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It’s a cage

It’s a cage

Are you chasing a number on the scale because it’s what you used to weigh in high school? Do you step on the scale each morning to determine your self-value for the day ahead? You already know how your relationship is with the scale. When used with detachment, the scale can be a dutiful servant. But when we tie our identity to the number in front of us, the scale becomes the master and makes us its slave. Is the…

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The Reasons Will Vary

The Reasons Will Vary

Most of us have something we know we should probably do, but just can’t make it into a habit. Training, eating vegetables, drinking water, getting in the daily steps, meditation, running our hands through the soft Saharan sand, whatever. Years ago my friends were trying to convince me of the benefits of cold exposure. Specifically, cold showers and ice baths. The upsides of cold exposure read like à la carte menu at an all mighty healer’s restaurant: reduces chronic pain,…

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The secret

The secret

Show up. Even when you don’t feel like it. Lean in. Especially when it feels overwhelmingly difficult. Do the work. But also learn to rest without guilt. Struggle. Then grow from it. And accept that all of this will probably take longer than you’d like.

As much as you want

As much as you want

This could be the only thing you’ll ever need to improve your diet. But first, let’s make few assumptions about the way you currently eat. Let’s assume you’re already eating a relatively healthy, wholefoods diet. You don’t need to be a clean (terrible term to describe eating, but bear with me here) eating tupperware robot. Not even close. But most of the foods you currently eat are considered healthy by most people. The kinds of foods that make you feel…

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Dig deeper

Dig deeper

When asked what do they want, most people say they want to be stronger, fitter and healthier. And, although they don’t always say it, they want to look better naked. Fair enough. Nothing new here. But all of that is just adjectives. Dust on the surface. Words we’ve conditioned ourselves to say. The stereotypical answer that gives us a quick way out of an uncomfortable situation. It’s because of this rehearsed, meaningless answer that many people cannot reach that stronger,…

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It’s a trap!

It’s a trap!

We all struggle. It’s how we approach struggle that determines our long-term results with the things that matter to us. Feeling sorry for ourselves during struggle is a trap. It is our mind looking for an excuse to stop trying. It’s asking for our permission to quit. It wants us to give up and move on. But struggle is not something to feel disappointed about. Struggling and failing are part of the learning process. They are signs we’re challenging our…

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Just enough vs too much

Just enough vs too much

I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again. I want people to walk away from workouts feeling they could do a bit more. This is particularly true for those who are new to it all. It takes time to learn where one’s limits are and how close to them you are. As the training age and confidence increases, you can start pushing yourself more. If you want to. But I feel like I need to clarify something here. This…

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Longevity in training

Longevity in training

Start easy. Keep it simple. Focus on making it into a habit. Not for 12 weeks. But to turn it into a lifelong routine, no different to brushing your teeth. You can always ramp it up later if you want to. What’s the most efficient, sustainable and safest way to get to your goal? Not for everyone, but for you? This includes frequency, exercises, type of training and the environment. I’m sure there’s more. There’s absolutely nothing you have to…

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Does it fit in the box?

Does it fit in the box?

This is the only box I trust. All the truth stems from this box. My chosen box will never fail. It’s nice when all the answers fit into a one neat box. It makes our world feel a little safer. A bit more predictable. Ketogenic diet. Paleo. Raw food diet. Vegan. Atkins. Zone. The list goes on. Only believing and trusting our own chosen system, and it’s all healing qualities, is at the same a powerful and a comforting place…

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They’re watching

They’re watching

All the good stories are set in the winter. I remember being a little kid, no more than seven or eight, and wandering around our home and trying to find dad. As I got in front of a room with a closed door, I heard some muffled grunting behind it. I peaked in. There he was on the floor, trying to keep it quiet (probably to get a brief moment of peace to himself) doing ab crunches on an old…

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