Are you in need of a fresh start?
I know I am.
As I am fond of saying, life has a tendency to just happen. Days, weeks, and months fly by with a disconnect between a visual in your head of what you wish for and what is actual reality. The more time that passes, the more excuses arise. “I’ll do it as soon as I have more time.” “I’ll do it as soon as ___ passes”.
It’s been a busy year thus far, and those excuses have insidiously crept into my own life. I hate that realization. Hate.
The disconnect between my visual and my reality is a prominent source of dissatisfaction today. And so I have two options: change my expectations (the visual) or change my reality.
I choose the latter.
Five years ago I created a program entitled The Relentless Transformation. Its goal? To walk into a phone booth and see if you walked out Superman.
Anything that I preach, I must practice, and I embarked upon a pilot program alongside one of my long-time clients and friends, Beth Finn. The pilot rocked. While Beth lost 42 pounds and completely altered her diabetic blood markers, I dropped my body fat to an all-time low.
Five amazing years followed that saw 200+ individuals walk through the program’s doors and accomplish more than I can do justice in words. You can read about some of those things here.
Evolution is unstoppable.
I look back at The Relentless Transformation 1.0 and the many iterations that followed, and I see room for improvement. Five years is a long time, and things can become stale.
Amazing things happened. More is possible. That is simply how my mind works.
One example of the Transformation’s evolution is a progressive mental war between short-term and long-term. I used to focus more on the short-term climb to a physical peak. Today I always act with the long-term in mind. I go to war with clients over this because it’s natural to want results now, but it’s almost never the right move to act on behalf of results now at the cost of a rebound later.
Unstoppable evolution is about to take a leap forward.
The Relentless Transformation 1.0 is getting a full makeover. Next step: The Relentless Transformation 5.0.
That means I now have an opportunity to take a pretty darn successful recipe, deconstruct it, and re-imagine it. I have an opportunity to take 5 years of personal growth and bake it in. I have an opportunity to take 5 years of 200+ Transformation client lessons and bake them in. I have an opportunity to take 5 years of non-Transformation client lessons (countless) and bake them in too.
I don’t take these opportunities lightly.
Mark Tuesday, September 2nd on your calendar. Something incredible is around the corner. Wait and see what it is…
Back to the Present
Remember how I said that anything I practice, I must preach? That hasn’t changed.
Today, Tuesday, May 27th kicks off a Transformation 5.0 pilot program alongside Relentless Riss. 55 days have already begun in earnest for the two of us.
I am decently fit today. I can go to the gym and comfortably rip off 15 strict chin-ups and (not as comfortably) run a 6:00 mile. But I have more bodyfat than I care for, and I am quite simply capable of more.
I’m looking to recreate the Transformation 1.0’s photo but with more muscle mass (I was skinny!) Here’s a window into my own head. #projectwolverine?
Back to the Future
If you’re looking for some motivation over the next 55 days, get involved!
Put your own principles into place (I hear this is a good place to start) and join the fun. Group inspiration has always been a Transformation tenant, and support goes a long way toward success.
I’ll share pieces of my own journey here. Use what’s applicable to you and discard the rest.
Day 1 of 55
Mindset: anything is possible.
Sleep is a huge Transformation priority. I led into the 55 days by banking 7 hours and 54 minutes of decent sleep (0x awake, 3x restless), which falls just shy of my 8 hours a night goal.
Nutrition is still paramount. I’ll be incorporating and testing various “gray area” foods – namely grass-fed dairy. Here’s my breakfast of water, lemon, 1 cup french pressed One Village coffee (aka black gold), local grass-fed greek yogurt with 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 handful organic blueberries, and cinnamon.
Exercise shapes what nutrition creates. I have the MS Muckfest coming up this weekend, so I’ll be leading with a mock race today. 12 quarter-miles with interspersed strength rounds (chin-ups, push-ups, bear crawls, and turkish getups).
Stress management is a fresh program component. Today’s formula is music + diaphragmatic breathing. Approximately 5-minutes of each this afternoon. The tune of the day is Kings of Leon Comeback Story.
That’s it. Go get it. And do me a favor – be relentless about it.
Note: Bear with me as I re-imagine the Relentless Roger website. I’m transitioning to a theme that makes it easier to share content.
Image Credit: Wolverine – http://www.elitefitness.com/images/anabolic-steroids/hugh-jackman-wolverine-ster.jpg