155. "It has all been borrowed time since the war Pol"

fitness Jul 22, 2021

By: Michael Beiter


Thomas Shelby, enterprising leader of the Peaky Blinders gang in the show of the same name said to his aunt Pol when she told him he was living too dangerously "Ever since the war I've looked at every day as borrowed time Pol. I died there and everything since is just a bonus." 

I got goosebumps often watching that series. Cillian Murphy is a monster of an actor. 

His comment got me thinking though. 

Am I living on borrowed time as well? 

Most of my...

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154. Here is an observation on stress. Do you agree?

By: Michael Beiter

The autonomous nervous system is activated by anxiety and fear to address the risks that caused them. This reaction, known as the fight or flight response, is indicated by a series of normal but unpleasant physical symptoms. Examples include; panic, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, chest tightness, sweating, feeling like you're choking, headaches, irritability, insomnia, spasms, trembling, dry mouth, throat tightness, speech problems, fear of death and feeling a...

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150. 5 years with Carmen

By: Michael Beiter

Carmen and I just celebrated our 5 year anniversary!

In July of 2016 Carmen and I met via our friend Kelly. We were in another friend's kitchen where we met on Saturday mornings monthly to check body compositions and drink mimosas. 

Fast forward five years and she is 15 pounds of fat lighter, 11 pounds of muscle heavier, and 5 inches less around her waist. 

Her body composition went from 26% or poor for women her age to 16% at her lowest. She hovers between 16 and 18...

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149. Fitness balance

fitness macros nutrition Jul 08, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

A few years ago Liz and I had a conversation about defining yourself by your fitness pursuit of choice. You are a powerlifter, bodybuilder, runner, yogi, crossfitter, etc.

These definitions can grow strong into the minds of participants.
You are not defined by the way you exercise. It is just something you do that has a very high return on your time investment.

Each mode of exercise has its list of costs and benefits. The best way to go about your fitness is with...
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148. A case study in reverse dieting and wide open eating windows

By: Michael Beiter


On July 6, 2020 I wrote: 

This guy is a firefighter. They eat communally at the firehouse often. One of his co-workers skips breakfast and is trying to lose weight.

My client asked him why.
“I’m trying this new intermittent fasting thing.”

Intermittent fasting isn’t new. It’s not even unique, we all do it every day. Unless you can eat when you sleep you fast every night while you sleep. This is balanced with a handful...
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147. Einstein and experience

fitness nutrition Jul 01, 2021

By: Michael Beiter


Your own experience is one of the best teachers.
The definition of insanity according to Einstein is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
OK the stage is set. See if this is something you can relate to.
"I do really well with breakfast and lunch but once dinner comes around I'm shot. I end up making bad food choices or eating more than I intended."
This is common. When we wake up we...
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146. Keto or nah? A case study in sustainability

fitness nutrition Jun 30, 2021

By: Michael Beiter


A client said this: "My friend is doing a keto thing. He has to drink this shake every day that puts him into instant ketosis. Then he has to fast for 60 waking hours a week and can’t have carbs.
I laughed and told him he was doing it wrong.
I eat twelve times as much food as you, take no supplements, and had a bagel this morning. We started at the same time and I was 20 pounds heavier than you and am kicking your ass.”

In the...
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132. I'm hurt. Now what?

faq fitness mental fitness Apr 27, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

Q: I hurt my back the other day. What should I do?

A: The name of the game whenever injury or illness comes around is regression. Your goal is to regress your exercise as much as necessary until you can do it without upsetting your injury. In this case maybe deadlifts and squats are too much but hamstring curls and lunges are fine. The person should do those with the same set and rep scheme he was supposed to do squats and deadlifts with until he can comfortably get back to...

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130. Some thoughts after a convo with a client

By: Michael Beiter


One variable 

You don't know what lever is doing what if you pull all of them at the same time. 

An engineer client of mine said this and the parallel to food and fitness is obvious. 

I teach people how to use the scientific method to figure out how they should eat and exercise.

A big part of that method is that after you've formed a hypothesis you set up a test to determine if you are right or wrong. In that test you usually manipulate something.


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Podcast S1 E3 - Mollie Yazzie, lightest in adult life

By: Michael Beiter


In this interview I chat with Mollie Yazzie (43) a client of two years who recently reached the lightest body weight she has seen in her adult life. She has been dieting for 20 years and the last time she was this light she was starved, angry, and eating out of tupperware. This corporate leader is a fine example. 

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