All posts in "Healthy Habits"

Effort Trumps Ability

By Coach Dean / July 10, 2015

It has long been studied why Japanese students have long outscored American students when it comes to math. It must be the Japanese are just “smarter” or have better genetics for math, right? It turns out is a matter of culture, not genetics. Jim Stigler, professor of psychology at UCLA sums it up this way: […]


Where Is Your Focus?

By Coach Dean / July 9, 2015

The best part of being on a team of coaches like I am at Get Fit NH is I get to learn from them too. Coach Meagan shared a quote last week that really resonated with me. “If you focus on results you will never change. If you focus on change you will get results.” […]


Building Your Masterpiece

By Coach Dean / July 8, 2015

A tourist in Paris walked up to a construction site and asked one of the workers “What are you doing?” The man, breathing heavy from his labor and covered in sweat sarcastically replied “I’m laying bricks, what does it look like?” The tourist moved on and saw another man laying bricks and asked the same […]


Yes and No

By Coach Dean / July 7, 2015

I can’t remember from whom I first heard it, but this axiom has stuck with me ever since. “Saying ‘Yes’ to something means saying ‘no’ to something else.” Saying ‘Yes’ to being on another board means saying ‘No’ to that evening with my wife. Saying ‘Yes’ to that early morning political meeting means saying ‘No’ […]


Off The Scale

By Coach Dean / July 6, 2015

I have to admit that I have had an unhealthy obsession with the scale. In spite of the fact it is a poor day-to-day indicator of body composition, it is a hard habit to break. Some people do just fine with it, but others let it drive them crazy. Do any of these things sound […]


Don’t Wait To Stop Procrastinating

By Coach Dean / July 3, 2015

Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Or was it the other way around? Heck, I can’t remember, I’ll look it up later. 🙂 Seriously though, did you know there is a “brain” reason why we tend to procrastinate? Why eating the doughnut right now is much more desirable than fitting into […]


“Tired of starting over?”

By Coach Dean / July 2, 2015

We just recently finished a 6-week nutrition challenge at the gyms my wife and I own. I have a love-hate relationship with short term challenges like these. On the one hand they are awesome for getting people to focus on some changes they need to make in order to reach their goals. On the other […]


Action Before Motivation

By Coach Dean / July 1, 2015

In conversations with my coaching clients we talk about “Outcome Goals” and “Behavior (or process) Goals”. An outcome goal might be “Lose 20 pounds”. The behavior or process goal is in reality the action that it is going to take to get there. “I will plan every meal, eat protein with every meal, and eat […]


How Do You Know?

By Coach Dean / June 30, 2015

How do you track your progress? How do you know your behavior goals are leading to your outcome goals? Outcome goals are pretty easy to track. You want to lost 20 pounds? You step on the scale every so often and it’s pretty easy to tell if you have achieved that outcome. But tracking your […]


Organized and Prioritized

By Coach Dean / June 29, 2015

In what ways do you organize your life? I think that is a better question than “Are you an organized person?” If you were to look at my desk you would conclude I am not very organized. However if you were to take a peek inside my training log or food journal, you would probably […]

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