Important Questions for You

Someone asked me a very important question today about my plans for Turbulence Training, and it was so powerful that I wanted to ask YOU the same question about your fat loss success.

Here it is…please let me know your answer in the comments section below:

“Let’s say we were sitting down together in a year from now at the end of 2011…and you were thinking back over the  previous 12 months…what needed to have happened in that time for you to be happy with your fat loss and body transformation progress?”

Specifically, what obstacles need to be eliminated?

What advantages do you need to acquire?

And what powers do you need to harness?

Is there a certain amount of fat you wanted to lose?

Is there a certain time period in which you needed to transform your body?

What is it that needs to happen in the next 12 months to make you really, really happy and successful?

Let me know in the comments section below.

Be crystal clear and be completely confident.

Go from “confusion” to CLARITY.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

NOTE: Best answer receives a 1-Year Platinum  Turbulence Training Membership.

Looking forward to your reply,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Turbulence Training

  • kathryn barnes

    Being a New mother (who owns her own business) my life has been turned upside down and right now my biggest obstacle is time management. Sometimes I feel like i barely have enough time to tie my shoes. The next biggest obstacle is sleep a baby that wakes up 3 or 4 times a night leaves for a very tired mommy in the morning and barely any energy to workout or should I say the drive to workout just isn’t there. I need to find a consistent routine and try to manage my time better, although that seems like the impossible dream at the moment. Of couse i would like to say i want to lose all my fat that i gained during my pregnancy and that would be 35 pounds and the rest of the weight i tried to lose before getting pregnant which is another 15 pounds. However, in my heart i just want to lose enough weight so that i am no longer ashamed of taking pictures with my 11 month old. I want her to have memories of us together someday and i hide from the camera. How sad when you avoid having your picture taken with your baby the greastest gift in the entire world. With the right weight loss tools,consistancy, accountability and determination and alot of hard work i know i can get there. I guess i also need some time management skills as well.

    thanks for the opportunity to say it like it is!

  • Aimee Earl

    Let’s say we were sitting down together in a year from now at the end of 2011…and you were thinking back over the previous 12 months…what needed to have happened in that time for you to be happy with your fat loss and body transformation progress?”

    Specifically, what obstacles need to be eliminated?

    What advantages do you need to acquire?

    And what powers do you need to harness?

    Is there a certain amount of fat you wanted to lose?

    Is there a certain time period in which you needed to transform your body?

    What is it that needs to happen in the next 12 months to make you really, really happy and successful?

    Let me know in the comments section below.

    Be crystal clear and be completely confident.

    Go from “confusion” to CLARITY.

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

    NOTE: Best answer receives a 1-Year Platinum Turbulence Training Membership.

    Looking forward to your reply,

    Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
    Turbulence Training

    Over the past year my fitness journey has brought me to several places and back again. As the mother of four boys, as a wife, and as a business owner and most recently, as a NSCA-CPT student, I have tried many different workouts, and different levels of intensities , and different styles of workouts to bring me to the place I have set in my mind as a destination. I have found many things helpful and hurtful to this journey and although I don’t know that the journey will ever or should ever be over, I do know that there are things I would do differently. These are things I struggle with daily, hourly, and each minute some days.

    It is very difficult most times to find the willpower to avoid foods we know to be bad for us, and some days its very difficult to push yourself out the door headed for a workout, whether to the gym or just a run. Life is so busy, and it takes a lot of focus to set your mind to do this when its so much easier to rest before and after the busy day. However, if I had realized the value of just taking things one step at a time, and realizing that change does not have to happen overnight, the way we expect everything else to happen these days, that the journey doesn’t have to be quite so stressful, and you can find a rhythm that works for you and your life. Over the last year I have learned whats normal for MY body, what is a good…and bad…day in the gym. What pace I can expect to make gains…and losses. I have also learned what PUSHES me to the next goal, and what derails me completely.

    I have many obstacles that are really good excuses to not be fit, to not persue a healthier life. Having four sons, ages 7,9, 14, & 16 are four enough. They can keep anyone hoppin’, let me tell you. Its a different activity and worry daily. Not to mention that my husband and I own a company with offices in two cities, and that requires quite a bit of my time. Now I need to study as well, since I have decided to become a trainer. These things are excuses, and legitamate reasons to not make it to the gym, but they are not obstacles. The obstacle is in your mind, in my mind. I bet its even in Jamie Eason’s mind! The obstacle that I would love to be able to eliminate completely is the excuses I make in my own mind to skip workouts or to eat that cupcake. There are no excuses. If I wish to reach my goals I have to workout and I absolutely must eat better.

    Over the past year I wish I had spent more time using the experience of people who have done this before me more often. There are so many great people out there willing to share what they know. I am finding that not everything works for every body and you have to find what works for you, and stick with it. You’ll know quickly enough if its for you. You cannot be successful on program if you absolutely hate doing it. I wish I had stopped the programs I hated sooner and moved on to the ones I did like that carried me farther, even if not faster.

    Currently I am training to do a bikini competition. I am 36, and I have a long way to go. Mainly some recompositioning and about 20 lbs of body fat to lose and some reshaping for that particular goal. (You may think that 20 lbs of body fat isn’t very much, but just wait until its your LAST 20 lbs. ) I set this goal, not because I want to become a serious competitor, but because sometimes you have to turn up the intensity on your GOALS to turn up the intensity in your pursuit of those goals.

    My goal show is in 5 months, so over the next five months my fitness goals are wrapped around that date. However, my long term goal is to learn to maintain that goal. I don’t want to get in shape, and then lose all my gain 2 months after this show. My success will be a year from now, when I can say I have reasonably maintained what I am pusing myself so hard to achieve now, and have learned to fit FITNESS into a normal lifestyle.

    Fitness shouldn’t feel like a “diet” or some burden. It should be the WAY we LIVE, EAT on a day-to-day basis. It should be our choice because we like the way we FEEL and LOOK.


  • Adrienne

    In order to feel that I have had a successful 12 months, I would have to have lost about 10% body fat and learned how to join everyday clean eating and a somewhat typical workout schedule.

    I used to be a national figure competitor, but I have had to put aside competing right now because of work and raising my son. I don’t know how to eat other than a ‘competition diet’ and to workout like crazy. It hasn’t been good for me because I have been gaining weight instead of maintaining close to the body that I trained so hard for. I feel like I don’t know how to eat normally or do a modified workout anymore. Instead I feel like I need to work out 2x/day and eat very regimented. I don’t have the time to spend in the gym like I used to, and can’t lose 1lb. I feel so lost. I feel so frustrated. None of my clothes fit. They are all too tight. I have never been this heavy.

    So if I can drop the bodyfat and have a lean figure and feel confident in myself once again, like I used to, that would be a huge personal success for me.

  • Lisa P.

    Specifically, what obstacles need to be eliminated?

    My biggest obstacle is myself! I am the only one limiting myself. Unfortunately you can’t buy confidence and happiness at the convenient store. But once you do find it, you realize it was always there the whole time, maybe just a baby seedling, but it is there. The only one stopping me is ME!

    What advantages do you need to acquire?

    Independence. Once I realized I can’t rely on anyone else to do this for me, I stepped up to the plate and worked it baby! Don’t look to others because you can’t compare yourself to anyone else. You have no idea where they came from and where they are going. Life is not a race because we all have different starting and ending points. Pick your own trail and blaze it.

    And what powers do you need to harness?

    The power of positive thinking!!!!!!!!!! :) Always reach for the closest positive thought and hold on to it. Even if it’s imagining petting your furry friends or hugging a good friend.

    Is there a certain amount of fat you wanted to lose?

    Yes, and no. I want to lose enough to enjoy looking at myself in the mirror. But I don’t want to negatively obsess over it. I am human and NOT perfect and proud of it.

    Is there a certain time period in which you needed to transform your body?

    Before I get old and wrinkly but if I keep this up I hope to NEVER be “old and wrinkly”.

    What is it that needs to happen in the next 12 months to make you really, really happy and successful?

    I need to love myself and my life and my surroundings. And a few emails from Craig never hurt either ;) His daily reminders keep me on my toes! Getting down on yourself is a sick trick. We are all here for a purpose whether or not you believe it. We are all equals. Share the love!

  • David DeLorenzo

    I have used TT for the last year and have seen huge success, with that success for me has come a drive to become even better. The obstacles that have been elimited so far are booze, late nights, bad eating habits, and excuses. These obstacles are always coming up in my way, after a year most of the avoidance of these bad habits have become habit, just like avoiding speed bumps at a fast pace. You drive over them slowly till you are clear to go your regular speed.
    An advantage that I find I have acquired is the advantage of preperation. I have learned from my mother how to be super organized and very neat. That is very helpful in fitness. My meals, prepared before hand or at least know what is on the menu before I go eat. My workouts, I know what they are. I watch the videos, I study the circuits before hand, I know where I am going to workout. The biggest advantage is that I don’t get down on myself if things don’t go “exactly as planned” I have learned to pick up and move on.
    My powers are the powers of drive and breathing. The ability to drive thru one more rep, one more set, and to breathe and concentrate to realize I am harnessing something that is bringing out more and more results to make me feel and look amazing.
    I have gotten down to 10 percent BF in the last year. I am working on seeing 7% and keeping a steady look of 7% to 10% , that allows me a life of energy, looking good, and being happy.
    The time it takes to do this is really dependant on how bad you want it. It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but if you keep wasting away today then tomorrow will always be your excuse. I am so happy with what I have accomplised this year with TT and my new way of life. My goals are life long and if I do 1 little thing if not more everyday then I am getting closer to keeping my optimal body and transformation in check.
    In the next 12 months and the rest of my life, I want the following to be happy.
    I want to wake up be thankful for everyday, enjoy my mornings, enjoy my workouts, enjoy every meal, and enjoy every rest day laying on the couch with my dog. I need to enjoy each day as it comes to be truely happy. If I can keep that focus and keep that love for life, my passion to have my ultimate body will come natural and the things I need to do to get that will always be habit and not a trend within myself.

  • Concetta

    “Let’s say we were sitting down together in a year from now at the end of 2011…and you were thinking back over the previous 12 months…what needed to have happened in that time for you to be happy with your fat loss and body transformation progress?”

    Specifically, what obstacles need to be eliminated?

    Craig, the most important fact that you have ever written is “you can’t out train a bad diet”. Your workouts are the best I have ever used, because when I have my nutrition correct, I get results. I have instances of workouts + nutrition working together, but not consistently enough. The obstacle to be eliminated is self sabotage. Lose 2lbs, eat more. Instead of building on success, I use it as reason to slide. I don’t like this about myself. I have the discipline to get to the gym, but my nutrition holds me back.
    December 2011, I should be below 20% body fat. That would make me happy. What needs to happen is I overcome my emotions and stop eating when I know I should.

  • AB

    The only obstacle I seem to have is my eating habits. I eat with my emotions, when I get stressed I really want a piece of chocolate to comfort myself. I have a passion for fitness so I myself became a personal trainer this last May and I still fail myself from time to time, I do not have anyone to help me stay accountable. I am currently at 17% body fat and I wish to be at 14% body fat, I am having a hard time losing the fat from my saddle bags; I do not have fat anywhere but there now. I know if I stick to my nutrition plan I can get there. I want to be at 14% body fat by next June which I know that is not too much to ask. I was looking at TT to see what other types of workouts are new out there, something I may be missing. The strange thing is I can hold my clients accountable and help them reach their goals but it is taking me forever to get that last few pounds of body fat off. I am 5′ 2″ and 111 pounds. If I can hold myself accountable for the next 12 months and reach the body fat % I am looking for I will be very happy with my accomplishments, this way I can feel very good about wearing a swim suit next summer. I have a family that does not eat very healthy so sometimes it makes things hard, I would not have any junk food in the house if it were not for their diets. I know that I cannot control what they eat but I have to be able to control what I eat.

  • Jennifer

    Specifically, what obstacles need to be eliminated? I got to my fit lean, healthy body by eliminating excuses and developing a plan, and having several back-up plans. No more wishing and hoping and waiting. Only planning and doing.

    What advantages do you need to acquire? I enlisted the help of a trainer because doing it on my own proved over the years not to get me the results I desired. I admitted to myself, that in order to get where I wanted to be, I had to look at my fitness goals as worthy of a time and money commitment.

    And what powers do you need to harness? I looked deep into myself and saw a strong individual who was not living up to my full potential.

    Is there a certain amount of fat you wanted to lose? I am satisfied and grateful to have shed 15 lbs of uncomfortable fat and revel in happiness that I can again wear all the wonderful clothes that were in the back of the closet. I feel like my old self again from years ago. I’ve got my sexy back.

    Is there a certain time period in which you needed to transform your body? I achieved my 10 lb fat loss goal in 3 months and because FITNESS FEELS SO GOOD, I have made a life commitment to myself.

    What is it that needs to happen in the next 12 months to make you really, really happy and successful? I know that fitness is ongoing and must be everlasting so I found ‘everyday’ ways to incorporate physical activity into my life. I know I will be truly successful and happy when I have achieved the fit fabulous body I have always desired and eliminated debt and worry from my life. I will be living with excited energy for the future instead of dread and a woe-is-me attitude.

    Thanks Craig, for helping me to focus with laser clarity on these questions.

  • Janet

    I would like to be standing on a stage as a buff women’s bodybuilder! Plan & simple….but not easy!

  • Michael

    Craig thanks to your body weight coaching and applying the workouts and checking out my eating I have dropped 28 pounds of fat and now at 174 lbs. My diet turned out to be the biggest hurdle. When you think about it it is not rocket science. 3,500 calories equal 1 pound. When you eat less than 3,500 calories and work out regularly you will drop weight. I f you apply the less than 3,500 calories for a couple of weeks you can go out and have a high calorie meal with all the trimmings and lose a pound.

    At 2011 I want to look back and see that I have maintained my weight and added lean muscle mass.

  • Britt

    Specifically, what obstacles need to be eliminated?
    In my experiences the biggest obstacle is how to stay away from negative nutritional influences. We all know fat loss can be broken down into “calories in versus calories out” so it’s not a complicated process but there are so many outside factors which make the journey much more difficult.

    What advantages do you need to acquire?
    Information…and how to sort through all the BS. There are so many differences of opinion and it seems everyone and their brother is putting there ideas out for the world to read. Much of it is contradictory so it can be very off putting go through it to be able to take out what you need and discard all the blabber.

    And what powers do you need to harness?
    Self control. This is the big one. Conquer this and not only will I have the body of my dreams but all other aspects of life will be improved as well.

    Is there a certain amount of fat you wanted to lose?
    I was looking to lose about 50lbs before my body was ready to start building muscle.

    Is there a certain time period in which you needed to transform your body?
    I wanted to lose the fat in time for summer so I had roughly 5 months.

    What is it that needs to happen in the next 12 months to make you really, really happy and successful?
    I need to be able to put on 20-30lbs of mass and have my body fat around 10%.

  • Christina

    To be happy with my fat loss and body transformation progress one year from today, I must stay motivated and consistently embrace and implement actions that support my continued progress toward a long and healthy life as a fit person.

  • Katie

    To be happy with my fitness progress over then next 12 months, I would lose at least 10% body fat, and be able to do several pull ups. Thanks to turbulence training, my obstacles to being in great shape have little to do with what I do in my workouts. My largest problems are dietary. I know that I drink too many calories (and I don’t mean soda). Also, I would like to find a handful of simple healthy recipes to keep me from eating out. Things to take to work, or even better, things to keep stocked at work; and simple dinners I enjoy when I don’t feel like cooking.

    As far as motivation is concerned, I find that motivation has momentum. When I’m on, I stay motivated, and when I’m off, I find watching good workout videos gets me pumped to get back to it. The more strength I build, the easier it is to want to workout more. The trick is building strength as fast as possible.

  • Jay

    I would be very happy and feel very successful if I could achieve the following things by the end of 2011.

    1. I really want to be able to prepare delicious healthy food from natural ingredients. I am pretty good at the healthy part, I just want to prepare food that tastes fantastic. Also, I find it hard to fit protein in my diet and I want to find recipes that taste great using protein sources that I like. In addition, I have specific preferences and some food intolerances, so I have to find recipes that work for me. I also need foods that not only taste good, but actually make me feel good, since some “healthy” foods do not leave me feeling very good. I want to be able to prepare large quantities of great tasting, healthy food so that I have enough to freeze or refrigerate for several days’ worth of meals.

    2. I also really want my health to improve. If my health is considerably better at the end of 2011 and especially next summer, that will make me very, very happy.

    3. I want to be confidently making menu plans for a whole week at a time. I want more consistency in what I eat. I also want to eat very healthy most days.

    4. At the end of 2011, I want to be very happy with my body. I want to be enjoying food AND have a fit, toned, healthy body. My legs and waistline are areas that I really want to improve, but I also want to tone up everywhere else, too. I want to exceed my own expectations and achieve better than I have ever had. Strength is important to me and I am looking forward to increasing that. I’d like to turn a lot of my fat into muscle.

    5. Self esteem and confidence. One of reasons I wanted to do the TT challenge was that I knew that my self esteem and confidence would increase, two things I am really anticipating. I hope at the end of 2011 my self esteem and confidence are much greater than they are right now.

    6. There are some supplements I need that will really help my health. Right now, I have difficulty finding room in my budget for those things, but I know eventually I will get them, which will make me VERY happy.

    7. I have been wanting to incorporate running into my workout routine for many months and I will be very happy if I am doing some running by the end of 2011, although I plan to start much sooner.

    8. I will be very happy if I am doing some regular fasting at the end of 2011.

    My main obstacle is that I am living on a budget, so I am slightly restricted in how fast I can make changes and what equipment I can buy. The power that I need to harness, and have been already, is patience. Patience means I will achieve it all, given enough time. As long as I continue making progress towards eating healthier, becoming healthier and becoming more fit, I will be happy at the end of 2011.

    Thanks for this idea, Craig, I have found it very helpful.

  • Galina

    what needed to have happened in that time for you to be happy with your fat loss and body transformation progress? – I need to be at a size 10.

    Specifically, what obstacles need to be eliminated? – Partying, laziness, excuses not to excercise

    What advantages do you need to acquire? – Discipline!!!

    And what powers do you need to harness? – the power of the mind, the power of visualization

    Is there a certain amount of fat you wanted to lose? – 20lb

    Is there a certain time period in which you needed to transform your body? – By my 48th b-day

    What is it that needs to happen in the next 12 months to make you really, really happy and successful? – I need to set the goals, put a plan together and just stick with it!!!

  • Gabriela

    I think that to have achieved my goal was:

    Have been convinced it could succeed.

    Knowing it would take time.

    Having in mind that my reason for fat loss was not only to look better, to attend an event or go to the beach, but to improve my health and my change was permanent.

    Convinced me that it was necessary to follow a training plan suited to my lifestyle and my coach was a skilled person.

    Having had the correct orientation to learn make the appropriate changes to my routine (in all areas: type of exercise, training time, etc) and especially having the discipline to be constant.

    Having made the changes necessary to avoid stagnation, lack of motivation and disappointment when the changes are not displayed quickly.

    Have found the diet plan that adapted to my lifestyle and allowed me to continue after having achieved my goal.

    Feel happy every time I look in the mirror because I know he was being consistent and was getting the results that I had proposed.

  • Kyle

    Over the next year, I want to drop my bodyfat by at least 15%. I not only want want to drop my body fat but I want to build muscle as well. I’m tired of putting it off for tomorrow, I want to do it NOW! Over the years I’ve been given modeling opportunities; but when it comes to shirtless jobs, I get rejected for lack of muscle definition and too much body fat, in spite of my over all looks and height.

    I really want to know what to eat and how to effectively plan my meals completely, and what types of proteins and healthy fats and carbs I should be eating instead of junk food.

    I want to know if it is needed to always to do turbulence training workouts in a gym versus at home.

    I really want to build 35lbs of lean muscle mass onto my frame in place of the body fat I will lose; and is it possible to do both at the same time?

    I want to be healthy, not just on the outside but on the inside is well. I want to be great example for my family and friends. I want to set myself up for success for when im older.

    I want to umderstand why I always have fat around my stomach and thighs and not only how to keep it off, but replace it with lean muscle.

    I want results by May of 2011. I want to land any modeling job, and be in such great shape, I won’t think twice about going to the beach next summer.

    Most of all I don’t want to turn into a statistic, of an American male in his early twenties, struggling to run 2+ miles, or doing 10 pull-ups without collapsing.

  • norm staar

    I’m 53 will be 54 by end of 2011. I was dinotise a diabetic in 2002
    as type 2. In 2005 it was change to type 1. Now on insulin at night and after each meal. The big thing to me was this was a complete shock because I always assoociate diabties with overweight people never thought happen to me. I’ve always been skinny since highschool. Even when I was originally dinotise I was 6’0 maybe 190.
    Now I’m 6’0 havent got any shorter ha ha I weight 170. For last 5 yrs I havent flexuacuted much 165-170. I’m told I’m of that rare 10%
    skinny diabetic. My wife calls me the thin man. The Diabeties is attacking my muslces. I have been working out at home mostly last 5 yrs to just maintain with a lot of starts and stops. This yr has been bad for me cause I spent 2 times in hospital I was in dec 31st and came close to death I had sugar of over 900. Then again in June I was in hospital with serve case of stomach pain they where giving me morphine to eat. They could figure why finaly got under control let me out. Thank God I’m still here and recently went for my diabietis check up and blood. Doctor said everything is good low cholestral blood liver ect ect. Expect my H1c was 9 and they want it under 7. So to answer your question about 2011 I would like to loose my belly fat six pack gain weight in muscle I believe I would look healthy at 175-180. But most of all get my H1c under 7 and here my Doctor say in great shape for my age 54.
    Norm ps: sorry bout spelling errors

  • Michelle Gaynor

    Specifically, what obstacles need to be eliminated?
    I think the main obstacle is myself. Believing I can achieve the great body I always wanted. Self doubt is a terrible thing. Sometimes thinking ‘what if I actually get the shape I want and I am happy’ can be a daunting thing. I know that may sound crazy but I do think this is my main obstacle, self belief.

    What advantages do you need to acquire?
    As far as eating habits I think we all know what is a good food choice and what is a bad one but as from TT I’ve learned not to beat myself up if I make a bad food ,just enjoy it and get back on track. Give myself those cheat days, just not too many. That’s one advantage I already have. Also no matter how hard I try to do this on my own, it is very difficult when the people around you, are not on the same wave length. I have learned it is important to surround yourself around positive and like minded people wanting similar goals. So I definitely could do with surrounding myself with more of like minded people.

    And what powers do you need to harness?
    Self Belief, feeling I deserve this and I can do this.

    Is there a certain amount of fat you wanted to lose?
    I have wanted to drop Jean sizes rather than lose a specific amount of fat. I would be happy being a size 10/12, currently a 14/16 UK dress size.

    Is there a certain time period in which you needed to transform your body?
    I wanted to lose this weight for my 30th birthday which is in 3 weeks. I have currently relocated to be with my boyfriend and my weight has gone up. Unfortunately I have not lost this weight but I am not defeated as for the last 7 weeks I have been training consistently and getting stronger and the weight is slowly coming off. I do need to improve my eating habits but getting there slowly but surely and my self belief is improving.

    What is it that needs to happen in the next 12 months to make you really, really happy and successful?

    I would love to be lean and lose the body fat. I feel I am getting stronger and toning up but need to lose the body fat so people can see it :). Continue to improve my self belief, try and smile everyday and rob a hug from my boyfriend when I feel crappy and miss home. No matter what to enjoy life and my training and to keep it fresh and fun.No matter what to believe I can be really really Happy :)

  • sherard jones

    Simply, I’d like my body to be spring-loaded and ready for action at all times. I want my body to carry me around and not vice-versa.

    As far as obstacles, I need to eliminate my reliance on convenience and addiction to comfort. The reliance on convenience centers around nutritional choices and the quick and easy foods (fat, greasy, but tasty foods) that are detrimental to long term health and fitness. The addiction to comfort is in preferring to do what I’ve always done and not being willing to challenge myself daily. If it requires too much effort, I sometimes feel as if its not something I need to do and am unwilling to sacrifice my comfort for it. As will without the certainty of success I am hesitant to begin. In general, I think that I have to overcome inertia. Plus, I love my bed way too much.

    I need to acquire increased functional strength, speed and stamina. I need my energy levels and my focus to increase. I can spend much too much time on various distractions and not direct my energy to accomplishing worthwhile goals. In the determined pursuit of strength, speed, and stamina I believe that my focus will be improved.

    I need to harness self-control, focus, and perseverance. A willingness to go “all out” fully understanding that my effort may fail .

    I don’t have a target number of fat I want to lose. However, I have a target feeling and a target group of habits. I want to feel really comfortable in my body and know that it can perform whatever physical task I demand of it whether its climbing trees, pushing a stalled car, wrestling with my kids, or playing a sport. I want to eat well and still enjoy it.

    By the end of the summer of 2011, I want to be in the best shape of my life.

    To be really, really happy and successful I need to actualize the person that I believe I was born to be. I need to fully employ every talent and gift that I have and meet my limits on some sort of regular basis. I need to be performing something masterfully or practicing to be able to perform masterfully. I need to be satisfied with me, knowing I’m doing what I’m built to do without the need for external measures of happiness and success.

  • Wayne Magruder

    For me, I think the things that need to happen in order for me to be satisfied in my fitness goals is to stop trying to incorporate every new fitness program that comes out and just stick with one for a year, hold myself accountable to it and stick with proper rest and diet. I also need to stick to a specific supplment schedule and quit experimenting with supplements.
    I also need be focused and give 100% everytime I go to the gym and not slack off because I feel a little tired. If I could keep that committment for one year with the right program, I would be thrilled!

  • Mike

    I don’t know. Plain and simple. That’s my problem. I’m stuck. I’m 50, in the last year I’ve lost about 12 pounds by changing my eating. I’ve worked out (weights, treadmill) off and on over the years and got stronger but could never lose the belly fat. The more I worked out the hungrier I got, the more I ate, and my body fat percentage stayed the same. Now that I’ve changed how I eat (eliminated sugar, flour, fewer carbs more good fat, etc) I’ve eliminated some body fat, I’m at a decent weight, but I don’t feel fit or strong as I’d like to be. I’d like to get rid of the last remaining body fat around my middle. If I lose more weight to get my body fat down enough to trim all the fat from around my middle, I feel like I’ll look like a stick! Everyone tells me I already look like a stick! What I want is to be fit, lean, and strong, not a slim jim, I want to be a strong and fit old(er) man. I don’t know how to get there and I’ve run out of ideas. Its so difficult (for me) to lose fat and gain muscle.

  • john hinman

    I feel pretty good about myself physically and most importantly mentally at the moment, so why do you ask am I posting a reply? Well it hasn’t always been like this, but with a certain amount of dedication to training, diet and most in importantly training my mind to ignore negative thoughts which for many years stopped me from getting what I wanted in life, I have started, and I can’t emphasize enough,” started” on the path to a better, more rounded life.
    So the questions you posted at the top are as relevant to me as they are to someone who maybe is just starting out on a transformation, because if you lose sight and humility in this process, you become complacent and bigheaded which in turn will find you right back where you started.
    The obstacles in my life are generally the ones generated upstairs between my ears, which don’t exist, except for up there. It sounds easy to say just ignore the negative thoughts and focus on the postive ones, and maybe it is that easy, but it reqiures practice.
    The advantage I need to acquire in my life is the one which I believe to be the foundation to building the whole structure of your life in general, “contentment”. Contentment with oneself is the best advantage of all, if you can find contentment/inner peace you are on the right path.
    The power I need to harness is the ability to be a little easier on myself and to believe that with consistency, you will get the results you want as opposed to beating yourself up and pushing to hard, which in my experience gets you worn out and injured either physically or mentally, or both.
    In terms of fat loss I’m in a postion that I need to gain a few pounds on the Craig Ballantyne infamous height, weight scale for guys, so lets focus on safe, sensible weight gain without putting it on as fat gains.
    I’m probably not going to win any competiotions with this answer, but this is how I feel with regards to setting time limits on things for myself .Personally, I don’t like the concept of time limits, but prefer the psycology of improvement and performing tasks to the best of your abilty, every time you do something in your life, whether it was that exercise at the gym you weren’t getting right, or you lifted a P.B. Or in other aspects of your day to day life, if you do it to the best of your ability, that is all you can ask for. Small improvements every time you do something add up to big gains overall.
    For me to be happy and sucessful over the next 12 months I just have to keep it simple. Stay positive, ignore negativaty. Don’t just think about myself, take others into consideration. Maintain focus and routine, and make constant, steady progress to contentment.
    This may all sound a bit hippy dippy, maybe it is, but if you look ater the small things in life, I’m sure the bigger ones come along a whole lot easier.
    Take it easy!

    John Hinman.

  • Ted M

    My goals are rather simple… 6’3″ 227lbs 8%BF and 51yrs old, my goal is to be able to look back and say I trained harder than I did at 51. I live on all organic foods, raw organic grass fed milk, grass fed/free range meats and have been blessed with good genes. I expect to be as cut as Craig at 230lbs by the end of 2011. My weakspot? I keep skipping my wind sprints, I tend to lift hard then on my rest days I skip intervals and that’s got to stop! Here’s a good interval for ya:
    Grab 2 weight plates (I use 45’s)- set them down on the ground- pick 1 up and run as fast as you can for 10yds and put plate down- then run back to start- pick up other plate and run 5yds put it down and run back to start- then run as fast as you can to the first plate and pick it up and run to put it at start- then run to 5yd plate and grab it and run to start- then repeat 5 times with a 30second break between sets.
    Try it, you’ll be fried when you’re done.

    Ted M.

  • Kim

    I had lost a lot of weight (70 pounds!) and was feeling great. My thyroid went nuts on me, and I shot up 30 pounds in 3 months. Tack on another 10 pounds for good measure and you have one depressed, discouraged, disgusted Kim. In 12 months I want the 40 pounds off PLUS the other 10 – 15 I never lost the first time. I am trim and fit, toned and firm–no jiggly bits, :) no dimples other than the ones on my face! I am a perfect size 4, full of energy, vitality, and life. I am a disciplined exerciser, and exercise jazzes and energizes me. I have time for relaxation, too. No more fatigue, no more depression, no more listlessness. Abundant energy, joy, and the ability to help lead other women trapped in the same spot out of The Pit of Despair with the key of Hope. :)

  • Kim

    Oh–and I am also free from food cravings that bring me down. I eat healthfully because that’s how I feel best and, by then, that’s how I roll. :) I no longer perceive not having junk food or excess sugar is as deprivation but as freedom from bondage.