My name is Peter. In 2006, I lost my wife in a car accident and since then have been a road warrior, cycling across the world, talking to businesses, finding solutions to help them improve their business and their bottom lines. My passion is to help our world in sustainable ways.
Hello, my name is Peter and I’m a coach. I have had the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a road warrior and I found the post to be very interesting. It is always fun and interesting to listen to peoples stories. A couple of my favorite things to do are to listen to people and to read books and to go for walks and to go to the movies. Thanks for reading my blog.
As an entrepreneur, I’ve been on the road hundreds of times, and I’ve been on the road for months at a time, even years at a time. I’ve coached hundreds of people to the same: to make the transition from being a home-based entrepreneur to a business that travels.
Peter Blynn’s travel schedule made it difficult for him to fit in exercises and eat well. Coaching provided him the skills he needed to overcome these obstacles, and he lost 33 pounds and made $25,000 in the process.
The Transformation of Peter
I lost 33 pounds and 11% body fat!
- 52 years old
- 33 pound weight loss (from 180 lbs to 147 lbs)
- Body Fat Percentage Lost: 11% (from 18 percent to 7 percent )
- 5 inches of waist circumference was lost (from 35 inches to 30 inches)
The yo-yo effect is a phenomenon that occurs when a yo-yo
Peter Blynn knew a thing or two about getting in shape. He must have begun at least 25 different exercise regimens throughout his lifetime. The problem was that he’d likewise come to a halt.
As a result, he became trapped in a cycle. For a few months, I was fit and slim… then I became less fit and heavier. A new show would pique his interest, and he’d give it a go. Then life would get in the way, and he would stop exercising. He adds, “I did it so frequently it was almost a joke.”
Except that as he grew older, the joke became less amusing. Peter used to be able to effortlessly lose weight and even build muscle without putting in a lot of work. But, at 52, his old techniques were no longer effective. It took him twice as long to get the same outcomes now, and maintaining progress was becoming more difficult due to his hectic schedule and family life.
It was more difficult to achieve – and sustain – outcomes because of family, travel, and age.
Advice from a seasoned traveler
Peter, a father of two young daughters, resides in Italy and works for an international business that needs him to travel on a regular basis across three continents: Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. On Wednesday, he may be ordered to pack for a trip to Dubai on Sunday. “Then they may inform me on Friday that I’m not going after all… or that I’m going to London instead.”
Who wouldn’t find it difficult to adhere to an exercise routine under such circumstances? Not only that, but Peter, like so many of us, eats when he’s worried. Also, he eats. In fact, he was adding a kg each month at one time. He was living in Belgium, the home of frites with mayonnaise, and visiting his client’s 25 offices in 22 countries on a regular basis.
He was staying late at work, getting fast food for himself and his colleagues — and gaining even more quickly. It’s no surprise that when he became serious about losing weight, he felt the need for some help. He got it in Coaching. And now that he’s finished the program, this seasoned traveler has some advice for others who are just getting started.
Budget isn’t always the greatest option
Peter was familiar with the Internet since he works in the computer sector and is engaged in healthcare systems. Because he travels so frequently, he was attracted to the notion of online coaching.
When he was looking over his choices three years ago, he came across two. One of them was free, but the other — Coaching — was not. As a result, he did what most of us would. He enrolled in the free course. “That was a mistake,” he admits today.
“If there is one thing that people should understand, it is that they get what they pay for.” It’s not as if the previous program was totally ineffective. The workout portion was excellent. Peter did, in fact, drop some weight. “However, the diet… the diet came second. And as I went through it, I realized that exercise alone wasn’t enough. I needed to prioritize nutrition.”
Peter chooses to engage in Coaching after dealing with the difficulties of travel.
Choose a path and stick to it
Peter learnt the value of proper nutrition from his mother, a home economics instructor, while he was growing up in Pennsylvania. He adds, “The fact is, I probably understood 34 of Coaching’s nutritional guidelines before I began.” And he’d been attempting to follow Coaching principles for months before enrolling, such as eating a lot of vegetables, selecting lean protein, and minimizing processed meals.
As a consequence, he’d already dropped “the easy weight” before the program began. “However, consistency is the key to reducing weight and maintaining a healthy weight,” he adds. “In the past, it was something I lacked. I never stayed with anything for very long.”
Maintaining consistency entails holding oneself responsible. It also entails sticking it out when things become difficult. That was unavoidable for someone in Peter’s position.
Refuse to be conditioned. Take a risk and try something new.
Learning to quit eating before he was full was one of Peter’s earliest challenges. “What’s at 80% capacity? “How do you figure it out?” Even today, when he recalls how tough this lesson was, I can sense his irritation in his voice. “It drove me insane for a while!”
Peter, like many of us, was battling some fairly strong conditioning. He quotes, “Clean your dish.” “Do you recall that adage? That’s what we were taught as children.” He lets out a sigh. “I see why our forefathers said that. Back then, the world was a very different place. It’s just that … well … let’s just say, that kind of advice leads a lot of people into trouble.”
Even though his mother had raised him properly, there were certain things he needed to unlearn for his own health’s sake. Peter now realizes that it wasn’t so much his mother who was incorrect. It’s simply that the average North American plate has altered dramatically — and for the worse — since that adage first appeared.
Even in Europe, where portions are smaller and processed foods are less prevalent, individuals often consume more than their bodies need. In the end, he realizes that he doesn’t have to totally disregard his mother. It’s still OK for him to eat everything on his plate as long as he picks a smaller plate and fills it with the appropriate items in the right quantities.
When in Kiev, avoid doing what the locals do.
Traveling may be a thrilling experience. Travel may be instructive. Traveling has the potential to enhance one’s life. But, let’s face it, traveling can be tiring, particularly when it’s for business rather than pleasure. Not only that, but it may severely jeopardize a person’s fitness objectives. Fat loss is not precisely part of the cultural agenda in certain areas of the globe.
Take, for example, Kiev. Lard is a popular dish there, according to Peter. “Lard!” Even from a distance of 4,000 miles — or is it 6,400 kilometers? — I can sense his astonishment in his voice. He’s talking about salo, which is cured pig belly that’s usually eaten raw but may also be prepared with garlic and herbs.
“They give it to you three or four different ways as an appetizer. Plain. Paprika. Smoked. Perhaps some with skin. “It’s a full plateful of it.” It’s served with the region’s dark multi-grain bread. Also, there’s vodka. I’m not talking about a glass of vodka. It’s a bottle. He says, “I tried it.” “I took a bite.” He drank some of the vodka as well.
Peter didn’t have much of a choice on his first visit. He was unfamiliar with the local cuisine and didn’t want to upset his guests. In his description, he is diplomatic. “Overall, the quality of the cuisine at the restaurants [in Kiev] is not what one would expect from someone who grew up in Italy.”
But it only took one journey to teach him everything he needed to know before the next one. When Peter goes to places where his food options are restricted to unhealthy options, he avoids eating the local cuisine. He adds, “Most cities have at least one international Italian restaurant.” “There’s usually grilled fish or pork and veggies available. It will not be inexpensive. But it will be good for you.”
Peter eats healthily when he travels and only eats tiny amounts of local delights like salo.
Pack a lot… and a little.
Peter learnt to carry a portable roller for stretching and a cooler bag stocked with nutritious foods, in addition to carefully selecting eateries. Sure, it added to his burden, but he compensated in other ways.
He murmurs, “Vibrams,” as if revealing a secret code word. “They collapse into a little space. In a luggage, they take up less space than traditional shoes. Plus, they’re made by a business that’s not far from where I live!”
Make a schedule for yourself.
In Peter’s experience, most continental European hotel gyms do not resemble North American hotel gyms. “In England, you’ll be OK. In Scandinavia and the Benelux, you could strike it rich. But put Paris out of your mind!”
In fact, the word “hotel gym” is a contradiction in terms in several nations. It’s not about swinging kettlebells in hotels, it’s about featherbeds. Even when gyms are available, the amenities are often inadequate. Alternatively, the operating hours are inconvenient. As a result, Peter has learnt to scout out alternative facilities.
And now, everywhere he goes, he snaps photos of the equipment and jots down the hours of operation. “That way, if I go back there, I’ll be ready and know where to go to get my workout.”
Peter prepared for the possibility that hotel gyms may have minimal equipment while on the road.
If plans must alter, be adaptable.
Given the additional challenges he was up against, Peter’s adherence to the exercise program throughout Coaching was nothing short of amazing. “I had to be adaptable when it came to scheduling exercises on different days of the week. I think I missed four workouts in total,” he adds. There are four exercises in all. Over the course of a year.
But here’s the kicker: Two of those workouts fell during the week before his final progress photos were due. The scene: Copenhagen, one of the healthiest cities in Europe, a place where 36% of all citizens commute to work by bicycle. His company had booked him into a boutique hotel near the World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition he was attending. Like many similar hotels, it did not have a real gym, he says.
“Just several aerobic machines and a hi-definition television.” No problem, he figured. After all, there was a gym down the road that he’d used quite a few times in the past. In fact, at one point, when he’d been working in the city more regularly, he’d even been a member.
However, when he arrived at the gym’s reception area at 6:30 a.m. to inquire whether he may exercise there, the receptionist informed him that he was in arrears. Despite the fact that he had formally withdrawn, his membership had never been revoked. The business now demanded six months’ worth of overdue dues before allowing him to enter! There was just a week before the final pictures were due. One final week to devote all he had to the program. And now he’s unable to exercise? He adds, “Psychologically, it was a bit of a disaster.”
Worse, his absence had resulted in the company’s expansion. They now own half of Copenhagen’s gyms! Someone else may have given up. Peter, though, is an exception. Instead, he changed gears and went for a jog back to the hotel, where he performed an aerobic exercise. It was because of his concentration and determination that he became a winner.
Peter is humble about his program accomplishments
He adds, “I didn’t have as much weight to drop as others.” “I was already in the habit of exercising out. The workouts were really too simple for me, therefore that provided me an advantage.”
“My mother instilled in me the value of a balanced diet.” “My wife was very supportive, and she is a strong believer in eating complete, natural foods that are produced locally and in season.” “In Europe, it’s simpler to stick to whole foods since shops aren’t as full of processed goods.”
True, true, true, true, true, true, true, true, true, true, true, true, true, true, true Peter, on the other hand, confronted difficulties that would have defeated many others. And in the course of conquering them, he learned skills that would help him break the cycle of weight loss and gain that he’d been stuck in for so long. Maintaining a healthy weight is an important aspect of staying healthy.
And now that he’s a parent, his health is more essential than ever. He must not only provide a good example for his daughters, but he must also keep up with them! I inquire if he has anything more he’d want to share with prospective customers. He repeats, “You get what you paid for.” I understand what he means when he says that this was a worthwhile trip.
Keeping up with his girls, Peter.
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