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I’ve been listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s new book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.
Really interesting book and it makes me feel like I should be wearing cool glasses and possibly wearing tweed with elbow patches.
One of the stories was about the smartest of the smart kids and what happens to them at the top Ivy League type schools like Brown University.
Kids that have scored higher on the math and science portion of the SATs drop out of Science and Math majors at a higher rate at the top schools, than kids that go to other lesser known schools even though these kids scored lower on the math and science portion of the SATs.
What went wrong? These kids clearly have the smarts to get through these classes. It has to be something else right? It is something else.
They compared themselves to others.
These were kids who were at the top of their classes in high school and were really smart. Then they get to the high level schools and they aren’t surrounded by smart any more, they are surrounded by brilliant.
It makes them feel dumb by comparison and they drop out. Even though they are really smart kids!
This happens in fitness all the time. It is one of the main reasons I started a fitness class for women only.
I worked in gyms for a long time and I would see women walk in all the time. I knew they would never come back when I saw “The Look”.
The look of “I don’t belong here”
The look of “I can never look like her” or “I am not as pretty/fit/strong/skinny as her”.
We provide a place where women can come be their best at any shape, size, or ability.
No matter what shape, size, or ability you are exercise is for you. You do belong.
The only person you need to compare yourself to is you. No one else matters.
Are you doing your best? Do you keep showing up? Are you doing what you can to maximize your results?
Worry about you because that’s the person who can make you better.
I have a confession to make to you.
I use AOL for all of my e-mail.
I’ve tried to quit many times, but I can’t stop even though I’m aware that it makes me look like someone who still listens to 8 tracks.
It’s an excellent distraction when I am actually trying to work. It posted these headlines after you send an e-mail to get you interested in their stories.
They had one last week about the body parts people obsess about the most.
Being a fitness professional, I had to investigate so I could be up on the latest research.
Do you have any guesses on what body parts women obsess about the most?
Their stomach is the area that 69% of women obsess about. Followed by thighs 36% and butt 29%.
You can check out the rest of the stats for men and women here
The problem with obsessing about something, is that all you tend to do. The issue seems so insurmountable that it can make you feel hopeless and you will do nothing but worry.
This is the time a molehill starts to become a mountain.
The best cure for that is AAA.
Do something about it! We have created a specially designed camp to help these specific problem areas.
This will be 4 weeks of class with a special focus on the stomach, butt, and thighs. This class will start on March 17th and we have also added a 2 days per week option for people who have requested it.
Registration is open today! Go to HuntsvilleBootCamp.com:
-Select the class location from the Calendar and Registration menu (Huntsville or Madison)
-Find the class that time that suits you best (530am, 830am, or 530pm)
-Choose however many days per week (2-5 days) that you would like to attend
When you are actively working on your problems you will feel so much better, than when you are sitting back passively worrying about them.
Sign up today and we can obsess about important things, like having the Billy Ray Cyrus of e-mail systems.
The weather was so beautiful yesterday! I celebrated by taking a nap, then waking up and eating a brownie.
I know how to party, thank you very much.
My son was invited to go hang out with one of his buddies that day too. After the brownie met an untimely death, I gave him a ride over there. My son, not the brownie.
After I dropped him off, I felt something calling me. Beckoning me.
In my boot camp, it goes by a simple, two word name.
My son’s friend lives a couple of blocks away from this giant hill we run/walk/crawl occasionally in class. It is on the corner of Whitesburg and Airport Road if you are making a historic Huntsville map.
Hill running/crawling/walking is an excellent workout that just about anyone can do. It is actually lower impact on your joints that regular running. Great way to get a great workout in a short amount of time.
Sometimes I have to just start doing something I don’t want to do before I talk myself out if it. Do you ever do that?
So I parked my truck, hopped out, and immediately took off up this hill.
Mistake- not warming up
Even bigger mistake- eating a brownie and drinking a cup of coffee beforehand
Another mistake- having a mullet for a few years in the 90s.
I wrote about breaking my own rules and having to pay for it with tempting food recently. I paid again, the run went about like you expect it would go. Not fun.
Well this whole brownie business broke another one of my rules.
Eat like you might be exercising within an hour.
Think about that one for a minute. Have you ever worked out after eating a heavy or sugar laden meal? It’s not much fun and neither was this run.
Try using that as a rule of thumb for meal selection. It will help you think about making lighter, healthier food choices.
Or if you ignore that rule, stay away from all hills until you are fully digested and ready. Some things are best learned from other people’s bad times.
Have you ever played that game Tetris? The game with the different shapes that you have to make fit.
It seems silly, but it is strangely addicting. Much like Prancercise. Or so I hear…
If you’ve heard of it, you probably haven’t thought about it in years. There must not be much going on at Plymouth University, because researchers there apparently love them some Tetris.
They did a study that measured cravings while playing Tetris for 3 minutes.
The study participants showed a 24% decrease in cravings just from simply playing the game.
What does that mean for you? You can play Tetris next time you get a craving, obviously. But what else can you do?
Distract yourself in some other way! You need to break the power of the craving by doing something.
Work would be a nice option, but who wants to do that? BORING. Plus, a lot of us can do work and barely have to focus on the task at hand. That leads to minds wandering to cravings.
You need something that makes you really lock into it. It could be a great book, a movie, some pushups, etc…
I don’t recommend getting on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram because of all the good selfies on there. “Check out my BLT yo!”
PS- you are probably wanting to play Tetris now. Here you go, a web site where you can play for free –> FreeTetris
There is a famous story about the founder of Walmart, Sam Walton, and a trip he took to little old Huntsville, Alabama.
Whenever Sam (we go way back so I feel comfortable calling him Sam) would go into a new town, he liked to check out the competition.
He went into one of our local establishments with one of his assistants. The assistant was blown away with how terrible the place was. Junk everywhere, terrible employees, etc…
Sam and the assistant met back up later to compare notes. The assistant laid out all the things that were so bad about the store.
Sam did not say one thing about the negative. He said “Did you see that panty hose rack? I wrote down the manufacturer, we have to get those for our stores. Also, did you see the ethnic hair care section? They have 12 feet of shelf space, we only have 4! We are missing out on this, we need to correct it.”
What’s the moral of this story? You can focus on the negative or you can accentuate the positive.
So here is your homework. Instead of constantly tearing down your body, talking bad to yourself about the things you hate, I want you to think about the 2 things you like most about your body.
It can be, “I have the best shins in town”, although I think that one is taken by Carol Marks. She’s kind of a big deal.
Whenever you are tempted to talk negatively, flip it around and think about the positive. Whenever you are focused on the negative, that is all you see. It gives you tunnel vision and makes you miserable.
Stick with the positive message and it opens your mind up to the possibility that the other things you dislike about your body might not be so bad.
My old buddy Sam would be proud of you.
Stinking allergies. Anybody else feeling the wrath of the incoming allergy season?
All the feelings of being sick without the light at the end of the tunnel that you will feel better in a week or so.
I HATE not feeling 100% as I’m sure you do, so it was starting to effect my mood.
I can’t breath very good. I’m light headed. Working out is much rougher.
Woe is me, my life is so rough.
Do you see where this is going? Sometimes we need a little kick in the pants to get right.
I got kicked swiftly and efficiently on Saturday.
Saturday afternoon I went to meet with a guy from my church who needs some help exercising. He is 81 and has severe Parkinson’s.
He is still sharp as a tack, but he has speech problems along with a wide array of physical problems. Walking the 10 feet to his kitchen with his walker takes so much out of him he is drained from it. He has someone come every morning to feed and bathe him.
Every little thing that I take for granted is a battle for him. Makes my little allergy thing, look like the tiny issue it is.
Are you taking your health for granted? If you have the physical ability to exercise and you are not, I strongly urge you start today.
You were made to move, exercise, and be active. You may not be able to do as much as you could when you were younger, but you can do more than you are doing now.
Start small, stay consistent, keep challenging yourself, and you can make a huge amount of progress in a few short months.
I have three major rules about avoiding food temptation.
1. Don’t keep the temptation around
2. If you do have tempting foods, don’t keep them where you will see them all the time
3. Don’t let yourself get too hungry
Very similar to the rules of handling Gizmo from Gremlins. Sweet 80s reference for you.
Before I get into what happened, I need to tell you the back story. Right around Valentine’s Day, I won a HUGE box of Russell Stover chocolates through a drawing at the library.
My emotions were:
“Wait, there is no way in the world I need 64 pieces of chocolate.”
So I began plotting on who I could off load this stuff on. I just couldn’t, in good conscience, force this pile of diabetus (it’s the correct spelling in the Wilford Brimley dictionary) on anyone.
So it has been riding shotgun in my truck for two weeks.
Silently whispering to give it a try.
Do tempting foods talk to you too? If not, just keep it to yourself.
Things have been going just fine. Until today…
All 3 of my rules conspired together, hit at the perfect time, and a massacre occurred. I had chocolates, I had been staring at them for 2 weeks, and I was starving.
I’m not sure how many chocolates went down, but next thing I knew it look like a buzz saw had hit that box. When I came to, I immediately threw the box in the trash.
Let my mistake be a lesson to you. 3 things to keep in mind:
1. If you keep things around the house that you want to avoid eating, it is not IF you will eat them it is WHEN.
2. If you have to have things like that around “for the kids”, make sure you keep them out of eye sight. Otherwise, you will crave them every time you walk by.
3. Don’t let yourself get to the point where you are beyond hungry. I was getting a little light headed and nauseous I was so hungry. I normally have some almonds or a piece of fruit handy for these situations, but not today.
If you see my feet hanging out of my garbage can, it is not because I am retrieving the dark chocolate truffle. I’m making sure no one else is. Always looking out for others. It’s what I do.
Happy President’s Day to you! People don’t get typically get excited about today do they? When I worked for the government I did because they have so many sweet holidays.
Now? Not so much.
That changes today! A week of being snowed in immediately followed by Valentine’s Day has been wreaking havoc on good nutrition everywhere.
There was so much sugar being eaten, people were putting sugar into snow and eating it! Crazy talk.
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