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What I am writing about today may or may not be for you but it comes up often enough in my meetings with current clients and new clients that I think it it is worth talking about.

I have been a trainer for 18 years and worked with several clients of all ages. When we address nutrition I will ask them what food or beverage is your biggest stumbling block towards achieving your health and fitness goals?

At least half of the people I meet with say alcohol.

Alcohol is not everyones vice so if this is not yours feel free to replace it with whatever yours is.

Usually whatever this item is has little to no nutritional benefit to them. In this case alcohol is full of sugar and empty calories. On top of that it makes you feel sluggish and tired which decreases productivity and desire to workout.

As my clients are starting a new healthy chapter of their life they are ready for change so they know that this needs to be addressed. So what is the best way to address it?

Well this depends on the person and how big their dependency is on alcohol.

I have found that the best way to combat this issue is head on and cut it out. I think 6 weeks is a great test for people to see what they are capable of. That is why our 6 week challenge is so effective. It is long enough to see significant change but also not so long that you get burned out.

So for people who struggle with alcohol this is an easy thing to identify and cut out for that period of time. It makes a HUGE difference.

The first week is always the hardest. And it never fails at some point in the 6 weeks they have a big test. It could be a wedding, a vacation or some kind of celebration that would usually result in their drinking.

Pushing through that is a massive momentum for them. It proves that they can do without this item.

I have heard several times people say, “I didn’t think I could do this” and “I feel so much better”.

So here is my challenge for you. If you’re reading this email and feeling convicted chances are this is your struggle. Like I said earlier it is very common. If cutting it out for 6 weeks sounds too hard then my challenge is to start with cutting it for 10 days. This is a great first step. It will expose the weakness and how big the issue may be.

Find a friend to do it with you and you can encourage each other. If you do this I would love to hear about it. Let me know how it goes and how you feel. Remember that you are the driving force behind your health and fitness. Take charge and keep pressing forward.

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