Jerry Seinfeld’s magical fitness tip
Do you ever struggle with sticking to your exercise and diet routine?
One skipped workout leads to another, and another, and another. Then, before you know it, your fitness progress grinds to a halt.
This frustrating cycle is all too common.
I know that many of my clients over the years have come to me looking for a "magical" tip that would help them to stick with their exercise plan. Well, I do have one. And I found the solution in an unlikely place: from the mind of Jerry Seinfeld.
The story goes like this…
A few decades ago, when he was a touring comedian and the Seinfeld show was new to TV, a young man approached him behind stage at a comedy club to ask for advice. How can I become a better comic?
He told the young comic that to become better he should write better jokes. And to write better jokes, he must write every single day.
Seinfeld went on to describe his Chain Method for staying consistent. He hangs a big calendar of a whole year on the wall. On every day that he writes, he marks that box with an X. After a few days you have a chain that continues to grow longer. Now your job is to simply never break the chain.
Don’t break the chain!
While Seinfeld used this brilliant technique for writing jokes, we can use it for fitness. Every day that finds you in the gym gets a big, satisfying, red X. How gratifying to see your fitness chain grow on your wall calendar!
If your goal is to drop body fat and build muscle then consistency is key. Stick to your program every single day.
Build the chain; see the results.
Healthy Eating Chain
If you’re struggling with your diet then I recommend making healthy eating part of the Chain Method we discussed above.
Instead of the X representing just the workout portion, let's divide it in half - - one / for exercise and one \ for your nutrition.
Every day you get a workout in, put a right leaning diagonal slash (/) in the calendar box. Every day you are perfect with your nutrition, put a left leaning diagonal slash (\) in that box. You can use a different colored pen than your exercise chain, if you want.
Make a big X on every calendar day that you successfully get a workout in AND stick with your healthy eating plan. Those doubly perfect days will fill those calendar boxes with X's and soon you'll have a chain developing that will help keep you accountable.
You’ve got this!
Start with the recipe below…
BBQ Chicken En Papillote
This quick and easy recipe combines chicken, sweet potato, butter beans, green beans and tangy BBQ sauce. It’s simple, the meat turns out tender, and there’s virtually no clean up!
Be sure to slice the sweet potato very thin, as you want it to be tender at the end of the 30-minute baking time. This is also why we are using thin sliced chicken breast, in order to make sure that the meat is cook through.
Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com
Here’s what you need
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced into half moons
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced into half moons
- 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 (16 ounce) can butter beans
- ½ cup natural BBQ sauce (avoid ones with added sugars)
- 4 chicken breast, thin sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
- Preheat the oven to 400º F.
- In a large bowl toss the shallots, sweet potatoes, green beans and butter beans with half of the BBQ sauce. Rub the remaining sauce over the chicken breasts.
- Cut four 12-by-16-inch pieces of parchment paper and fold each in half. Open the parchment paper and arrange ¼ of the sweet potato and green beans and a chicken breast in the center of the top half of each parchment. Generously season with salt and pepper. Top with a sprinkle of chives.
- Fold the bottom half of the parchment paper over the chicken and veggies. Start folding and crimping the parchment paper ends together from one end all the way around to the other end, creating a sealed envelope. Fold the end under the packet. The packet should be fully encased, with no breaks in the parchment paper for steam to escape – we need that steam as part of the cooking process! Place the packets on a pan.
- Bake the chicken and veggie packets for 30 minutes and remove from the oven. Serve the packets on plates, tearing them open just before serving. Enjoy!
One serving equals: 268 calories, 4g fat, 22g carbohydrate, 3g sugar, 625mg sodium, 5g fiber, and 35g protein.
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Jim's Cutting Edge Exercise Success Guidelines...Are YOU Meeting Them?
If you're not meeting your weight loss goals, of course how you eat is one of the first fixes you should be looking at. BUT...one of the EASIEST things to change is your exercise variable.
Specifically...Frequency AND Consistency.
In a week, at a MINIMUM, EVERYONE should be getting in 4 Days combined of Resistance Training and/or Interval Cardio Work
That means, if you work with me...
1 x Week, you should be adding:
- 1 more Resistance Training day on your own plus 2 Interval Cardio Sessions. OR...
- 2 more Resistance Days on your own plus 1 Interval Cardio Sessions.
2 x Week, you should be adding:
- 2 Interval Cardio Sessions. OR...
- 1 More Resistance Training Day done on your own PLUS 1 Interval Cardio Day.
3 x Week, you should be adding:
- 1 Interval Cardio Day.
On top of this, as an added BONUS, EVERYONE would benefit from adding 1-2 Steady-State Cardio Sessions in a week.Go for a walk. A jog. Hop on a bike. Whatever you choose, just get moving at a steady pace and do it for 40-60 minutes. Of course, this will be depending on the time availability in your personal schedule AND your desire to get results.
Are you meeting the Cutting Edge Exercise Guidelines?