The Paper Towel Analogy

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Ever try to lose weight, look at yourself in the mirror and say, “It’s not working.  I look the same as I did two weeks ago!”  Well, I came across an article a while ago by a dietitian called, The Paper Towel Analogy and it’s a brilliant way to really put the whole process of weight loss in a great and healthier perspective:

The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area – just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area. read more

Am I THAT Old?

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I saw a funny post on Facebook yesterday that made me laugh and was so true.  The post was, “I hate when I see old people and then realize I went to high school with them.”  I’m sure many can relate to this but something else I’ve noticed is what some of these “older” people say, either out loud or on social media.  Quotes about being old, how much it sucks, how fat they are, etc.  And in just about every case, they are!  But why?  There’s a great quote by Paulo Coelho that states, “You are what you believe yourself to be.” read more

My New Gym?

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As I get further into the paleo/primal lifestyle, one thing has become very clear and that looking fit is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise.  And yet, I still feel the need to get to the gym as often as possible, feeling like it is a MUST if I want to stay fit and lose weight.  I attribute this to years of being in the mindset that, “exercise equals weight loss”.  Being a gym regular for the last ten years really didn’t change my body at all, which is why I would get to a point where I felt I was too heavy, try some quick fix plan or diet, lose some weight and put it back on as soon as I did.  And in my mind, I felt I just needed to work out harder! read more

The Power of Forgetfullness

memoryI remember watching the Olympics years ago and seeing a high jumper getting ready to take his turn.  His name was Dwight Stones, a three time World Champion.  As he stood back at his starting point, I noticed his head bobbing up and down, following with his eyes, a path along his route to the bar with his head moving upward as his glance approached the target.  He did this two or three times prior to making his jump.  The commentators made a comment about his unusual routine, “He is watching himself make the jump in his mind, something he has been doing for years.” In other words, he was visualizing a successful jump.  The great golfer, Jack Nicklaus, said he never made a golf shot without first visualizing the shot in his mind. read more

How Hard Would You Work For Greatness?

I came across this video clip and thought it was truly inspiring. A must see that we can all apply to any area of our lives and truly a testament that greatness comes from hard work, determination and passion. What’s funny is that I have heard similar messages from other people at the top of their game. Coincidence?

Exercise Your Mind

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I am a big believer in the power of the mind.  I have seen how positive thinking can influence outcomes and likewise, how negative thinking can be attributed to negative results.  Call it what you will, we are surrounded by books that try to explain this Secret of Success.  I have read countless books on this subject and as you study them you come to realize, they are all very similar.   As a Man Thinketh author, James Allen says, “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”  And this quote, like many others in similar books, can also be attributed to the bible.  For example, Galatians 6:7 states, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” And in Job 4:8, “As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.” read more

Minimizing The Cost of Staying Fit

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“Do you need help picking something out?”, the twenty something year old Academy Sports employee asked as I eyed what seemed like hundreds of pairs of athletic shoes.  “No”, I lied.  “Just looking around.”.  He vanished as quickly as he appeared and left me staring at options I didn’t know I had.  Running shoes, cross training shoes, tennis shoes, walking shoes.  And of course, each category had various brand options.  I could opt for the well known Nike or Under Armour but which ones?  Some looked like they were designed by aerospace engineers and would instantly make me faster and able to jump higher.  Some had dials, some had no laces and some looked like feet. There were high dollar versions and low dollar versions.  And then there were the lesser known brands I’d never heard of. read more

The Carb Police

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“You look great!  What are you doing?”, asked a neighbor I had not seen in a couple months.  After explaining how I have gone low carb, paleo, primal (call it what you will) I was met with a look similar to one my mom gave me after failing a math test in seventh grade.  “You know that’s not good for you”, he explained.  “You have to eat more carbs.  What you’re doing is actually bad for you.”  I nodded my head up and down, listening on as he gave me a quick lesson his trainer taught him, thanked him for the information and went on my way. read more

I was a Boot-Camp Junkie

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Yes, I was one of them, the boot camp junkies.  Up at 4:30 AM three days a week for an early morning, outdoor butt whooping and a Saturday 7:30 AM class.  An occasional run with a friend if the weather was nice would add to my “cardio” day.  But one thing I noticed was not happening.  I wasn’t losing weight.  But why?  Doesn’t lots of cardio cause weight loss? After all, I’m working my butt off and getting up early!  And I like to think I was eating fairly clean, although it was easy to cheat, knowing I did more than enough cardio to justify it.  So why am I the same weight and so tired all day?  Now don’t get me wrong! These classes are GREAT and, if combined with proper eating, will definitely get results.  It wasn’t the classes that weren’t working, it was ME! read more

Staying Paleo on Vacation

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“How about a 20 mile ride tomorrow morning?”,  my brother in law asked with the enthusiasm of a school kid on his first day of summer.  “We can head out about 7 AM and be back in time for the beach!”

This is my vacation.  A twenty mile bike ride on a rented, one speed beach bike did not sound fun so I politely declined while four of our other vacationers accepted the offer.  I began to wonder if my next seven days on a beach in Florida would lead me to bad eating decisions and if maybe the ride was a good idea.  After all, aren’t vacations a guaranteed weight gain?  I decided then and there that I would stick to what I’ve been doing the past two months.  Stay away from bread, pastas, refined foods, sugars and anything else I did not need. read more