Monday, March 2, 2009

Goal Setting: I need to LOSE weight. WRONG!

Everyday I receive dozens of emails from all over the world. Most of them include the line, "I need to lose weight."

Two things are wrong with this statement:

a) it uses the word lose. From now on wanting to lose should be a thing of the past. TSC Transformations are about being in control and winning! The words lose and losing should be eliminated from your vocabulary. Instead use the word BURN!

b) it uses the word weight. The word weight doesn't convey whether you want to lose muscle, fat, bone, or possibly a kidney. Given that bones, kidneys and muscle are extremely important to your transformation, it's probably best to specify that you want to BURN FAT!

However the statement "I want to burn fat" is simply an unrequited desire.

You need to turn this into a real goal, by giving it a timeline and quantifying it.

First of all, you should know that it's entirely possible and actually quite easy to burn off 1.5-2.5 lbs of fat per week. In fact if you're obese and you want to really challenge yourself it's entirely possible to burn 30 pounds of fat in the first 30 days of the TSC program.

To set your FAT BURN GOAL, you should select a healthy weight for your height (use the BMI chart) and subtract this number from your current weight to get your FAT BURN GOAL.

EXAMPLE: My friend David started the challenge at 6'3" and 317 pounds. He used the BMI chart to pick 192 lbs (a healthy weight for his height) as his goal weight. To get his Fat Burn goal he does the following equation.

317 - 192 = 125 = David's personal FAT BURN GOAL.

Then to get his timeline, David chooses an amount of fat that he will attempt to burn per week. He could easily burn 1.5-2.5 lbs of fat per week, but Dave is particularly hardworking and ambitious. He decides that he will burn 5+ pounds of fat per week. He then calculates the number of weeks it will take him to achieve his goal.

125 pounds / 5 pounds per week = 25 weeks to achieve his goal.

David looks at his calender and circles Today's date and flips forward and circles the date 25 weeks in the future and writes "192 pounds!" He circles it several times, underlines it, and draws huge arrows pointing to his goal. Now he has a literal date with destiny.

Along the way David will track his progress by weighing himself every Sunday and writing his new weight on the calender.

As mentioned previously, David is particularly ambitious and has set even more goals for himself:

David's Goal List:
Weigh 192 pounds.
Perform 10+ consecutive wide-grip pull-ups.
Perform 30+consecutive push-ups.
Run the mile in 7:30 or less.

David also puts these goals on a timeline and tracks his progress on the calender. He even makes copies of his goal list and posts them around his house; on the fridge, the mirror in his bathroom, on the microwave, next to the front door and he even makes a wallet-sized list that he takes with him everywhere.

His goals are 25 week in his future, but he starts feeling better, happier, more optimistic and in control immediately. You can too! Get The TSC HEART OF A CHAMPION Training & Nutrition Program and Make it Happen!

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PS: If you read this article and said, "heck yeah, that sounds great, I'll sign up for a marathon and start training as a distance runner," PLEASE DON'T! If you need a laundry list of reasons why this is a bad idea, please email me.


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