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36. What happened to responsibility?

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2020

We don't get a pat on the back or celebrated when we put a day of work in. Or when we watch our kids from sun up til' down. We just do them because that's what responsible adults do. No congratulations needed. 

Working out and eating right though? We can't do that without a fuckin cheerleading squad complimenting every session finished or proper plate eaten. 

What happened?

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35. Everyone wants a plan

Uncategorized Jul 10, 2020
I tell ya, this work is enjoyable.
 
Today I started working with an out of towner who drove in to meet and get started. He is a 'community leader' where he's from. He laughs at the label, "I've done things my way my whole life. I started working for myself when I was 14."
 
We tried to get him going earlier but the 4th of July is a busy season for one of his businesses. They sell fireworks and grossed over $1,000,000 in 5.5 weeks. He was busy.
 
Things have slowed and...
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34. An elephant and 6 blind guys

Uncategorized Jul 05, 2020

There's an elephant and six blind men. 

They can rely on their sense of touch to learn. One by one each of them reached out and touched the elephant. 

One touched his side and thought it was a wall. The second touched his trunk and concluded it was a snake. Blind man three touched his tail and thought it a rope. Number four felt an ear and called it a fan. Man five touched a leg and said it was a tree. Lastly, man six felt the trunk and said it was a spear. 

Each man had a...

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33. You have permission to make mistakes

Uncategorized Jun 30, 2020

Unconfident eaters and exercisers make a mistake by believing their mistakes matter. 

If I asked you to try for a whole year to make a mistake that hasn't been made by someone else before you would have a hard time doing it. 

Doing something wrong or badly is not the issue. If anything it's the expectation. Nobody gets good at anything without making mistakes. 

An issue I see often in myself and those I work with is whether or not mistakes are recognized and used to set us up...

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32. If C's and D's can get you degrees they can get you leaner too

Uncategorized Jun 25, 2020

I work with a bunch of teachers and asked them how students fail their class. The same way most students fail is the same way a lot of eaters screw up their nutrition.

Do they turn in awful work worthy of a failing grade? Or does it have to do with their conduct in class? 

It turns out the most common way to fail a class isn't from lackluster work or misbehaving, it's from putting up zeros. 

Who doesn't remember the occasional assignment skip? 

"My shows are on tonight, this...

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31. How your gym or trainer are teaching you to be weaker

Uncategorized Jun 24, 2020

Have you ever thought the facility you pay for or person you hire to help with your fitness are harming more than helping? 

They create dependency. "On what?" you ask.

On the trainer, time slot, directional style, whistle, music, equipment, location, people in class and route to gym. 

What would happen if these things got taken away? 

No one thought to ask such a question until Covid 19 forced us to answer it. 

And like another dependency we are all familiar with: parent...

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30. Why you need a philosophy on your digital use now

Uncategorized Jun 20, 2020

Like the food environment we live in, our digital environment is stacked against us. 

It's like you're playing against the house. And given long enough, the house always wins. 

Our food environment is obesogenic. That means it causes obesity. Overly processed foods and food products designed to be addictive as well as marketed to kids are just a few ways the powers that be stack the deck in their favor. 

Similarly, the tech giants have effectively created a new economical model...

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29. Your brain's instinct to conserve energy makes you lazy

Uncategorized Jun 12, 2020

Do you ever feel like you know exactly what to do (exercise) but when it comes time to execute you can't get yourself to do it? 

Researchers have found this to be explainable by a tendency of your brain we have had for millions of years: the conservation of energy.

Over the years conserving energy was vital to human survival. Search for food and shelter, competition for mates, and avoiding risky situations were top priority for anyone alive then.

These processes consume monstrous...

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28. How do you fail?

Uncategorized Jun 11, 2020

Failure is a part of everyday life. How you handle it largely determines your outcomes. Be that in the kitchen or gym or at work and in home.

 

Someone who claims to have never failed has never really tried or is lying.

 

They didn’t do anything particularly challenging or difficult.

 

They chose safety and comfort over significance and courage.

 

This is easy to do and getting easier the more modern the world becomes.

 

The ability to fail well involves...

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27. Make these actions habit to eat better

Uncategorized Jun 10, 2020

Being controlled by a stimulus means that whenever you see it you react to it. If food is that stimulus then when you see it you eat it. 

This has become a problem for a lot of people. If you find yourself nibbling or binging on food then a solution is to control the stimulus. 

There are three skills you need to practice until they form habits so you can better control your eating.

The first is to get food out of sight and reach except at meal times. The old saying 'out of sight out...

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