Archive for December, 2016
It is almost time. The time of year when we MUST change everything in our lives in ONE day!
I love resolutions. I love goal setting. I really love writing down goals to accomplish, but what is going to make this year any different from last year?
Let em explain. I've seen a lot of people searching for their word of the year. If I had one it would be momentum.
I think momentum is absolutely crucial to your success. So I am going to give you some advice that is probably counterintuitive to what most people will do.
Start with your strengths.
If you hate exercise, don't start there even if the rest of the world goes to the gym in January. If you hate eating healthy, don't start there even if the rest of the world is producing a broccoli shortage. Pick something that you are already pretty good at and go all in.
If you have already been exercising a little bit, it is time to pick it up! No pun intended. Lift heavier, go further, go faster. Do that race you are nervous about attempting, try that class you've always wanted to try, pick up a new active hobby. Cross train in other areas to improve performance and increase results.
If you already eat fairly healthy, it is time to dial it in!
The goal is to increase your confidence. What happens when you work on your weaknesses? You feel incompetent, that everybody else makes it look so easy, and you feel like a failure.
But when you are working in an area you already have competence, you can really grow your confidence and that will produce momentum.
You can use that momentum to delve into the other areas that you want to work on. It will work better than the quitting smoking, getting a new job, working out 7 days a weeks, and eating a complete Paleo Slow Carb Mediterranean Diet all year game plan.
Doing things the way you have always done will get you the same things that you did not want. Try something different and see what you are truly capable of.
I went to go see the new Star Wars movie yesterday. Spoiler alert- it’s really good, if you are into that sort of thing. Ties some parts of other movies together for you.
While I was there I made a big mistake. I ordered a large popcorn and large drink. Not sure what happened but it just kind of appeared in my hands. They were running some sort of special I think, it was all a blur.
My son and I were going to split it, so I guess I thought it would be ok. The popcorn was the size of a pillowcase and the drink was the size of a bazooka.
Then my next mistake was letting my son pick the drink. The movie theater had one of those machines where you can get any kind of drink you want. Hundreds of combinations. I think we wound up with a Sprite, Grape, Root Beer mixture that was pretty terrible.
30 minutes of straight eating popcorn and drinking the toilet water drink later it was all gone. All of it! It was pretty amazing/depressing.
The moral of the story- portion control matters.
There is a ton of research out there that backs it up. Did you know that people clean their plate 91% of the time? And that is no matter how much food was offered and how hungry they were. At least we aren’t quitters…
So if you are trying to lose weight your first move should be to start using smaller plates and bowls. The super brains at Google introduced smaller plates in their cafeteria and the employees lost an average 10-15 pounds. With no other dietary changes!
In a study in the journal Appetite showed the dramatic difference switching from a 12-inch plate to a 9-inch plate can do for you. Participants in the study were able to cut their calories by 48% (up to 275-350 calories per meal). If you used the smaller plates for just 2 meals a day, that would result in a 14-18 pound weight loss over a 3 month period.
If you’ve been unsuccessful in the past trying to lose weight, give the smaller plates and bowls a try. It might be just what you need to be successful.
There is a hallway at my church where all the kid’s classrooms are. The walls are all painted with famous stories and people from the Bible.
One year my wife and I were leading a Sunday school class and I had a brilliant idea involving marshmallows and a painting of Goliath.
You have probably heard the story in the Bible about David and Goliath. Where tiny David killed the fearsome giant Goliath by flinging a smooth stone into Goliath’s forehead.
I thought it would be pretty awesome to have the kids act like David and try to throw their marshmallows into Goliath’s forehead. They loved it! There was just one problem.
There’s always that one kid.
One kid had apparently been licking his marshmallow while he waited in line. Then when it was his turn he ran up and dunked Goliath in the forehead like he was Lebron James. You would be amazed at how quickly a marshmallow sticks to a painting of Goliath and it would not come off!
Goliath had marshmallow residue on him for weeks! Every time I walk by that painting I am reminded of that day. It also reminds me of the kids’ laughter, enthusiasm, and zest for life that day. It is also a reminder that there are kids that look up to me and I need to be a good example. Every time I see that guy it is a great reminder.
You can set up visual reminders for yourself too. Print off a favorite quote of yours, a picture of the finish line at a race you are training for, a picture of your kids. Think of something that: positively motivates you to be healthier; keep proper nutrition and exercise a priority; and is deeply meaningful to you.
I have no idea how to use semicolons, but I throw them out there occasionally to keep that button on my keyboard from getting rusty. I’m a rebel like that.
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, thank you for being a reader!
I have a new goal in life. To become a master of the wok.
My wife got one for her birthday in September and it just sat there for a couple of months. Then one day I decided to put that baby to use. Heroes don’t always wear capes.
It took me an hour to cure that thing and get it into cooking shape. Woks are fancy like that. But it has been awesome!
I’m a changed man. I’m cutting up vegetables more, looking up recipes, trying new things. I even went into this Asian market that I pass by all the time, but never go in. Some really interesting things happening in there FYI.
My point in sharing this is that you need to find a way to get excited about healthy cooking, just like you do about exercising. A good way to jump start that is cooking using a new method (wok, grill, Crock Pot), trying new foods, eating the same foods with different spices, etc…
It is easy to get into an eating rut where you eat the same things all the time. Branch out and you will find yourself cooking more, spending less on eating out, and saving yourself a lot of unwanted calories.
Continuing with the 10 Steps To Fat Loss Success today with Steps 6-10. In case you missed Steps 1-5, you can check them out here --->Part 1
6. Move more, sit less
Energy is a weird thing. You have to have the energy to at least get out and move a little bit, but then that little bit of moving can give you back more energy than you had before. You just need to start.
More and more studies are showing that sitting is worse than smoking and can actually undo all of the exercise you have been doing. Get up at the very least, once and hour and walk around a little bit.
7. Do you even lift bro?
Strength training is the fountain of youth. It can be weights, bands, bodyweight, milk jugs, or whatever you have that provides resistance but you need to get strong and stay strong.
You will build muscle, which will help you get rid of fat, which will make you more mobile, which will make you have better quality of life. Everything gets better when you get stronger.
8. Never settle
You have to continue to challenge yourself. The workout you did 6 months ago does not get you the results it did then. You need to always try to get more reps, more distance, more weight, etc... in everything that you do if you want to keep getting results.
9. H2O you didn't!
Just picture me saying this one really sassy like and you will get the full impact of what I named this step. I have talked about the importance of water a lot lately because it is that important.
Try getting up and drinking a tall glass Magical 3F Water every morning for a week and see if you notice any changes.
I have an experiment for you. Start talking about or thinking about someone you have not seen in awhile. An old roommate, a friend you haven't see in awhile something like that. More times than not, you will hear from that person within the next week.
It's crazy! But it works. It's called the Law of Attraction. Some people call it a self fulfilling prophesy.
Whatever you call it, you want to avoid negative thoughts about yourself. Constantly calling yourself fat, old, tired, and other insults does you absolutely no good. On the other hand, it actually cements those thoughts in your head and bleeds over into your behaviors.
Instead, do the opposite. Work on constantly encouraging and inspiring yourself. Get around people who do the same. Words have power, let them work to your advantage.
Where do you need to start? Pick one you can start making a habit today. Hope you found this list helpful.
2016 is almost over! How did this happen? I need to pay attention more.
Since the year is coming to a close, I wanted to give you a Cliff's Notes version of almost all of my advice. Do they still make Cliff's Notes by the way? If I had to boil it down to the 10 things you need the most, it would be this list.
Here is my suggestion for this list. Take a look at what you are doing now and add in one thing from this list. Start with the one that would be easiest for you to make a habit, then go from there. The New Year is coming, don't get caught up in the rush to change EVERYTHING about yourself in one week.
Here are the first 5 items on the list:
1. Just Eat Real Food
If you did nothing else on this list, you could cure a lot of problems if you just followed this one thing. Cutting processed and fast food out of your diet and eating things that come from the Earth is exactly what your body needs.
Crazy stat from Dr. Mark Hyman- There 600,000 processed food items in our environment. 80% of them contain added sugar.
More on sugar below.
2. Don't fear fat
Fat has a bad reputation because it is high in calories, but it is also very beneficial too. Food like fish, nuts, avocado, and coconut oil are all excellent examples of beneficial fats to have in your food plan.
Trans fats (man made fats) should be avoided at all opportunities. Shortening, fried foods, canned biscuits, margarine are all chock full of trans fats that will lower your good cholesterol and raise your bad cholesterol.
3. Shake the sugar habit
Sugar is absolutely killing America, especially our children. It is extremely addictive and has a vicious cycle that is very destructive to our bodies.
The end result? Your hormones get out of wack, you gain weight (among other side effects), and then you crave even more sugar!
Because of this threat, I even wrote a book about how to kick the the sugar habit. There was even research and stuff involved, it was like being back in school. I was proud of the end result though.
Fun fact- Having 1 soda per day increases a child's chances of becoming obese by 60%. And 90% of kids have at least 1 soda per day. That is a big reason experts are predicting that be 2050 obesity rates will sky rocket from 36% where we are now, to 50%.
4. Read the articles
If you read nothing else today, start reading your food labels. The package on the outside, is 100% marketing. The true story is told in the food label.
If nothing else, look at the first 3 ingredients (they are listed from the largest amount to the smallest). And if it has a bunch of stuff you don't recognize or can't pronounce, don't eat it.
5. Upgrade your carbs
Carbs have been demonized over the past few years. Carbs are not the devil. The simple starches (chips, fries, aka junk food) are the real problem and should be avoided for sure.
Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are all excellent sources of carbohydrates. It all gets back to the first step we discussed. Eat carbs that are not processed.
Yesterday I took a big step in my life. I threw away a pen that didn’t work.
Do you ever find out a pen doesn’t write any more, but you keep it any way? Why would I do that? I’m not a quitter, that’s why!
It is tough to let things go, even if they aren’t helping any more. Chances are you have things like that in your life.
Think about the habits you have in your life right now. Which habits are pushing your forward in your life and which ones do you need to get rid of?
-That daily, candy bar and Coke in the afternoon to get you through the rest of the work day.
-The several times a week fast food run
-The sugar and calorie laden Starbucks frappamochachattelattespice drink on the way to work to get you going every morning
Usually these habits start as a special treat to get yourself motivated to do what you have to do. Then they become just another part of the daily routine.
Those are just 3 examples I’m throwing out there, so look for those types of habits in your life. After you identify the habit start chipping away at it slowly.
With the candy bar and Coke for example, switch to a smaller candy bar and a 12 ounce drink instead of the 20 ounce soft drink. Then switch the candy bar for some nuts. Then drink 10 ounces of Coke. Eventually get to where you are having a healthy afternoon snack with water.
The goal is to turn the daily habit into something you less and less of. And then one day you will have kicked the habit completely and replaced it with something that is helping you reach your goals, not holding you back.
I was listening to Tim Ferriss’ podcast where he interviewed Josh Waitzkin. The movie Searching For Bobby Fischer was based on a book his father wrote about Josh’s life as a child, chess prodigy.
Josh Waitzkin is a really interesting guy who has accomplished many amazing things, but what impressed me most about him was what he taught his son about how to react to the weather.
Whenever it rained or stormed he would hear other parents tell their children, “Well, it’s bad weather we can’t go outside today.” He did not want his son growing up with external factors deciding if it was going to be a good day or a bad day. So Josh flipped the script.
Josh and his son have gone out and played in every rainstorm that comes their way since he was born. Now his son will say, “Look Da Da it is a beautiful rainy day, let’s go play in it.”
I thought that was some amazing parenting right there. High five fellow dad, well done!
This is something you can apply to your life too. What are things you can't control in your life that make you decide it is a bad day or not an ideal situation?
I’ve got one that I’m going to fix today. The fact that it gets dark at 430pm has had an adverse effect on me. “Man this stinks. It gets dark so early, it feels like midnight!” Maybe I should go with, “What a beautiful night, there is no way my pasty skin can get a sunburn now!”
It’s a work in progress, but you see where I’m going with this. Only you get to decide if it is a good or bad day, why not make as many good days as possible?
One of the keys to life is surrounding yourself with people who make you better. One of the people in my life who makes me better is Dr. Patty Long.
Dr. Patty is one of those people who is so passionate about helping others that it makes me pick my game up. We were talking last week and she made an excellent point that I had not really thought about.
There is no cold and flu season.
Did that stop you in your tracks a little bit? It did to me too the first time I heard it, but then she explained what she meant.
The reason people get the cold and flu around this time of year is more based on habits, rather than a wave of magical disease floating in at the same time every year. This is the time of year when we invite disease in.
Less sleep, more stress, nutrition habits go out the window, exercise routines are put off, we are around large groups of people shaking hands, sick people come to work because they are saving their leave days for Christmas. If you were looking to get sick this would be a great way to go about it.
I want to encourage you to cold and flu proof yourself. Have fun during the holidays, but put your health first. Stay well rested, don’t sweat the small stuff, keep eating right and exercising, wash your hands, and quarantine that guy that comes to work sick every year!
And if you want much more in depth information and tips on how to truly improve your health, I want to invite you to Dr. Patty’s True Cellular Detox Seminar she is offering on Saturday December 10th at her office. It is absolutely free and will be especially helpful if you know something is wrong with your body, but traditional medicine has provided you with zero answers.