Inglorious Basterds vs. Food Prep

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I was faced with a bit of a conundrum last night. I could either go home, pop Inglorious Basterds into my Blu-ray player and call it a night OR go do my grocery shopping and prep my food for the upcoming week.

I’ll be honest, I really wanted to do the former. I mean, I had just spent the past eight hours on the floor coaching athletes, and knew I still had a few programs to write when I got home, not to mention a stockpile of un-answered of e-mails I needed to get to. Speaking of which, why not hit two birds with one stone here?

When do you find it beneficial to use a weight belt, if at all?*

Will you ever write an e-book?**

How hot is Jarah Mariano?***

To make an already hard decision harder, I also knew I had to get up fairly early (5:30) so that I could drive back to the facility in the morning to train the woman’s group; which meant that by the time all was said and done, I’d be getting roughly five hours of sleep. Great.

Needless to say, I think you know what I ended up doing. This wouldn’t be much of a fitness blog if I chose to watch the movie, right?

After leaving CP, I drove to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to do my weekly grocery shopping. Afterwards, I drove home, and in between writing programs and answering e-mails, I dominated the kitchen. I chopped up a week’s worth of veggies, steamed some fresh kale/mustard greens, grilled some grass-fed beef burgers, and prepared my ginger/olive oil/apple cider vinaigrette that my girlfriend has gotten me addicted to.

Note: Yes, those are orange countertops. No, it’s not 1973.

I’m not saying all of this to blow sunshine up my own ass. Okay, maybe a little bit. Lets be honest, I did roast some fresh garlic without burning my apartment down. I deserve a little credit. Or a Nobel Prize. I’m not picky. Rather, I’m merely pointing out the fact that this is something I’ve made a priority. I can think of plenty of other things I’d rather do than cook on a Monday night. But that’s neither here nor there. I do it anyways, because that’s just the way it is (and because I piss excellence).

What does this have to do with YOU? Well, for starters, quit making excuses. It goes without saying that the vast majority of people reading this blog are interested in fat loss. Not everyone, but quite a few. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. When it comes to fat loss, food prep is paramount. If you want to finally fit into that bikini or, I don’t know, see that one ab you have, you need to make certain things a priority. Watching American Idol shouldn’t be one them.

Coincidentally, the other day I was talking with one or our clients, Steph, who just kicked some ass following a slightly tweaked version of Warp Speed Fat Loss.

Want to know what one of the first things out of her mouth was? No? Well, I’m going to tell you anyways.

“Food prep is kind of a big deal! If you just do it, you really have no reason not to succeed.”

After three years, she finally gets it. Granted, there were a lot of other factors that came into play, but she didn’t make excuses. She sucked it up, did the work, and got as lean as she’s ever gotten. Funny how that works.

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* Really only for lifts that are close to or above 90% of my one rep max. In terms of intra-abdominal pressure, I think there’s a lot of efficacy in using a belt. That being said, please don’t be that guy who wears a belt for everything from a lat pulldown to leg extensions (and everything in between) . It’s dumb, and it makes you look dumb. Ironically, those who wear a weight belt consistently actually make their backs weaker.

** Um, maybe. If I do, I’ve narrowed it down to two options: A) Why Getting Strong Isn’t For Everyone *cough cough, P-90X, cough cough* or B) The Diet You’re On, and Why It Sucks.

*** This hot

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