Turkey Day Challenge

Happy Wednesday to all!  Hump day has come, hope your week is going well.

 Fall is in full swing, and while it has been quite warm here in the midwest (booyah), the holidays are fast approaching.  And with them, a surge in gym memberships and diet plans.  Sometimes we definitely need the motivation of a specific event to kick ourselves in gear and make health and fitness a priority (if nothing else, to avoid the 10 lbs that accompany oh so many holidays).

A few too many cookies, perhaps

While I recommend not waiting for Thanksgiving (or Christmas, New Year’s, 4th of July, your great aunt’s cousin, twice removed, return home for a family reunion…) to jump into a regular fitness routine, it can be the motivation to switch things up.  Make a change for the better.  Crank up your training and clean up your diet.  Smart, hard training with consistency is what separates the successful from the mediocre.

I never stop training throughout the year.  My goals change.  I back off from time to time.  I listen to my body and respond accordingly.  But I don’t stop.  We must keep moving forward, whether in fitness, our eating, work and business, our relationships – both family and friends.  Challenge yourself to assess these areas of your life and make a change where needed.  I don’t have it all figured out, and I’m far from where I want to be, but one step at a time, day in and day out, we’ll get there.

Ok, enough Matt Foley talk, I’ve got my Thanksgiving challenge.  A young friend of mine recently told me I was looking “skinny” and need to put down the video games (he was, in fact, being sarcastic) so I responded in my own facetious way:  I’ll gain 10lbs of good weight by Thanksgiving. 

"Well lah-dee, frickin' dah!"

Yup.  10lbs.  5 weeks.  I know what I’ve got to do, now all that’s left is doing it.  It’ll be some serious workouts and plenty of eating (fortunately for me, I really enjoy eating).  I’ll be tracking my progress too.  As of this morning I weighed 211.4 with a bodyfat percentage of 13.6.  Putting on fat is easy, muscle – not so much.  That’s why I’ll track bf% as well, to keep things consistent and hopefully stay lean.

What are your current goals?  Do you want to lose 10lbs by Thanksgiving?  How about develop an exercise routine before New Year’s hits?  Do you have a goal?  Are you working towards something?

Set goals.  Write them down.  Create actionable steps and get moving.  “It’s always easier to act your way into a feeling than to feel your way into an action.”  I’ve heard this quote from many successful people.  Take the step when you don’t feel like it, and soon enough the motivation will catch up to you.

Forks up! (or down) 🙂


“live like no one else, so later, you can live like no one else”

p.s.  I’ll post some workouts soon that you can print out and do on your own.  Till then, get moving!

p.p.s. We’ve had some more reader questions (Thank You!) and they are in the works.  Keep an eye out!

Leave a Reply