Hey Mean Green Family it’s me Jason here and I’m joining you in the Coaches Corner for the month of July. This year is flying and we are half way through it. With this month it will be more time of traveling and enjoying the days and nights before the holidays approach. But do not stop working out and living the healthy lifestyle you did before to get the results with all the events you have around the summer time.
You may not work out as much as you did at the beginning of the year but keep pushing. Embrace the journey, the balancing act, and the good and bad days. If you don’t embrace and accept that this is part of your overall healthy lifestyle. Get ready because once you look up the holidays will be approaching and with all the holiday parties and work events you will see yourself losing your results that you worked so hard for at the beginning of the year.
Let me give you a little of my background. I have been a trainer 8 years but grew up playing sports and had a very active lifestyle. You see how fast that metabolism is at a young age but slows down as you get older. I am very sociable so before entering fitness i ate what i wanted. Once i learned bout nutrition it was an eye opener. I had to learn how to balance holidays eating a lot with my family and friends and still enjoy food without over indulging. As i learned i could still go out to events and just control the consumption of food and drinks. I could still enjoy myself and have fun. It will be hard at first but once you learn how to balance between healthy lifestyle and social events it will be easy.
Just remember this when enjoying the summer and Holidays: Don’t beat yourself up over a bad day, a bad snack, a bad week. Just don’t let that bad week turn into weeks and then, months. It will be a major setback. Take it day by day and workout to keep those results showing.
Have Fun and Enjoy Life!!
” August is like the Sunday of summer.“ – unknown
I love this quote because I believe we can all relate. As someone who “ lives for the weekend”, when Sunday rolls around, I don’t think of Sunday as a complete relaxation day. For me, Sundays are one of the most crucial days to prepare for the upcoming week. I know the results I feel/see at the end of the week will be because of the preparation I put in on Sunday. Whether it be not sleeping in, meal prepping, active recovery, etc. I know that if I’m not being proactive on Sunday it will affect my workouts, my sleep, my mood, and physicality.
I wish I could say I always had that mindset. It took years of yo-yo diets and “magic pills” to realize my mindset wasn’t on a balanced lifestyle. I wasn’t prepared to put in the work when I needed to and the results showed. When I first started doing Boot Camps the weight just to start burning off and I got so excited because it kind of felt easy. I found a group of people that made working out fun and rewarding. But I never really changed my eating habits, drinking, and random sleep schedule. Eventually I would hit a “wall” and slowly gain the weight back, still went to the gym just not as often, started over eating again, and depression would set it. This went on for years. The never ending cycle. What I was missing was structure. I wanted the best results without all the extra work. It wasn’t until I realized that the real work wasn’t even at the gym. I had to make small changes first and create a routine that I could build on. Eventually those routines just became a way of life. Sundays would become a very important day for me and my goals. I took control of what I could so I was prepared for what was out of my control.
August feels bittersweet. I mean technically it’s still summer but we all know it means the “fun time” is coming to an end. If we can treat August as a Sunday then it’s time to prepare for the new season. This is the month to be proactive and take control of how the rest of your year will affect you. Someone who just lives for the summer body, only to lose focus once it’s over and erase all your hard work and sacrifice that got results. Or someone that knows to prepare and stay on top of their goals. It’s all about having a balanced lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle that encompasses your relationships, work, fitness, and emotional happiness. That’s the great thing about being on a fitness journey, you get to choose who you wanna be. Let’s make August a great month to make time to take care and love yourself.
“Life truly is what you make it. The purpose and meaning of life is the purpose and meaning that you give it.“ – Steven Redhead
What’s up family?! Just like that, it’s September! If you’re a normal person, you spent the better half of year getting ready for the summer. For the oddballs of the world, A.K.A. football players, we spent the summer getting ready for the fall. So fall is special to me because we are entering football season.
Count how many beer and food commercials you’ll see on tv now. They know what they are doing. Now more than ever, it’s time for you to be an oddball. It’s time to resist the temptation to do what others are doing because they aren’t trying to get where you are going.
Now… it’s ok to live. Just do it in moderation. The bottom line is, you can’t lie to that person in the mirror. I just had one wing, one slice, one beer, one cookie all adds up. Remember one cheat meal can’t lead to an entire cheat day. 1 cheat day can’t become plural. (I.e. Cheat weekend). This simply leads to you falling off all together.
Since it is fall and we are talking about athletes, now’s a good time to remind you to practice the “Core 4.” Breathe. Mobility. Control. Movement. Remember that these are the building blocks to that healthy body that we all want.
There’s no life without breathe. When you focus on breathing, you focus on living.
Mobility is important both physically and mentally. Imagine only being able to walk straight but never turn left or right because there was no mobility in your ankle. That would be extremely frustrating. This is an extreme example, but on a lesser scale this is a reality for some. Remember the importance of stretching and mobility movements. Keep that body fluid.
Control the controllable. In life and with the body. The more you control your body, the more you reduce your risk of injury. The more you control your diet, the more you reduce the risk of health disorders. Control!
Movement is simple. Just don’t stop. Make it your goal this fall to keep moving. Set goals for yourself that require you to move. It’s that important!
2023 is right around the corner. Let’s leave this year better than we started it! Let’s gooooooo!
Well helloooo October!!
Fall is definitely here and I’m so happy to kick off this month’s Coaching blog as we are heading into the holiday season. This is my favorite time of year because of course we get a break from that summer heat..oh wait I forget we’re in Texas lol.
Okay let me firstly introduce myself. I’m Coach Harmony aka, H-Money, Hurricane Harmz, or just Coach Harmz. I’m a native of Los Angeles, California. I relocated to Houston to further my education in a degree that’s collecting dust on the shelf as I type this. I have always been athletic and have probably tried every sport there is to play. However, after having my son and becoming a full time mom my fitness and overall health started to decline. It wasn’t until I realized that three flights of stairs dang near required an oxygen mask I knew I needed to get my health back in order before it got way out of hand. This led to the start of my journey with Mean Green Training.
Starting off as a member of Mean Green I realized after a few months that my calling was bigger and I had a bigger role to play in this community. So, for the past 7 years I have been learning and growing as a coach. In the past couple of years I have grown my understanding on people’s relationship with food. One of the philosophies I live by is, “Eat to live and not Live to Eat.”
As the holidays are quickly approaching we must remember all of the hard work we put in this year or last couple of months. The holidays is the time of year where we can easily gain 10 to 15 pounds. This is why we must control/change our relationship with food and not look at food that is considered unhealthy as a reward but as another avenue of our nutritional journey. I always tell clients, “If you want a cookie, have a cookie!” You may be reading this and think I’m crazy but I want you to imagine you as a kid being told not to do something. It only made you want to do it more right? It’s the same with food. If you want something then have it. Now I’m not saying go and eat the whole pack of cookies because it is still about control but what I am saying is.. if you allow yourself to not feel shame about having a cookie your mind begins to stop obsessing over the cookie because it now knows it’s okay to have one. Yes!.. It’s okay to have your favorite candy this Halloween.
I’m still working on my relationship with food. This is definitely a journey however, I’ve realized that the more I take the shame away from certain foods the better I am with choosing foods that help me live and feel good. October is a good month to start practicing and molding our relationship with food so by time we go into the next few months we can have a better understanding on how to navigate your nutrition and holiday eating traditions.
So I leave you with this, Eat to Live but have the damn COOKIE!!