I have a confession to make.
This is something I have struggled with for years.
It's not something I am proud of.
In fact, I've almost joined a few support groups for this.
It's something that can have a huge impact on the people around me.
Cause them to lose sleep and start avoiding me in certain situations.
And maybe not even want to be in the same room as me anymore.
I don't think I've ever actually admitted this before.
Ok, here it goes.
My name is Nick and I'm a snoozer.
Yup, I'm that person that will set an alarm but literally get up 40 minutes later.
I'll hit snooze 3, 4, maybe 5 times a morning.
I know, it's terrible right?!?!
Why can't I just set an alarm and wake up when it goes off?
It's almost like that's not even an option anymore.
It's like I'm addicted to that next 9 minutes of sleep.
And the next 9 minutes.
And the next 9 minutes.
And...well, I think you get the point.
I've been doing this for years and never thought anything of it.
Recently I started reading a book by Craig Ballantyne called The Perfect Day Formula.
You can snag your own copy here: http://www.earlytorise.com/perfectday/
It's all about creating structure and habit in your day so that you always win the morning and have a perfectly productive day.
One of his 12 Rules For Living is that he never hits the snooze button.
He claims that it subconsciously starts your day off with a loss.
It's a signal that you are not ready to take on the day.
That you weren't disciplined enough the night before to go to bed on time.
And that you would rather get 10 minutes of interrupted sleep then get up and get ready to dominate the day.
After I read that, literally 2 days later I heard someone say the exact same thing on a podcast (another millionaire in the fitness industry).
Well, I figured maybe these guys were onto something.
So I tried to start getting up in the morning without the snooze button.
The first week I failed miserably.
The second week, yet again, fail.
The third week I only hit the snooze button once.
And last week I got up every single day without hitting the snooze button at all.
This may not seem like a big deal, but I was pretty proud of it.
It's been years since that's happened.
And so far this week I am two for two with no snooze button.
I love seeing progress in little things like this.
It's the snowball effect I often talk about.
If you can just string together some little wins, eventual you will see big results.
Now, I don't really know what big results I expect from this, but that's not really the point.
It's something I wanted to accomplish and I did it.
And guess what?
It helped me hit my second win for the week.
I set a rule for myself to do No Social Media Sundays.
No Facebook or Instagram whatsoever.
This Sunday I was able to make that happen.
Again, not a huge deal, but I felt like it created some more discipline and structure in my life.
It added to the snowball effect of my personal development.
In terms of fitness, there are several ways we can find these small/big wins.
Maybe this week you hit your goal of 3 workouts.
Or you only ate out once this week and cooked the rest of your meals at home.
Maybe you made it through the last week of your Whole 30 program (amazing job Becky!!!).
Or you spent 2 hours this weekend meal prepping and getting ready to dominate your week.
To be honest, it doesn't matter how small or big.
What matters is that you set out to do something that will impact your future and you saw it through to the end.
If you got close and failed, who cares.
Try again next week.
You only lose if you fully give up.
So let me ask you this...
What were your wins from last week?
What are you attempting to accomplish this week?
If you don't know, steal some of my examples from above.
Or reach out to me and I'll help you come up with something different.
Again, it doesn't matter how big or how small.
As long as you give your something to strive for and relentlessly pursue the finish line, you are doing more than 99% of people out there.
And that's pretty freaking awesome if you ask me!
Have a great Tuesday,
Whenever you are ready, you can come try out our training for 7 days for absolutely FREE! Click the link below to get started:
I'm a huge, huge fan of taco salads. They are definitely one of my all time favorite lunches. I do still enjoy a good old grilled chicken salad too, but there is just something about a taco salad that makes it seem a little more exciting.
It's like a lunch fiesta and I love to party!
A few years ago I was making taco meat for my salads and I actually flipped the seasoning packet over to look at the ingredients. I was slightly horrified.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG). Soybean oil (inflammatory fats). And enough sodium to instantly raise my blood pressure a few points (slight exaggeration, but not by much).
I had been using these seasoning packets my whole life and never really bothered to think about this. As soon as I saw all the crap that goes into one of these packets, I set out to find a better solution.
Do you like chocolate?
Awesome, me too!
Do you like bananas?
Sweet. This is going well!
Do you like quick easy breakfast ideas that are healthy, delicious, and perfect for a post work-out meal?
Did we just become best friends? YEP!
One of the single biggest obstacles people always talk to me about in terms of staying consistent with eating healthy is time. They get rushed in the morning and don't have time to make anything healthy. They didn't meal prep enough for the week and get caught having to eat out for lunch and dinner. Or they are just simply drained after a hard day of work and don't want to cook anything.
If this isn't the perfect time of year to bust out a good chili recipe then I don't know when is. Snow and ice are everywhere, the temperatures are frigid, and driving around town has been an absolute nightmare. We might as well enjoy a nice hot bowl of chili!
Well isn't this exciting!
The Polar Vortex teamed up with Snowmageddon have forced schools and businesses to close for 4 straight days. I can't remember this every happening before. On top of that, we have Amber Alerts going out telling us to turn DOWN our heat. I completely understand the situation, but it's still rather insane and completely ironic.
Oh well, what can you do?
You can workout inside is what you can do! I have created another body weight only workout that you can do in the comfort of your very own freezing home!
Let's get into the details.
With snowmageddon upon us and arctic temperatures making us seriously consider why we freely choose to live here, I wanted to at least give people the opportunity to get in a good workout today.
I’ve designed 2 - 10 minute circuits you can do at home with nothing but your body-weight. I know a lot of people have a few pieces of equipment at home, so if you can think of ways to incorporate those into the workout, great. If you have no equipment at home, absolutely no worries. This will be a good workout regardless.
I recommend getting a good playlist ready to go, take a look at all the exercises before you start, and have a way to time some intervals for the second part of the workout. There are plenty of apps that can do that, or simply the stopwatch on your phone will do the trick.
Let’s get into the workout!!!
Hey! I'm Coach Nick. I'm the goofball on the left with the shiny forehead trying to look tough. I'll be the guy serving up all the fitness tips, tricks, and strategies on this blog. Want me to write about a certain topic? Hit the Contact tab above and send me a message. I'll see what I can do!