#1 Motivational Tool

My dog has written a motivational poem for you to help you stick with your Diet Depletion program.

He knows how hard it is to give up treats for a month. He’s promised to join you on the Diet Depletion Plan this month. No more eating garbage. No more chasing cats. No more putting cats in a hat. That will be tough for him, but if he can do it, so can you.

And so to inspire you to improve your nutrition, ol’ Bally The Dog wrote a poem for you, as his alter-ego, that loveable author of puppy dog books, Dr. Bally Seuss.
This is What You Do!
You’ve made the decision,
You believe in yourself,
You’ll keep on pushing,
You’ll improve your health.
You’ll fix your bad habits,
You’ll change your old ways,
You’ll never give up,
You’ll achieve better days!

I’m right here with you,
I believe in you too,
I know WE can do this,
This is what we do!
– Dr. BallySeuss
Craig again…

Thanks Dr. BallySeuss…very inspiring, and it will help me stay on track.

Because that’s the #1 motivational tool – Believing in yourself. If you believe it, you can achieve it.  As I hope you know, I’m giving up the following for my 31-day July Diet Depletion, and so far it’s been easy.

– No dairy
– No gluten
– No diet soda
– No supplements
– No alcohol
You know how I made this easy?

By sharing this plan with my friends. So many of them, like Joel Marion and Matt Smith, also vowed to give up booze for the month.

That will make it really easy for me to hang around people without being tempted…because they are on the same track, too.

That’s the power of positive association and social support. Get it from everyone that you can!

Now you might be wondering, “Okay, so what the heck does Craig eat if he can’t have any of that stuff?”

Well, here’s the answer…

this is my daily journal from Day 1:

Day 1 of Diet Depletion on a 16-8 Intermittent Fast Day Plan

  • 4am – Wake-up, water (1.5L liters) & writing
  • 7:30am – Dog walk
  • 8am – Decaf Green Tea
  • 8:30am – Meditation
  • 9am – Writing + 1L water
  • 10am – Athletic Greens Drink (I don’t consider this a supplement anymore than I would call kool-aid a supplement, it’s just a low-calorie beverage)
  • 10:30am – Upper Body KB & DB Training + 0.5L water
  • 12:30pm – Lunch: Hamburger (no bun), steamed broccoli and cauliflower, organic tomato sauce, 1 apple, 1.5 oz almonds, 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, giant bowl of watermelon, strawberries, and grapes, 0.5L water
  • 1pm – Writing & Email & Business Calls: 1L water
  • 3pm – Snack: 1 banana, 1oz almonds, ½ oz pecans, & 1 cup grapes
  • 4pm – Dog walk
  • 5pm – Reading: 0.5L water
  • 6pm – Dinner: 12oz grass-fed rib-eye steak, ½ avocado, 1 sweet potato, 1.5 cups beets, 1 apple, 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, 1 cup grapes, 0.5L water
  • 7pm – Family time

That’s how my typical day goes. Monday through Saturday is just like that, unless I’m traveling or speaking at a special event.

It’s not “normal”, but I love it.

This is the lifestyle that I have worked over 20 years to design for myself. I get to do what I want, when I want, and serve who I want (that’s YOU!).

So listen…for a lot of readers, tomorrow, July 4th, is a holiday. And for almost every reader, the weekend is, well, the weekend.

It will be your first big TEST of your Diet Depletion Plan.

But be prepared to Stay Strong – and Get Stronger.

Dr. BallySeuss the Dog believes in you.  (Just picture him believing in you while wearing a big red and white striped hat, like the Cat in the Hat. – Ha.)

And I believe in you.

You can do it.

Believe in yourself. <= #1 most important motivational tool!

This time it IS different.

This time you WILL succeed.

This time you are in control and will make BIG changes.

Keep on pushing.

And never give up on what is important to you,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Certified Turbulence Trainer

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Looking forward to hearing your tips for success!