I know that people want things to be simple. Simple when it comes to what to eat, simple when it comes to what to do for working out, simple what to do for results. The problem with that, is when you give them simple, they don’t do that. If I tell you to eat a vegetable omelet with some toast and almond butter for breakfast, a yogurt and apple for a snack, spinach and chard with some cranberries, beets, and chicken for lunch, a protein shake after your workout, and some fish, a sweet potato and peppers for dinner… that would be simple. The odd thing.. over the years I’ve said things like this MANY times. How many people are doing “simple”?

If I told you for your workouts to make sure you do some dynamic stretching at the beginning, some light bodyweight movements to warm up, and then work the body as a whole, through strength training and cardiorespiratory conditioning, every other day with recovery days in between… that would be simple. How many people are doing “simple”?

What people pretend is their M.O. is to “just tell me what to do and I’ll do it” Do you know how many times I hear that a year? Somewhere between 136-444 times. You know how many times that works out? Zero. Absolutely zero times has it ever worked out. People have other interesting variables in their lives where “just tell me what to do and I’ll do it” becomes “well, I was GOING to do it, but…” fill in the blank with work, driving, caught in traffic, got a phone call, had to pick up kid from practice, had a late night, was rushed for time, didn’t have anywhere to prepare that, gym was closed, don’t like fish, wasn’t in the mood at the time, etc. I think you get the picture.

We have to understand that we need a template of what to do, and we can negotiate from that template. The idea is to not stray from the template. There are so many offshoots from the template, that you can always have options, regardless of the circumstances or variables that come up. But for that to work, you’d have to be invested in your own results. You’d have to come in to have some responsibility and accountability within your fitness program.
Simple works, but when you aren’t willing to do simple, you have to start to hold yourself accountable for “less than simple”. That’s where things get sticky. When you should have done the simple thing but didn’t, where do you go next?

The choices you make each day are the bread and butter for effectiveness of a program, and if you keep making excuses as to why simple didn’t work, you have to analyze your choices. There you will find answers and possibly realize simple did work, you just weren’t doing it.

Regroup, and instead of starting with “simple”, start with accountability.