Biggest excuse for not losing fat?

I was running behind this morning because I stayed in bed a little longer than I was supposed to.

Didn’t sleep well.

That meant I was pinched for time to do all the things I needed to do.

I was tempted to fall for this old excuse –

Have you fallen for it?

You know –

The old –

“I don’t have time.”

I’m calling BS.

What people have is a self-management problem.

Sure, we’re all “busy.”

Work. Kids. Blahhdy blah blah.

But at the end of the day, we all have 24 hours.

And 168 hours in the week.

How is it that some people are more productive than others – and in some cases – us?

How is it that the busiest of people sometimes get the most done?

I’ll offer up a suggestion that works for me (when I use it) here in a minute.

First, let’s put this whole “don’t have time” thing in perspective, shall we?

There’s 168 hours in the week.

Most people work 50 hours a week.

That leaves 118 hours left.

Most people sleep 7 hours a night.

That’s 49 hours.

That leaves 69 hours.

Let’s assume a 2 hour commute to work, 5 days a week –

an hour there, and an hour back.

20 hours.

We still have 49 hours left.

Meals?

Most people either skip breakfast, or get something on the run – like a drive-thru or Starbucks or something.

10 minutes. Tops.

Lunch? One hour. At work. So it doesn’t count.

Dinner? Let’s be generous and say 90 minutes.

10.5 hours.

That leaves 28.5 hours.

The average American watches 4 hours of TV a day.

Yup. 28 hours a week.

That only leaves 30 minutes to exercise.

Sure, we didn’t account for shuttling kids to their after school activities. And we probably over-estimated on some things like dinner and TV.

And let’s face it – we already know you’re not average –

You’re well above it because you’re already using kettlebells so we can safely assume that you’re not watching 4 hours of TV a day either.

Let’s be safe and say 90 minutes.

That still leaves us with 17.5 hours a week to spare.

So at the end of the day, we still have time to workout.

It just feels like we don’t.

However, contrary to the conventional wisdom dished out to us by the mainstream media, just because we feel a certain way doesn’t make that true.

Read that again:

Feelings don’t equal Truth.

So even though you may be feeling overwhelmed and short on time, the Truth is, if you want to find the time to workout, you WILL.

It doesn’t have to be a lot of time either.

Before I tell you how – let me get back to getting stuff done.

I use a method called “time-blocking.”

You may have heard of it – you may not.

Essentially, it’s breaking up your day into blocks of time and doing different tasks during those blocks.

You can use whatever blocks of time you like – 60 minutes…45 minutes… 30 minutes…

I change mine up based upon what I have to do.

If I feel like I have a lot of time at my disposal, I use longer blocks.

Also, if I have something to do that requires a lot of thinking or concentration I’ll use longer blocks – like 60 minutes.

If I have a lot to do or a lot of little things to do that don’t require a lot of concentration, I’ll use shorter blocks – like 30 minutes.

Then I estimate the time I’ll need to do each thing and put them into my blocks.

Give it a shot.

Now, back to the whole “getting your workout thing in” –

Here’s what I recommend for now – until you get your feet underneath you and feel like you’re back in control –

Take 15 minutes or so 5 days a week and just practice your KB lifts.

Set the timer, and practice.

That’s it.

What lifts should you practice?

The ones that matter the most.

Which ones are those?

The ones which have the highest payoff in both the short and long term.

For me, that’s the double KB lifts.

Particularly the Front Squat, the Clean, the Jerk/ Push Press.

Follow the technique cues I cover in depth inside the “Kettlebell STRONG!” DVDs.

Do that for about 30 days.

It’ll take that long for you to get back into the habit of working out and to feel like you’re back in control.

Then, transition to a strength program.

Again, we’re talking “highest payoff” here.

“But I want to lose fat,” I hear you say.

I know.

I’m telling you where to start.

You can lose fat on a strength program, especially if you cut out your junk food and actually eat healthy.

Trust me, this is way easier to do than you think or than the media has led you to believe.

And way less confusing too.

To sum up:

1. Time block your tasks for better efficiency.

2. Train for technique 15 minutes a day using double KB lifts for 30 days until you have your feet under you and feel back in control of your schedule. Use “Kettlebell STRONG!” to do this.

3. Train for strength using the double KB lift while cutting back on junk food (and alcohol) and eat healthier.

Do these 3 things and I GUARANTEE you’ll lose fat.

Talk soon.

Geoff

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