in the sand with Shayne
But what I enjoyed most was being active with my kids Shayne (6) and Noelle (4), and of course my wife Angie. It’s been so much fun shooting hoops, kicking the ball, playing catch, and just running around playing tag and hide and go seek. I personally don’t know how many parents keep up with their children. One thing for sure is that it’s definitely a great way to improve your overall performance in life.
Shooting some hoops with Noelle. She made me work up a sweat.
I’ve also put up my fence as well as my neighbours fence this year and done a significant amount of landscaping. Just last week I was planing on going to the gym and working my legs and shoulders after I spent some time in garden. Well after 4 hours of hauling dirt in the wheel barrow and using the sod cutter to shape the garden I was in no condition to workout.
For days I felt just how intense of a workout that gardening really is. My traps were sore, my legs were throbbing, my lats were on fire, my arms were stiff, and my abs felt like I had done 1000 sit-ups.
The point that I’m trying to make is that you can achieve the body of your dreams by being spontaneous and doing the activities that you love. Several studies show that exercise compliance increases when you are participating in physical activities that you enjoy.
I admit 100% that I’m beginning to miss the gym. Working out and the feeling of cold hard steel in your hands and the smell of sweat just feels natural to me. I will follow a regimented program again soon, but it sure is great to know that I can improve my health and my body by simply having fun!
Have a totally awesome day!
Scott Tousignant, BHK, CFC is the creator of Unstoppable Fat Loss… The Mental Diet And Series Of Brain Exercises That Is The Best Workout Your Body Could Ever Ask For! Scott has also authored 2 books that are transforming the bodies of people around the world. The Fit Chic and The Fit Bastard not only contain a FULL YEAR of workouts, they provide intense motivation to drive you to fat loss success.
wow, awesome transformation. kudos. i am embarking on my own as well.
Scott, awesome post. I spent about 6 weeks of 2006 climbing mountains every day and then ended the whole thing with a summit of Kilimanjaro in October. I hadn’t been in a gym for months.
I also enjoy hiking and backpacking. In 2004 I did the West Coast Trail and noted that I dropped 2% bodyfat during that experience.
when people tell me they can’t afford a gym so they can’t workout, I just say “walk out your door” and you’re in nature’s gym.
Be well my friend.
I’m going to enjoy reading your posts as the months go by. Thanks for being a regular author for this blog.
Israel, thanks for your comment.
I do however think that you have me (Scott-guest writer), confused with Rob Cooper the incredible man behind this blog and the true incredible transformation guy.
I myself have been lean pretty much all my life other than 3 times…
1) After our Honeymoon – all you can eat is a big mistake 😉
2) The 6 months leading into closing my health club. After 4 years of 16 hour days minimum and the stress of running the business I packed on 20 pounds of fat.
3) Ironically 1 year ago when I was writing my two books “The Fit Chic” and “The Fit Bastard”, I had a strict deadline and because of the serious lack of sleep I lived off of Rock Star caffeinated drink and Snickers bars.
Definitely not a good role model there, but it was a learning lesson of balance. I can tell in the videos that I shot 1 year ago that my arms were much smoother because of the extra weight that I gained.
Other than that the incredibly active lifestyle combined with my love for healthy nutrient rich foods, proper sleep, mental conditioning and such has kept me pretty darn lean.
What are your powerful and worthy goals that you have set for yourself Israel for this successful transformation that you are embarking on?
thanks for the reply. I plan on staying healthy for life. this is not some fad or temporary thing. I am training my mind and body to live this way for the rest of my life. it has to become a lifestyle.