Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's the Fourth Quarter

I can't even believe it and yet October 1 is here already. The fourth quarter is here! In a recent post I talked about training and nutrition plans for fall. Too many times we start back in the school routine and next thing we know we're into the last three months of the year. This can be a busy time with lots of festivities and holidays that can literally wreck your training and nutrition. It does not have to be that way!

For some reason this year I am more motivated than ever to combat the external forces that can derail even the best laid plans. If you don't have a plan yet, now is the time to put one down on paper and tap into the support that will help keep you on course. It's not enough to think about what you will do, telling someone else that will help you or at least hold you accountable makes it real. This is a very personal issue for me as I tend to "go with the group" and next thing I know I am off track and disappointed with myself.

How many times have we loosely flown through this time of year only to be really bummed out by the end and have to focus yet again on the very same resolutions? Does this really work? I always enjoy the great burst of energy and the hope of new beginnings at the start of each new year, but waiting on that and expecting it to magically fix my issues and focus isn't the answer.

I'm convinced in order to be healthy and fit and really live life to the fullest we must get to the point in which we're consciously making the best possible choices every opportunity, every single day. It has to be a lifestyle if it's going to work. It doesn't have to be obsessive or selfish or fanatical. In fact, if we're doing it right, it probably will simplify our lives to a great extent.

Will Halloween candy, fall feasts, Christmas parties and treats, big family dinners, and out of control schedules sabotage you again this last quarter of the year? I hope not. Today is a good day to start a new way of thinking and living that can be maintained. I'm putting a lot of energy into it this year to see what I can accomplish.

We have so much to be thankful for and so many resources at our disposal. I hope we can start now so we can enter 2010 in good shape with grateful hearts, ready to take on a fresh new year!

If you need an accountability partner, a training program recommendation, a reality check on your eating, I'm here. Feel free to email me anytime.


Roundballnz said...

Yup, October is here, but are we not all in a better place than last year, when we look at the whole picture ? I hope so .....

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelley,

Thank you for your tip to read NROL in addition to NROLFW. I just finished reading NROL and I am so glad I read it.

The information in NROL has helped me understand what the stages in NROLFW are designed to achieve and how. I already had a basic understanding of periodization, but the explanations preceding each type of workout--fat-loss, hypertrophy, and strength--gave me a great handle on how the prescribed sets, reps, tempo, and rest would help me accomplish each type of goal.

I also loved the sample programs suggested for different types of lifters in chapter 15. One of the thoughts I had after finishing NROLFW was, “Thank you for the advance congratulations for finishing all seven stages of workouts, but should I do after I’m done? Start all over again?” This chapter helped me answer that question.

Thanks again for the advice; I wouldn’t have read NROL if I hadn’t read your blog. :)


Kelley Moore said...

Roundballnz (my friend Alex!) you are so right, we are in a much better place than this time last year! That's a great way to look at it. Hopefully we'll all be saying that the 4th quarter of 2010...

Kelley Moore said...

Gabriella, I am so glad that you found NROL helpful. I did too! Guess it's just too much to include all of that in one book, but I think they could have cross-referenced some things better between the two. I think they are great compliments to each other and I'm glad it all is coming together for you and making sense. I enjoy hearing from you - keep me posted on your progress!