Meal plans don’t work. Well, I guess it depends on what your definition of “work” is, actually.

For me and my clients, friends, family and anyone I have some sort of influence over or some sort of vested interest in, this is what my definition of “work” is in the context of aiming to correct or give aide to something, namely: lifestyle goals.

An attainable strategy in not only achieving and maintaining outcome based goals, but inspiring progress towards reaching for new, even more rad goals.

Cool, huh? That’s what I thought anyway. So here is my number one beef with folks that ask for a diet, or a meal plan or another form of quick fixings on a much deeper-roosted behavioural issue. Expect to only put a bandage on the wound when you fail to address the root of the problem.

Let’s look at diet for example: When we cut starch carbs, dairy and sugar out of our lives cold turkey, the success rate of maintaining that without any habit based practice in changing the lifestyle that is associated with one making those choices is significantly reduced.

Here’s a video that gives you my three pro tips to overcome the New Years funk…

In order for it to “stick”. We need to first address the behaviours that will get us on the right track. More on that below…

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As a Precision Nutrition coach, I find myself talking about this extensively so I wanted to put together a super informative info session that you and your friends can learn and interact with me on this upcoming Sunday, January 28th.

I just ran a great session tonight on how to beat post holiday, haven’t started my New Years Resolutions epidemic that runs wild every January…

Check the replay out here so you can get a taste of my presentation…

https://musicfit.yondo.com/r/1990/WxTuSsB0

Join in for tips on how to pick the right foods for your body type, how to make tiny, slowchanges that will get and keep that unwanted body weight off, and most importantly, learn how to feel and perform better at life.

Here is your private link: https://musicfit.yondo.com/webinar/what-s-a-macro-a-4-step-process-to-start-eating/3469

I hope to see you there.

Comment below, What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to food choices and your diet?

 

Until next time, stay sweet!

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Take action. I don’t care if the path you’re going down leads to another fork in the road. Worry about that when you get there. If you’re thinking about whether or not you’ll need bug spray, you’ll never take that first step.

So this week I’ve been getting up at the crack of dawn, going out for a walk with Darwin, or a nice bike ride first thing just to get some movement in. It’s the “me” time I like before I get set on the tasks of work and settle into productivity. I find this stimulates my mind and my body and allows me to really lean in on all of my activities and interactions through out the rest of the day. Well, Tuesday morning rolls around… it was a walk day with Dar and I was up out of bed, to quickly down a glass of lemon water and start out on a quest to the big off-leash park, a playground for my super excited Golden Sheptriever pup… all before 6:15. (yes, that’s a hybrid super dog mix – Golden Retriever – German Sheppard)

We start out down the back alley and turn east towards the beautiful Calgary sunrise, seeing all those commuters stuck on the early rush hour mess that is Deerfoot, day in day out. Not too long after I let Dar run wild with his homies, leashless – I feel a sharp little stab in my ankle. Shit! I think. I forgot the bug spray. Long grass. Bit of rain last night. Perfect breeding ground for a bunch of those nasty prairies “skeeters’ to feast on the unsuspecting morning walk-n-podcast types such as myself. Meanwhile, Dar is off chasing a bunny that’s the size of a small kangaroo…

Needless to say, it was a less-than-awesome and abbreviated walk, however on the plus side, I got my heart rate up a lot higher as my pace was reminiscent of those power walking women you tend to see at most community centre running tracks… so go me! Dar didn’t care. He met some doggo-friends and had a good time sniffing butts and breaking girls hearts and stuff. Typical boy…

The next day. Do you think I remembered the bug spray? Heck no. But I stuck to the plan and got eaten alive again at 6:30am on Wednesday and have been consistent all week. If I had concerned myself with the bug spray…

As a sidenote, anyone who thinks they’re powerless because they are just one person… one small tiny voice in the world… try going for a walk in the off-leash park behind my place and experiencing the relentless mosquitos of a Calgary post-summer sunrise…

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So many of us get paralyzed when we over-analyze. I’m telling you, anything I’ve ever achieved that’s worthwhile in life, I have had to make some big, nasty adjustments to what I knew as safe and just trust in the process and leap. With. No. Fear.

I’m going all out. I’m leaning in, so to speak. Here is what I am doing.

Das Challenge

Ask yourself this question: How am I living in action?

If you can’t answer that, or need some help towards starting the process, I have a challenge for you. I call it “Start With U”. It’s a completely FREE resource I’m building for you that’s an accumulation of the work I put in to build healthy lifestyle habits in mind, body and soul. Basically, the difference maker between being good and being great each day. With this week’s challenge I will show you the first three steps towards consistent habit shaping, the foundation of self-care and my “Start With U”, project.

Are you in?

I’m only looking to help those that are highly motivated, ready for change and able to take constructive feedback. No prima donnas, no fence-sitters. You’ve got to want it.

If that’s you, here are the rules.

  1. Head to Instagram and follow my account @coach_schwartzy
  2. Comment “I’m in!” on this post on my Instagram account (it’s the little pad and pen picture if you have trouble with the link) https://www.instagram.com/p/BXGc_SqBP6f/?taken-by=coach_schwartzy
  3. Follow the challenge rules on the post. To recap they are:
    1. Make sure you commented on the post
    2. Click the link in my bio to ensure you’re on my radar and get some free stuff from me
    3. Affirm, move and create/learn each day until Friday. Be sure to write it down each day and take a picture once you’ve done it (to make it real and to PROVE it to both me AND yourself…we’ll discuss accountability later)

Pretty easy, eh? Share this post with anyone you feel could use a little more consistency and self-care in their lives. I look forward to seeing all of your comments littering up my IG feed.

 

 

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This one goes out to my fellow musician friends…

I think we can all admit we do not stretch (let alone MOVE!) enough nowadays. Yet, we wonder why our wrists are on fire, back is always sore and knees crack when we go up a flight of stairs… well instead of being cool with feeling like a 83 year old stuck in the home sucking back pink lemonade, I encourage you to click here to see my Three Best Stretches For Any Musician Ever.

All you have to do is click here for your FREE guide!

Over time if you do not get a little more proactive about movement, it can negatively affect your performance as a musician. Take the thinking out of it and let me help you with a quick few stretches that will allow you to last that rock star lifestyle a little bit longer.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW!

Wishing you all happy stretching and playing in comfort!

-Mike

Ps. In case you haven’t liked my Facebook page yet, head over there for your chance to win a FREE online coaching package for you and a friend! Click here to stay healthy!

PPs. You’ll never believe how easy the first stretch really is! Click here to see it in action!