(This is a audio story post. You can read it or listen to it with sounds and music here.)
“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
All learning has an emotional base. – Plato
You wouldn’t think the act of losing weight and dieting would bring heavy emotions and questions to the table. After all, it is just “eat less, move more” right? The tricky thing is, you need to set aside all emotion in order to achieve your goals, but you have to change your emotional response in order to set aside your emotion.
Overwhelmed? Don’t be. If you embrace this idea, it will help you not only achieve fat loss goals, but the same principle can apply to multiple areas of your life. More
Maintenance is when you have moved from a negative or surplus calorie zone into a neutral zone. In other words, you aren’t gaining or losing on any large or noticeable scale – you are at maintenance. Technically it isn’t possible to always land at “zero” in the surplus/negative scale. Still, no noticeable budge in either direction within a few weeks span of time is a good indication of the fact that you are in maintenance.
The last sentence I wrote is extremely important to because there are a lot of people who feel they are working very hard towards their goals (fat loss or muscle gain) but are not seeing any change. For whatever reason (be it mistake in expenditure/intake or metabolic adaptation) this means you are at maintenance. This means you can’t rationalize your efforts or lie to yourself about your results. This is one of the most important things you can read about your body composition and can save you a lot of heartache. More
There are a tons of terms tossed around the health and fitness industry in which I am not a fan. All bad or wrong? No, not necessarily. Trust me, some very intelligent people use these types of terms. It isn’t about right or wrong. It is about analyzing what certain terms can do to your overall outlook and reactionary behavior. OCD? Perhaps, but here it is anyway. If you haven’t guessed by now, I feel the term cheat meals is one of them. While I believe the intention is a good one, I feel we could do better to use a different outlook, or at least be very clear about what the term is for. More
I have an upcoming audio series I am releasing (for members) that focuses on the complete mental aspect of body composition. I thought it was going to be 2 hours, but it is turning into quite an epic recording. I took additional time to record a bonus on cognitive behavior and its relation to body composition.
One of the areas I am providing you a preview to is learning to identify, and hopefully alter, your negative automatic thoughts. Below is a list (the basis originating from David D. Burns) of the top 10 mental distortions we take part in during our daily lives. Take a moment to read through them. You might be surprised how they apply not only to your body composition, but to your life in general. More