I have been following Maria Kang on and off since the photograph of her with her three boys received so much publicity. She was pictured doing the plank position with her three boys sitting along her back. She received a lot of flak for it from all different women. Some felt she was proclaiming to the world that if you are not able to do this you are failing. Others felt she was neglecting her children in pursuit of the perfect body. While others felt she was promoting the impossible. There were however a few on the other side of this. Those that felt motivated and inspired. Many felt hope that they too could achieve what Maria had. And then it happened. Maria Kang went viral. She ended up doing interviews on TV, for newspapers, and for magazines.
Personally, I was intrigued. How does this woman do it? She has a marriage to nurture, children to raise, a home business to run, and herself to manage among a number of other things. When her book became available I jumped at the chance to read more about what she does to juggle all of this, stay fit and healthy, and remain motivated to do it.
The No More Excuses Diet book has four sections. 1. What it’s all about 2. S.P.E.E.D. 3. S.T.R.I.V.E. and 4. S.C.O.R.E. In her introduction she explains a bit about each of these sections. “The S.P.E.E.D. cycle is your liftoff. Within the first three days of the program, you will create a game plan complete with goals, a timeline, a reward, and a map. This is when your motivation is high; you will develop a fitness and diet program specific to your body, your lifestyle, and the goals you want to achieve. With S.P.E.E.D., you are setting the goals, planning the journey, envisioning the outcome, executing the plan, and delivering the results on a weekly basis. The goal is to get to the finish line quickly and efficiently.”
I had fun with this section. I have never applied these aspects to my fitness program and that may be why I never stuck with it. I was able to look ahead to future events in my life that I would want to look and feel my best when attending. I made that my goal. The timeline would be about three months. The reward would be new clothes for this event including a party dress. I put all of this on a wipe and write calendar board so I can see it easily and am reminded often.
“The S.T.R.I.V.E. cycle is your operative phase. This is the period where you will not only be creating new habits for a healthier life, no matter what, but you’ll also be following a diet and exercise schedule that you’ve tailored to your specific goal. S.T.R.I.V.E. is not just about stepping up your lifestyle to attain a goal; it’s also about developing the technique to stick with the plan no matter what. Once the initial motivation dissipates, attaining goals becomes more difficult. This is natural to the process, so do not be discouraged by it. Instead, S.T.R.I.V.E. will teach you to push through.”
“The S.C.O.R.E. cycle is your success phase. You’ve maintained your three day momentum, then spent three weeks developing healthy habits, and now you’ve reached the three month mark and have officially hit your target. This isn’t the end, though; this is the beginning of other goals to reach that lie just over the horizon.” I like this section. The S.C.O.R.E. cycle allows you to reflect on what made you successful and celebrate your journey. Then you can get to make new goals to help ensure you keep going forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Maria Kang is a very informative writer. Having had a background in fitness she is able to help you understand the body, nutritional baselines, body composition, the different segments in a workout and why each is important. She also give suggestions for fitting in cardio moves while doing everyday tasks like supervising your children.
The No More Excuses Diet book is packed full of important and motivating information. In the back of the book she has a posture quiz and stretches for better posture, strength-training exercises and stretching exercises that go with chapter six, and a grocery list.
If you are looking for a new perspective on workouts and lifestyle changes this book is for you. Maria Kang is very motivating and her examples are more than helpful. I have not felt this inspired to get fit in a long time. Having goals and knowing how to achieve them are key and Maria can help you get where you want to go.
“Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.”