💪 Your waistline will thank me… 

It’s Tuesday, and sorry this email is much later than usual. 

I’ve had my head down working with some rockstars in the gym today. And there’s no substitute for bringing you what works than doing it everyday in the gym (what I sometimes refer to as the “lab”). 

So, we’ve been talking about preparing your for the Thanksgiving season…or really, just how to keep pushing ahead whenever you travel. 

One of the hardest things to do next week is to eat healthy. And in the past, boy have I let myself fall into every liquid and solid trapping put in front of my face. 

Luckily, I’ve learned a few things over the years that have helped me keep pushing forward. And still enjoy myself. 

So, here are a few things I’ll do next week: 

  1. Strategically skip meals. I’m already not a big breakfast guy, but I know that when I skip it, I can eat a larger lunch. Have a few cold ones. And still meet my daily calorie goal. 
  1. Prepare for bad meals. I love turkey, stuffing and buttery mashed potatoes drowning in gravy. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. But, if I always ate like that, I’d be pretty round. 

To prepare, I’ll strategically undereat at lunch. And stick to low-cal protein and veggies so I’m not hungry between meals.  

  1. #nevermisstwice – At 18STRONG, we have a mantra “never miss twice” rule when it comes to missing your workouts. The same thing applies here. Never eat two bad meals in a row. 

Now, this is not an ALL or NOTHING situation. On the off chance you do have two back-to-back bad meals, don’t completely go off the rails. Every decision counts. Every meal counts. Every time you are even slightly better than you would have been in the past is a win. 

What I’m about to tell you next is gonna sound crazy… 

  1. Don’t be afraid of fast food. What!? 

The fast food has earned it’s reputation for serving garbage, but the onus is on you. Just walking through the door doesn’t mean you’ve failed. What you order is what makes the difference. 

For example, I dig a good chicken bowl from Chipotle. On days like today when my schedule is jam-packed, that is more nutritious than anything I have time to make at lunchtime.  

Here’s the key: what you order is more important than from where you order. 

And of course, keep exercise as your constant.  

You’ve got this. 

Your #1 Fan, 

Jeff Pelizzaro 

PS – You can absolutely NOT outwork a bad diet, so don’t even try. BUT, you can use your training to make it easier to achieve your caloric goals. And if you haven’t already, you can join the 18STRONG Membership where we’ll help you put it all together. 

See you on the inside.