I don’t...

It’s a simple phrase but in can be incredibly powerful if you use it the right away. Especially if you use it instead of I can’t when it comes to a habit you are trying to change.  

Seriously, it just feels so much better. 

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If everybody does it, is it normal?

There are a lot of times when the group is just plain wrong. Years ago it was accepted to bind women's feet. All kinds of corruption, government sanctioned bigotry and even murder still exist. That's an extreme example but how extreme does a practice have to be before we put our cultural foot down?

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Why do you want to lose that weight?

Just why are you trying to lose that weight? Is it affecting your health, your performance, your worth as a human being? Or is it affecting your ego? 

I’m all about losing fat to be healthier. But when is good enough…well…good enough? You know the scale isn’t the best measure. We’ve gone over this time and time again.

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What's your measure?

Our online nutrition & lifestyle program not only asks you for pounds and inches but also for something much more important -- the progress indicator that YOU decide is important.

Our online nutrition & lifestyle program not only asks you for pounds and inches but also for something much more important -- the progress indicator that YOU decide is important.

Making change is as much, if not more, an emotional and psychological battle than a physical one. Changing how we relate to food is not just about controlling appetites and eating less. It's understanding the behaviors that have led us to where we are. Being super strict with our eating and super critical of our behavior might lead to weight loss. It also might lead to a life of misery and self-loathing. 

So, why do we only look at the number on the scale, the inches on the tape measure, the time of our workout or the weight on the bar when we evaluate our health & fitness goals? Our online nutrition & lifestyle program asks a couple of important questions along with your numbers.

The first is "Considering your specific goals, what other progress indicators do you want to track?" Objective measurements are important but so are the subjective ones that only you can determine and judge. Are you happier? Are you more connected to the people you care about? Do you spend more time playing with your kids? Are you less likely to argue with your significant other? Are you taking time everyday to take care of you? These are the real indicators of progress and  WAY more important than the number on the scale.

The second question is "Did my behavior this week lead to progress toward my goals?" Here's the cool thing: there is no right or wrong answer. If it's a yes, great. If it's mostly, great. If it's no but I know how to get back on track, great. If it's no, I'm completely lost and need help, great. 

It would be easy to view that last choice as a failure. But, in fact, it's extremely useful. It allows a conversation between me and my client about whether the indicator she picked is really something that matters to her and how we can work together to better understand what healthy means to her. This process reveals so much about how we view ourselves and what we truly want our health and fitness to look and feel like. Too often, we allow others space in our heads to dictate what we think we want. By stripping those other voices away, we come to the true meaning of health -- a positive self-image built with confidence and love. 

To learn more about our online nutrition and lifestyle coaching program go here or email me. We'll be adding a physical training (a.k.a. an assigned workout of the day) to the program in the coming weeks, so it will be a fully inclusive health & fitness program. 

Skittles & sirloin

to save money farmer’s are using defective candy (a term that is borderline oxymoronic) to feed livestock. The Skittle seconds spilled on that highway in Wisconsin were destined to be melted down mixed with some other non-food type items and fed to animals who thrive when they eat grass which is very efficiently & healthily processed by their ruminant digestive system.

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Be kinder

This year, I want you to be kinder. That sounds nice & sweet and pretty doable, right? Well, it’s more difficult than you think.

You see, I want you to be kinder to yourself. 

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Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve

Few things bother me more than looking back on a situation and feeling like I could’ve done more or should’ve done something differently. I’m not just referring to “I could’ve studied more for a test,” or “I should’ve turned down that last drink.” 

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My favorite holiday

Is any that center around food. Which could be all of them if you do it right. 4th of July to Arbor Day (Tree Cake, anyone?) I can't think of a festivity that isn't better with lots - yes, too much - food. Not "bad" food per se. Homemade white chocolate coconut cream pie is very nearly health food, right?

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Derek's Success Story: 1 year, 85lbs. and more

Derek's transformation has been nothing short of stunning. In the year that he has been training with us, he's gotten leaner, stronger, more confident. He's totally become the dad, the athlete, the man he was always meant to be.

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Frankenfoods

Look, I'm as much, maybe more, into convenience as the next guy. Like you, I'm busy doing all the things, going all the places and seeing all the people that a make a complete life. To get more done, sometimes I take the easy way out. I drive through the car wash instead of hand washing it,  pay somebody to cut the grass and clean the pool and the Roomba gives us a fighting chance of keeping up with the dog hair. 

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Follow the money

That advice applies to so many things in life. It seems that every aspect of modern living has been turned into a commodity. 

Recently, the New York Times published this story about the incredible influence the sugar industry has bad over food production and health advice over the past several decades. It should remind you of the tactics used by tobacco executives and it should make you angry.

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Fitness + luck = health

We touched on the subject of chronic disease and how CrossFit gyms around the world are providing a solution in this week's newsletter. You get our newsletter, right? If not, sign up below. 

The video below is a more in depth discussion of this topic. If the newsletter whetted your appetite, check out the video below. It's worth the 44 minute investment.

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