When is the best time to start exercising?

Happy Monday everyone! It’s March 31st. We’re almost to the end of the first quarter of 2014. Crazy, right? I want you to take out your calendar. Which day of the week is Someday?

Yeah, someday doesn’t exist. If your’e waiting for Someday to start exercising, or to start eating better, or just to start then know that Someday will never come.

Get up and start. If you’ve been on and off the wagon, waiting for the weather to change, waiting for the perfect time then know that the perfect time is now. Absolutely right now (get up and stand while you read this email!)

Don’t wait until your laying out on the beach to start working on yourself. Start today. Start. Right. Now.

Ultimate Reset Review – Resetting My Life

21 Days of healthy eating

For the past three weeks, my fiance’e and I have embarked down a road of self discovery, food exploration, and overall wellness. We took the Beachbody Ultimate Reset Challenge. What’s this “Reset”?

What it’s not

The Ultimate Reset by Beachbody resembles a cleanse/detox program, however it’s much more. Most people, when they hear “cleanse”, think of drinking some bright colored juice for a certain amount of time, intermixed by frequent trips to the household throne. The Ultimate Reset wasn’t like that at all. There wasn’t any juicing, and certainly no emergency sprints to the “man cave”.

What it is

In a nutshell, the Reset is a restricted meal plan and supplement regiment. It’s broken into three Phases, or weeks, that comprise the complete 21-Day program. It’s purpose is to “detox” your body of the artificial things you’ve eaten over the years (artificial flavors, anyone?) and toxins from the environment. If you can look out the window and see brown air, chances are you need to Reset.

Week 1 – Reclaim

The first week you reclaim your body. You gradually ween yourself off meat and dairy products.

Week 2 – Detox

At this point you’re fully vegetarian. Your diet consists of a lot of beans and grains, as well as an increase in fruits and vegetables. You also begin taking the Detox supplement. Because you take this three times per day for a week it’s extremely gentle. No “blowouts” here.

Week 3 – Revitalize

This week you’re fully Vegan. You eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, with some optional grains if you can’t do without. Your body has been completely scrubbed of toxins and now you’re adding back the beneficial enzymes and bacteria to bring your digestive system into full working order. You’ve also re-tuned your pH to a balanced level, aiding in sleep and fighting off illnes.

So, pretty fancy, huh? I thought so. But why this, why now? Why not stroll down to Walgreens and pick up the latest little white box with the fitness trainer of the week? This program has actually been in effect for years. It’s co-creator Isabella Daikeler, has worked with many athletes and musicians after tours and months on the road. This is the method she used to help bring them back into balance after the “wild nights” and intense days. But how did it get to this point? Well my fingers are starting to cramp so just check it out here, lol

Now you’re probably wondering about MY experience with this thing. If you haven’t seen my daily video updates, I highly encourage you head over to Facebook.com/markuszimmerman or my ZmanFitness youtube channel and check it out! But, if you just want a quick little pros and cons list, here ya go!

Con:
  • THIS IS NOT EASY! IT’S NOT A QUICK FIX! You will be cooking your meals for three weeks, so be prepared.
  • Week 1 was the most costly and time consuming. It ran me about $120 for the week, and about 5-hours of food prep time.
  • I was pretty hungry in Week 3. You only end up consuming 800-1000 calories per day (you’re not working out).
  • You’re not working out! That was hard for me mentally, to just go on “walks”.
  • Excess dishes, especially measuring spoons and tupperware. Cook and clean every night.
  • Social aspect, going to events and not having a wide range of choices. It’s amazing how many “healthy” restaurants aren’t actually vegetarian or Vegan friendly.
  • Having to worry about distilled water and the expense of SmartWater (usually when out and about).
  • Not able to just eat when I’m hungry or when it’s convenient. You have to take a supplement, wait 30min, eat, then wait two hours for the next cycle.
Pro:
  • Lost 16lbs and 1.6 inches off my waist.
  • Expanding my tastes. I had so many foods I never would have eaten before this. Coconut collard greens anyone?
  • I’ve learned to love veggies as a snack and regular part of my meals. No more just mixing in corn. Veggies are so good!
  • Seeing how easy it was to incorporate fruits and veggies into my diet
  • More time with the family. It forced Andrea and I to spend time together planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning. We’ve been in a much better mood with each other the past month. It’s definitely brought us closer.
  • More energy. No coffee or energy drinks for three weeks, and not even needed now.
  • Realizing it takes just as long to cook as it does to go out to eat. It’s true!
  • Appreciate “treats” more. Now when we go out to eat, or have that beer, it’s not taken for granted.
  • Getting away from pre-packed snacks like bars. Now I know I don’t have to have a P90X bar every day for a snack. I can totally rock some red peppers and hummus!
  • The support! Each week has a new Facebook Group with Dr. Wheeler, Isabella Daikeler, and Darren Olien (the creators). Even the guy that wrote the book! Also, when you take the challenge you’ll get access to the website where there is a video tutorial for preparing each meal, shopping list, and snack guide.
So there you have it! Yes, it was pretty dang hard and there were some Cons. But damn the payoff was so worth it. If you’d like to give the Reset a shot, you can get more information and purchase it here.

Enjoy the Journey!

 

So many times in our lives we’re told to just get to the finish line. Push through and get to the end. We want it now. We don’t care how we get there or what will happen after we hit that “goal”. Well I’m here to tell you to STOP. Enjoy the journey you’re on!

If you’re serious about changing your health, you need to focus on the entire journey, the trip, not just the finish line. Find things you love. Find things you enjoy. Savor the setbacks and failures because that’s what will make you stronger in the end.

Every year my finacee’ and I travel about 18 hours to a gaming convention in Indianapolis called Gen Con. A couple of years ago we decided to drive rather than fly. We just focused on the end goal, getting there. We drove straight through, and by the time we got there we were miserable! We stank. We were crashing on energy drinks. And we ended up sleeping away the first half of the first day! So last year we decided to enjoy it. We stopped at an aquarium, took a hike through some mountains, ate at local restaurants. We enjoyed the actual journey and it was so much more fun and rewarding!

So take the time to sit back and realize what you’re doing and where it’s taking you. Keep your eyes on the prize, but navigate with care.

Stay On Track This Holiday Season with Zman Fitness!

Happy holidays everyone! This week I want to give you all a few tips for getting through the holiday season AND issue you a challenge to make sure you do it!

First up, how did you do in 2011? Did you meet your goal? Do you even remember what your goal is?! This is what I want you all to do:

1. Write down what your goal for 2011 was. (ie I want to weigh 160lbs by Christmas 2011)

2. Then, write down where you’re at as of today. (ie I weigh 170lbs today, December 19th 2011)

3. Evaluate your activity. Look over your exercise logs and your food logs. How did you do? Did you ROCK 2011? Or did you take a more casual approach?

Use these steps to see if you really deserved to hit your goal, or maybe your goal was too high based on the activity you planned! Regardless, if you didn’t meet your goal and you really think you should have, get with me! This is why I’m here, to help you get fit and reach those goals!

Next up, a challenge. I challenge you all to work out at least 3 days a week for the next two weeks. That’ll get you to the New Year! Normally I want you working out at least 5 days a week, but with the holidays I would be STOKED if you all hit 3 days.

And finally, my last tip of 2011… LET YOUR FAMILY IN ON THE FUN!!! Don’t hide all of your healthy food and workout equipment when they come to town. Don’t put off the gym or going for that run. INVITE them to come with you! Maybe you can be the person in your family this year to inspire someone to do great things in 2012.

Have a great holiday and I’ll see you all in 2012!

Shakeology Made Me a Superhero!

Looks like I made it into the Shakeology contest for Spring! I had to take a picture of myself holding a sign explaining what Shakeology has done for me.

As a costumer I am always thinking of new and unique costumes to create and wear. I use these costumes not only for fun, but to help at charity events with children. No child wants to see an overweight super hero busting out of their spandex! Shakeology has helped me achieve a tight, healthy body that I am now proud to show off!

So, please go vote for me! You can vote every 24 hours. I’d really appreciate the support đŸ™‚

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