I looked like I was wearing a nappy………………

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I’ve just got back from a week in the Lake District with my girlfriend and her family friends, we had an amazing time and I would recommend it to anyone!

A week of biking, walking, hiking, relaxing & chilling with one of my favourite people was exactly what I needed.

Part of the trip included the opportunity to go mountain biking, which I agreed to, even though I haven’t rode a bike (as in an actual bike, not spin bike) in a VERY long time, and given that some the guys on the trip were well into biking, I don’t mind admitting I was a bit nervous!

The night before I was advised to borrow some padded shorts to protect the ‘delicate’ parts of the male anatomy……..

Fast forward to the next morning, and there I was, walking a bit strange and feeling like I was wearing a big nappy…

I was questioning whether this was actually necessary, as it seemed a bit overkill in my inexperienced mind….

Oh how wrong I was!!!

After getting about half way around the course, let’s just say I was VERY thankful I had my nappy on!

It’s a unique feeling that only men reading will be able to relate to, but all of sudden the padded shorts made absolute perfect sense!

If you relate this to your health & fitness goals, there is a valuable lesson to be learnt:

>Experience leaves clues…..

If you are unsure about how to tackle your goals or have little experience to draw on in the gym, then seeking advice from an experienced professional will help to you to massively enhance your performance and your results.

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, and don’t be afraid to embrace something new even if it seems strange like wearing a nappy!

That’s all for today, until the next time

Tristan ‘pampers’ Buttle.

P.S – I’ll be back in touch this week, speak soon.

Lazy Sunday?

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The word ‘lazy’ is often misused and misrepresented…………

There’s a huge misbelief that if somebody doesn’t train, or has stopped training it’s because they are simply ‘lazy’.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of the word lazy, I’m imagining someone who does nothing…….. I’m talking just sits around doing nothing,…..laid on the sofa, all day everyday, basically somebody who lives like everyday is a hangover day…..

I don’t happen to know ANYONE who fits into this category………..

…….…I’m sure there are people like this out there, I’m just saying I don’t know anyone & haven’t dealt with anyone who does literally NOTHING ALL DAY.

In my experience, a huge reason/rational that people give for not going to the gym or not sticking to a routine is a perceived lack of time.

I have trained & have helped some very, very busy people over the year & as I’ve said before, age often presents more responsibility, which again eats away at your precious time….if you let it.

If we consider the following aspects of daily adult life:

>work/business commitments
>family
>relationships
>cooking tea
>shopping
>household chores
>cutting the grass
>being a taxi service to the kids
>getting the kids ready for school
>dealing with moody teenagers

Etc
Etc

…….all of these commitments add up to provide a quick snapshot of the average adult lifestyle….

Anything but lazy, am I right?!

Due to all of these commitments, your physique and health may suffer/decline………if you let it.

However, this isn’t down to plain old laziness, but often an inability to put yourself first.

Feelings of guilt, coupled with thoughts of ‘I should really be doing something else’ are often reasons why people quit or don’t even get started…..

Putting yourself first is tough, I get it……….

The thing is that it’s often a case of breaking the cycle…

All of the things listed above that stop you from training are all exactly the things that you can handle better from training!

Referring to yourself as lazy or, worse still, being labelled lazy by others & society only compounds the feelings of self doubt and adds pressure to a potentially already pressured lifestyle…it’s a very negative downward spiral…..

If you feel you can relate to what I’m talking about, please believe me when I say you are not lazy & you are not useless or worthless…….you are anything but & the fact that you give so much to so many other areas of your life should be proof enough for you……..

What you do need to do is establish a totally realistic & enjoyable routine, that you CAN stick to, one that allows flexibility, that gives you a ‘plan b’ option and that keeps you inspired & motivated.

I would also add that all this is far easier with the right support from the right people around you. This will help you find your ‘me time’.

Think about what you CAN do, forget what you DID do, or what you USED to do, focus on the now, organise your time, schedule it in like you no doubt do with all other aspects of your life, and stop beating yourself up!

As ever, give me a shout if I can help you out.

That’s all for today, until the next time,

Tristan ‘lazy?’ Buttle.

Breaking up after one argument……..

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>Chances are that at some point you have had an argument with your other half?

Did you break up immediately after this one single argument?

>Chances are that at some point you have disagreed with a friend?

Did you immediately sack this friend off and remove them from your life?

>Chances are that at some point you have cracked or damaged your phone?

Did you then throw your phone against the wall, smashing it to pieces?!

>Chances are you have burnt the tea at some point?

Did you then torch the entire kitchen?!

>Chances are that at some point you have had a flat tyre?

Did you then get out the car and slash the other 3 tyres?!

I bet you have been guilty of self-sabotaging when it comes to your goals though?

Eg: you’ve had a long day hectic day, you skip the gym, and by the time you sit down to eat you are tempted by your favourite trigger food…………

You indulge…..

Big time……..

And then some….

You eat more, not because you particularly want it, but because you have come this far and the damage is done, so you may as well right?

Diet starts again on Monday? No point starting before is there?

If this happens because it’s just a bad day, that’s fine as nothing, if done in isolation will ruin your progress completely.

However, I invite you to ask yourself if your actions are linked to a lack of self-belief?

Deep down, do you truly believe you can achieve your goals?

If you don’t truly believe in your ability to succeed, you will find and create examples to support your doubts, and you will tell yourself:

>’This won’t work’…

>’I can’t do this’…

>’I’m too busy right now’…

>’I’m just not ready yet’…

>’I’m not good enough’…….

>’I’m useless/I’m lazy’…………..

 

You are the sum of what you do the most of……………

>One bad day doesn’t have to become a bad week………

>One bad week doesn’t have to become a bad month….

>One bad month doesn’t have to become a bad 3 months……….

Etc

Etc

Etc

Remember this:

Rituals and routines get results………..

Stop giving up on yourself and start believing in yourself,

That’s all for today, until the next time,

Tristan ‘you CAN do this’ Buttle

P.S – sorry I haven’t been in touch recently busy, but happy times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She ignored me at first…………….

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I’m currently taking part in a 12 week challenge to myself to get leaner….

As part of my quest involves increasing my activity levels, I have included some morning walks before breakfast into my daily routine…

I simply get up, quick shower, black coffee, grab my water bottle and go for a stroll….. typically just around the block, lasting between 20-30 minutes…

I’ve done this Monday to Friday, pre breakfast, pre work….

As is often the case, you tend to see familiar faces at this time in the morning, people out and about, heading to work, walking the kids to school, or most commonly walking the dog…….

So on Monday, my first day of strolling an older lady was walking towards me with her little dog in tow…… I smiled and said morning to her and she simply blanked me and carried on walking!

Now I get why this happened, she doesn’t know me, she was potentially intimidated by my presence, and I as I didn’t have a dog or kids with me,  she probably questioned what I was doing!

However, flash forward to Thursday and the exact same lady (who by this point had seen me for the previous 3 mornings) was all smiles and good mornings!

Why? What changed?

Nothing other than familiarity…she simply got used to seeing me walking in the morning, it became normal, and as a result she felt comfortable and relaxed……

This is exactly the same in the gym regarding your health and fitness goals…….

The first time you walk into the gym can be scary, it can be intimidating, you can feel uneasy as you are out of your comfort zone….even if you a regular gym user, I bet you are often guilty of sticking to what you know, and what you feel comfortable doing?

This simply makes you human!

Remember your first day at school? Your first date? Your first day in a new job? First driving lesson?

Through time, you adjust, you progress, you adapt, you grow, you develop familiarity and eventually you are facing those very fears that held you back on a daily basis….

Getting in shape is never as scary as you think it’s going to be, trust me.

If you are unsure about taking your first step, or you need to readdress your current approach, give me a shout….

That’s all for today, until the next time,

Tristan ‘good morning to you too’ Buttle.

Surviving Silly Season…………..

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Christmas is around the corner, so here are some quick & very simple tips when looking at damage limitation over this festive period!

-My main tip is to enjoy yourself!! Spend time as much with your friends and loved ones as you can and do not beat yourself up psychologically (or physically for that matter!) if you do have a treat or are perhaps a bit more lenient with your food choices and meal plans. It is once a year, don’t be too strict on yourself.

-Don’t let Christmas dinner be the only day over the holiday period when you consume protein (turkey/chicken/fish) and fresh veg. This should be a staple of your diet anyway, aim to keep your protein content high over the festive period.

-Stay hydrated, start every day with at least 500ml of cold water. Fill a bottle and leave it in the fridge over night, try squeezing fresh lemon into the water and drinking first thing on an empty stomach. Aim for a target of at least 1 litre per 25 kg of total bodyweight.

-Focus on keeping Vitamin C levels high……In case you are wondering, Terry’s chocolate orange does not count as a source of vitamin c!

-Try drinking peppermint tea in between larger meals, some studies have linked the benefits of doing so with calmed/improved digestion and reduced bloating.

-Eat fish! Christmas time can be a great time to try/experiment with a variety of fish dishes.

-Use walks as part of your routine over the holiday period, just a simple brisk 20minute walk with friends/family will help in terms of energy whilst clearing your mind.

-Get creative with the leftover Turkey. Try making fresh soups or curry.

-In terms of training, I wouldn’t advise aiming to beat any records or looking at huge marks in increased performance. Keep your training as consistent as possible but if you have trained hard all year round, allowing yourself the extra rest day here and there will not hinder your progress.

-This can also be a great time to focus on your training with regards to your goals/aspirations/next phase of your own personal development, whilst also reflecting on your training over the last year.

Ideally, you should know now what your training focus is for January 2017.

That’s all today, until the next time,

Tristan ‘5 more sleeps’ Buttle.

Christmas Shopping -HELP!

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Christmas Shopping……….

There I was…. wandering around the shop aimlessly

……..trying to find what I was looking for…

No joy……

I popped into town last week to get a gift for someone, but couldn’t find it anywhere in the shop!

I didn’t even know where to start……

So I asked the first shop assistant I saw….she didn’t know, but she suggested another girl may know……

Still no joy……

So girl 2, asked girl 3 &……….SUCCESS!

Hallelujah, a Christmas miracle!!

My point today is that you get where you want to be far quicker by simply asking the right person the right questions……

If you don’t know the answers (like girl 1 & girl 2), that’s ok, you just need to find somebody that does!

I could of spent/wasted far more of my time attempting to find what I was looking for and I may or may not have got there eventually but what’s the point when I can accelerate the results by getting advice & seeking the right person to help me?

This is EXACTLY the same with your health & fitness goals.

You are NOT expected to know all the answers, you just need to ask the right questions…

That’s all for today, until the next time,

Tristan ‘sign me up to amazon prime’ Buttle

P.S – it’s always better to confidently not know something, than to under confidently try to know something………

What’s the best way to lose weight?

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What is the best way to lose weight?

> What is the best ‘diet’ for me?

> How can I lose this (whilst pointing to their stomach area)?

> What is the best supplement to take?

These are all very common questions I get asked regularly….

I get why people may ask these questions and it makes perfect sense, however are these actually the right questions they should be asking?

Theoretically, losing weight is easy… a calorie deficit must be created and you need to train with intensity and consistency whilst getting enough quality sleep.

Unfortunately, all too often individuals attempt extreme measures to get results

However, if the plan isn’t sustainable long-term (key words) and the weight loss cannot be regulated or maintained, the individual often finds themselves right back where they started.

Why is this?

By only focusing on the simple questions such as ‘how do I lose weight?’ you are not addressing the real underlying issues.

You should be asking yourself the following:

‘How have I got to the point where I feel I need to lose weight’?

‘What has led me down this path’?

‘What has changed in my life that has contributed to me being in my current situation regarding my health & fitness’?

‘What lifestyle choices can I make to stop this happening again’?

‘How can I reduce stress in my life’?

‘What can I delegate to others to help me’?

By doing this you can start to analyse yourself and start to create small realistic changes that you CAN stick to.

I have some questions for you that will help:

> Are you boozing too much?

> Are you getting enough sleep?

> Are you eating too much?

> Are you not eating enough?

> Do you have ANY idea how many calories you are eating on daily basis?

> Are you surrounded by negative or positive influences?

> Are you consistent in your actions?

> Are you training with the correct intensity?

> When did you last change your program/routine?

By asking yourself the right questions you can start to resolve the areas that are specific to you as an individual.

You need to create change that is sustainable and realistic on a long term basis and you can only doing this by creating new habits.

That’s all for today, until the next time,

Tristan ‘questions are the answers you might need’ Buttle.

P.S – one last piece of advice – the best program for YOU is the one that YOU will stick to……I’ve never known ANYONE get results in or out of the gym without consistency.