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October 18, 2020

Need Motivation to Change?

by Marc Matthews-Indovino

In Victoria Australia we have been in lockdown for what seems like a lifetime, going into our third month since the second wave hit. Being stuck at home for both work, exercise and personal can really take its toll on your motivation to exercise. The gym has been closed since March, which means I have not been able to do the one thing I love the most, and that is lift weights.

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During the first few months of this year, I too lost my motivation to exercise, I tried really hard, but there is only so much I can do without weights or gym equipment to keep me inspired.

The lack of motivation, coupled with lockdown lead me down a path of despair and lack of self-respect. My nutrition took a nosedive and I was eating more calories and drinking lots of energy drinks. My job had also changed, and I found myself sitting at my desk for extended periods of time than I did when I worked at the office. Before I knew it, I had put on a stack of FAT.

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On top of all of this, I found out my Triglycerides levels were very high. I had lost touch with the athletic, fitness guy many of my friends have come to know me for. This was a pinnacle moment for me, and I had a choice to make. I could continue down that same path and end up with a heart attack, diabetes, or a stoke or I could make the change NOW.

I choose the latter and after examining myself in the mirror, naked, 😉. I found the motivation I needed to make a change. I absolutely appreciate that it may not be that easy for you. However, the only way to find the motivation to achieve your goals is to want it badly enough you will sacrifice anything to achieve it.

Here is what I did. Firstly, I made some new goals.

My new goals are:

  1. Drop weight (fat) my goal weight 86kgs
  2. Reduce my Triglycerides levels to safe levels
  3. Get my six-pack back, only see my two-pack now ☹

Next, I made a list of all the things I needed to do to achieve my goal, this is where the sacrifices come in. As I am a Personal Trainer, I know a thing or two about getting a six-pack. However, I researched the internet for tips and information on Triglycerides levels see https://www.mayoclinic.org/.

What I discovered was that I needed to drastically change my nutrition and fast. Here is my list of what I loved eating but gave up ❎:

❎ Energy drinks, Sweets, Chips, Processed Meats (Salami, Bacon, Ham and Prosciutto).

Here is what I replaced:

✅ Bread to Mission wraps (2 meals a week)

✅Chips & Sweets- Nuts

✅ Pasta and Potatoes reduce to half potions and only 2 meals per week

✅ Energy Drinks- Black coffee or Pre-Workout

On top of all of this, I have increased my consumption of fruits, vegetables as and water.

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The sacrifices are working, and I see a dramatic difference visually, on the scales and through measurements. Although there is a drawback, I am hungry all the time, I am drinking more water and snacking on nuts to overcome the hunger pains. If it gets too hard and often it does, I have a cheat meal and DO NOT regret it or fall off the wagon. Particularly important to know because, changing your bad eating habits is hard, and reducing your calories is even more challenging.  But what is better staying the same as you are now or becoming an even BETTER VERSION of YOURSELF?

I know what I want, and I am going after it. If you need added motivation here are a few websites I find inspiring and my go-to for all things exercise, and nutrition

https://www.muscleandfitness.com/

https://www.bodybuilding.com/

https://smartshape.com/

Please comment below, and let tell me what topics you want me to write about.

Be the Best Physically

Marc Matthews-Indovino

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