So, how are you doing in your endeavours to bulk/cut the Paleo way? Are you getting stronger; are you getting bigger; are you getting rid of your excess body fat? If you are making good, or even great, progress, well done – keep it up and stick to what works for you. But what if some measure of success eludes you? Well maybe it’s time to investigate your approach. Now if you are totally honest with yourself, you may be able to easily identify such things as ‘not sticking to the nutrition plan’, and/or ‘missing workouts on a regular basis’. So, in this example, all you need to do is start eating right, and/or start completing all your training sessions – right? Well yes, but the reality is very different. Do you know thatmostpeople fail to see positive results when following any and all of the thousands of different fat loss approaches that are available to us today? It would be very easy, and remiss of us, to assume that the programmes must be a load of bull then. Pretty close to 100% of the timeweare to blame for our lack of success because most failures are down tousnot being able to stick with an approach long enough to see positive progress. A lack of consistency, so to speak.
On a personal note, I have often been told, by those who mistook a “poor programme” for their own lack of consistency, ‘It’s alright for you, you’ve got will power!’ Will power? Will power? There is no such thing as “will power” and there never will be. I haven’t got it and neither have you. So many people talk about this mysterious asset called “will power” thatsomepeople possess, butmostpeople don’t, as if it is something a few lucky folk are born with. What they really mean is “want power”. Whether youwantto get strong, lose fat, learn a new language, change your job, leave an unhappy relationship; if you don’t actually wantitbadlyenough, you won’t succeed – full stop. In relation to the subject of sticking to a nutrition or exercise programme long enough to see positive results, you mustwantit badly enough. When you harness want power, you will never miss a workout and never cheat on your nutrition programme.
All well and good, but how can youwantsomething so badly that you totally “stick with the programme”?Now here is a bold statement, and the first time I heard it I spent a fair amount of time questioning it before I was sold:“Everything we do, we do for a reason. If our reason isn’t strong enough, we won’t succeed”.So when you, or I, or anyone you know, is missing workouts or cheating on their nutrition programme, they simply don’t have a strong enough reason to succeed in their goals. No matter how you dress it up, that is how it is. In 1997, ninety eight percent of Americans disliked their jobs. Isn’t that crazy? Well yes and no. You see, they simply didn’t have a strong enough reason to change jobs. But they did have a strong enough reason, or reasons, to stay with something they disliked – thepleasureof having a nice house, one, two or three nice cars, two holidays a year and all the latest TVs, computers and gadgets. These possessions far outweighed the potentialpainof changing jobs and the possibility of a lower salary. You see, “everything we do, we do for a reason”.
Back to Paleo Bulking and Cutting, and to your success. In order to “keep at it”, remain consistent and see the great results possible with this lifestyle, we need to accept some short term pain (hard workouts and saying no to the, oh so tempting, bread rolls with dinner) in order to enjoy the pleasure of longterm success – a fit, strong, lean body, tons of energy and a lifelong, healthy glow.
Now you need to dig deep to findyourreason – remember the bold statement above? “I just want to be slim” is maybe not a strong enough reason. Personally, I love sport, but I never excelled at any sport until I was 35 years old. After years of lifting weights, I was in great shape, but not as muscular as I thought I had an absolute right to be (see my other articles: 28 Years of Lifting Weights – Parts 1 and 2), when I stumbled across the sport of Powerlifting. I realised that I was already competitive for my body weight – if I entered a competition, of course. I won seven trophies at my first attempt because I had a strong enough reason and “want power”. My reason was that I wanted to excel at a sport. I had been a personal trainer for some years, but couldn’t show any real credentials, so I also wanted so badly to show any future clients that I was a champion. I wanted to stand on a podium. I wanted to say, “hey I know what I’m talking about – I’ve been successful.” Even writing this now, I want to get in my gym and start hitting the deadlift like a man possessed. I would picture my closest competitor giving up at 5 reps during his scheduled deadlift workout, so I would go on and pull 2 more. If I’d had a busy day at work and felt like missing that night’s workout, again I would see my opponent, in his gym some 100 miles away, grinding out a heavy set of squats. Suddenly my energy was through the roof and I was under the bar, not to be beaten.
In summary then, if you can identify that a lack of positive results is down to your lack of consistency (and it usually is), find a deep-rooted reason to continue with your programme. Something very personal that you cannot give up on. Want it so badly that nothing will get in your way, and accept a little short term pain in order to enjoy long term pleasure.