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12. One priority, undistracted

Uncategorized Mar 31, 2020

Until the 1950's the word priority was mostly used singularly. It wasn't until the misguided belief that multi tasking is a good idea spread that priority turned into priorities (plural). Now we assume we need numerous priorities and multitasking is the way to get them done. Deven thought working this way deeply affects our productivity A study by Microsoft found that focusing on more than one priority at a time reduces productivity up to 40%. Hewlett Packard found the IQ of those interrupted...

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11. Take control of your stress

Uncategorized Mar 20, 2020

Take control of your stress

It’s important you know how to manage your stress. Practicing stress management daily will help keep you healthy. 

The skill of de stressing


One of my favorite quotes is:

“Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax.” Matt Haig


Most of us in North America have a mistaken view of relaxing. We think our 1 to 2 annual vacations are enough time to rest up from our...

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10. Let's make this discussion meaningful

Uncategorized Mar 18, 2020

Let’s make this discussion meaningful. 


Discussion deepens understanding and promotes problem solving when done properly. When done poorly it can fray nerves, foster animosity and leave issues unresolved. In our culture the most prevalent forms of discussion are talk shows on the radio and T.V. A lot of times they lead to the latter effects. 


Complex questions are asked by the host and encouraged to be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’...

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9. Meal planning is guessing

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2020

You are not a fortune teller. That makes your meal planning a fantasy. There are too many factors that are out of your hands: your daily stress level, work demands, kids, family, weather, etc. Writing a plan makes you feel in control of things you can't control. 

How about we just call plans what they really are: guesses. Start referring to your meal plans as meal guesses. Your workout plans as workout guesses and your schedule plans as schedule guesses. Good, now you can stop worrying...

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8. Setting the right fitness and nutrition goals

Uncategorized Feb 27, 2020

What are your fitness and nutrition goals? 

This question is asked by coaches all over the world. It seems like an easy one to answer. 

"I want to lose 30 pounds.....

Fit into my college jeans

Drop my cholesterol 

Bench press 300 pounds."

The options are endless. 

These types of goals can be referred to as 'outcome goals' and they can be harmful to your progress because they are mostly out of your control. They depend on a vast array of complex interactions you and I have...

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7. Focus on what's good, not what's bad

Uncategorized Feb 19, 2020

Popular TV trainers communicate the idea telling people they suck is motivating. 

They are often seen on the look out for diet or exercise deviation, ready to pounce with a heavy dose of 'tough love.' 

In real life this shaming never works. Such extreme and cartoonish behavior as that which can be seen on shows like The Biggest Loser can be described as 'What's bad coaching.' They are always looking for the bad, not the good. 

I've seen this mentality practiced throughout my...

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6. We are failing each other as citizens

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2020

It is each of ours job to impart skills that are basic to every area of life. 

Collectively these actions can be referred to as 'self care.' 

Their aim is simple: do the thing we know to be necessary to stay healthy and able for as long as possible. 

The skills necessary we have been doing since birth. They are sleeping, eating, and moving. 

Never mind being 'good' at these things. The times we live in allow us to be utterly atrocious at one or all of them and still live a...

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5. Success is disappointing

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2020

The pleasure that comes with getting what you want is often fleeting. You dream about getting a raise, achieving the body composition you want, or nailing that new PR. 

You work at all waking hours. You imagine how happy you would be if you just achieved that goal. 

Then you succeed. And if you're lucky you get an hour, maybe a day of euphoria. Especially if your success was a surprise. Think award shows: "the envelope please..."

Most of the time though you don't get any euphoria. When...

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4. Why believing you are an athlete hurts you

Uncategorized Feb 10, 2020

This is Rick. 

When him and I met he would tell you he was an athlete.

He chose multiple races to participate in each year and prioritized some as practice whereas other were the more serious competitions that he tried his hardest at.

His annual exercise schedule was designed to get him ready for those one or two bicycle events each year. The goal was to 'peak' his cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance systems to produce the best possible effort on the day of the race. This practice is...

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3. Friend's comments about eating

Uncategorized Feb 06, 2020

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. 

- N. Klein, (not Gandhi) 


First your friends will ignore your measurement and improved food choices. Your organization around what you're eating and when seems obsessive to them. They anticipate it to be a fad you will fall off. Because that's what most diets are for most people. 

When you continue your actions of measuring and being prepared you will become the target of ridicule....

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