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Why New Year’s Fitness Resolutions Fail

While we might all think that January 2019 was the longest year ever, the truth is the new year is only 6 weeks old. If you are like most people, your New Year’s Resolutions included some kind of pledge to “really get in shape THIS year”. So, how’s working out working...

Jordan Peterson Saved My Life

There is a reason this website has been relatively silent for a few years. From the fact that my father died in a car accident in 2016, to disintegrating personal relationships with people I thought would always be there, to several failed business ventures; to call...

Carb Nite vs. Carb Back Loading

This is a question that gets quite often, should I do CarbNite or Carb Backlaoding? And unfortunately, like most things fitness related the answer is “it depends”. What it depends on is YOU, and your current level of fitness and your current goals. As a...

Carb Backloading vs. Renegade Diet

Ok, so you may be wondering how does Carb Backloading compare to the Renegade Diet.  Honestly there are some similarities and some differences.  I have tried them both, and for me personally I prefer the CBL because it seems like more of a lifestyle than a “diet”. The...

The Keys to Exercise Selection for Athletes

It’s interesting how much dogma exists in training.  Despite all the information that is available to us today, there are still many things that we do without even thinking about WHY.  For instance take jogging.  Athletes that participate in predominately anaerobic...

Run Faster Jump Higher Throw Harder

What if I told you there was a particular muscle that controlled not only how fast you run, but how high you jump and how hard you can throw?  If you are an athlete that combination would probably be of interest to you.  Let’s face it, run, jump and throw pretty much...

The Crossfit Model For Mediocrity

Ok, ok I did that thing that writer’s do.  I used a really controversial sounding title to get you to read this.  If you are a crossfitter you are probably already in the middle of mentally drafting a scathing comment about how wrong I am.  Don’t forget your stopwatch...

The Best Workout Supplement

Now that the holidays have come and gone, we make another attempt at starting the new year right.  This is that wonderful time of year where gym owners salivate over the renewed enthusiasm for fitness.  The first 90 days of the year will see fitness centers packed...

The Airing of Grievances Fitness Edition

Another holiday season is upon us.  I don’t know about you, but I am not really sure where 2013 went.  This year, as they are want to do, just seemed to fly by.  And just like the many years that proceeded it there were some high points and some low points.  We all...

Gifts for Strength Athletes

With only a few shopping days before Christmas it is crunch time for many of you last minute shoppers.   I have to admit before the advent of the internet I was a Christmas Eve buyer myself.  I would do my shopping throughout the year so I knew what I was getting. ...

Baby Steps

6 min abs, 24-48 hour diet, Lap-Band, Liposuction…we have become addicted to Instant Gratification.  Are we really that afraid of the slow residual return on hard work?  Everything has be RIGHT NOW or why bother.  No one has any time to do anything, yet they still can recite what happened on last nights reality tv show.  I recently saw a post by a dieter that had dropped 20lbs, which is great.  However, she was discouraged because her progress had slowed, she wanted to lose another 50lbs, and “at this rate it is gonna take me another 2 years”.  My reply to this is….SO WHAT!!  It’s not like once you hit that weight loss goal you can go back to your previous eating habits without gaining it back.  It has to be a new lifestyle.  You can’t just count the days on your diet until you can go back to the caloric free-for-all that you used to enjoy.

People take such shortsighted view when it comes to dieting.  If I just find that one “quick fix” everything will be everything.  But how do you maintain this new found level of fitness?  If you do not change your eating habits, YOU DON’T!  Yo-yo, rollercoaster, or whatever implement of “feast or famine” you want to use to describe it, it is a vicious cycle.  And it all stems from the fact that people just don’t want to do the work.

Now I know that in RARE individuals there are medical conditions that make it abnormally hard to lose weight.  However, why is it that people automatically assume that they are one of those people, and require some medical procedure or magic potion to reach their goals?  All these late night informercials about the newest pill that allows you to remain completely sedintary while the pounds just melt away.  How much money do you have to waste on that crap before you realize that “eating healthy” really isn’t too expensive.

The surgical procedures are the ones that amuse me the most. Like I said, yes there are rare cases where such things may be necessary.  However, the general public should not need to resort to such measures to feel good in a swimsuit.  The funny part is there is a mandatory, ultra strict diet that they have to follow before and after the surgery (lap-band particularly). Am I the only that sees some irony in this?!  Yes, Liposuction sucks out the fat, but if you keep eating cheeseburgers it comes back, usually worse.

Of course, many that do actually choose the hard work approach tend to make it WAY harder than it has to be.  They dive face first into a super restrictive diet that they read in some magazine.  Spend a ton of money on fancy food and supplements.  After a week of starving to death they determine it is too hard and they give up…AGAIN.

It doesn’t have to be that hard.  Make small manageable changes, and eventually one pound here or there will add up.  And only changing one little thing at a time will make it easier to MAINTAIN…which is the key.  And believe it or not, it is ok if it takes you 2 years to lose 50lbs. How many years did it take you to gain it?

When it comes to fitness goals take the LONG view…as in the rest of your life….

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  1. AccidentalMommy

    I love watching The Biggest Loser. I think the transformations are amazing and inspiring, BUT I would never want to lose weight that way. They have to work so much harder to maintain their weight because they lost it so quickly.

    I'm still trying to lose a few more lbs, but it took me a year to lose 40 and I am happy about that because I did it making small changes that I can stick with long term.

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  2. Samuel Tarella

    That is so real! I don’t know a lot in relation to wellness and fitness nevertheless this specific article actually is awesome. Thanks!

    Reply

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