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Thankful Tuesday

Are you willing to share yours in the comments below? Let’s life each other and our community here up!

I am thankful for:

  1. My kids upstairs playing
  2. My kids fighting while playing 🙂
  3. A good cup of coffee
  4. A good nights sleep
  5. This blog, because I get to share my story, and some of y’all actually read it!


A Better Way To Measure?

When it comes to losing weight we usually do one of two things:

  1. Step on a scale
  2. Get our body composition (bodyfat) measured.

And those are very important. They tell us the outcome of our efforts.

But the outcome doesn’t ever seem to happen fast enough. I mean on those weight loss shows that dude lost 20 pounds in a week, and I only lost 5 pounds last month. Sometimes all the effort just doesn’t seem worth it.

So here’s what I want you to do. Get a piece of paper out and write down the following:

On a scale of 1 to 10:

How is my energy level today?

How is my attitude today?

How did I sleep last night?

How do I feel when I look in the mirror?

How focused am I today?

Keep your log for 7 days, and see if focusing on those things helps the other thing (you know, the fat loss).

Let me know how it goes!



roseGrowing is uncomfortable.

Our bodies, minds and emotions can (and often do) get beat up.

People criticize us.

WE criticize ourselves.

I don’t know about you, but I find it’s easier to stay small, close to the ground. That way I don’t expose myself to criticism and ridicule.

But staying small and closed off from the world destroys the possibility of reaching our potential.

It’s like a beautiful rose that refuses to go from bud to bloom.

The world needs you to be your best self.



In his book Peak, author Chip Conley writes:

“…there’s a qualitative difference between being not sick and feeling healthy or truly alive.”

Health is more than just the absence of sickness.

Life is more than simply the absence of death.

We can choose to live in the mucky middle, trudging along the path from the time we are born until the time we die.

Or we can make another choice.

To make a difference.

To seek excellence.

To pursue joy.



Commit To Excellence, Not Perfection

“Good is the enemy of great” – Jim Collins

“Perfection is the enemy of excellence” – Me (and others I am sure)

The pursuit of perfection is really just procrastination.

“When all my ducks line up in a row, then I’ll start X.Y.Z”

“When work slows down, when the kids are out of school, when…when…when…”

You know it to be true. Things will never be perfect, which is why we wait for perfect to start.

It’s easier that way.

How about setting your sights for excellence.

That’s a target worth aiming for.


Confidence Follows Competence

What a great week last week. I was in Louisville at the Elite Fitness and Performance Seminar and it was phenomenal. Always great to be around my peers and get some knowledge bombs dropped on me.

skiingWe got to talking about winter in the northeast and someone asked me if I ski, of which the answer is “no”. I then went on to explain that I am not very good at it so I don’t really enjoy it. I don’t like the thought of crashing and breaking something – not cool.

Did you catch that? Because as I thought about it later it struck me.

What I was saying was “I am not a competent skiier, therefore I have no confidence that I am going to stay upright long enough to enjoy myself.”

Confidence Follows Competence.

If I spent the time practicing and continually raising my skill level, I would start to enjoy skiing instead of dreading it. However in this case I don’t like sucking, so I just avoid it.

Building our food habits are really no different.

Planning, shopping, food prep.

These are all skills. When we practice them we get better at them. When we get better at them they are more enjoyable. Because they are more enjoyable we keep practicing them until we reach mastery.

In a perfect world.

In case you didn’t notice, we ain’t in one. And that usually leads to the avoidance part.

The missing piece to mastery?


You can learn more about that here.



What We Fear Most

What is the reason we are so often unwilling to try something new?

To push our limits?

To go out on a limb?

We are afraid to fail.

In our culture failure is something to be avoided at all costs.

After all, if you fail at something you must be flawed, right?

So that stops us from even trying.

I let fear hold me back from doing many things in my life.

What if this happens, or that happens? What will people think, as if it really matters.

What if, what if, what if?

Because in our minds the other side of the “if” is always dark and terrible.

But “what if” on the other side of “if” was joy and light, creativity and achievement?

If you became the person you could be, only if…

There is only one way to find out.

Make Your Life Easier

One of my mentors, Precision Nutrition’s John Berardi has a couple “laws”. You may have heard them before but they bear repeating:

Berardi’s First Law states:

If a food is in your house or possession, either you, someone you love, or someone you marginally tolerate, will eventually eat it.

The corollary of Berardi’s First Law is:

If a healthy food is in your house or possession, either you, someone you love, or someone you marginally tolerate, will eventually eat it.

Forget “willpower”, it is limited.

Forget “motivation”, it comes and goes like the wind.

Set yourself up for success.

The less you have to think the better.

If you have only healthy food in the house, you don’t have to make a choice. You just eat the healthy food that is there.

Is that easier than what you are doing now?


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