100. My top 5 books to help yourself

books mental fitness read Jan 03, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

I've been asked a lot lately what books people should read. The self/help type are what they inquire about. 

I'm reminded of a quote from Nassim Taleb whenever I'm asked these questions because it's true. Taleb says "My top 10 books of all time changes every summer." 

The more I read the more I find hidden gems or value in the not so openly marketed stuff. 

Here are my top 5 books I think you should read to help you live a better life. You might find one of them...

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99. Your diet is not just what you eat

mental fitness nutrition Jan 03, 2021
By: Michael Beiter

Your diet is not just what you eat.

It is what you watch. What you listen to. What you read. And the people you hang around.

Pay attention to what you feed your time to. Not just your stomach.
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98. 2020 year end fitness and nutrition review

By: Michael Beiter

If you’re reading this, you made it through 2020.
Good on ya.
Here’s the review I do myself and with my people:
Fitness and Nutrition year end review:
How many workout hours did you get? Goal: 300-350
How many hours of sleep did you get? Goal: 2,555 minimum
How many steps did you get? Goal: 3.65 million
How many food logs did you finish? Goal: 365
With these goals in mind you can use a...
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97. What is the deal with red meat and does how hard you step matter?

fitness nutrition Dec 30, 2020

By: Michael Beiter

The Journal of the American Medical Association publishes 48 times per year on everything biomedicine. 

Two of their most viewed articles from 2020 are worth sharing. 

The first: Backlash Over Meat Dietary Recommendations Raises Questions About Corporate Ties to Nutrition Science. 

The second: Association of Daily Step Count and Step Intensity With Mortality Among US Adults. 

You are asked to eat a fair amount of protein and we suggest no restrictions on...

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96. My 30th trip around the sun

Uncategorized Dec 29, 2020

By: Michael Beiter

Today at 4:06 pm I will have completed my 30th trip around the sun. 

I came into this world via cesarian and the first person to hold me was my now deceased dad. 

His dying has changed me to the core and at almost 2 years removed it remains the hardest thing I have ever been through. 

Second is losing my job. 

Third is ending a long relationship.

If you're reading this you are doing so because you support the fourth hardest thing I've ever done: built a...

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95. School teaches us how to be successful with our eating...make an effort

nutrition Dec 28, 2020
By: Michael Beiter

I read an article over break in the Atlantic that argued against using calorie counter apps.

This woman was adamant that they are not accurate. She's right, studies have concluded that the calorie counter apps are not 100% accurate and the FDA even allows food companies lee way of 10-15% on their labels for the macros and calories contained in their foods.

Where she is wrong is that because of this inaccuracy you can't be effective.

Our argument is that anything that...
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94. Journal. Diary. Whatever. Do it.

Uncategorized Dec 21, 2020

By: Michael Beiter

Sleep, exercise, eat right. Besides these obvious actions what else can you do to improve your self? 


I learned how to do all of the above with a five star college ruled notebook when I was in high school. I have been practicing that habit ever since. For me, that is 15 years. 

Beginning with workouts I would write down the exercise, sets, and reps of whatever I was doing that day. If I ever need a laugh I can still crack open my warped books from high...

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93. Enjoy the winter

Uncategorized Dec 19, 2020
By: Michael Beiter

There's a psychological thing called the principle of adaption.
It happens to us all the time and can take the joy out of some really good stuff.
I have complained about the winters in Iowa for most of my life. Until I learned about the principle and that the changing seasons are what make the summer and spring so amazing.
We are sewing what we reap in the spring right now with these gray days and snowy vistas.
The principle of adaption...
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92. Our model in 4 steps

Uncategorized Dec 16, 2020

By: Michael Beiter

We do things a bit different here at Pillar Coaching Services. 

This is by design. 

I have a long background in the fitness and nutrition industry. This experience has helped me learn what works and what doesn't. 

This post is to show you 'our model' and explain why it works. By doing so it is my hope that you compare it to all the other models you've been exposed to and realize why they don't work. Here's a clue: they encourage you to be dependent. 


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91. Define your upper bounds...or someone else will

mental fitness Dec 14, 2020

By: Michael Beiter

How much work is enough? 

It is true people work for more than money, but money is the primary reason. Knowing how much you need to make to fuel your lifestyle is critical so that you can answer the question above. 

In the United States a safety net exists in the form of welfare. Beyond that there is a dollar amount associated with living well. Abraham Maslow is famous for creating his chart of what all humans need to be well off. It is called the hierarchy of needs....

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