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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Are you too sexy for your shirt?  LOL.  Is this guy sexy?  Not for me to judge.  Besides, I'm laughing too hard after watching that video to do much of anything except wipe my tears.

But let me say that I will say one thing about this guy.  He is confident.  Maybe even cocky.  Okay, YES, he's very cocky.  But how about you.  Are you confident?  Do you really believe in yourself enough to feel in good enough shape to rip off your shirt or blouse and say, "Hey, look at my body."  With a bathing suit on, of course :)

We can't play down the importance of being confident.  There is a world of difference between being "cocky" and being "confident".  Someone can be very modest and truly humble, and yet still be confident in themselves and their abilities.

If you lack confidence, you're missing a key ingredient to success.  You can be on the best diet and exercise program in the world, but if you doubt yourself it will all fall apart in one area or another--always.

Studies on those who have achieved greatness in their lives seems to show that common thread throughout.  Those who made their dreams come true, believed in themselves even when no one else did.  Do you?

The great news is this:  it is possible to learn how to become more confident.

Here are some ways to build not only the outside, but the inside as well.

1.  Learn to Smile Often.

People who know me know that I live with a perpetual smirk.  Yes, even when I'm defeating tons of weight in the gym as I workout or facing something painful.  I try to smile and smirk as much as I can.  Believe it or not, it actually affects you internally.  Don't believe me?  Try it.  Smile.  Now smile again.  This time smile while thinking of something that causes you to be anxious.  Can't really FEEL anxious AS you smile can you? 

2.  Stand Up Straight with Shoulders Back and Chest High.

So many people walk with their shoulders slumped.  Not only does this impact you physically with regard to your spinal area, but you come across as defeated.  Again this is one of those external things that impact you internally.  Hold your head of high and show the world who you are. 

3.  Dress to Impress.

Wear clothes that make you feel your best.  Use the mirror and look at yourself from all angles.  I'm not just talking about your everyday clothes or work clothes, but also your gym clothes.  What you wear can and does affect your mindset in your workout, whether or not you know it.

4.  Compliment Other People.

Confident people have no problem pointing out the beauty in others.  The more you acknowledge the good in others, the faster you will come to see the wonderful qualities in yourself.

Building confidence is not something to ignore.  It is foundational in your journey to become your ultimate best.


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Thursday, 09 September 2010

                                  Can You Say You've Chased Yours?

Look at the picture above.  What do you see?  The dude in the middle doesn't look like he belongs, right?  I guess we can debate his preparation and planning.  But then again, we don't know where he started from, do we?

I'm not here to analyze his condition or whether or not he physically belongs on stage with these other well-conditioned athletes.  Should he have done his homework with regard to contest prep and training?  Sure, perhaps.  At very least with regard to the tanning of his skin.  Again, I'm not here to judge that.  But, here is what I AM here to say about this guy and it should make some of you VERY uncomfortable.

This man in the middle did something that many never have the courage to do.  What is it?  He chased his dream and then he seized the moment. 

Can you say that you've chased yours?  Have you let goals and aspirations fade because of fear?  Have you watched others run down their dreams while you sit by the side-lines and hope and wish?

This little guy in the middle may not have the biggest muscles, but he had the biggest heart on that stage that night. Your heart lives on long after your dreams live or die.  Trust me, they are worth running after.

This is what you need to do:

1.  See the Dream and Claim it

Another words, stop the thinking and talking and COMMIT to walking the walk--no matter what the cost.  No more chitter chatter about what you will do "one day".  Today is the day.  Tomorrow may not be.

2.  Plan for the realization of the Dream

Get yourself ready in all the details.  Daily planning and accountability is crucial.  Maybe this guy needed more of that.  If he would have had someone like a coach or trainer in his corner, he would have probably come in much better. 

3.  Chase your Dream and Seize it as Planned No Matter What

Whatever your goal or dream, set a day to accomplish it and DO IT!  No wiggle room or excuses.  SECRET: Some get too anxious about a dream and worry it to death.  Once the details are planned and set, do NOT think about the actual day UNTIL it comes.  This will rid you of the fear.  In other words, it doesn't exist until you wake on DREAM DAY.

Enough talk...Go Get Yours!


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Monday, 06 September 2010

As the summer comes to an end, many are bracing themselves for what they see as their last day of debauchery.  You know, that's when you swear it will be your final day of gorging yourself into a carb coma.

Did you hear it coming from them at the barbecue today?  "Yeah, this is my last day for the beers and cheeseburgers.  I'm going hardcore tomorrow. Extra cardio and pedal to the metal baby.  By Christmas, I'll be ripped." 

Is it really going to be the last day of unhealthy eating for those who talk that trash? I would put my precious life on the line that it will NOT be.  Nope.  They will say that at the next family gathering, and then the next wedding, and then the next time that they feel moody.  It's a cycle and it never ends until REAL mental and physical changes are made and upheld long enough to shift the subconscious pattern of the mind.

However, I want to offer a little hope and give you some great tactics for allowing yourself a day of excess, while still restraining SOME of the damage--if not most.  In other words, these are strategies you should put into practice on those days when you plan on engaging in your "Free" meal or as some like to call it, "cheat" meal.

Keep in mind, if you're taking liberties with eating more than twice/three times a week, you have a problem that will prevent you from getting into the body you dream about.  If your goal is to ROCK a body that turns heads beyond belief, that will require 90-95% compliance on a well-balanced healthy exercise/meal plan.  Anybody tells you different, they lie.  Run from them.

Here we go:

1.  Do NOT plan on eating your usual 5-6 healthy meals/snacks on TOP of your cheat meal.  At the end of the day, it will all come down to calories in and calories out.  SAVE the calories for the cheat meal.  After your workout, just have a small protein shake spiked with important anti-catabolic nutrients.  This is imperative to protect your muscle tissue and keep your metabolism stoked.

2.  Be sure to do a longer than normal workout on the day of the cheat meal and be SURE to do extra cardio AFTER your weight/resistance training. The workout should come before your eating splurge.  Keep calories before and after your workout to a minimum.  The goal is to bring about a big calorie deficit on the day of the fatty and high carb foods.  Interval cardio after your weight training is best.

3.  Drink 16 ounces of water immediately upon waking up and continue to drink lots of water throughout the day.  Spike your water with a little lemon juice and green tea extract.  It is very important to drink lots of water throughout the night following the food fest.  Your body will probably be holding extra water because of the excess carbs and sodium. 

4.  Balance your blood sugar levels with a fiber concoction.  Put a serving of Fibersure in a glass of water and drink it before and after your cheat meal.  This is an excellent way to cause you to not only eat less, but also stabilize your blood sugar which will be rampant after a few high carb hot dog buns and a few sweets.

5.  Try to eat some leafy green vegetables with your cheat meal. 

6.  Take a long walk after the meal, if possible. 

7. Get to bed early and plan/visualize the coming days-- the healthy eating days that begin the very next morning :)

These strategies will definitely help you to control the damage. 

Personally, I can tell you that I do NOT eat breakfast or Lunch on a day when I know that I will be indulging.  And, I do a very intense, long workout before the feast.  I want to expend as many calories as possible.  I only make sure that my body has some quality, fast-acting protein before and after the workout.

Ultimately, the goal is to transform your mind so that you would rather choose healthy food instead of junk.  If you don't value training your mind, nothing will ever change.  And I mean, nothing.


Posted by: Tony DiCostanzo AT 12:58 am   |  Permalink   |  3 Comments  |  Email
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