Patriot DaySep 11, 2022
Before we get started, please pray for the people injured or killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001.
Today we honor the victims and their families, and all of our first responders, caregivers, and servicemen and women who protect the American people every day.
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.
The most unselfish thing you can do is take care of yourself, so you can care for others.
But with so much confusion in the health-and-fitness industry, where do you begin?
My first suggestion is to take a deep breath and focus on your daily habits.
Review the little things you do each day.
Think about the habits surrounding your training, nutrition, sleep, and stress management.
Do you have a clear system to stay accountable to what you say you will do?
Recently a client asked how I'd “audit” a fitness-and-nutrition program to maximize efforts while also trying to simplify.
I'd start by asking you these four 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,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.