What It Really Takes To Get Six Pack Abs

This is me with the elusive six pack.

Ever since I can remember I have wanted to achieve a six pack. I would see pictures of people with them. It seemed so attainable.

I think I probably had one when I was younger. I was very lean growing up. I don’t remember though.

What I do know is when I was 17 years old I got fat. I partied that whole summer after my Junior year in high school. I would go to parties and then come home and cook burgers on my parent’s deck. In three months I put on about 30 pounds.

When school started back up I knew I needed to lose weight. I went on a diet program made by a company called Cybergenics. Their progam was called Cybertrim. I lost about 25 or 30 pounds. Bascially it was a diet program along with a bunch of supplements.

Blast from the past.

I got down to about 175 pounds. It was a lot of work. A lot of dieting and working out. But no six pack. In fact, I wasn’t even close to a six pack.

I assumed it was out of the question, me ever attaining six pack abs. I mean, look how hard I worked that  time. I did all the dieting and working out and I wasn’t even close to a six pack.

So I plugged along. Lost weight another time and sold my diet program online. I still didn’t have a six pack. I lost a lot of weight and sold a lot of programs. I was making $10,000.00 a month selling my diet program. But no six pack.

At this point, I considered it a fact that I would never have a six pack stomach. I would never see my ab muslces. I didn’t care. I wasn’t losing sleep over it or anything. I just would say that I didn’t believe it was a possibility.

So fast forward about ten years or so. I had once again packed on the weight. I would guess I weighed somewhere in the neighborhood of 205-210 probably. This is pretty heavy for me.

I was drinking every night, eating like crap and not takin very good care of myself. I started having what I thought were heart problems. My heart was skipping a beat. I went in an saw a cardiologist. After a million tests it turned out I was fine. But this put the fear of God into me. I was on a mission.

I devised what I thought was a heart healthy diet. Read about that diet here. I started exercising at the gym. Then I started running outside.  I started running 3-4 days a week. I remember the first time I ran 7 miles. I was amazed. I had tried running before and never made it farther than 3 miles. I really surprised myself. I wonder how far I can run, I thought? I signed up for a marathon and started doing a long run on Sundays. Pretty soon I was running over 10 miles on Sundays.

I would run around a lake by my house. There were two loops around this lake. One was 3 miles and the other was 4. It was like a figure 8 shaped lake divided by a bridge. I remember being amazed when I could run the big side, which was 4 miles. By the end of the summer I was running both loops 3 times (21 miles). It is shocking how easily your body and fitness adapts when you push it hard enough.

As you can imagine with this diet and all this running the weight started falling off fast. I was dropping 5 pounds a week or more.

The final result was me being about 160 pounds. This was the lightest I had been since I was in junior high. I wrestled 152 pound as a freshman in high school and had to cut weight for that. And guess what? I had a six pack. But I was skinny. Almost too skinny in my view. My head looked gigantic.

Here is a a pic below the summer before I ran my marathon.

This is me at about 159 pounds. About what I weighed when I was 15 years old.

Granted I was also eating about 1,200 calories a day, plus beer most nights. But, I was also doing construction work every day. I would run 4 or 5 miles, then go to work and pour concrete for 4 hours. Then on the weekends, I would run anywhere from 15-20 miles on Sunday alone.

So Can you get a six pack? Sure. You just need to get lean enough. I know people will say that you can drop bodyfat without getting your weight down. I have never been able to do this. I am either lean or chubby. No middle ground.

So this is how I did it. Maybe you have a better method. If so I would love to hear about it.

3 Things Which Will Lead You To Success

I am about to reveal my three basic tenets of success. These are the things I wish somebody had told me when I was younger. For decades I have been reading and consuming self help material. I have heard every bad piece of advice known to man.

When I had yet another business fail, I decided to pin down what the exact problem was. I narrowed it down to three things I wished I had learned when searching for help. I came up with these three techniques and decided to launch this website. I wanted to give people real success help that works. These are the three most important things you can do for success in your life.

Get In Shape and Gain Energy….

The first thing you must do for success is to get in the best physical shape possible. The main reason for this is because of what it will do for your energy levels. You should always be trying to gain more personal energy.

Energy will allow you to reach your goals faster and with less effort. How can you possibly be operating at an optimal level if you are tired and bogged down all the time? You can’t. You need to get in shape. You need to implement a program of eating and exercise which will give you MORE energy.

You don’t need to feed your body 5 times a day. You don’t need to eat a huge meal representing all the food groups every meal. You can eat light throughout the day for more energy. If you are working on a big project and on a roll, why would you stop to eat lunch? It will totally derail your momentum and you will never find your way back to where you were before lunch.

If you limit your carbohydrate levels in the morning, you absolutely won’t need to eat at noon. I often will skip lunch if I am busy and motivated. Less food can actually give you more energy!

We have been told for years that skipping meals will make you gain weight. We have been told you must eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have been told to eat snacks in between meals to keep from getting too hungry.

Nothing can be further from the truth. The more you eat, especially if you are eating carbohydrates, the hungrier you will be throughout the day.

Another key component in raising your energy levels is hydration. If you are not properly hydrated you will feel sluggish. You should drink half your bodyweight in ounces every day. (If you weight 180 lbs, you should drink 90 ounces of water a day.) When you are dehydrated you can confuse it with hunger. This can lead to overeating.

You should be exercising 5-6 times per week. This should include weight training and cardiovascular exercise. The more you move your body, the more you will WANT to move your body. Motion creates energy. If you do nothing else, you should be exercising. It can change your mindset instantly and put you into an energetic state.

I used to do what I called The Superman Workout when I was looking for more energy. I decided I was going to start a swimming program at the gym. After 40 minutes or so of swimming I would hit the steam room. Then when I could not stand the steam anymore (about 10 minutes) I would take an ice cold shower. When I walked out of the gym I felt like I was about to come off the ground. I felt absolutely invigorated. This is why I started calling it The Superman Workout. I felt like I was gonna take to the sky and fly!

This is what I felt like after doing what I dubbed The Superman Workout

You absolutely must keep your energy levels high to accomplish great things. This is done by limiting carbohydrates, drinking more water, exercising and eating fewer calories. This is how you can give yourself super human energy levels. This is what the next level achievers are doing.

There is no reason to bog your system down every 3-4 hours with a heavy meal. Eat some protein, maybe some nuts and seeds or veggies. Keep your fire burning. If you eat a bunch of bread or potatoes at lunch time, you will be tired in the afternoon. Your brain won’t be working.

So eat lighter, drink more water, start exercising and watch your energy levels skyrocket.

 

Stop Consuming and Start Producing

Be a producer instead of a consumer. How many of you follow people who you envy on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? I do.

I have been a “self help” junkie for the last 2 decades. I have read every book and listened to every “guru” out there. I have always been a “consumer” when it comes to self help and improvement. But one day I decided to write my own program. It was a weight loss program. I wrote it, launched it and soon was making 10k a month. A month! You can read about it here. This is what can happen when you start producing instead of consuming.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been working on something and decided to go check out somebody elses content. Next thing I know I have been sucked into an internet rabbit hole. By the time I come up for breath I am tired, unmotivated and have wasted hours.

This is not only about social media consumption. How much time do you spend a day wishing you were somewhere else? How much time do you spend talking about someone more successful than you? How much time are you consumed by something somebody else is doing?

Instead of talking about how so and so lost a bunch of weight and got in shape, why not get yourself in shape. Why not give people a reason to talk about you? Stop consuming other peoples success. Start creating your own. You are giving your personal energy away to someone else when you do this. Create your own energy. Create your own life for THEM to be envious of.

Be the producer. The producer gets the girl or guy. The producer gets the raise or new postiiton. The producer finds a way out of mediocrity. The producer lives a REAL life!

Why not start building your life? Work on the job you have and see how you can become more valuable to the people you work for. This is how people move up and get ahead.

Going from a consumer to a producer will help you recognize opportunity. You will start to develop insight and new ways to make your life better.

Have A Budget and Save What Is Left

Start budgeting and saving. You need to start building YOUR future. Saving some money is the easiest way to start “making more money”. You can give yourself a raise by simply not spending ALL of your money every week. Building your wealth starts with saving money.

If you become successful but don’t know how to live within your means, it does not matter. You will always be broke. I was making a quarter million dollars a month and was basically broke. Why? Because I had no idea how much I was spending.

So my big three success principles are these:

  1. Get in shape and get your energy levels where they should be
  2. Stop consuming and start producing a life you deserve.
  3. Start saving money and growing your life. Stuff doesn’t matter, your bank account does. It will give you peace of mind and a stress free life.

These are the big three guys and gals. This is my mission here. To push these three things as hard as I can. If you can accomplish these three things you will be healthier, happier and have less stress. This will help you live a happier, healthier, more fulfilled life.

 

The Secrets of Warren Buffett and Grant Cardone

If there is one thing I could go back and tell myself it would be this. In order to be successful, you need to always be moving forward towards wealth. In short, you need to always be saving money. You need to always be gaining and not losing, no matter how small. Everybody dreams and schemes on ways to become rich, instead of using the easiest way of all. Start saving money!

Listen. If you are living in a tiny one bedroom apartment and putting money away every month, you are much better off than the guy living in a huge house who can barely make his payments. In fact, if you are putting money away, this instantly makes you more successful than a lot of Americans. 35% of Americans have zero savings. That means if you just start saving, you are richer than 35 percent of people living in the U.S.

Taking Action…

Is taking massive action the way to success? Maybe, maybe not.

The self help industry has been built on two things. Goal setting and taking action. Taking “massive action” is what Tony Robbins has been selling to folks for 4 decades. He has made millions and millions of dollars selling this advice. But does it work?

For most people I would say no. You can take all the action in the world and still not see success. The reason for this is simple. Most people are working jobs. Now, you can work harder at your job. You can get a raise. You can start to make more money. But if you aren’t saving any of that money, it does no good. Your lifestyle will magically rise as your pay does. This is why you need to train yourself to sock money away.

Now, you could start your own business. You could take massive action. It might work. You could pick a really lucrative industry and have everything absolutely blow up and make you wealthy. But, statistics show this isn’t usually the case. A large percentage of small businesses fail. That is a fact. But nobody wants to hear this. Most people, after buying into the self help industry, think they can outwork this fact. Some will. Most will not.

I am not saying what Tony Robbins and other motivators are saying is wrong. I just think they are putting the cart before the horse. The much better and SMARTER option is to learn how to control your finances. Learn how to live below your means. Get out of debt and start accumulating money. Then, once you do this, start looking for opportunities. Starting a business on a shoestring and planning to take “massive action” is a recipe for disaster.

The much better option is learning how to accumulate money doing what you are currently doing. Then start a business that doesn’t cost much to start and can make a small profit easily. Then run that company like you run your life and start putting even more money away. Rinse and repeat. This is a recipe for success.

Much Lower Stress…

If you learn to live like this I will guarantee one thing. You will have much less stress in your life. Nothing lowers stress like being financially secure.

Don’t be this guy. Become stress free instead.

Look at Warren Buffett. He lives in a small house he bought 50 years ago in Omaha. He doesn’t have billions of dollars worth of homes like most hedge fund managers. Because of this, when the market goes down, he buys up bargains while other managers and banks look to him to borrow money. He has made one of the largest fortunes in history, in part, because of his frugality. He also happens to be a financial genius, but you get the point.

If you listen to Warren Buffett talk, he exudes calmness and rationality. If you look at other fund managers they are the complete opposite. This has been a big key to his success.

The Real Key To Success…

So what is the real secret to success?

  1. Be as frugal as possible. Learn not to waste hard earned money on things that lose their value almost instantly (i.e. cars, boats, clothes, furniture). You can have these things, but buy quality and use them as long as you can. I realize for young people this can be quite a task, but it is a VERY important lesson to learn.
  2. Earn as much as possible. Always be trying to earn more money. This is why saving is so important. People who are struggling to pay bills are typically not on the lookout for more money. They don’t care because it will all go to bills anyways. Earn as much as you can with the skills you have.
  3. Save as much as possible. Start saving every week. If you are in debt, get out as quickly as you can. Then start saving. Start BUILDING your wealth!

So there it is. Be as frugal as possible. Earn and save as much as possible.

I can’t stress how important this frugality thing can be. If you look into the lives of very wealthy people, you will almost always find that they are extremely frugal individuals.

Warren Buffett– His frugality is legendary. He is one of the richest people in the world and lives in the same house he bought when he got married.

This is Warren Buffett’s house. The richest man in the world at one time.

Donald Trump– Most people think of Trump as a spender because of his planes and houses. He is frugal. I once read a book called Trump Nation. This Wall Street Journal reporter said Donald would use the reporters phone whenever he saw him to save minutes. Don’t know if this is true but it wouldn’t surprise me. Rich people like saving money.

Grant Cardone- Grant is a huge internet marketer and influencer who drives Rolls Royce’s and has a private jet. Grant said he drove a Toyota Camry until he was a millionaire. If you get deeper into his stuff he always preaches saving and investing money instead of buying toys you can’t afford.

This is Grant Cardone with his jet. He drove a camry until his investments could afford to pay for a more luxurious car.

These are just a few of the very wealthy people on planet earth. I have read many, many biographies in my life. Frugal spending habits are a thing you find very common amongst the wealthy people who run our planet. Extremely common.

This is not the shiniest or fanciest advice on the planet. But you know what? This is something that everyone can start right now. Everybody, no matter how young or old, can start doing this today. TODAY! Get after it. Start today. It becomes fun once you start. It is inspiring and you start to love it once you start gaining momentum.

“I Want To Die” Why Business Money Problems Suck

Have you ever had things go so wrong in life you wanted to kill yourself? I have. Not sure if I really want to actually die. It is more like I want the situation to die. All I know is I want it to go away. I want to end this sack of sh@# life of mine. It is all my fault. I know that. I ran yet another business into the ground. After being completely debt free, cash, stocks, gold, etc. I have lost it all. All of it.

I  maxed out a $100,000.00 line of credit. Then I lost 80k on the year. Eighty f@#$ing thousand dollars on top of the credit. What a mess.

I tell you this now. I am not out of this. I am in the midst of it as we speak. I say to myself every day, I want to kill myself. Every, friggin, day! My marriage is not doing well. Because of this and other things.

But you know what? I won’t do it. I have kids that I love. I will just be miserable until I clear this thing up. I see no way out. No way over it, under it, through it. I literally CANNOT see a way out. I understand in my heart how businessmen kill themselves. I understand the wall street guys jumping out of buildings. I understand the big homebuilder in my town who shot himself in the head after getting overextended. I know. I get it. I feel this way.

But I won’t do it. I have kids. I can’t. But I want to.

I didn’t just throw a bunch of money at some crazy scheme. I tried to expand my business. I watched numbers closely. Then it rained all friggin year it seemed like. It was like a rain cloud was following me around. Long story (construction business, rain is bad, etc.)

So what does this have to do with you? You are here to hear about success methods for Christ’s sake. I know. But stick with me.

You see, I have had success. I have had a business that was making over a quarter million a month. The year I lost all that money I had one month where I made (profit, kind of,) 150k. The weather just didn’t cooperate and it was the only month like that. But I know how to make money. I also know how not to make money. I am going to show you what NOT to do in business.

It is real simple really.

Don’t lose money. 

No matter what, make money every month.

So how do you do that?

You keep expenses down to nothing. You don’t spend money. You don’t shoot for the stars because it worked out for someone else. There will always be people who risk everything and it works out perfectly and they become wealthy. You will ALWAYS hear about these people. What you won’t hear about is the millions who tried this sh#$ and lost everything. To risk everything and have it work out is a fools game. You need to be extremely lucky for this to work out. Even then, it will go to shit eventually because you will test your luck one too many damn times. And when you do, you will lose everything.

So instead, focus on MAKING money every month. If you only have a job and not a business you can follow this also. Make sure you are GAINING every month. Whether that means putting money away or paying off debt, just try to always be moving forward.

I didn’t do this and am in this predicament because of it. I now have YEARS, f@#$ing years, of work to get out of it. I will eventually. But I will never get those years back. Never.

So that’s it. The best self help, success or business advice ever. Don’t lose money. Life is not all about making tons of money. It took me getting into an absolute mess to realize this. Being debt free and gaining every month is much more healthy for your mind. Building and gaining wealth, no matter how small is much better than shooting for the stars and losing. So try your best to not lose money. Every. Damn. Month. Repeat this and you will be more successful than 99 percent of people in the world today.

Take my advice. Please.

If you got here because you want to die and searched for that online, listen. More than likely my situation is worse than yours. Just start moving forward and seeing progress. Then keep moving. This is what I am doing. Things always pass. Always.

I wish I could give you some great turnaround story, but not yet. I am working on moving forward. It is all we can do. That and be grateful for what we have. Everybody has things to be grateful for. Health, family, etc.

I started this blog to give people REAL strategies for business and life. I have read most of the self help and business books on the planet. I have listened to countless audios and been to seminars. I started this blog to shed light on how crummy the actual advice is out there. So listen to me.

Move forward, be grateful and don’t lose money. The easiest success formula in history.

3 Ways To Become A Charismatic, Energetic Indiviual

If you are going to be successful, you are going to need energy and lots of it. If you look at any successful person, they have lots of energy. When someone describes someone who charismatic, it is almost always preceded or followed by energetic. “Wow, what a charismatic, energetic guy!”

Energy creates momentum. When you are enthusiastic and energetic, the world seems to open up to you. Things start falling in your lap. You get luckier. Energy is the cornerstone of any successful individual. Energy creates more of what we want and need in life!

So how do we create more energy? Well I have narrowed it down to a few things.

Here are my 3 tips for creating more energy for your life.

Watch What You Put In Your Mouth.

Don’t be like this guy.

Over the last few years I have been contemplating getting on testosterone replacement therapy. The main reason for this was lack of energy. Fatigue. After doing the research I decided not to take the testosterone. I had a nagging feeling that if I lost weight and ate right, the fatigue would go away.

So last month I did a dry January. I quit drinking and cut my calories down to about 1,200 a day. I ate mostly lower carb food, but not always. I stuck to this diet religiously for the month of January.

The result was that my energy skyrocketed.

Once I wasn’t bogging my system down with food every few hours, my energy went through the roof. I had so much energy at night I started organizing everything in my house. I also became an idea machine. Ideas once again began to flood my brain. I started to get motivated like I haven’t been in a long time.

So before anything, I would advise cutting calories. Stop eating HEAVY meals like bread and pasta.  Lots of bread and carbs in the middle of the day will zap your energy. I can think of nothing that will kill my afternoon energy levels more than a carbohydrate heavy lunch.

Try eating light during the day. Lean protein (chicken, tuna, eggs, turkey), veggies, nuts and seeds. These things will give you energy instead of zapping it. They will fuel your body instead of bogging it down.

Drink lots of water. You don’t need to overdo it, but stay hydrated. Keep water nearby and drink it often.

Get Your Body Moving

This girl definitely looks charismatic and energetic.

Tony Robbins says motion creates emotion. If you lay on the couch all day, how much energy do you think you will have? None. What about if you move around. Much more?

Have you ever noticed how much more animated you are when you pace while on the phone? What about when you talk on the phone while lying down? You can almost hear someone laying down when talking to them on the phone.

So move around. Get up and move your arms and legs throughout the day. Get animated. If you sit and act tired, you will be tired. Get work done at a fast clip. Jump up and clear your desk, organize your area. Stop putting things off. Get moving.

Also, you must start an exercise routine. Exercise creates energy. If you exercise in the morning it will start your day on a positive energy note. If you exercise in the evening it will do the same. You will sleep better and be more restored the next day. This will snowball into an energetic lifestyle.

You know what they say. An object in motion will stay in motion. This is more true than you know. If you are going to be an energetic, successful person you must be a mover. Stay on the move all day. Take the stairs. Park far away and walk.

I remember when I trained for a marathon. I would catch myself driving around looking for a closer parking spot. What the hell. I would run ten miles in the morning and then drive around looking for a spot 30 yards closer to the store. Find ways to move more throughout the day. Be different from the lazy sheep you see all around you.

Watch What You Put In Your Mind

Don’t put garbage in your mind. Garbage in, garbage out.

The last thing is to put motivating things into your mind. Read blogs like these. Follow inspirational people on social media.

If all you do is read about politics and negative press coverage, it will zap your energy.

Keep guard of your mind at all times. You can become depressed just by the media you allow into your brain. 99 percent of it is nothing but propaganda anyways. It is designed to make you scared and worried. This keeps people watching.

Change your habits. Stop watching the news and watch uplifting movies. Read uplifting, motivational books. Read and listen to energetic, charismatic individuals because this is the goal. This is who you want to emulate.

Those are a few ways you can use to gain more personal energy. When people describe you to someone, maybe they will say he/she is a charismatic, energetic individual. Charismatic, energetic people rule the world. Be a leader, not a follower. Create a routine to increase your energy. Start today!

What I Learned Not Drinking For 30 Days, Results of Dry January

The results are in. I officially went all of January without a single drop of alcohol. No beer, whiskey or wine. None. It has been a great experience. This is the story.

Why I Did It..

There were a few reasons why I decided to not drink for the month of January.

The first reason is because during the holiday season I usually eat and drink a lot. Christmas parties, events and what not kill my physique and motivation. Plus, I tend to drink more in the colder months here in the Midwest. I just do. I figured health wise I needed to cut back. It was getting to be a little more than a drink here and there. I was drinking most nights, if not every night.

I also seemed to be having a hard time losing weight. No matter what I did in the gym I couldn’t lose weight. No matter how much I dropped my food intake I couldn’t seem to lose weight.

And I couldn’t seem to quit drinking my beer. Every night after work I would come up with an excuse to put it off one more day.

I needed to do something drastic. So I decided to do a “dry January” and quit drinking the entire month of January.

The Weight Loss…

So for the first week I barely changed my diet. I figured I wasn’t drinking and the weight would just magically fall off. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case. I didn’t lose one pound the first week.

So I started following this diet here

I followed this diet religiously and didn’t eat one cheat meal. I promised myself pizza and cheese dip for the super bowl if I stuck to it the entire month.

So I followed this diet 

And I didn’t drink one drop of alcohol for the entire month of January.

The Results…

The results were that I dropped 18 pounds. Now remember I didn’t start until the second week. So I lost 18 pounds in a little over 3 weeks. That is success. That is progress. That is something that worked.

I am not saying do something as drastic as I did. I am just showing you what actually works and works fast.

The whole point of this blog is to give you the truth about success and self help. This diet worked. It sucked. It took dedication. But it worked.

Those people you see in magazines that look amazing do things like this. They are what the general public would call extreme. But you know what. They are successful. They achieve their goals.

Extreme or not, dry January was a success. I did what I set out to do. I lost 18 pounds in a little over 3 weeks. Now I can focus on a clean eating diet and raise my calories a little bit. The best part is that after eating like this, a clean eating diet with more calories will seem like a cheat meal. It is a win win.

Like I always say, simple but not easy. Let me know what you think.