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5 Keys to Health

There were various groups of people throughout history from whom we could learn much. That’s not to say that they were 100% right about everything all the time or that their lifestyle should be adopted in a saturation fashion. But when you think about it, there is something we can learn from everyone. When you look back in history and see a culture that significantly stood the test of time, contributed to the overall well-being of their community and were respected (not out of fear) by those they served, it’s likely a group worth paying attention to. The Samurai were such a group. Continue reading

Is the 80/20 Rule Right For You?

Before I delve into the 80/20 rule and whether or not it’s right for you, we need to differentiate between which 80/20 rule we’re talking about. If you’re an economics major or work in the financial field, you’ve no doubt heard of the 80/20 rule otherwise known as Pareto’s Rule. It states that roughly 80% of revenue is generated by 20% of the work. If you Google “80/20 rule” you’ll also see references to the 80/20 rule in marriage, the 80/20 rule in marketing and the 80/20 rule in management. None of that is what we’re talking about here. What we’re talking about here is a discipline level: that of 80% discipline, 20% relaxation… or at least loosened restrictions. Continue reading

Start With Commitment

I came to a realization this morning. It may not have been a big one, but it struck me as worth sharing. That realization was this: every success story I’ve ever read or heard about started out with someone taking a dream and changing it into a goal. In that moment, when they decide they are going to make their dream come true, the successful person commits. They commit to the work it will take to make their dream come true. They change a dream into a goal and compile the goals into a plan and work that plan until they reach success. Continue reading

What’s Your Answer?

A few years back I was working security at two parties each year. The parties were hosted at the Georgetown (Washington DC) home of a VERY rich guy and each Independence Day and Halloween he hired a team of security personnel. Every one of us was current or former law enforcement and most of us had executive protection training / experience as well. Those party assignments were the one occasion where I’d see a few people I knew; guys I’d worked with but we lived in different states and our work paths didn’t cross.

Between Halloween parties, one year to the next, I’d undertaken a fitness regimen and lost about twenty pounds. When one guy saw me he demanded to know how I’d done it. I gestured him in close so I could whisper in his ear. I very quietly said, “I did a lot of research and discovered an ancient science dating back to the Egyptian Pharaohs.” I got quieter and he leaned in even closer. “It’s called… diet and exercise,” I finished.  He jerked back, laughed and gave me a punch in the shoulder. His reaction, when you think about it, is very common among people who want to lose weight and get in better shape. For some reason, the idea of actually eating cleaner and training their bodies is funny? It’s somehow ridiculous?

I thought a bit about the answer though. “Diet and exercise.” All too often when people hear that they think about cutting what they eat each day in half, starving themselves, and doing a lot of running, push-ups, sit-ups and more. I’ve often been told that “diet is just ‘die’ with a T added on.” It’s no wonder, with the stereotypes that exist, that when you say “diet and exercise” some people cringe away from you.

I did a search on Google to see what images came up for “diet and exercise” and the large majority of them pictured healthy foods and someone running.

Then I thought about what I’m doing at the moment. As a brand new Beach Body Coach and Shakeology devotee, am I dieting and exercising?  Of course, I am. The one thing that might be funnier than seeing people’s response to “diet and exercise” is to see their reaction to “Shakeology and Beach Body.”

Now my response, when asked what I’m doing to lose weight and get in shape is, “Improving my nutrition and training.” That answer, for whatever reason, elicits an entirely different response. Instead of laughing or cringing away, people tend to say, “Really? Is it hard?” Their curiosity is piqued. It has spawned conversations about various programs designed to help people lose weight, the long term sustainability of those plans and how easy the Shakeology / Beach Body program is.

Interestingly, there’s a distinct difference of perception when the words “exercise” versus “training” are used. Exercise seems to be perceived as this generic movement of your body designed to burn fat and support muscle tone… maybe. Some people hear “exercise” and all their mind sees is running, walking, jumping jacks, etc. They see pure cardio. But when that same person hears “training,” they start to think about a structured approach to training the body for a specific fitness performance; as if somehow anyone who “trains” is an Olympic athlete in the making. Don’t we all wish, right?

But the reality is this: the difference between exercise and training is mostly in your mind. It depends on your goals and how you approach attaining them. If your ONLY goal is losing weight and increasing your cardiac health, you have at all the running, walking, swimming, etc. that you want. But if your end goal is a healthier body to include strength, flexibility AND cardiac health, then you need to really understand nutrition and undertake a proper training program.

When you search Google for “nutrition and training” you get images of healthy foods and weights, resistance bands, a universal weight machine or other similar items that imply strength training.

That was what drew me to Shakeology and the Beach Body training programs. It was the only program I could find that offered guidance and training both for nutrition and for various fitness goals. I didn’t (don’t) want to just lose weight, but wanted to increase my strength, increase my flexibility, maintain or improve my cardiac health and I didn’t want to starve myself along the way. As I type this, I still have about 700 more calories I can eat today but I’m so full, I’m not hungry. I’m sore across my chest, shoulders, back and abs. Why? Training. I’m in week two of the LIIFT4 8-week challenge. It combines strength training with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for cardio. It’s working. I’m not hungry and it’s not boring.

If you wanna know more, let me know.

 

Answering That First Hater

Well, it had to happen. After announcing the new fitness & nutrition business my wife have launched, I got my first message (via Facebook) that read: “Are you serious? You’re doing the Beach Body thing? Isn’t that for women? You give up your man card? Don’t be a p*ssy. Lift hard, run hard. Eat clean. It’s all you need.” Okay. I’ve known this man for about twenty years and he truly believes exactly what he sent. I guess there may be some misperception of Beach Body, its origins and gender specificity… but give up my man card? I don’t think so. Continue reading

Why Did We Choose BeachBody?

After announcing the new fitness and nutrition business my wife and I launched today (as I type this), I got a question from a friend on Facebook: So what made you guys go to BeachBody?  I started to type out the answer to her and then thought… others are going to ask this same question. So here’s the answer for anyone who wondered. Continue reading

Formal Launch – TBB Frankly-Fit

Today’s entry (October 22, 2018) is to formally announce that my wife, Debbie, and I are launching our Team Beach Body (TBB) coaching business. Even as I type this I’m quite aware that I have some friends who will giggle and laugh because they assume things about TBB that they find… beneath them somehow. I have some other friends who will see this, nod their head and mentally wish us well both in our fitness attainment and in the building of our attached business. Then there are a few folks reading this who will almost immediately think, “Wow. Could that help me? Could I do that?” The answer is, yes it could and yes you can. If you fall into either of the two latter groups, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email (frankborelli@comcast.net) or on our Beach Body Coach’s page or through the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MentorFrankBorelli/

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Life Is THE Final Exam

Do you remember… that kid in school that always wanted to sit next to you so he could copy your paper? Or your answers on a test? Were you that kid? Do you remember the guy you worked with who seemed to always copy your moves or changes or growth… whatever he saw you doing that he thought might benefit him if he did it too? Do you remember the neighbor you had that seemed to buy a new car every time you did? Or he only mowed his lawn the afternoon of the day you did yours in the morning? We all remember one or more of those folks. They are those who watch how we live life and, seeing how well we’re doing, they follow along, copying our moves, tracking our changes and thinking that if they just do the same, then they can do as well. Little do they realize: Not only are we not living the same life, but we’re not even in the same reality – because reality is as individual as we are. Let me explain that. Continue reading

Do You Artificially Shackle Yourself?

As I think a great many people do nearly every day now, I was surfing through some social media posts and I came across this image. Courtesy of @addicted2success, the image shows Superman in handcuffs and accompanied by four soldiers in body armor, etc. It’s an image from the movie “Man of Steel.”  The phrase on it is what caught my attention: How it feels when you’re stuck in your day job and you know your true potential. Continue reading

Don’t Let Your Past Shackle You

In the contemporary world there seem to be a host of beliefs, accepted as unavoidable fact, based on assumptions about the inevitable results of past events. The examples I would give are 1) Every combat veteran will have or does have PTSD and 2) If you have a family history of clinical depression then it’s inevitable that you have or will have it too.  Such beliefs… assumptions really… are not only far from accurate but, if believed, can be unnecessarily and avoidably debilitating. Let me explain. Continue reading