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

Fitness and Corporate Life – A Tug of War

Corporate or professional life, as we call it, is demanding for sure and bringing anything else but fitness into that lifestyle does become harder, especially when we are working long hours and then we have social, family and personal commitments outside of the four walls of the corporate culture.

Most individuals stop focussing on their own health as the priority changes in life and as we are growing from being single to a life of committed relationships with our partners, kids and the triumph of enlarging circle our focus change from self to that of everyone else first. Subconsciously we start treating ourselves less than everybody else, slowly to realize that we have become our own victims.

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Truth about Cheat Meals – Are They Good?

When I started bodybuilding in November 2013, I came across this term rather concept of “Cheat Meal”. Prior to that even though I have been a fitness enthusiast for several years, I wasn’t aware of this whole concept. However, my learnings were through professional bodybuilders and people who have been in the industry for a long time, therefore, my introduction to the whole concept was backed up with proper knowledge and scientific / biological reasoning.

Cheat meal is simply a meal where you indulge yourself in the high calorie food (basically junk food) one day of the week. This is very famous concept or term used within bodybuilding world because it is a sport where athletes have to eat multiple meals a day (every 2-3 hours) with specific ingredients, therefore, boosting cravings for junk food.

Over last 3 years, I moved away from cheat meals because as and when I started getting more understanding of my body, its functionality & response to certain foods etc., I stopped advocating about such meals. There is surely no denying that my approach to nutrition has now become stricter and that’s what I expect the same from people who approach me for guidance in nutrition and training.

My reason is simple, our body needs to be fuelled with clean nutritionally rich food for its longevity and survival. If I am to be specific then below are some primary reasons for my strict approach to my nutrition day in and day out.

  1. Gut Feeling

With the whole week of clean eating, whenever I have had my cheat meal I face various abdominal issues almost immediately such as, cramps, bloating, and excess gas usually follows, which can quickly took away the joy I was looking for. All the sugar, bad fats, preservatives etc., upsets the good bacteria that lives in our gut causing inflammation and digestive issues.

  1. Dehydration

Another side effect of having junk food, especially ones high in sodium, can lead to dehydration because of the shock body has got through introduction of unhealthy food rich in sodium and fluid. The whole imbalance of nutrition generally leads people feeling puffy and dehydrated which is exactly how I felt. Don’t forget the headaches dehydration comes with and other snowball effects of it.

  1. High Risk of Disease

Consuming unhealthy fast through junk food may be a good feeling to your tongue and lips but certainly not a treat for your arteries. Over time, that fat storage in our veins and arteries can lead to heart diseases, increase in blood pressure and other horrible escalations such cancer.

Be Your Best Self Approach

The approach I follow and also put my clients through BYBS principles is simply clean eating using whole foods that cooked at home. Not saying stick to tasteless food but there is no room for junk food. Even I like to mix things up, that’s why I am constantly trying new recipes at home but the condition is choosing the right ingredients. If you check my YouTube vlog on Home Made Pancakes, you can notice all the ingredients are carefully selected.

If you are beginner to your transformation journey or even if you are fitness freak like me, do consider above points for your nutrition. You can also check my Vlog on the same topic to hear my views first hand here.

Rahul Talreja
Messenger of Fitness and Transformation
BE YOUR BEST SELF TRANSFORMATION
https://rahultalreja.net/

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

Meal Prep – Benefits Vs Excuses

One of the biggest factor of whether you are going to have a successful transformation, be it weight loss/ burn; building muscle or complete fitness etc., is your nutrition. Nutrition is something that makes or breaks the whole process of achieving our goals.

Meal Prep – Benefits Vs Excuses

Knowing what to eat is important but more than that when to eat plays an important role. I am a huge advocate of eating clean calories throughout the split in 5-6 meals every 2.5 to 3 hours. However, I just don’t talk about it, I live it. I have been doing this for last 3 years regardless of where I am – office, road trips, flights, hotels, and meetings, whatever it takes.

The key is to have a meal prep done in advance of your day so you don’t have to think about what to eat, you have it sorted already beforehand. Having my meals prepped in advance for the day saves me a lot of distraction so I can focus on important things in life like my work, my goals, my priorities across all areas of my life.

Secondly, eating small meals with the right proportion of protein, good carbs and good fats helps you maintain your blood sugar levels, there are no sudden drops or spikes which stops you from craving junk food. Additional benefits are better metabolism, more energy levels and less bloating to name a few.

Sure it takes some time to get used to the idea, dedication, and intention to succeed until it becomes a habit but it is worth every minute of it.

Okay while I am writing this, I am already hearing your questions or excuses that must be coming in your mind.

Let me lay it out your excuses for you –

I don’t have time every day to cook so many meals.

Well no one has extra time on hand and great thing is everyone living on this planet has 24 hours available, it’s up to us to prioritise. All you have to do is make the time. Best tip is prep meals on the weekend for next 3 days and then midweek for balance of the week. So you are not spending daily time in kitchen. Maybe let go of that 2 hours of TV time or maybe wake up an hour early each day to make things happen

I can’t eat that many meals in a day – I am a normal person who eats 3 regular meals a day.

No you are not eating JUST 3 “regular” meals a day. You are not counting your sneaky snacks that you are consuming in the form of cookies, chocolates, cakes, pies and what not. I am just helping you replace those unhealthy snacks to a small healthy meals. Guess what’s going to help you?

I have kids, once you have kids you will know what it takes

Great going, blame those little ones because that’s easy right? Kids are doing and being what they are best at – being kids. It’s not your kid’s fault that you are struggling to get results, so stop marking them as an excuse. Your health is your responsibility, so better take it like a champion. Best suggestion I can give you is include them in your journey, let them see you as a hard working person and get inspired by. It’s an opportunity to set a great example for them.

My family won’t support my transformation journey

Right! Here is another harsh truth to hit you between your eyes. NOBODY will stand with you if you don’t stand up for yourself – period! So take your own responsibility, even if it means having to do everything on your own. Your health is the biggest priority you have to look after before anything else. It’s best to have a heart to heart talk with them to align everyone or if still no support then tough luck – just do what you have to do.

I don’t know how to cook

If you have an understanding partner or a family member then all you have to do is work with them on grocery list, number of meals, quantity and timing. If you are a single fella then it’s time to learn some new skills my friend – get your hands dirty.

Summary

I can assure you there are more statements like these that one can come up with just to avoid putting the work towards leading a healthy lifestyle. The point I am wanting to make is if you want it bad enough you will find a way. And, if you think there is no way then you have never wanted badly enough.
When I work with my clients on Be Your Best Self Transformation programme, we work towards finding solutions instead of focussing on problems too much. The more we focus on problems the more they will become our reality. The sooner we switch our minds towards creating or finding solutions, the faster we move towards our goals.

If you have read it thus far, I must thank you for taking your time out for my blog. Lessons are meaningless if they aren’t shared. I hope you found some value in this blog.

Until next time
Cheers!

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

WAKE UP LIKE A BEAST

5 am I wake up to get out of my cozy bed & my warm blanket , where I am tucked in well. My mind is half asleep but my body in a complete state of warmth that I do not wish to challenge by stepping out of my bed. The thoughts I have is to sleep in for another couple of hours before I really have to start dressing up for work. I have a choice to make, trust me it’s not an easy one too. Although I do wake up like that everyday at 5 am last few years but it is the fight I have learned how to win, therefore, my feelings to sleep in more never win.

I bet many out there face the same fight each morning because of the comfort zone they are used to. Not because they don’t want to wake up with excitment but the daily grind has taken the juice of life out of them. The world out there, where we have to face strangers, is not where we would like to be anymore. There is no purpose left.

So how do we charge ourselves up so that our life is meaningful, the day becomes more fun, our energy levels are high and the excitement is there to take on the day like a true champion?

Waking up like a beast is basically waking up with a purpose. When a beast arises every morning in the dense jungles of whatever part of the world, his purpose is survival for the day. His mission is of finding his next meal, therefore, he is out there hunting. He doesn’t wake up witha feeling of a loser that “I’m going to starve today to death!”. Instead there is a purpose that is very strong and bigger then anything else around him.

You can be the same too, by bringing that passion back into your life. All you need are these 5 reminders to yourself as soon as you wake up. The moment you step your feet out of the bed read them loud few times, remember them and repeat them in your mind until it is part of your subconscious thought process. The truth is that these 5 reminders will turn your day in a better one. Your physiology will change, the creative juices starts flowing that makes you do things you never wanted to or thought you would before. You start creating more results as the productivity increases. Next thing you know you are bringing a lot of opportunities to you instead of you going after them,

No body wants to wake up with a feeling of no energy, lethargic and a loser mindset. So why not change your mental and physical state by simply training your mind to be in a better state. Trust me, you are going to bounce of your bed each morning looking forward to your life.

Make sure you are grateful too !

Cheers

Rahul