🇺🇸 Patriot Day 2021

mindset Sep 11, 2021

Before we get started, please pray for the people injured or killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001.

Please say a prayer for their families too.

I'm reminded of what time of year we've entered into and my heart grows heavy.

Every single one of us was impacted by 9/11.

While optimism and a smile is the best medicine for almost anything, let's also be extra sensitive to the needs of those around us... especially today.

Give extra love and appreciation to your family, friends, and co-workers.

And never take anything for granted... not one single day.

You never know the path someone walked to get where they are... and you never know current battles someone is facing.

  • Say thank you.
  • Be patient.
  • Don't go to bed angry.
  • Tell a loved one you love them.
  • Give a tighter hug for just one or maybe two extra seconds.
  • Be kind.
  • Be selfless.
  • Be different.
  • Be brave.

Life is short and you never know what tomorrow brings.

Okay, now for a few more thoughts...

With so many workout programs, juice cleanses, and noise in the health-and-fitness industry it's no wonder there's so much confusion.

So where do you begin?

My first suggestion is to get past the slick marketing.

You've seen it before, advertised on the Internet and late-night TV...

"7-Day Diet Cleanse"

"4-Minute Abs"

"Too-Good-To-Be-True Fat-Loss Plan"

In fitness, there's no shortage of over-promising and UNDER-delivering.

(By the way, under-delivering anything is a big no-no.)

But if you take a deep breath and focus on your HABITS, things get crystal clear.

Over at Arangio Athletic Fitness, one of our clients asked how I'd “audit” a fitness-and-nutrition program to make sure you’re maximizing your efforts while also trying to simplify.

I'd start by asking you these FIVE questions:

1. ✏️Do you give your "healthy habits" true focus and your absolute best effort?

For example, having a consistent bedtime and getting eight hours of sleep nightly.

2. ✏️Over the past 6 months, what 3 things have resulted in your greatest success?

Are you spending at least 80% of your time doing these things?

3. ✏️Do you feel like you’re always busy but never getting the “important stuff” done?

Like preparing your meals ahead of time. Then, there are other things that you can actually measure like:

*Where you are spending your time.

*Where your progress is coming from.

*Strategies that yield the most fat loss and strength gain.

So between the (somewhat) subjective stuff and the objective things… you should be able to get a pretty good idea.

And finally… the last one that I often default to is super simple:

4. ✏️Is ________________ making you happy?

Is eating an entire bag of microwave popcorn every night making you happy?

Is commuting four hours to-and-from work, every single day, making you happy?

Is being at least 10 pounds over your ideal bodyweight making you happy?

If the answer is “no” for any extended period of time, for me, the source of your sadness needs to change or go away.

Your ideal body is not a fantasy and it's actually probably closer than you think... but it won't happen by accident.

Good news is that these questions will help you start moving in that direction.

To your success,

Coach Joe

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