Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Morning Special is Circuits and Omelets

Today's workout in the garage was followed with a cooking lesson from my old high school buddy (he's a chef, trained in France, and works on private yachts). He made a great omelet for breakfast - and one for my mom, too, since we borrowed her kitchen as mine is not as nice - and then I fried up some plantains.

Today's TT Meathead workout was 5 rounds of:

DB Rows, KB Overhead Press, DB Rear-Deltoid Raises, Close-Grip Pushups with Band Looped over back for extra resistance, and Ab Wheel.

Great Saturday morning.

PS - Gotta love the "lard" bucket for my equipment. Turbulence Training's photo.
Turbulence Training's photo.
Streaking Update

1) Write 3000 words per day

Plenty of writing over the last few days here on the farm. Been up early and well-prepared. Lots of progress being made. Had fun writing an essay for ETR...watch for it on Friday, Jan 30th.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Been so good on this that I've been waking up too hungry in the morning. That's easily fixed!

3) 1 Drink Maximum

No need for cocktail hour this week, but will have one tonight with friends.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

Been at home just with a few family and friends. Next week will be easy too. Next weekend will be a challenge at the big BioTrust Superbowl party as there will be three days in a row of heavy 'extroverted' socializing testing my introverted nature.

5) Healthy Gut Days

On a streak of perfect gut health nutrition.

Everything is easier when you remove temptations, interruptions, and distractions from your life.
Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Be true to yourself and your values. People respect people who truly believe in what they are doing, who are comfortable in their own skin.

Don't be embarrassed by what makes you unique. Be proud of it instead.

Use your struggles to get stronger. Develop habits to deal with dilemmas. Identify 2 solutions for every obstacle. Focus on progress, not perfection. Celebrate your journey from point A to point B. Make each day better than your last. You are stronger than you think.

Have an AMAZING weekend,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Here's the perfect plan...

You must combine diet with total body exercise for the perfect 1-2 punch for losing weight. Grab these... 1) FREE meal plans:
www.TurbulenceTraining.com/freemealplans and 2) And get these workouts: www.HomeWorkoutRevolution.com (bodyweight only)



How to get results in 14 days

10 pounds in 14 days sounds like a BIG goal, but it's not unrealistic. In fact, research shows that the FASTER you lose, the better your chance of success.
 
I encourage you to set the bar high, but it's essential that you follow a proven rapid fat loss plan with sustainable and healthy living habits. That way you'll  avoid rebound weight gain.  
 
10 POUNDS in 14 Days <--- (Read this article to find out how -- in 15 minutes or less per day)
 
You'll discover 5 simple exercises - done in a specific order - that target the muscles in your body to increase your metabolism. 
 
When you combine these five exercises with a rapid fat loss diet protocol that starves your body from the #1 source of fat deposit in most people (sugar), you double the fat loss effect.  
 
So far so good, right?
 
But there's still a missing piece to this puzzle, and without this single factor, your chances of long-term success are very low.
 
Read this article to find out the 3 essential steps to successfully lose weight rapidly and keep it off:
 
10 POUNDS in 14 Days <--- (it only takes 15 minutes or less per day)
 
Lose fat to lose better,
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - Here's an easy way to get faster results:
 
Everything is easier when you remove temptations, interruptions, and distractions from your life. Make the path smooth, you'll go faster. Identify and remove two big obstacles from your fat loss success today!

Friday, January 23, 2015

When to do cardio (surprising)

Three years ago I was doing a LOT of cardio.

Wait. What? Why Craig, Why!?!

Because I needed to be tough. Tough Mudder, tough.

I needed to be ready for the 12-mile Tough Mudder race I did in Beaver Creek, Colorado, back in 2012.
 
And I was. The course was brutal, starting at 8,500 feet in elevation and going up to 11,000 feet, but I finished in 2 hours and 45 minutes. A few months later my best friend and I did the Toronto Tough Mudder - which was almost easy in comparison - in just under 2 hours and 10 minutes. We were among the first 10 people - out of 17,000 - to finish the course.
 
My results were all thanks to the Tough Mudder Training program I created. And I know what works for preparing men and women of ALL fitness levels to complete a Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash or Spartan Race.
 
(That program is also perfect for runners and endurance athletes of all kinds.)
 
You'll Discover the Safe and Quick Way to Getting Fit For 10 Mile Mud Runs and Obstacle Courses with TT Adventure Race Training

Listen, if you're going to spend $50 or $150 to enter a race, you better be prepared. If you're not, you won't enjoy those really fun races. 
 
The races are a great time. After all, who wouldn't when you can be a kid all over again PLUS lose stubborn fat and gain lean muscle at the same time.

NOTE: I also hit personal bests in my strength training workouts while doing this Tough Mudder Training with once-a-week cardio. My superior results were again, all thanks to my unique plan, so you'll stay strong and lean without losing muscle.

And that's exactly why I've put together this one-of-a-kind workout program. In TT Adventure Race Training, you'll train for fat loss while also preparing for a Tough Mudder race.

NOTE: You don't have to be doing an adventure race to get the fat burning benefits of this workout. Everyone that wants to get fit and lose fat will LOVE this tough program.

And inside this special TT program, you'll go through "The Adventure 600", a brutal challenge workout designed to increase your strength and endurance, two total body workouts that will shred the last bits of stubborn fat, AND you'll have a plan for dominating the 12 miles in a Tough Mudder.

Whew - that's a LOT.

But it rocks.

And not only that, you'll also discover that these TT exercises will help get you through the obstacles you'll face going through the Tough Mudder race - that way you'll ace the race while leaving your friends in awe... not to mention all the heads you'll be turning with your lean and ripped physique.

But what if you have NO intention of ever doing an adventure race?

That's totally fine because you can still use these 3 powerful workouts to rapidly transform the way you look and feel. I guarantee it.

Heck, the hill sprint program alone is one of the nastiest fat burning challenges I've ever put together. And with a new challenge every week, you're going to get better and faster, all while shrinking your waistline and looking hotter than ever in time for summer.

Throw in the first metabolic resistance training circuit from Workout B, and your metabolism will be revved so high, fat simply won't stand a chance of staying around for beach season.

And about The Adventure 600 that I mentioned...It's an 8-exercise, all out fat burning circuit, swooping in to put the finishing touches on a beautifully sculpted physique.

So whether you're training for an adventure race or simply wanting to transform your body, I promise these workouts will deliver amazing results.

Get adventurous. Get TT Adventure Race Training.

Get super fit - super fast - here

Get super-fit with CB and TT like never before,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - No matter what!
 
No matter what happened yesterday, no matter what mistakes you feel you made, no matter what setbacks may have been dealt to you, no matter what obstacles you struggled with, today is a new day to start fresh, to return to your journey, to do what matters, to change what needs changing, to improve upon old habits, and to get better - as you are committed to doing every day.
 
Stay strong and keep on pushing on...and never give up on what is important to you, even if yesterday it got further away from you. Pull it back towards you today. Stake your claim. Change your ways. Do what is right for YOU!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

25 videos and 10x10 workout

On Monday we finished 25 new workout videos (+ 10 bonus 1-minute workouts) and you won't believe the quality of the production. It's simply amazing. It was filmed in an NBC TV studio, so it will be like watching the REAL thing...real TV. I was impressed.

Almost as good as:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0_aBMgBo_k



The new videos will be available just before Ballantyne's Day...another reason it's the world's favorite holiday. Double =>

1st day home in Canada this year after a 23 day road trip. Glad to see ol' Bally the Dog, not so glad to see - and feel - the snow and freezing cold during the 6am dog walk. I'm getting soft. Good to see that he likes it, though. Made up for my softness with a 10x10 70-pound KB Goblet Squat workout supersetted with kb swings and box jumps (5 sets of each).




Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Work on your #1 priority right away to give you momentum and an early victory that cannot be taken away from you no matter how chaotic the rest of the day. Push on to take CONTROL of your life and own your days.

Do not let peer pressure interfere with your path to success. Do not let random, unimportant people stop you from achieving your big goals and dreams. You must know who and what really matters.

And finally...

My Streaking Update for the 22nd TT Transformation Contest:

1) Write 3000 words per day

Today's profiles on Mark Ford and Steve Jobs, plus how to sneak in another 4 weeks of high-quality work in a year, and research to see if I can find something good from MLK Jr's daily schedule.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Back on the farm where I never have post-dinner overeating.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

None yesterday. Might have one tonight.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

Taking a day at home so won't see too many folks. Had one phone meeting this morning with an old buddy, setting up next summer's www.BlackSmithCamp.com - it will be amazing times.

5) Healthy Gut Days

Healthy day, great choices so far. Had a little caffeine in some Green Tea, but that's a lot better than the Coke Zero I had the other day.

Getting better every day.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

45 second exercise

Most people, especially as they age, have lost faith in their ability to burn off fat and get in shape.

They've given in to the idea that an unattractive body shape, poor muscle tone and a sluggish metabolism are inevitable... that their best days are behind them.

But NOTHING could be further from the truth -- your body has simply changed.

And doing what MAY have worked for you 10, 20, 30 years ago is simply NOT going to cut it today.

Instead, to get the results you want, you need a DIFFERENT approach... one that takes advantage of a recent breakthrough in exercise science that overcomes a poor functioning metabolism.

Most people try to start exercising more or harder, but that only makes a bad situation worse as your energy levels plummet, your appetite skyrockets and intense cravings set in.

Or perhaps they try one of those crazy "insane" infomercial workouts that assume you have the fitness level of a 20yr old -- putting you at risk for damaging your joints, pulling muscles or injuring your back.

Fortunately, emerging research is showing that an "intelligent" form of metabolic training is remarkably effective at combating frustrating fat gain, sagging muscles and a deteriorating body shape.

It also helps turn back the clock by saturating your cells with a cocktail of anti-aging bio-chemicals that get your blood sugar under control, optimize your cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lift mental performance and strengthen your heart and lungs.

And in today's article I'll show you exactly how you can do that -- PLUS how it can all be done in 45 seconds or less.  Really.

It all starts with these 3 powerful metabolic advantages that get real, VISIBLE results...fast.

======================================
Metabolic Advantage #1: 3-in-1 Training
======================================

If you do cardio (running, spinning, aerobics, etc.), yeah, you'll burn some fat, but you'll also burn A LOT of muscle, becoming "skinny fat" with saggy, droopy skin and flabby muscles.

Weight training can be good for building muscles -- but if not done correctly, not only will it NOT burn fat, but it'll make you look bulkier -- like putting on a sweater underneath a winter jacket.

Yoga is GREAT for nervous system coordination, flexibility and core strength, but it falls short when it comes to burning fat -- it's just not designed to do that.

What's the answer?  It's to combine the best of all 3 types of training into a single, ultra-short session that torches fat, tones muscles and that's safe for anybody to do at any age -- exactly what intelligent metabolic training does.

======================================
Metabolic Advantage #2: An Expanded Fat Burning Window
======================================

Another major problem of conventional workouts is their focus on burning fat DURING the workout.

That's a HUGE mistake that only damages your metabolism further and robs you of your full fat loss potential.

The key is to trigger your body to burn as much fat as possible AFTER your workout -- exactly what intelligent metabolic training does.

A study conducted in 2008 publish in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning showed that compared to regular workouts, a metabolically intelligent workout can burn up to 10 times MORE fat.

It does this by releasing a tidal wave of special metabolic molecules DURING the workout that send a powerful "adaptation" signal to your body to boost metabolism, burn fat and cool inflammation AFTER the workout.

Your body then scrambles to replenish the intramuscular raw materials it burned up DURING the workout in a process that burns fat calories for 2-3 days AFTER the workout.

And guess where it gets the raw materials to replenish those resources?

Thankfully, straight from the extra padding that's parked on your belly, hips, thighs and butt.

======================================
Metabolic Advantage #3: Permanently Upgrade Fat Burning
======================================

Wish you could be burning fat all the time, regardless of what you're doing?

Intelligent metabolic training does this with advantage #3, which sets off a process known as mitochondrial biogenesis -- a fancy term for building new energy-producing power plants.

Since those power plants are mostly inside muscles, your muscles improve -- getting more toned and tighter -- dramatically improving your body shape.

In fact, that same 2008 study also showed that those doing the metabolically intelligent workouts improved muscle shape by 82.2% vs. the regular workout.

And thanks to all of those new fat burning mitochondria you burn more fat calories while at rest, making you a better fat burner -- not just 2-3 days after your workout, but ALL OF THE TIME!

When you're sitting on the couch watching TV, sleeping at night or working at your desk, your body is burning up generally a higher level of fat than it was before.

======================================
How You Can Do Intelligent Metabolic Training at Home
======================================

Intelligent metabolic training is something that anybody can do at home, regardless of their age, fitness level or physical condition -- NO equipment needed, just body weight.

In fact studies have shown that the older and more out of shape one is (including those with type 2 diabetes and heart disease) the more of a benefit they experience.

Plus, unlike nearly every other workout around, you are SUPPOSED to rest as much as you need to.

Sounds crazy, but resting enough is what allows you to up the intensity enough to trigger the release of those metabolic molecules that cause the post-workout fat loss and mitochondria-building.

It's also the key to unleashing that tidal wave of anti-aging bio-chemicals that give you a makeover from the inside out...making you look and feel 10-20 years younger.

Most people totally screw up this rest part -- they try to work out as hard as they can, for as LONG as they can, which just damages metabolism, accelerates aging and zaps energy.

More isn't better -- BETTER is better -- and that's exactly what this intelligent type of metabolic training does, which is technically called Metabolic Rest Training or MRT for short.

You can read much more about MRT here on the next page.

The best part about MRT is that the exercises are SUPER short -- only 45 seconds.

And it works fast -- in just a few sessions you'll start seeing the inches come off, feeling the surge in energy and loving the fact that you've gotten back into the swing of things, enjoying life again.

==> 45 Second Exercise Strips Fat and Tones Muscle at ANY Age...

Sincerely,
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - This "intelligent" metabolic training was developed and perfected by a brilliant exercise physiologist out of North Carolina, who has conducted over 10,000 workouts with clients over the last 25 years.

He tried it all, but ultimately found this to hands down produce the best results for clients -- both women and men -- of all ages.  You can read more about this remarkable technique here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Night Time Struggle Solution

Nights can be a real diet struggle. You've worked hard all day and earned a reward. And that's fair. You can have one. But the problem is we often have too many treats and set ourselves back. I know how you feel. I've been there. So what's the BEST decision you can make for weight loss tonight?
The best action to take is to find out how to eat WHATEVER you want every five days while still losing up to one pound of PURE fat in a day. That's what you will learn from my friend Shaun Hadsall at the link below:
 
2015 XTREME Fat-Loss Diet + 3 BONUSES <- 60% OFF ends tonight
 
The 60% off sale on the Fastest Fat Loss Week Ever program ends tonight at midnight. In addition to saving a LOT of money, you'll TRIPLE your weight loss results AND get 3 Brand New Rapid Fat Loss bonuses *FREE*.
Xtreme 3 bonues 1.jpg
Your results are GUARANTEED.
 
PLUS, you also get 3 free TT Bonuses when you get the Fastest Fat Loss Week Ever program today here:  
 
  
Once you do that, send the receipt to TurbulenceTrainingHelp@gmail.com and we will send you these three free TT bonuses to help you lose fat even faster (with short workouts). But this is ONLY for fast action takers like you.
 


My friend Shaun Hadsall tells you EXACTLY what to eat for the next 5 days for you to have your Fastest Fat Loss Week ever. All is revealed here:

Have Your Fastest Fat Loss Week Ever <= Exact diet plan for fast fat loss

To your fastest fat loss week ever!

Your friend and coach,
 
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
 
PS - Here's the BEST thing you can do for fat loss today
 
Get the Fastest Fat Loss Week Ever program before midnight tonight:
 
 
And then email us at TurbulenceTrainingHelp@gmail.com to get your 3 free Turbulence Training fat loss bonuses for even FASTER results. These are only available when you take advantage of the sale before midnight tonight.
 
Because...No matter what happened this week, you are back on track right NOW. Stay strong and push on. You can get back in shape, you can improve, at ANY age. Believe in yourself, because I already believe in you. Let's go!

Benching and Swimming in Denver

Another great day in Denver yesterday, and so far today.

Today's workout:

1A) Bench Press
1B) Barbell Row

2A) Military Press
2B) Machine Chest-Supported Row

3A) Dips
3B) Pullups

Great times.

Followed that with a 4-lap indoor/outdoor swim at the hotel. Who knew swimming in Denver in January would be warmer than swimming in Miami. And cool to have the downtown Denver Clock Tower in my view from the (heated) pool this morning.

Turbulence Training's photo.
Turbulence Training's photo.








We are receiving so much great feedback on www.TurbulenceTrainingFanpage.com during our 250,000 Fan contest. For example, here's a great success story:

"Craig – I cannot thank you enough for Turbulence Training. My new year's resolution last year was to lose 10-15 lbs and eat healthier. After several years of being out of shape and not eating very well, I was skeptical that I'd do it. I found your program on a whim by searching the internet for "workout at home." I needed an alternative to running, which kills my knees, and swimming, which was tough to fit into working and taking care of two preschoolers. What I found is an amazingly efficient and fun program that has given me a passion for life, healthy eating and physical fitness.

"I lost 25 lbs in 3 months - back to the weight I was at 25. I have a leaner and more muscular body than I did as an athlete in college. I've kept the weight off and continue to be fueled by the amazing energy your program has given me. I am more positive about everything in life. I feel confident, healthy, fit and younger.

"I am so excited about your program that I'll tell just about anyone about what an incredible impact it's had on me physically, emotionally, and mentally. So far, I've recruited some co-workers and possibly the biggest skeptic - my husband.

"Also, my 6-year old worked out alongside me doing the Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks workout C on Saturday. Although she improvises a bit, it was awesome and motivating to see her excited about working out with mommy.

"My 2015 New Year's resolution is to share your program with as many people as I can so that more people can share in the benefits I've so appreciated. Last year for Christmas, I dreaded getting more clothes that would feel tight and uncomfortable. This year, my list included things like a TRX, a bench, and a pullup bar. Santa delivered and I'm ready to go for another year of fantastic workouts with you and your team." – Denise Zorn

Awesome!

Streaking Update:

1) 3000 words per day

More profiles...on Marie Curie, Margaret Thatcher, and also some very cool insider info about Richard Branson's secrets.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Early room service dinner last night so I could rest. Big filming weekend coming up.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

None yesterday. Might have one tonight.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

I was great on my interviews but could have been better in a couple of meetings with team members. I need to get focused and anchored and mentally prepared to get out of my selfish introverted state and focus on the feelings of others.

5) Healthy Gut Days

Everything is rocking. Wise choices are being made. Feeling great.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
When faced with hard times, we have a choice...we can keep going or we can quit. All tough times come to an end. If we quit, we only make it worse and learn nothing. But if we keep going, though the situation may be frustrating at first, you WILL be making progress. Things WILL get better. The future WILL become brighter. It may be slow, but it WILL be sure. Stay strong. Push on. Never give up on what is important to you. You WILL achieve your goals. You will win. I believe in you.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CB vs Peanut Butter Pie and Squats and Todd Durkin

I've jam packed my schedule today in Denver. After a great dinner of sea bass, a little bit of a friend's ribeye steak, a baked potato, and spinach last night at Ocean Prime (and no drinks despite much drinking going on around me), I woke up at 4am to write.

I was tired. But I did 1,000 words and then meditated. That actually wakes me up, because meditation is like taking a nap. Then I went straight to the gym, the Colorado Athletic Club, for a heavy squat day.

1A) Squat
1B) Prisoner Squat Jumps (this is a complex, as Todd Durkin explains in our TT Summit interview below)

2) Good Mornings

3) Lunges

Legs are going to be sore tomorrow.

Followed that with a big breakfast of 4 eggs and spinach with olive oil, and a Green Tea.

Now I'm in the office with lots of meetings on tap, then writing, then interviews, then email, then done. Tomorrow is an all writing day, as is Friday, then Saturday is all filming.

Here's a GREAT bonus for you:

This has to be in my top 3 of all TT Trainer interviews. I just grilled legendary trainer, Todd Durkin, about bringing the energy to workouts and his favorite workout challenges. It's slanted towards trainers but everyone is going to get something out of this:

=> http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=64433721

And more importantly, you'll get a hint of what he's going to bring to the TT Bootcamp at the 5th TT Summit in San Diego on June 6th. Don't miss it!

Streaking Update:

1) 3000 words per day

Started with 1,000 words on Roosevelt before my workout. Will finish a few more profiles later today. Also very busy with interviews ... doing one with Yuri Elkaim and then another with Ray Ortiz.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Super great behavior last night at a big work dinner. Most of the guys had a couple of cocktails, and some had three to four glasses of wine after that. And then they had peanut butter pie.

But ol' CB was strong, remembering his commitment to you.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

None yesterday (see above) and I doubt I'll have one tonight. I need to get to bed early and catch up on some sleep.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

I know today will be great...already has been with pleasant, British Gentleman style interactions in the gym, with the room service guy, and in the hotel elevator (it freaks people out when you say a chipper Good Morning when you get on an elevator).

5) Healthy Gut Days

Everything is rocking. Wise choices are being made. Feeling great.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." – Theodore Roosevelt .....

Greatness requires you to think differently and throw out the average approach to life, especially in the face of intense peer pressure. Be prepared to be strong and have 2 solutions to overcome all obstacles. Plan in advance for what your 'enemies of greatness' will throw at you. People that are best prepared perform most powerfully.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - You CAN succeed at any age. You can't ever give up.

No matter what your situation and circumstances, you can move forward, right now, towards your big goals and dreams. It's finally the right time for you. It's not your fault you struggled in the past. You didn't have all the answers back then. But today everything has come together. You can do it. You MUST do it. There will never be a better time than right now. This time it's different. This time is YOUR time. Let's go!





Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Stopping and Streaking

It's been a very good two days for the streaks. Yesterday, after a slight delay, I had a pleasant flight from Miami to Denver. My seatmate was great, a cross between Larry David and Dan Kennedy.

When the plane landed, the flight attendants asked everyone without a connection to stay seated while those pressed for time got off first.

I have never witnessed such a civil and fast deplaning. Everyone was polite and quickity-quick. It was nice to watch. Then I got off the plane and promptly outwalked all of them to the exit. ;) Turbulent Deplaning!

I was also in a good mood because of the amazing comments we've been receiving on our TT Facebook 250,000 Fan Contest here:

https://www.facebook.com/TurbulenceTrainingFanpage/posts/10153023457474679?comment_id=10153026834904679&ref=notif&notif_t=feed_comment

While in Denver I usually have a go-to hotel, but last night I tried the Oxford Hotel. It's really close to work, and while I appreciate the antique, old-school, hipster vibe they are going for, it just didn't work for me in the room. This was my desk, and I couldn't get anything done at it (it was tiny, it wobbled, and the chair didn't fit under it - I was told every room was like that). So despite the cool ambiance, and the amazing Oxford Club health spa/gym next door (squat rack, db's to 100!), I had to move over to a more modern hotel with much more space...and light. Still, if you're on holiday and want a cool hotel at a good rate, Oxford might be your style.









Stayed at the Oxford Hotel in Denver yesterday, and while I appreciate the antique, old-school, hipster vibe they are going for, it just didn't work for md want a cool hotel at a good rate, Oxford might be your style.
Photo: Stayed at the Oxford Hotel in Denver yesterday, and while I appreciate the antique, old-school, hipster vibe they are going for, it just didn't work for me in the room. This was my desk, and I couldn't get anything done at it (it was tiny, it wobbled, and the chair didn't fit under it - I was told every room was like that). So despite the cool ambiance, and the amazing Oxford Club health spa/gym next door (squat rack, db's to 100!), I had to move over to a more modern hotel with much more space...and light. Still, if you're on holiday and want a cool hotel at a good rate, Oxford might be your style.

Today's update on the Streaks:

1) 3000 words per day

Hit this today and did a lot of article organizing for tomorrow. I have a very busy week of filming and meetings, so I have to stay on script and crank out the writing in the morning.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Back on track with this. Good for 5 days straight. Going to make it 74 straight to finish the contest.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

None yesterday and I doubt I'll have one tonight.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

Really great interactions, from the airport to the plane to the hotel staff and all my team members. It's tough for me but I've stayed patient through all of the inconveniences.

5) Healthy Gut Days

Everything is working great and I just finished up one of my favorite hotel meals, 4 scrambled eggs with spinach and a side of olive oil. Tonight we are heading to a steakhouse for dinner.

Staying dialed in,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Stop worrying about what other people think. You cannot control their thoughts or actions, only your own. Stay strong and do what is right for you.