Finding Your “Power Sweep” In The Game of Weight Loss
Vince Lombardi was one of the greatest football coaches to ever live. He won 5 championships including the first two Super Bowls. He was so instrumental to the game of football that the NFL named the Super Bowl trophy after him that is handed out each year to the winner.
And as much as I hate the Packers, being I am from Minnesota, you have to respect him for his amazing ability to teach.
He had only one play that he ran over and over again. It was called the power sweep.
This one play exemplified how Lombardi was as a person. It was a combination of precision, teamwork and preparation. Based on the lineup of the defense, the offense would make the appropriate adjustments when the ball was hiked to create seals for the right amount of room for the running back to run to the alley.
He didn’t create this play, but he perfected it after years and years of study. He had intense weekly preparation studying the opponents film and figuring out how to best run this one play according to the approach the opposition would commonly take.
There was no secret about this play. Everyone knew it was coming. In fact, Lombardi would even share everything he had learned about the sweep with anyone willing to listen! He didn’t care because he felt that if the play was executed correctly, it would never fail.
The Unbeatable Play In Weight Loss
I believe that for each person they have their unbeatable play for fitness and nutrition. It doesn’t matter what circumstances they face, they can find their own winning combination. With that said, it can be very different for each person.
For instance, there are a variety of good foods you can eat, but you have to find the right balance of foods that you can keep eating over and over again with slight variations. This will probably include some variation of lean protein, high thermic complex carbs like vegetables, and unsaturated fats.
There is a good chance this same nutrition regimen will avoid foods like high fructose corn syrup and sucrose. Also you will want to stay away from pills and supplements that would not be approved by a physician or that causes long term negative effects. Now opinions will vary on whether to include dairy, legumes, grains, fruits, supplements, etc. You have to find the right combination that gets you to where you want to go.
The same thing will happen with fitness. While you don’t really burn as many calories as you may believe (a marathon burns less than pound of fat), fitness is very helpful for increasing lean mass, long term health, and mental strength. You have to find the type of exercise that gets you excited and the competitive juices flowing inside you. Just like the food there will probably be minor variations, but for all general purposes getting exercise is getting exercise.
I know there will be people that will whole heartedly disagree with me and that is great! They have their own “power sweep”. We all do. Some will have more or less variety, but it all successful plans have organization that will alter based on what the opposition is giving them. This opposition could be eating out at a friend’s home, traveling, or going to a restaurant.
In order to establish your “power sweep”, you have to find those components that not only help you get to your ideal body composition, but also something you can be excited about consistently.
This is what Know My Body is all about.
So How Do I Find My “Power Sweep”?
Lombardi studied relentlessly. It was said that he would be so intense at the start of the week preparing for an opponent, that his family would not see him until about Thursday. Now I am not saying you should avoid your family, but the more passionate you are about researching, the faster you will find success. More importantly by educating yourself, you stand a better chance of staying in good shape long term. Keep feeding your mind about how to stay healthy so the repitition of being healthy sticks in your habits.
Thanks to Social Media there are so many ways to find blogs, websites, webinars, videos, downloads, ebooks, and countless other publications to give you insight. Knowledge is at your fingertips. That also means shady marketing is at your fingertips. So being you have to be careful by realizing that people are out to make a buck, there are concerns you should have with any publication, even well-known magazines.
These are a few areas you can start with that helped me to find success:
There are many solid eBooks, audiobooks, podcasts, and hardcover books to view. There are a couple I have read recently that would be worthwhile starting points:
- Bring It!: The Revolutionary Fitness Plan for All Levels That Burns Fat, Builds Muscle, and Shreds Inches by Tony Horton
- Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes
Twitter is a great place to start. Do a search to see what people are saying about topics like “fitness” “weight loss” or “muscle gain” as examples. You can check to see who I am following if that helps. I try to keep it somewhat limited to people or organizations I get value from. You can also subscribe to sites via email, RSS feeds, and other services.
Get involved in forums to find out what other people are learning and sharing. Beachbody has a great forum that is very involved and supportive. They have a great tribe of followers there.
There are countless other places to go in order to form your “power sweep”. I am curious…what places have you found a lot information that has helped you out?