Friday, March 21, 2014

Planning stages of my new 12 week flexible dieting challenge

This is going to kick off in ten days time, on the 31st of March.

This time I want to be a bit more structured and really get people to lock in a commitment to training at least 5 days a week, and to hitting their nutritional targets by default, unless there's a good reason not to. I've written in the past about how this really doesn't take very much at all, other than basic organisation skills. We all have good enough organisation skills to get through life, fulfill our obligations, show up at work on time and so on. Succeeding with a training & flexible dieting plan is no different.

We simply need to DECIDE that we are in fact going to be successful, and then get organised and do it.

Organised as in, spend a few minutes considering your schedule, then decide what time you are going to hit the gym every day. Is it first thing, before work? Then set your alarm and just treat it as non-optional. Treat it the same as getting up on time to get your (hypothetical) kids ready for school, or putting the bins out, or doing the grocery shopping or the laundry. It's just stuff that has to be done as a part of your life, and it's only a big deal if you it you make it one.

Even if your schedule changes from day to day due to varying work rosters... you can still get organised and decide what would be the best time to train subject to what shift you might have. Then, just have it on lock. If I'm on that shift, I train at this time.

I did rotating shifts for many, many years. I know this can be done.

Now for the flexible dieting... again this is a matter of organisation. We're not trying to starve or restrict food choices or do anything else unpleasant or difficult. We simply need to be organised enough to say "here's what I'm likely to eat tomorrow, how does that add up?" and then make any necessary changes in order to meet our guidelines. It's real simple.

What I have got planned this time is for progression from one month to the next. For example starting with a plan of appropriate calories for "your body with light activity", and then increasing that minimum calorie requirement the next month as will be required in order to facilitate further progress and results from training. Similarly we will have a plan for progressing to more advanced versions of the training routines.

Details are online now on my official business site: DaveHPT 12 Week Challenge.