I recently wrote a piece about the difference in perception caused in most people when they hear ‘diet and exercise’ versus ‘nutrition and fitness.’ Just yesterday (as I write this) I was in my doctor’s office and was proud to see his reaction to the new fitness levels my wife and I are demonstrating thanks to our relatively new regimen of eating cleaner and training more. When he asked what we were doing, I carefully didn’t answer “diet and exercise” but HE used the word exercise in our conversation quite repeatedly. It made me wonder what people think when they hear the word ‘exercise’ because some seem so adverse to it. Some seem to think it means something tedious and unbearable. Some seem to think it means constantly repetitive and boring activity designed for very limited purposes. I decided to take a look at the word and how we use it and see what it really means. Continue reading
Just recently, as many readers know, I’ve renewed my focus on my health. I am not participating in any type of fad diet, nor using any diet “program.” I’m not paying into CrossFit, Isometrix, Tone-ex, yada yada. I’m using that ancient and under-appreciated method that has been proven over millennia: I’m eating cleaner and exercising more.
The challenge I sometimes find is my motivation waning. As I considered that this morning, I realized that my maintaining motivation seems more difficult now than it did when I was… say… 19. Of course, there’s a major difference: I don’t have a Drill Sergeant yelling at me now. Continue reading
In today’s computer age, days where you can’t look around without seeing someone on their “smart” phone, and times of everyone being connected nearly full time, the word “hack” has come to take on a whole new meaning. It is essentially used to mean “something that makes your life easier or an easier and faster way of doing something.” I’ve seen some pretty cool hacks posted online but I often wonder how come nobody ever shares TRUE “life hacks:” hacks that actually make your life easier in the way(s) that count most. So… I had to. I considered it a challenge I couldn’t back away from. Continue reading
Per dictionary.com: one definition of “dream” is, “an aspiration; goal; aim.” Per the same website, one definition of “achievement” is, “something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort, great courage, etc.” So what sets apart the people who ONLY dream from those who dream AND achieve? The answer is simple: hard work. Continue reading
I can’t say I was much of a fan of the Matrix movies after the first one, and part of what made the first one so good was all the lessons Morpheus taught Neo. ONE of those lessons was the difference between thinking you might be something, believing you might be something and simply KNOWING you ARE something. It’s the difference between absolute confidence and confidence tinged with worries, doubts or insecurities. Does the difference matter? Only if you want to succeed. Continue reading
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. How many times have you heard THAT statement? Better yet, how many times have you heard that statement used by someone who you believed simply didn’t want to try to teach someone something new? Or learn something new themselves? From past experience I know for a fact that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, you can teach an old dog new tricks right up until you have to say goodbye to them and wonder if you’ll go get a puppy replacement. Continue reading
If you look back at the first two posts in the motivational category (where you’re reading this too), you’ll see the first two: Just Don’t Quit and You Don’t Have To Like It (You just have to do it). This one? Ignore the distractions; focus on the goal! One of the most respected military units in the WORLD today is the Navy SEALs. They are considered the elite of the elite. They are smart, fit, imaginative and simply don’t know how to quit. Do you know what one of their secrets is? Ignoring distractions. What distractions you ask? Things like fatigue, hunger, pain, home sickness, etc. One of the reasons they are so successful in their missions is because they stay focused on the mission until it’s complete. Continue reading