A new episode of the podcast is now up. In this episode, I talk about the best books on diet, exercise, and mental fortitude when it comes to reaching your goal weight. Enjoy!
Have a new episode of A Mind For Fitness Podcast. In this episode I interview Byron Morrison. Byron Morrison is the author of the book ‘Become a Better You’ and founder of Tailored Lifestyles. His work is all about helping as many people as possible live healthier, happier lives, as they make maintainable changes to the way they eat, think, move and live. Byron has himself lost 50 pounds and has an amazing story! You can find out more at www.tailoredlifestyles.co.uk Enjoy!
One of the things that astonishes me about my transformation from being fat to being fit is the way I now think. Not only did I go though a physical metamorphosis but I also whent though a mental one as well. Here are two topics contrasting the way I thought as a fat person to how I now think as a fit person.
Thinking About My Next Meal
As an overweight person, I use to worry about food particularly about my next meal. I was like a junkie worrying about his next fix. Part of the problem is that a lot of my happiness came from food.
Another aspect of the problem is that I was always hungry. Eating processed food that are also high in carbohydrates will raise and lower your blood sugar rapidly leaving you hungry more often. So of course I was always thinking about my next meal.
I’m still a foodie. I love to eat and enjoy most of my meals. However, I generally do not think about food until I’m hungry.
Also, I do not look to food as a primary source of happiness. That is to say, I do not look to food as a way to change my state or comfort me when I’m feeling sad. Now I much more look to exercise and other resources to change my state.
Worrying About “Wasting” Food
When I was overweight I was constantly concerned about finishing my plate. I viewed throwing food away even if I was full as a waste. So instead I would stuff myself.
I grew up hearing about starving children in China who would love eat what I threw away. Feeding the poor is a serious matter and I’m not trying to make light of it in any way. However, me overeating does not do one thing to help starving children. It only makes me fat.
I no longer worry about wasting food. This is not to say that I frivolously make extra food just to throw it away. In fact, I generally eat most of what is on my plate. But I do not try to stuff myself if I’m full.
The reason I no longer worry about throwing away excess food is that I had somewhat of an epiphany a few years ago. I realized that if you are overweight, then I am wasting food if I eat past satiety. It is not going to use; It is going to fat. So I decided that I could either throw excess food in the trash can I wear (fat cells), or I could through it in the trash can I don’t wear.
Changing your thinking is sometimes more difficult than changing your habits. But the truth is all change starts in the mind. Today challenge yourself to think like a fit person. If you do, you will eventually act like a fit person.
A new episode of A Mind For Fitness Podcast is now up. In this episode we talk about the real dietary issues behind weight gain and what you can do about it. Enjoy!
As a health coach, I see a lot of people who want to get in shape for the new year. It’s natural. It’s a new year filled with new promises and new possibilities. It seems like nothing is impossible.
There is a lot of truth in that last statement–nothing seems impossible! But wait. Haven’t you been here before? Haven’t we all? I remember telling myself every January 1st. that this year would be the year I finally got in shape. But by the following December, I found myself in the same if not worse shape than when I started. So what’s gone wrong and how can we fix it?
The truth is that it is not just one thing but a bunch of small things that that add up to failure. However, if there is one encapsulating issue that if addressed would solve most problems, it would be this: No plan!
Instead of having a plan people say things like, “I’m just going to try harder,” or “I’m going to be more healthy,” and “I just need to lose a few pounds.”
The problem with this is that it is too vague. In what ways are you going to try harder? What does “more healthy” mean? And how much weight do you actually need to lose? The truth is without a specific plan you are more than likely going to find yourself in the same place by next year.
The plan you choose should be specific and should cover an eating protocol, a workout protocol, and psychological conditioning. You want to keep as motivated as possible on all levels of fitness. This includes what you eat, how you move your body, and your state of mind.
Your plan should be realistic. It should include a time when you can eat your favorite foods, and a time off of exercising for rest.
It should also include more than one way to track your weight-loss progress. For example, the scale is a great way to see how much you have lost but this should not be your only means of measuring your success. Another way is by having a goal shirt or dress that you want to fit into. Often you may not be making progress on the scale but you may be fitting better into your clothes.
Finally, let me extent an invitation to you from Advanced Weight-Loss Resources. If you are looking for lasting success in the area of health and fitness, please contact us and let’s get you to your goal weight this year!
Intermittent fasting (IF) is not only healthy, but it’s a great way to lose weight. I have personally used it to lose a lot of unwanted fat. In fact, I IF most days of the week. But my biggest problem is getting back into it after a full day of eating.
After a full day of eating, I’m normally very hungry the following day. Sometimes I’m hungrier than if I had not eaten at all. Getting though the late part of the mornings and the afternoons are the most difficult times for me. But I have found one trick that helps me push past those points in the day when I really want to eat. What is that trick? I give myself tasks.
By tasks I mean anything that I can or need to accomplish. For example, when I start getting hungry, I will tell myself I have to mow the lawn first or something like that. After that, I’m normally not hungry and can sustain my fast for a few more hours. If I get hungry again and it is still not time to eat, I will simply give myself another task. Another example is going to the gas station to fill up my car.
The task can be anything. It just has to be something that you do, something that takes action. This will take your mind off of your hunger. In contrast, it can’t be a passive activity like watching a movie or listening to a podcast. In my experience, passive activities just allow me to focus on the hunger.
So next time you are intermittent Fasting and you’er having a hard time making it to your eating window, try this trick. And don’t forget to share this post if you found this helpful!
A new episode of a Mind For Fitness Podcast is now up. Learn what is really keeping you Overweight and how to change it!
A new A Mind For Fitness Podcast is now available. This is a good one. I come clean and talk about how I gained weight again but also how I lost it and am now more fit than ever. Enjoy!
In this episode of A Mind For Fitness Podcast, Ean Carlin talks about how to deal with those new years resolutioners who are at your gym.
Yes it is that time of year again. It is that time when everyone is trying to get into shape and make all kinds of goals regarding health and weight loss. For many, one of those goals is to hit the gym and hit it hard! What this means is that the gym will be swarming with new people. For us long times, us people who already go to the gym on a consistent basis we, we call these new people “resolutionars”! And they can be annoying at the least and completely your workout at worst.
Don’t Be A Hater
Dealing with resolutionars can be bothersome. Often they are in the way and many of them don’t seem to understand proper gym etiquette.
That said, don’t be a hater. Keep in mind the fact that these people are just trying to better themselves by improving their health. This type of behavior should be encouraged.
In practical terms, smile at the new people instead of glaring at them hatefully. Introduce your self. Let them know that you have been coming to this gym for a long time and tell them everything you like about the place. Just think: it may be your kind words that makes a resolutionar a regular.
Next thing to do is not worry about all the new people. Statistics show that 95% of people who make resolutions for the new year will break those commitments by January 15th. Just wait it out a week or two and those who are not serious will be gone and out of your way. And if you followed the above recommendation, those who decided to really make a commitment, will now be your friends.
Take Time Off
If you really just cannot handle being around resolutionars, then one of the best things you can do is to take some time off. I know for us regulars, taking time off is difficult. We love working out and we love going to the gym. However, most workout regiments require taking time off. And if you are anything like me, you workout hard during the holidays and could use a break. Remember, for optimal health, recovery is just as important as working out.
So maybe you did take the holidays off and you need to workout. The home gym is always an option. You may not have every piece of equipment they have at a traditional gym, but you can do push ups, squats, lunges, and all sorts of things that will keep you in good health.
Go in The Morning
If you just cannot stay away from the gym, then your best bet is to go in the morning. This will not keep you from resolutionars altogether, but it will minimize your encounters with them. Generally speaking, most of them are not dedicated enough to go in the morning. And those who are willing to make the commitment to go in the morning are more likely to become regulars.
Switch Your Routine
The last thing you can do is to change your routine. Instead of doing chest on Monday, do biceps. Or simply do what is available. Make the best of what you have and do what you can do. This will always make a great workout.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. I hope it helped you. If it did, please do me the favor of sharing it on your favorite social media. Have a great new year!