How Do I Motivate Myself and Keep The Momentum?

“How Do I Motivate Myself and Keep The Momentum?”

A friend of mine recently asked me this question. Although a fair one, I have avoided answering this with many people in a truthful way, because I have been skeptical of the way it will get perceived.  

But maybe my honesty might help someone out there to look at things differently. So here it is in exact words what I told my friend –

I don’t see motivation as an external thing but more from within. My go-to thoughts are the hard times I have been through in my life and thinking that my back is against the wall. I keep my aim to be present for my family with full energy and presence of mind. I think of training as something to help me channel all my energy into becoming a better version of who I was yesterday and more so to be in control of my own internal environment in order to survive in the external environment.

I truly believe that the way I show up in one area of life, I will do the same in every other area of life. So if my health is not in check them my family, career, finances, purpose, passion, and relationships will also go out of alignment. Training to me more like an anchor to get up and take control of life instead of others taking control of it.

To extend it further, it makes me a leader of my own life as I take charge from the get-go. I want to be prepared mentally, emotionally and physically before I step myself into the daily grind of working life where the battles of dealing with human emotions are constant.

Well, I hope this makes sense and helps some of you to start thinking about your life and health differently.

Rahul Talreja
BYBS Transformation

Stay On Track This Christmas Holiday

December 25th – one of the most significantly celebrated day around the world with family and friends, its Christmas time baby. I quiet enjoy this colourful time of the year when everyone from kids to grandparents are in the joyous mood of celebrating, sharing and giving. The environment around just changes to the beautiful song.

However, there is definitely a correlation between the celebration and calories. There is certainly a huge amount of food intake involved during the celebration which is mostly calorie dense and processed.

So the question is how do we stay on track with our fitness during this holiday season? What steps can we take to avoid the impact on our body that lasts for months?

Christmas Fitness

I sit here writing this content to help be aware of your choices and also give you my own very personally experienced tips that I use for any social gathering for celebration.

  • Plate of Protein – focus on having more protein rich food that are lean sources and not covered in lot of oil. Protein is more expensive for body so it increases the metabolism 8% faster than carbohydrates and fats.
  • Hydration – as much as most people like to over-eat they end up consuming less fluid which can slow down metabolism. Staying hydrated with water or electrolyte rich fluids such as coconut water etc., not only improves metabolism but also reduces food cravings and keeps the energy levels up.
  • Calorie Cycling – with Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner approaching, you can start consuming less calories in the form of carbohydrates and fats 2-3 days leading up to the main day. This way you are putting your body through a calorie deficit which in turn will help you consume the extra calories on the holiday.
  • Increase Your Cardio & Training – Leading up to the day you can increase your cardio sessions and also pump up a little harder in the gym. You are increasing your room for calorie deficit that can assist you consuming that delicious turkey.
  • Stop Grazing- A biggest mistake which fails people, over eating or gazing. Just because there is lot of food around doesn’t mean you have to snack on it. Watch what you are doing, stay accountable to yourself. Best is to make a list beforehand of food you want to eat on the day, that you won’t go bonkers on the food.

Holiday seasons are challenging with so much food around but it is also the time when we can lose focus. It’s about controlling our environment and the above tips or steps I take for myself has helped me a lot in staying in the shape. Now it’s your time to put that effort, you will thank yourself.

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Rahul Talreja
Messenger of Fitness Transformation

Be Your Best Self

Pre-Workout Preparation – 5 Things to Do Before Your Workout

It’s Sunday evening as I write this blog, my mind has started to prepare for a new week that I step into tomorrow. Unlike a lot of you who love to recite the lyrics “I hate Mondays”, I actually treat it differently. I look forward to it as a new day like any other day without branding it and treat it like a blessing and thought process of “I get to train” instead of “I have to train”.

Not only do I start prepping my mind visually, emotionally and mentally from creating an awesome productive week full of wins and learnings, I do a similar kind of prep work for my workouts/trainings on a daily basis.
Working out in or outside the gym is fun. It looks, feels and seems very cool and it is for sure if you love that too. But it is equally important, in fact, more than the actual training is the pre-workout preparation.

I am a big advocate of having my body, mind and spirit in check before I even step myself into the weight room. So I have narrowed down some important steps and checks that I would like to share with all you my friends, family and people who will be my friends in near future about preparing yourself before your training session.

Here are 5 things to do before workout as a pre-workout preparation:

1) Pre-Workout Meal – I do want to start by pointing out the importance of feeding yourself before your training. Those of you who believe that training empty stomach is going to help you lose those extra kilos or get rid of the flab are on a way of harming yourselves. It is possible to under the principles of intermittent fasting but that is a whole different topic in itself that we will cover separately.

For now, understand that you need a good decent nutritious meal in you at least 45-60 minutes before your training session. Now, you do not have to eat too heavy or get too full but it should be enough to fuel your training session. The meal should contain easy a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats, such as-

– Quinoa with grilled fish
– Low fat cottage cheese/paneer with some basmati rice
– Meal Replacement Protein shake
– Egg whites with some oats / quinoa

All of these very light on the stomach to digest fast, good sources to fuel your workout and will keep your energy levels intact. Anything heavy such as chicken or red meat is best to keep it for after workout as post workout meals or later part of the day when your body is screaming for nutrition

2) Proper Hydration – I keep emphasising the importance of hydration. Make sure you are well hydrated before your workout because you do not want to get into a state of light head zombie. Lack of water in your body can put a lot of stress on your digestive system and overall nervous system.
Secondly, when you are not hydrated enough you are calling out for cramps in your body due to holding up of lactic acid in the body. You want to stay in good hydrated state before your workout to make the best out of the session.

Remember you are going in the gym to break down those muscle tissues to grow
and change your body into a better shape. So better be prepared for the battle field.

3) Pack Your Essentials – having things in place before you enter the training room determines whether you are going to come out as a winner or a loser from that battlefield. So some of the essentials are-

– Training plan to know exactly what you are doing
– Log book – a book to log your progress as you go through the workout
– Water/ Intra workout shake
– Post workout shake
– Towels for proper hygiene

You can add things like your spare tops, shoes, headphones etc. in your pack if you want to be extra prepared. Remember – if you fail to prepare then be prepared to fail.

4) Visualise Your Workout – this is something a lot of athletes worldwide apply into their training as well as stepping into competition stage or platform or field. A night or day before start visualising yourself in the training room. Think about what you are wearing, the music you are listening to, the weight in your hand how it feels, the temperature of the room you are in, the people around, smell etc. Think about every rep or a set you are doing.

Preparing your mind ahead of the game is actually going to help you because once you are psychologically connected then you are going through the motions in the training room or ground. Become a visionary

5)  Pump up Music- music is that one universal language that connects straight with our soul. A music that pumps you up in a good way is what you should listen while on your way to the training session. Research has shown that if you listen to the music of the era around your childhood, it brings out some good memories and makes you happy with a smile on your face. That is the best physical and mental state to be in when you are training because it boosts your energy levels to a peak state.

When you are well prepared in your mind for what is to come, that’s when you go in to give your best. Pre-workout preparation isn’t just limited to good clothing, music, shoes, and wrist bands and so on. It is primarily about getting into the right mental, emotional and then physical state.

Training is all about having a good environment internally for external results. What we give is what we receive.

All the best for your next training session

Rahul Talreja
Transformation Coach
Be Your Best Self Transformation

EGO VS PURPOSE – WHAT DO YOU TRAIN WITH?

I have been to many gyms in my fitness lifetime and have met many men as well as women who come in with a purpose to train with full intensity by giving their blood n sweat. They come in with a laser focus of putting their bodies through hell, heat and pain; break those muscle tissues and go out of that door as a reborn.

However, more than the above mentioned lot, my encounters are mostly with people lifting weights purely because their ego is bigger than the weight they are attempting to lift. The unnecessary grunts, bad movements, long holding of machines and throwing away of the weights does gives a lot of attention to the people around them, but is it working for anyone – not really sure.

Now this is more common in men than women because we (males) carry a huge ego in our back pockets to wanting to prove our manliness, show off our testosterones.

I have nothing against anyone who is training, everyone has their own way of doing things. Each to their own, however, I do want to highlight you the difference between ego and purpose when it comes to weight training so it can help you recognize your mental state, training style/ principles and more importantly, stay in the game for long term without hurting yourself.

Firstly, when you are lifting weights always be cautious of your postures. When you are lifting too heavy but compromising your posture chances are your ego has kicked in pushing you to take a huge risk of getting injured. As soon as you notice that, reduce your weight to 70 to 8o percent so the physical posture doesn’t get compromised. Fitness is a lifelong game to be part off, taking short term gains won’t help if you are injured in the long run.

Ego va Purpose

Secondly, save yourself some embarrassment with your unnecessary grunts just because your ego has taken over your mindset so the weight in your hand is heavier than the grocery bag you have ever lifted. Trust me, no one likes that person who sounds like a gorilla has walked in disturbing their mental focus. Training with purpose is all about getting in the weight room, do the work quietly with least noise possible, be respectful of others and get out of the place.

Third, a purposeful training isn’t about wasting time watching TV or holding up the equipment’s while you are planning your weekend or discussing politics etc. in the middle of the training while others are waiting for your rants to finish. A person who trains with a purpose has a plan that he or she is following with a laser focussed action and no bullshit attitude.

Last but not the least is ego driven training distracts a person away from their own vision or results because the mindset moves from “what am I training for” to “how much can I lift”. Again, not a bad thing to check how much you can lift if the purpose is to compete in powerlifting or strongman competition. But if your purpose is overall fitness and health improvement than stay on track with your results in mind.

One must have intention to become healthy with a purpose they can relate to every time they walk into a gym or even start on a physical activity to improve fitness. Having a purpose gives you right push to go out to create results. However, if you are just working hard without a goal or a purpose then chances of hurting yourself emotionally, mentally and physically are higher because your drive isn’t that strong when it comes to becoming a healthier version of yourself.

Rahul Talreja
Coach
Be Your Best Self Transformation

How Fitness Can Change Your Life

While getting in shape improves the way we look and helps us reduced in dress size, it also has a positive impact on a person’s personality and overall productivity levels. Before I go any further I want you to know that I write this article more from personal experience of mine and my friends who have been through a physical transformation.

So, as I was saying, fitness can change an individual’s life on a broader scale then it looks at the face value. It is a great feeling when you have put so much work into it – workouts, watching what you eat, sacrifices made in the process and overall discipline to the plan. But it does more to a person then simply body transformation.

11 ways fitness can change your life

1. Physical Energy – this a given when you start to lose weight due to fat loss; you feel so good that your energy levels are through the roof. This is because your body is less toxic, so you can go out more, do things you never thought you did and/or get more active socially.

2. Healthy Food Habits – fitness is a result of healthy food habits and food is a big factor in how a person feels after that. When I was eating a lot of oily, greasy and unhealthy food I felt sluggish, too bloated and tired after that. As I switched to more nutrient dense food my body feels much better.

3. Mental Clarity – when you reduce high calorie and high sugar food you feel, it keeps your energy levels better. Eating healthy and working out gave my mind more mental clarity as well as focus as I have ever had. With better focus and energy levels, I can do more in a day then I could in a week.

4. Confidence Boost – the self-gained confidence post brings out the real personality that people hide because of self-consciousness. This definitely helps in attracting more opportunities in life with work, relationships and people.

5. Change in Face – As you start to transform into a fitter self you start seeing decline in the fullness on your face. It doesn’t happen straight away but this gradual change is visible after some time. You also notice removal of extra roundness from the cheeks and jawline.

6. Posture – a person who has been through a transformation has a better posture. You can see that person smiling and enhanced self-esteem.

7. Determined Attitude – I have seen many people who have transformed physically – be it weight loss or muscle build – they are more determined in life. That quality has always been their but it came out to its best during the transformation phase.

8. Inspirational Person – a biggest positive change is that you can be inspiring people around you to be healthy as well. Your friends, family and colleagues look up to you for solutions and this is the time to contribute to the society by sharing the knowledge.

9. Brings out the Real YOU – when you have kept what you lost off for few years, it helps you know yourself better. Don’t get me wrong, even fitness and fashion models are insecure with their looks, so it doesn’t mean weight loss is the only way to be yourself. But change in body does for good or achieving your goal does help one accepting themselves as what they are.

10. Self-Awareness – To get results one has to push through pain, muscle aches, hard days and tough situations. This in turn makes a person more aware of themselves on a spiritual level.

11. Form New Habits – physical transformation helps you create new good habits such as – discipline, self-love, self-respect, consistency etc. It eliminates old bad habits that were holding us back from taking action. These in turn become part of us as individuals and translates into other areas of our lives too.

Of course there are more benefits but the above 11 ways are really important changes that one experiences on a general level.

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7 Fitness Tips for Working Professionals

We spend 80% of our day, sometimes more in our offices staring at the screens. Thanks to smartphones those eyes are working twice as hard now. May it is our own business or a desk job for a corporation. The physical impact is the same – lack of movement as the body is stagnant most of the period. Of course, there is some movement when we take our water, food and toilet breaks but that doesn’t help, does it?

Lack of movement in the body is an obvious risk of causing health issues such as chronic back aches, stress leading to mental health, heart diseases, blood pressure, cholesterol etc. Add unhealthy food habits to this then all one can pray for is a long life.

I am writing about this topic because just like you, I am also a person who sits in front of a screen for work most the day being part of an office culture. So I have been on the unhealthy path myself leading to some serious risks to my health and also have seen many people deal with similar situations.

Now that I am on a health transformation journey with the commitment to myself, my mission is to educate people around me as much as possible to start making a switch to improving their lifestyles with even the smallest step towards betterment. Therefore, I would like to share some tips that I live by on a daily basis that has helped me a lot in overall physical and mental health improvement.

7 Fitness Tips for Working Professionals

1) Start Packing – Yes! Pack your meals for the day. As much as it is hard to do so, put that extra 30 minutes of your evening in advance prepping. You can do a big batch prep for 2-3 days in advance. It’s worth it

2) Smart Team Member – make smart choices when attending morning teas, afternoon teas or team lunches. Look for health options and avoid anything that is fried, baked or greasy. If it’s a bring your own plate kind of gathering then ball is in your court

3) Carry Your Snacks – it is easy to get trapped into cookies in the kitchen or some function left overs that are shared with the rest of the staff; or worst someone sharing that “home-made” recipe that they made during their quest of becoming a Master Chef. Carry your own snack with high protein and fibre content that will keep you full and less bloated.

4) Stay Away from Candies– there is always a candy lover around you. Stay away from the sugar that it has to offer. No further discussion on this as even you know it in your heart that 1 is never enough.

5) Drink Water – make sure you drink a lot of water to keep hydrated. Water intake helps you keep your body awake and reduces your sugar cravings. Stay away from aerated sugary drinks including “energy drinks” that are nothing but messing with your blood sugar levels.

6) Regular Breaks – go for a 5 minutes break where you can stretch your legs and body every 60 minutes. It’s good for blood flow and shake off negative thought as well as stress release

7) Lunch Time Workouts – you can also go for a long walk; runs or a group fitness session close to work during your lunch break. You can use the desk time to eat while you work.
Overall, as you can it is purely about watching your food intake and ensuring regular movements. Our bodies are designed to move not stay stagnant, therefore, take every opportunity to do walk, run, jump, dance, lift, push or pull, so your energy levels are up.

Hope this makes sense, why not start straight away? All the best and keep working hard.

Rahul Talreja
Be Your Best Self – Transformation Coach
http://www.rahultalreja.net

5 Common Excuses (+ How to Overcome Them)

We see people who are successful as someone who has been gifted with extra powers or just someone with more luck then we possess. The truth is that to be lucky one has to take chances in life. People who are successful don’t let excuses come their way, in fact, they look challenges as an opportunity to grow, expand and learn from.

Often when presented with opportunities, most people hide behind an invisible wall of restraints built in their own mind. When I say opportunity, I am not limiting myself to career or money-making. I am talking on a broader scale – could be a chance to travel, attend a session or even just join hands with someone you don’t know etc.

5 Common Excuses (+ How to Overcome Them)

But let’s first see what the common excuses that most people keep coming up with-

  1. Lack of Time – very common excuse for people to consider any new opportunity is the lack of time. People like to say they are busy or have a busy schedule without digging deeper into their daily activities. An example statement might be- “my days are very busy with work, dropping and picking kids of/ from the school; running house errands, looking after the dog and cooking meals for everyone”. But if look deep into the day by an hour, one can find few hours of income-producing activity.
  2. Lack of money to invest – another common excuse is no money to invest in a business or products or any great opportunity that gets offered to us. More than often people have money but they are saving up for a holiday or party instead of doing something constructive with it.
  3. Scepticism – Scepticism comes from lack of knowledge. As humans, we love to get into the conclusions straight away without even giving other people a chance to present the opportunity. The best way is to listen what a person has to say even if it’s a repetitive information and then make an educated decision.
  4. Stressful Work – no doubt the current working scenario is so hard that people are constantly under stress. There is more to do in limited hours on hand but that has also commonly identified as an excuse. It’s better to focus on a bigger picture than just merely doing things. People who are at the top also deal with stress at work, learn how to deal with it better.
  5. Unsupportive peers – people rely a lot on their friends and families opinion for any major step in life. It is good to consult but ideally, you are the decision maker. When you give power to others to make a decision, your own decision will not matter because the friends and family have already made one for you from day one.

People who make it at the top are there despite these challenges. If you look to read the journeys of highly successful people and industrialists, they have all been through hard times. The list above is only common challenges that people use as an excuse. My tip is start surrounding yourself with those kinds of people who are positive with the mindset of creating results with their action without waiting for things to happen on their own.

To achieve success in our goals we must focus on the goal instead of excuses to not go forward. Only the people who want bad enough make things happen. Either you let the external environment around you control your life or you control your external environment by being in control of your internal self.

Next time you are stopping yourself from an opportunity, ask yourself whether it is just an excuse or is it a genuine reason? Can you do something to change it or not?

More than often you will be surprised how fast you can change your own mind around

Rahul Talreja

Transformation Coach

www.rahultalreja.net