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Not by accident

Not by accident

Weight doesn’t creep up by accident. We put on weight when we don’t pay attention to what we’re eating. The reason we lose our strength and fitness isn’t a mystery. It’s because we don’t pay attention to it. We don’t get injured because we’re surrounded by some cosmic circumstances. We get injured when we don’t pay attention. This stuff doesn’t just happen. It happens when we don’t pay attention. Sometimes it’s because we’re tired, preoccupied, concerned. For whatever reason. But…

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An avoidable fight

An avoidable fight

Often, the only way we find satisfaction and happiness is by comparing ourselves to other people. Whether we’re looking up, down, or straight ahead, we use others as a measuring stick for our own success. Their position on the stick allows us to evaluate our career, health, wealth, looks and life. And although comparing ourselves to others is an ingrained part of our nature, it rarely serves us well. Like the placement of prostate, it’s one of those pieces of…

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Why We Should Appreciate Our Bodies As They Are

Why We Should Appreciate Our Bodies As They Are

I will bet my left knee cap that as you’re reading this, there is something about your body that you’d like to change. That you don’t feel completely satisfied with how something in your body looks (belly fat), feels (spongy) or moves (tight, or constipated). We often think of this lack of satisfaction as a good thing. It provides the motivation to switch into our training gear. That little voice that urges us to make healthier decisions during meal times….

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The Sunk Cost of Believing, Feeling and Behaving

The Sunk Cost of Believing, Feeling and Behaving

– Hey, I know you were asking for a hammer for your birthday. Here. It’s the top of the line. And because you’re so special, I didn’t want to just wrap it in an ordinary gift paper. Instead, I buried it somewhere in this terrarium along with ten funnel web spiders in it. Because I thought you’d like to have them, too. – Gee. Thanks. As Seth Godin puts it so eloquently, sunk costs are gifts from our past selves….

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Noticing

Noticing

The purpose of training our body at the gym is not to become better at training at the gym. No, we train so we can live a better, more fulfilling life outside of that space of bright lights and soulless pop music. Similarly, the reason for meditating is not just to get better at being present during the daily 10 minutes of practise. The reason we do it is to have the benefits of the practise spill into the rest…

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When You Feel Like Giving Up

When You Feel Like Giving Up

First some quick housekeeping: the paperback of my new book Spandex Not Compulsory is now available through well-stocked online retailers. Amazon.com.au Amazon.com and EU Booktopia.com.au Barnes and Noble And now this week’s blog post. When You Feel Like Giving Up Showing up to train is easy when all is swell. You’re seeing results and being fueled by the powerful concoction of energy, anticipation and progress that keeps you coming back and striving for more. Yet, only beginners are naïve enough to think…

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Discontent is a Poor Glue for Life

Discontent is a Poor Glue for Life

Most people live in a self told narrative of discontent. We are lost and searching for meaning in our lives by embracing unhappiness and the lack of satisfaction for our current self. We are who we are, not because of what we’ve become, but because of who we are not.

The Skill of Being Still

The Skill of Being Still

The other day, I am sitting on the bus on my way home minding my own business as I usually do. Yet I am drawn to observe the erratic behavior of the gentleman sitting in front of me. A gentleman who we shall call, Homer. It looks as if Homer’s mind and fingers are possessed by mystic, dark forces. Something out of an aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.

Dating Me (And Why You Should Too)

Dating Me (And Why You Should Too)

I spent the last weekend in Newcastle learning from the Postural Restoration Institute and had the Saturday night in the city by myself. I was free to roam the streets of a small town and cause a havoc. And as any man with a lots of time on his hands would do, I organized a date, with Me.

Gracefulness For a Better Body And Mind

Gracefulness For a Better Body And Mind

Grace ɡreɪs/ smoothness and elegance of movement. “she moved through the water with effortless grace” synonyms: elegance, stylishness, poise, finesse, charm; courteous good will. “he had the good grace to apologize to her afterwards” synonyms: courtesy, courteousness, politeness, manners, good manners, mannerliness, civility, decorum, decency, propriety, breeding, respect, respectfulness