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Lean and Mean: Kalantha's Notes

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Anybody ever heard of Billy Beck III?

I hadn’t until yesterday. He’s apparently the epitome of personal trainers, owns a personal fitness center, based in Florida, and has a Masters Degree in exercise physiology. He’s been in fitness magazines (no wonder I missed him!), on radio, and on t.v. Anyway, I downloaded one of his books yesterday and, I have to admit, he speaks to me.

Here are my notes on what I’ve read so far:

Anything worth having will be a challenge. Face, meet, embrace, and conquer roadblocks and obstacles. As you overcome each hurdle, your confidence and motivation grow.

Clearly defining what you want determines your level of success.

To be effective, changes must:

1. be sustainable. One way to decide if something is sustainable is to ask yourself if it starves (this can be mentally or emotionally; not just physically) or energizes you. If it starves you, it’s not sustainable.

2. include mental conditioning, physical training, and effective eating. These are the basic components of Beck’s program.

3. work WITH Mother Nature and ALLOW the body to change by making it more healthy rather than forcing it to change in an unhealthy way. Eating too few calories to fuel your body or exercising to exhaustion to lose weight are unhealthy and would be considered “forcing” the body to change.

4. include a clear and definite vision of your goal. It will help keep you on track when you're tempted to go off the rails.

5. create an internal environment conducive to burning fat, building muscle, and speeding metabolism via proper nourishment.

6. include physical training. Strength training stimulates the body to build muscle and boost your metabolism. Cardio strengthens the heart and circulatory system, which delivers nutrients to needed parts of the body to speed the regeneration process and burn fat.

Beck’s “3 Pillars of Power”: Mental Conditioning, Physical Training, and Effective Eating, work like the legs on a 3-legged stool: remove a leg and the stool falls down. When combined in the proper amounts, the “Pillars of Power” will support and nourish you. In other words, using all 3 components together, you get results.

You must have a clear and definite picture of what your goal is and focus on it every day, “almost to the point of obsession”. That picture/vision of what you want must be clear and constant. You have to see, hear, taste, and feel it.

As part of mental conditioning, it is suggested that you make a recording that describes your goal in your own voice and listen to it over and over again as a visualization tool. I just finished reading a weight loss memoir written by a woman my age, who lost 90 lbs. and has been maintaining for over a year. That woman talks about how important recording her goals in the present tense and in her own voice and listening to it over and over again was to her success. Plus, you hear about athletes using visualization as part of their training all the time. Since this seems to be becoming pretty mainstream, I’m going to give it a try. It can’t hurt. I’ve already started collecting the statements I want to include on my recording.

Beck includes this quote that I find compelling: "Never mistake motion with action." (Albert Einstein). In other words, being busy is not the goal. You have to take specific actions toward the goal.

Beck’s every day to-do list:

1. 10 minute visualization exercise, using the recording mentioned above, if possible - best times to do this are during a morning walk, pre-workout warm-up, and before sleep. The more often you do it, the greater your determination will become.

2. Read - 10 minutes a day - inspiring books/articles that nourish your mind. Reduce time spent in front of the t.v. and computer.

3. Surround yourself with positive people.

4. Breathe deeply. It alters brain chemistry and improves your emotional state. Take 10 deep breaths, then do your visualization exercise.

So there you have it.

The next chapter is on the physical training pillar of the program.

I'll let you know if I learn anything new and earth-shaking.

Till then . . .

Spark on and

Don't Give Up!

PS -- Virtual Walk to Bear Dunes, MI Update:

Miles to Sleeping Bear Dunes = 110

Jan. 1 = 1.6 miles
Jan. 2 = 2 miles
Jan. 3 = 4.1 miles
Jan. 4 = 8.4 miles
Jan. 5 = 3 miles
Jan. 6 = 4.6 miles
Jan. 7 = 5.9 miles and counting

Miles to go = 80.4

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  • FRAN0426
    Interesting blog, and makes sense. I always enjoy reading articles on sparks each day, there are many to help us on our own journey. Think I will try to incorporate at least 10 minutes of reading each night on a book of my choice too---it usually leads to more than 10 minute. That is ok as relaxing is something we all must learn to treat ourselves to each day--especially B/4 bed time.
    1559 days ago
    Interesting - I had already decided to buy myself a small recording device next week when I'm in the city. I'm always thinking of things when I drive a car and then since I can't write them down, I forget them. I'll add my goals to the recording. Thanks for the idea.
    1559 days ago
    Always interested in finding motivating and inspiring authors and role models. Thanks for sharing this….never heard of this guy….but will definitely look him up!

    1560 days ago
    Pretty interesting! :) Thanks for sharing! And I love all your posts on my page, I appreciate them!
    1560 days ago
    Interesting, makes sense too.
    Thank you for sharing. emoticon
    1561 days ago
  • ANGELN325
    I was just going to say. Let us know what you learn in the next chapter. He speaks to me too! Good stuff!
    1561 days ago
    I've been meaning to write my vision down. I like #4. I will come back to your blog and read it again thank you very much
    1561 days ago
    Why didn't I think of that? Why didn't I think of that 25 years ago! Thank you for sharing what you've read and your insight. Can you feel that flame burning brightly? You're on fire. Way to set goals and take action!

    I'm proud of you.

    1562 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
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    1562 days ago
  • NHES220
    Makes perfect sense!
    1562 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    Sounds good! Thanks for the Billy Beck III quote you left on my page today!!!
    1562 days ago
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