I was thinking about the Super Bowl today and another issue came to mind. What exactly happened in that game? The Giants hung around and managed to strike a knock out punch with just 35 seconds left in the game. The Patriots ran out of time. But what would have happened if there had been more time for Tom Brady and the Patriots? We won't ever know, bu twe can certainly take an educated guess.
My guess is that with extra time, the Patriots would have come back and taken the lead. Would they have won? If time ran out, yes, but if there was even more extra time, the Giants would likely come back and take the lead again. It would be a seesaw battle. This is why sports like football, hockey, soccer and basketball all have time limits. If they were to just let the football teams fight it out there might never be an end to a game.
It is much the same thing with fat loss programs and physique transformation missions. There is a time limit whether we like it or not. If we were allowed to just continually extend the time limits, eventually we would get tired of not making any real progress because the fact is that when we are given more time, we take more time. It is human nature. Faced with a deadline, people become very efficient. Faced with unlimited time, people don't make any changes for the better.
You can't have the attitude that you can just hang around. Hanging around only gets you so far. At some point, you have to decide that enough is enough. You have to take massive action and get things to happen for you. That's the only way to successfully change your physique.
These are all my thoughts on the need for a deadline.
|Week Begins 2/3/2008|
|M1 *||5:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||5:30 a.m.|
|M2 *||8:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|M3 *||11:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||11:30 a.m.|
|M4 *||2:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||2:30 p.m.|
|M5 *||5:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||5:30 p.m.|
|M6 *||7:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.|
|Water *||192 oz.|
|Post-workout nutrition *||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pre-sleep nutrition *||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cals within 5% (+/-) *||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mission 2 Total Complete||15||30|
|Mission 2 Total Possible||15||30|
|* = Counts towards total|
Nutrition for today:
|Mission 2: Day 1 of 100|
|Meal/Training Plan: Real-time accountability|
|Day 1: February 3, 2008|
|3:30 a.m.||Meal 1: Protein shake and oatmeal and 3 glasses of water|
|3:30 a.m.||Supplements: Animal Pak, Glucosamine Chondroiten, calcium, chromium, glutamine, BCAAs|
|4:00 a.m.||Workout: Max-OT cardio, FYA workout and 6 glasses of water|
|5:00 a.m.||Supplements: Protein shake, BCAAs, glutamine|
|6:30 a.m.||Meal 2: Chicken breast (1-1/2), oatmeal and large salad and 3 glasses of water|
|9:30 a.m.||Meal 3: Protein shake, chicken breast (1-1/2), oatmeal and large salad and 3 glasses of water|
|12:30 p.m.||Meal 4: Tuna (6 oz) and large salad and 3 glasses of water|
|3:30 p.m.||Meal 5: Chicken breast and large salad and 3 glasses of water|
|6:30 p.m.||Meal 6: Chili bowl with large salad and 3 glasses of water|
|8:30 p.m.||Supplements: Casein protein shake, glutamine, calcium and 3 glasses of water|
Clearly I've met my goals again today and that makes me happy. I have learned the value of a plan today. I keep wanting to go back to Max-OT, but I realize that my plan was done for a very specific reason and I don't want to get off track with my plan. If I didn't have a plan, I'd be jumping around from this workout and that workout without getting any real results.
With clean eating and intense weight lifting supplemented by HIIT cardio and some steady state cardio, I am going to shred fat like there's no tomorrow!
Until tomorrow…GET BACK TO LIFTING!