On Progress

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At this point in my life…” What a daunting statement begging for problems from the onset. How angry we get when we have not reached the expectation of our own foreshadowing. What an arbitrary gauge we guide through.

How do we measure progress? How do we quantify the work we do on a daily basis to improve our lives or our goals? Part of my job has been to answer those questions. To help people see their growth, even if in the midst of perceived failure or confusion. In this line of work, you help people in short stints of time. Even a year or two in our lives becomes a blink as we age. When someone says, “What do you do to help people?” I often think, “Progress. I help them see progress, judge progress, rate progress. I help people progress.” More

The Age Of The Eternal Student

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I was a prolific reader when I was a kid. In elementary school, they used to give you these coupons to get pizza if you read required books. You’d sit at what are now considered archaic computers and answer multiple choice questions to prove you know it. When all is finished, you’d have a button and coupon for a pan pizza. I would have read them without the pizza but, incentive via pan crust? C’mon.

At that age, I started having trouble with getting my letters confused and my hands would get tired when writing. I’d leave words out of sentences. I had a problem with pronouncing things, remember names and dates. It wasn’t anything on the level of needing special help. I was still an AG student and did the best I could but I’d have problems with phonics, and certain things took me away from the A+ life.

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Robert Mapplethorpe Didn’t Wear a Jockstrap?

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Original Artwork by Leigh Peele

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I found myself sitting on curbside bound couches that smelled of urine and bourbon explaining what I do for a living. I still can’t come up with a 10 second tagline to satisfy the question, “What do you do?” I don’t know. I really don’t have a clue what I do. I argue with people on the internet on a regular basis. I earn what entrepreneurs call a “passive income” on the internet. I smell like whiskey too much but I’m really positive about it. There’s hardly a sport I’m not at least mediocre at but I’d rather have my hands covered in blisters from my guitar or charcoal from my sketch pad. However, I have one hell of deadlift. More

You Need To Hear This Podcast – Is Live!

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There is a lot to cover and I have a tendency to be tl;dr, so here is the condensed version.

Where Can I Download The Show?

For those of you who would like to help, my podcast would benefit the most from being downloaded and reviewed through iTunes. My goal is to be featured in the New & Noteworthy  section in the iTunes Store. In short, the more downloads I get in a short period of time, the more of a shot I have to make the list. It’s not a guarantee, but you’d be helping my chances.

I care very much about the ethics of reviews so I’ll simply say if you like what you hear and it helps you, it would be great if you could leave a few words. I’d appreciate it.

1. Most Appreciated Download Option:
Download You Need To Hear This  Through iTunes 

2.  Google Play. 

3. Stream Through My Blog

What Is The purpose of You Need To Hear This?

I wanted to change the atmosphere of what you normally hear on lifestyle design podcasts and do something different. The majority of people who teach and educate on becoming a fitter person or “happier” person, often miss out on the actual research and critical thought it takes to be knowledgeable on these subjects. What we often end up having are marketers masquerading as experts. I’m all for being successful but not at the cost of the information. Too often, the people who have something to say aren’t on the platform or audience level desired. We are certainly seeing this play out throughout this recent political cycle.

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A Response To The New York Times Biggest Loser Study

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My feed and inbox were inundated with concerns about the “Biggest Loser” article published by The New York Times. On one hand, I think it’s great people are paying attention to the complexities of obesity and weight loss. On the other hand, I think there were a lot of problems and missing variables in the analysis of the study presented in the article. The result created a “gloom and doom” picture for people who are obese. It also puts the focus on resting metabolic rate (RMR) alone which as we see in research is not the only piece to this complex puzzle.

Obesity is Not a Blanket Term

The first thing most people did with this study is associate it with themselves. They worried (rightfully so) what this means for them. “Can I ever lose weight?” “Will I have to starve for the rest of my life?” “I was already scared I can’t do this, what now?”

We speak of obesity much like cancer. The truth is the root of why someone is obese (arguably rated as someone with a BMI >30) is as varied as human beings. There is no one road to excess growth in body fat nor is there one to losing it. Some would say (myself included) it is as simple as caloric surplus and deficit, but it is far more complex.

There is also a difference between obesity developed in childhood versus adulthood. For example, if you’re morbidly obese with family history it’s very different than becoming slightly obese later as an adult.

In short, reading the Biggest Loser study and thinking it directly applies to you or fearing poor results makes as much sense as thinking you’re going to get cancer because someone your age, somewhere, has cancer.

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