It’s here– the New Year’s Resolution. Everyone talks about it; many act upon it and all of us stumble doing it. This is human nature. Even I had bouts this year with my 2009 Resolution. Last January I decided to make a point to get more serious about my health and fitness. I grabbed a copy of the

P90X In-Home fitness program and give it a try.Wow. What a ride. It began in the first week where I was miserable because of making new choices to fuel my body. No longer was I going to consume pizzas, 6-packs of beer or even foods high in salt and fat. The workouts were so grueling that I was in no shape to be even doing a program such as this. “What did I get myself into?!”The first week then became, the first month. The weight I needed to lose came off. The inches came off. The clothing became more loose– “…this is working!” I kept pushing on. My path led me to become a BeachBody Coach to help others become successful and achieve their goals. For once in my life I felt normal. I woke at the correct time each day; I went to sleep at a decent hour. I started to read various sites about health and fitness as if it was going to be a new career. I discovered a few new perspectives on eating well and to fuel proper workouts. I kicked all the packaged foods and went all natural and mostly organic/locally grown foods. This was the beginning of a real lifestyle change I can succeed.

Then came baby. No excuses here. Not blaming anyone but me. When my wife and I discovered that we were pregnant, that began a cycle that has been spinning way out of control. The pounds came back; well a few of them. An inch came back. My dietary habits were becoming a problem. Not that I went back to eating pizzas and beer, rather consuming more carbohydrates and grains than I have before. Then came Christmas. I think I ate my weight in Christmas cookies– yeah, not so good.

From January to July, my weight went from 247lbs with a 42″ waistline to 196lbs and a 34″ waistline. Not bad. Fan-F$@KING-Tastic actually. However, here I am sitting at the keys once again months later thinking, “How was I able to climb back to 205lbs?”

Human Nature.

It’s pretty simple. We all do it. We all fail. We all give up. Everyday I try and remind myself of a great little phrase that I was told when I started this journey:

“Failure is giving up what you want MOST for what you want in the MOMENT.”

The last 5 months I have been giving into what I wanted in the moment instead of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I had goals. I wrote them down and look at them daily, but for some reason life became invincible to me and I thought “Why would I need to count calories anymore? I am a fit guy.”

Simply. Not. True.

We are all human. We celebrate our successes and we embrace great things when they happen to us. Becoming pregnant was such a high for me (and a terrifying realization) that I decided to celebrate too much– the party is over ‘bro.’

Back to the mat, back in the saddle; whatever you call it, it’s here. January 1st– but wait! Why does it even have to be January?

My resolution started yesterday. “Dig Deeper. Work harder. Better fuel.” I popped in a great Cardio Intervals DVD and 45 minutes later I was mopping up my own DNA from a great workout. While I was working out I thought of my wife, my baby, and my heart. Thinking about how important all those things are to me. This is my drive. Make today happen.

For those of you who actually need some guidance I have some advice on your goals to complete a healthier lifestyle. Below is what I am following for my successful 2010 Resolution. This balances the grueling beginning of a regimen and the onward push needed to get stronger and healthier. It combines a three-dimensional cardiovascular program (not chronic-cardio!), a strength program to build lean muscle to power your activities to achieve those goals, and finally a stretching and cleansing of stress yoga program. These three elements combined with a primal way of fueling your body will get you to your goals and complete the health you are looking for. So to you I say “Bring it 2010!” God bless.

Month 01: Cardio Circuit > Easing in

Weeks 1-3

M: Cardio Intervals (One On One w/ Tony Horton)

T: Chest and Back X (P90X)

W: REST DAY

Th: Shoulders and Arms X (P90X)

F: Medicine Ball Core Cardio (One On One w/ Tony Horton)

Sa: Legs and Back X (P90X)

Su: Yoga X (P90X)

Week 4: Recovery Week

M: Kempo X+ (P90X+)

T: Core Synergistics X (P90X)

W: Fountain of Youth Yoga (One On One w/ Tony Horton)

Th: Core Ball Sandwich (One On One w/ Tony Horton)

F: Patience Hummingbird Yoga (One On One w/ Tony Horton)

Sa: Cardio Intervals (One On One w/ Tony Horton)

Su: REST DAY

Nutrition:

Consume between 1800-2400 NUTRITIONALLY DENSE Calories daily. My plate for each meal should consist of 60-70% Vegetables and 30-40% Proteins. Keep non-nutritive fats to a minimum. Eat more saturated fats from flax, fish, muscle tissue (not the fat tissue) from pastured animals, egg yolks from pastured chickens, nuts (not peanuts).

Eat More:

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Lean Beef
  • Lean pork
  • Cold water fish
  • “Valuable” Vegetables
  • Steel Cut oats
  • Olive oil

Eat Less:

  • Grains and flours
  • Rice
  • Corn and corn meals
  • Sugars
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy
  • Supplementation

Month 02: Strength Circuit > Embracing Pain

To Be Continued…