I made this little video about how I like to use Pinterest as a lead generation tool. Enjoy.
I’ve never been a huge runner, but there’s a lot of evidence that shows that you can do interval-type workouts and get the same amount of cardio by doing intervals as you would in an hour of running slowly. Add hills to the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a great, compact workout!
First of all…I’m obligated to tell you that I’m a slacker. I am by NO means the most disciplined person on earth when it comes to this kind of thing. I like my fries, I like my burgers. If you have no idea what this article is about, start here and follow along.
5 Weeks ago, I was doing a social media training in Kelowna, Canada, and I got a Groupon for a 10 punch pass to a local gym for $35. This was a gym I was going to join anyway, so it was a no-brainer. I decided to do a little experiment on myself. Combining the ideas of the book The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss, a nutritional program by Isagenix, and a Groupon for a local gym, how might it transform my body in 5 weeks?
For reference, here’s where I started on April 25th, 2011.
I mean…I wasn’t terrible. But there was work to be done, and I was more fascinated with what might happen if I stayed consistent with a program.
I have to say, I wasn’t GREAT in the afternoons. I always started my days with an Isagenix Shake. That was my lifeblood for the day. It gave me consistent energy, and no afternoon crash. If that day was a gym day, I would usually have the shake first, then head to the gym. On those workout days, I really got into a routine and had a GREAT workout that was efficient and fast. In fact, in the time I did this experiment, I spent no more than 20 minutes at the gym each time. That’s right, I’m saying I spent less than 4 hours TOTAL at the gym in 5 weeks. (20 minutes X 10 trips = 3 hours, 20 minutes total at the gym). The purpose of this experiment was to show people that you didn’t have to invest a ton of time (or money) to get the results that you are looking for. What it requires, more than raw hours or money, is consistency.
Anyway, back to “not being great”. My lunches were very consistent. I had a steady diet of Qdoba, Illegal Pete’s, or Chipotle for lunch. Burrito bowls, with no rice, black and pinto beans, a protein, a bunch of vegetables, and usually no cheese or sour cream. Towards the end I added some light cheese to it, and didn’t notice much of a negative impact. (As seen by the “After” pictures below.)
The afternoons, however, were a little rough for me. Because I like working in coffee shops, I was quite tempted by a sweet treat after lunch sometimes. A piece of coffee cake, the occasional doughnut, a chocolate chunk cookie. I love me a chai, and sometimes you just have to dip, you know? I usually tried to compensate for said “failure to adhere” by doing it on a day where I knew I was going to play racquetball or go for a run. SOMETHING to negate the calories I just took in. Anyway, here’s a shot of about 3/4 of the way through the program. At this point, I’d lost about 2.5/3% bodyfat, and could definitely see the leanness in my face:
At this point there were definitive contours around my body, and people were definitely noticing. My clothes were fitting better, so that was a plus. I had about 2 weeks left at this point, and was determined to see it through. In fact, the whole process was absolutely routine, which was what I was shooting for. Becoming healthier and fit (want to?) doesn’t have to be this arduous process. It just requires a little commitment. Those office parties with the cupcakes, or that happy hour with a few beers after work…that will still be there once you get to your goal weight. It’s far easier to MAINTAIN once you’ve gone through the process, rather than fight yourself as you’re going through the process. Make sense?
Anyway, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the after picture:
It really gave me a lot of that “Brad Pitt in Fight Club” body that I was looking for. I was down about 4% bodyfat (in 5 weeks), feel fantastic, and definitely am hearing some positive compliments from people. More importantly, having gone through the process, I know what I need to do, and will always be able to “tune” myself to a particular event or tournament. Needless to say, I’ll never go into a racquetball tournament with a few lbs to lose. Having the ability to do this is nothing short of amazing…I now have a clear roadmap of products, timing, and routine to follow, and I hope you do to.
If you’d like any information on Isagenix, the Four Hour Body, or Groupon, please reach out and say hello.
I’m well into week three of my 5 week experiment, and I have to say, it’s easy. I’ve completely adapted my lifestyle to this, and am finding it really easy to have an Isagenix shake in the morning, a healthy lunch, and a shake for dinner.
- Since I’m on a fairly caloric-restricted diet during the week, I don’t want my metabolism to think “Oh hey…we’re not getting any fuel here, so we’d better start storing fat and sloooow things down”. I want my metabolism to spike on that cheat day, so it knows to stay fast.
- Mentally, a cheat day is a perfect idea. That way, you can eat really clean all week, knowing that your cheat day can contain all the pizza, cookies, and junk food you want it to, in unlimited quantities. But wait…won’t that make a person gain weight? Typically, one might have gained a few lbs the day after a cheat day, but since most cheat days contain tons of carbs, they’ve converted to sugar and water weight. It goes away in a day or two, and you’re right back where you were.
- Contrast – When you have a cheat day and gorge on crappy food, you feel like complete crap. Following a clean diet allows your body to perform like a well-oiled machine. When you have a cheat day, you’re instantly reminded of how lethargic, bloated, and miserable you feel when you eat terrible (but yummy) food all day. The result? You don’t want to feel like that for a few more days, until the end of the week. Anyone can make it 6 days without gorging on crap, if they set their mind to it. This is not supposed to be about denial, it’s supposed to be about a lifestyle change. Remember that if you’re following a nutritional program like Isagenix.
So far, this has been an easy week. I’m not changing a WHOLE lot about what I normally do, but I’m more consistent about it. Monday was my first gym workout (which I’m feeling pretty sore from today), and I played a couple hours of hard racquetball on Tuesday. I tweaked my shoulder a bit on Tuesday night, so I laid off of much exercise yesterday. I was between throwing some clothes on and running Wash Park, or stopping by Izakaya den for a happy hour glass of wine.
So, how does Isagenix fit in?
So, I was shot out of a cannon today. Just über-productive, and really rocking it. Connecting with a bunch of new folks, sending follow ups…all good.
…or a free house. Or really, anything you want.
I have no problem getting on stage and giving an 8 hour seminar.
I have no problem playing drums for hundreds or thousands of people.
I have no problem recording videos and feeling natural, and honest.
But this picture scares the shit out of me.
These, are business cards. And I have a LOT more where they came from.
Because I was a web guy, it was a very natural extension to use Social Media to do my connecting. It’s what I know, and what I’m great at. I rarely do something on social media that isn’t “intentional”. Everything stems around connecting with people, but social media makes it really easy to do so. We can go to Facebook (Are we Facebook friends yet?) and see their Wall, which contains pictures, posts, and plenty of stuff to “latch” onto. But calling on the phone feels…different. It feels somehow more…“sales-ey” to me, and that’s something I never want to come across as; “A Sales Guy”. My products with Isagenix just sell themselves, and so far it’s been pretty easy to grow my business. We’re in the perfect place at the perfect time, and the products are just what people need to lose weight, gain more energy, or just recapture that vitality they’ve been missing for years. Heck…for some it’s just a lazy path to follow for good nutrition.
That said, despite the fact that my business has continually grown over the last year and a half, I want it faster. I know I can accelerate the growth by adding more people to the team, and finding other business builders that are looking for passive streams of income, even if it’s just to make an extra car payment or loan payment every month. Maybe pay a few utility bills.
What does that mean? It means I have to prospect. So, to prospect in the traditional way, that means I’ve got to pick up the phone, and pound the pavement a bit. But I’m not really sure what to say. So, because I’m a resourceful type, and because I want to be a good leader for my team, I’m going to become an expert on prospecting. I did a quick search on Larry Fuchs’ great website, http://www.personalpowerpodcast.com, and I found 3 calls about prospecting that I’m going to listen to:
Team Success Training Call with Susan Sly and Jeffery Combs: “Prospecting and Closing” – January 3, 2011
Team Success Training Call with Michele Castle and guest Michael Barker: “Prospecting in your Back Yard” – January 10, 2011
Now, I’m not reinventing the wheel here. I have a need, and thankfully there are people like Susan, Michele, Jeffrey, Michael, and of course Larry out there that are doing amazing trainings for the greater good. Incidentally, that’s one of the greatest things about network marketing: You can learn from successful entrepreneurs that willingly give their time and energy to teach people to be successful. Try to find that in corporate America without spending thousands of dollars for it.
So…I’m off to load these calls onto my iPhone. I’ll listen to them while I’m walking the dog or going for a run, and I’ll get to tackling that giant wall of business cards looming before me. Of course, by then, they’ll look tiny, and I’ll dominate them.
Have an awesome week.