Excellent post from Coach Steph with Curls & Whey Training. The same expectation holds true for us here at LBC as well.
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When you sign up for Curls and Whey for guidance, we ask you to give us 2 perfect weeks. You read that right, 14 full days of no free meals, no alcohol, no pizza, no BLT’s (bites, licks, tastes), no extras other than some low-cal condiments.
Why so strict? Well, this serves a couple of very important purposes:
1) This establishes a baseline for which we can adjust your plan if needed. Say you make good progress the first 2,4,6 weeks with 100% compliance, and then you the results stop. This first couple of weeks will allow us to see if the plan is not working and needs adjusting, or if your behaviors are the cause of the stall and it is time to cut the extras. It is almost always the latter BTW.
2) This sets a standard not only for US to see your level of commitment, but to YOU as well.
See you don’t have to prove to us that you want results. We already know that you do. That is why you are a client. You have to now prove it to yourself, by following the program and doing exactly what it takes. Not sorta kinda.
If you can’t give two weeks with 0 excuses, our style of coaching is too hard for you and you need to start out smaller. It may be a tough pill to swallow, but you aren’t ready yet. I understand that there are a few situations where you may slip up (for lack of a better word), and need to repeat the first two weeks. These are limited to sickness and injury (not being able to eat or train), or traumatic life altering events.
Not only will we ask you to give us two weeks to start, but there will likely come a time in your program where we will ask you to go back to those two week and repeat them. This happens for a few reasons, to include but are not limited to the following situations:
•You have lost your way, and need a fresh start to get things rolling again.
•You have received a major change in your programming (moving from dieting to maintenance or building, moving from maintenance or building to dieting, etc.).
•You want faster results, or have a special event/competition/photo-shoot coming up.
•You have unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved with spotty compliance.
Before you decide that you want to be lean, and “look the part”, ask yourself if you are willing to give 2 full weeks without licking the spoon or going to happy hour. After you decide that you can, make sure you can repeat it. The only way to change your body, is to change your behaviors. Changing your behaviors means changing your mind, permanently.
Let that sink in for a minute, re-read it. You will never be able to go back to the behaviors that are not goal-supportive, and keep your results. It isn’t a one-and-done. It is day in and day out choosing to get it right. Yes, you will enjoy a meal here and there without counting, and you will skip the gym sometimes. You will do these things without guilt or frustration with yourself because, you KNOW that 90+% of the time you are there making it happen, living the fitness lifestyle.
Fitness isn’t likely to be your #1, and for most of us it shouldn’t be. It definitely needs to be high on the list though if you want exceptional progress that results in an exceptional physique.