Effort

I write this for two reasons:

1.) I am starting that 6-pack experiment in April and have begun preparing for it by eating ultra-clean and ultra-lean. Pretty much all day I’m eating 100% raw foods only…that’s not the plan for the whole month, but it’s been my diet for the last week.  It’s not hard as I expected (because I’ve been eating well for a few months now), but keeping this up for a full month and resisting the urge to pig out at social events gets HARD.

However for the month of April I want to see a dramatic change in the way my stomach looks…and for that I need to be calorie deficient for weeks at a time.  I can easily keep my current physique with the way I’m eating now, but my diet must be extra-ordinarily good to see those extraordinary results.

2.) As you know I own a business called House Of Rave which is all online.  Over the last year I made a lot of small tweaks which cut down on the number of customer support inquires and time spent getting orders out.  At a bare minimum I need to spend less than 30 minutes every weekday administering the site…the rest runs on it’s own.  That alone can pay all my bills and still save money.

Pretty cool eh! 30 minutes of work per day!

Well…I also like the business to GROW….so to maintain AND grow the site takes about 2 hours per day (mainly spent adding product photo/video reviews).

I will admit…over these first few months of 2010 those small required amounts of time have spoiled me. I’ve stopped updating the site as much as I should.  The 1st quarter is never a FANTASTIC time for a business like mine (which sells party supplies) and is also enduring a bad economy, but I think I’ve been slipping quite a bit on my responsibilities to it.

Extraordinary effort doesn’t necessarily mean long hours (although that certainly helps)….because with this business a very consistent tweaking of small things every day can make a HUGE impact.  I’ve proved this many times, including one time I documented 30 small changes I made with very clear results (aka MO MONEY)!

I think what I’ll do in April is one day blog about a small HoR change, then the next day document the diet and steps I’ve taken to get a ripped-ass six pack.

Find merchant supplies and POS terminals at Moneris Solutions.

Blog posted on: March 25, 2010

11 comments on “Effort

    1. Neville Post author

      Aaron,

      I’ve never been a fan of supplements or anything like that…so I doubt I’d be using them for this.

      Just good ole fruits, nuts, beans and vegetables!

      Reply
  1. Michael Levine

    You may want to check-out, if you haven’t already done so, Steve Pavlina’s 30-day Raw Food experiment. He did an excellent job of documenting his progress. However, he probably did a more extreme version of Raw Food, such as no oils, condiments, etc. Will you be giving us progress updates? Good luck!

    Reply
    1. Neville Post author

      I thought the exact same way too a while ago. I haven’t given up ANYTHING….I just “DRASTICALLY” cut down on certain things :-)

      The consistency is by far the hardest part…especially out in social occasions!

      …actually consistency in being excellent in ANY aspect of life is probably a good thing!

      Reply
  2. Amy

    You may want to check-out, if you haven’t already done so, Steve Pavlina’s 30-day Raw Food experiment. He did an excellent job of documenting his progress. However, he probably did a more extreme version of Raw Food, such as no oils, condiments, etc. Will you be giving us progress updates? Good luck!

    Reply
  3. Barthleo

    Very inspiring, many people already knew that consistency and patient is the key success for almost everything. But it’s not easy when we practice it…

    Reply
  4. David

    For straight-up healthy weightloss, my friend-and-holistic-doctor says: Meat and Vegetables, thats pretty much it. Minimize sugar (including fruits which have fructose as well as refined sugars of course). Avoid grains like in breads oatmeal etc. Rice I think is much better than other grains in this respect but I’d still keep it down. Meats help quench the hunger since veggies leave something to be desired. I like your eating raw idea I just don’t have the discipline for it, and perhaps my stomach can’t quite take it. But this meat+veggies (oh and fatty meats are great, eating animal fat actually stimulates the burning of our own body fat!) thing really worked for me, i started looking and feeling much leaner in like 2 – 4 days.

    To me, all the fad diets out there never appealed to me as they all seem like magic solutions – the only thing I do like the sound of is the raw foods diet although I still cant quite stomach it – pardon the pun. I do of course also like the sound of the meat+veggy diet as it’s pretty straightforward and doesnt seem to be some made-p hippy-new-age-sounding solution.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>