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