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Jerry Seinfeld’s magical fitness tip

​Hi Subscriber,

Do you ever struggle with sticking to your exercise and diet routine?

One skipped workout leads to another, and another, and another. Then, before you know it, your fitness progress grinds to a halt.

This frustrating cycle is all too common.

Many of my clients have asked for a magical tip to stick with their exercise plan, and I found the solution in an unlikely place: from the mind of Jerry Seinfeld.

The story goes like this…

A few decades ago, when he was a touring comedian and the Seinfeld show was new to TV, a young man approached him behind stage at a comedy club to ask for advice. How can I become a better comic?

He told the young comic that to become better he should write better jokes. And to write better jokes, he must write every single day.

Seinfeld went on to describe his Chain Method for staying consistent. He hangs a big calendar of a whole year on the wall. On every day that he writes, he marks that box with an X. After a few days you have a chain that continues to grow longer. Now your job is to simply never break the chain.

Don’t break the chain!

While Seinfeld used this brilliant technique for writing jokes, we can use it for fitness. Every day that finds you in the gym gets a big, satisfying, red X. How gratifying to see your fitness chain grow on your wall calendar!

If your goal is to drop body fat and build muscle then consistency is key. Stick to your program every single day.

Build the chain; see the results.

If you aren’t yet one of my prized clients then let’s do something about that. Feel free to reach out to me via email or phone to get started on an effective exercise program.

​Committed to your fitness success - without failure,

​Mel Parker Jr.

Healthy Eating Chain

If you’re struggling with your diet then get a healthy eating chain going. Use a different colored pen than your exercise chain. Make a big X on every calendar day that you successfully stick with your healthy eating plan. You’ve got this!

Start with the recipe below…

BBQ Chicken En Papillote

This quick and easy recipe combines chicken, sweet potato, butter beans, green beans and tangy BBQ sauce. It’s simple, the meat turns out tender, and there’s virtually no clean up!

Be sure to slice the sweet potato very thin, as you want it to be tender at the end of the 30-minute baking time. This is also why we are using thin sliced chicken breast, in order to make sure that the meat is cook through.

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

Servings: 4

Here’s what you need

  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 (16 ounce) can butter beans
  • ½ cup natural BBQ sauce (avoid ones with added sugars)
  • 4 chicken breast, thin sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400º F.
  2. In a large bowl toss the shallots, sweet potatoes, green beans and butter beans with half of the BBQ sauce. Rub the remaining sauce over the chicken breasts.
  3. Cut four 12-by-16-inch pieces of parchment paper and fold each in half. Open the parchment paper and arrange ¼ of the sweet potato and green beans and a chicken breast in the center of the top half of each parchment. Generously season with salt and pepper. Top with a sprinkle of chives.
  4. Fold the bottom half of the parchment paper over the chicken and veggies. Start folding and crimping the parchment paper ends together from one end all the way around to the other end, creating a sealed envelope. Fold the end under the packet. The packet should be fully encased, with no breaks in the parchment paper for steam to escape – we need that steam as part of the cooking process! Place the packets on a pan.
  5. Bake the chicken and veggie packets for 30 minutes and remove from the oven. Serve the packets on plates, tearing them open just before serving. Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis

One serving equals: 268 calories, 4g fat, 22g carbohydrate, 3g sugar, 625mg sodium, 5g fiber, and 35g protein.

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I was your typical married, father of three. Spent my days at a desk job, and my evenings with my family. There was always something going on and seemingly never any need or consideration for exercise. Sure, I was an active growing up, but now that I had my wife and kids, there was no need to get into shape…right?. Well, this philosophy was all well and good until one day at work I could barely catch my breath going up the stairs, and when I went retrieve a Frisbee of the roof of my house, I wasn’t strong enough to life myself off the ladder. It was time to change. At age 36, I joined a gym for the first time in my life, and through cardio and watching others on the machines, started to get myself back on track. But it was not until I met Mel that things really started to improve. Through constant education about resistance training, cardio work, and nutrition, Mel has brought me a long way. To a place I never would have achieved without working with him. Mel’s thorough knowledge of the science behind physical fitness, combined with his personal experiences in weight training, friendly and non-intimidating demeanor, and constant encouragement make him the ideal training coach. In about a year, I have grown from benching a one time max of 135 lbs to two sets of three reps at 225 lbs. I went from being able to barely do I chin up to being able to bang out 3 sets of 8-10. My waist line is down two sizes, and I feel like I am in the best shape of my life. And the progress is not just seen in my physical strength - my mental attitude and self confidence are greatly improved as well. Thanks Mel,. Brian Cahill Turnersville, NJ
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I joined the gym where Mel trained his clients. I saw Mel training his clients throughout the gym. I decided to ask him if he could train me. He has a lot of clients and it was hard to get an appointment. Once I did get my appointment and worked out with Mel my fitness level changed almost immediately. I couldn't believe how he pushed me and what I was capable of. To this day, I train 2 days a week with Mel and my fitness level is what I never thought possible. I'm 36 and I have 4 children. All ranging from 13 years of age to 5 years of age. Believe me when I tell you nobody believes I have 4 kids. I have Mel to thank for my overall fitness level. The thing I love about training with Mel is he finds your fitness level and pushes you to your potential. My body fat lowered and I lost inches from my waist within the first couple of weeks of training with Mel. He has taught me so much about weight training, including the correct form, which is a necessity if you want positive results. Believe me I am now capable of working out on my own, but I can't give up my 2 days a week with Mel. He keeps me motivated and always pushes me to my max. Dedicated trainee
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Working with Mel has turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. I had been working on my own for a few years, and at the rate I was improving, it seemed it would be years more before I finally saw the results I wanted. Needless to say, I was astonished at how rapidly my body began changing after I started working with Mel. He's like a modern day alchemist who transforms fat into muscle. I will always be filled with gratitude for the way he has improved and continues to improve my appearance. It's a privilege to be able to work with such a gifted trainer. Denise Gould Ledvina
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I love Mel's continued drive to improve my overall fitness. Besides the constant drive to enhance my weight training, Mel encourages me to maintain a clean diet and a focused cardio program. I have increased my muscle tone and reduced my body fat and couldn't have done it without Mel!
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My name is Bill Yerkes and I am 43 years old. I have been battling with my weight all my life. I tried everything including working out a gym, on my own, meeting with little or no results, and going back to old habits; putting the weight back on again. This past summer I saw Perfect 4 You Fitness on the Black Horse Pike. I decided to check out the website and send an email to get more information. I was invited to a free assessment with Mel Parker, where I learned what it would take to meet my personal goals. I signed up and began meeting with Mel 3 days a week. Within a short time a could see and feel results. Not only was my body changing, but my habits were changing because I was motivated. Mel pushed me along and challenged me every step of the way. He changed my life! In 3 months I lost 4% of my body fat and gained 5 lbs of lean body mass. Inches were coming off where I didn't want them, clothes were fitting better, and my overall appearance was changing. Perfect 4 You Fitness truly was perfect for me. I have continued working out and following the plan Mel gave me and the weight keeps going down and my health has never been better. I tell all of my friends with the same issues how important it is to get to a gym where you can learn what is right for you and your personal goals. Nothing works like a plan designed specifically for you! Come visit Mel! Find the perfect plan that works for you!
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“I discovered Perfect 4 You Fitness a few years ago, when I would bring my son in for sports training with Mel. After dropping off my son, I would often drive to a nearby fast food restaurant and indulge in a quick snack, and then hide the evidence of my bad habits by stashing the wrappers under my seat. Afterwards, I would talk to my son about his training with Mel, and I always encouraged him to continue his hard work. However, I didn't take my own advice, and the wrappers piled up. Finally, in June  of 2012, after much prodding, I mustered the courage to walk into Perfect 4 You Fitness myself. This was one of the best decisions of my life. The first thing Mel had me do was step on a scale. I was shocked that I, once a fit and proud Marine, weighed 271 pounds and was close to 30% body fat. But, with the help, guidance, and education from Mel, his lead trainer Christian, and their nutritionist Bernie, I have gotten my health, and my life, back on track. At my most recent assessment I weighed 200 pounds and had reduced my body fat to about 15%. Pretty good for a 47-year old! If, like me, you want to improve your life, find the courage to walk into Perfect 4 You Fitness. With their help, the rest will seem easy! In the Marine Corps, our motto is Semper Fidelis, which means "Always Faithful." I will always be faithful to Perfect 4 You Fitness for how they helped me.”

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