Weight loss and the athletic spirit

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When you’re overweight: there is the you that tethers your mind and emotions about your body to your body, holding it down, and vice versa.

Then there is the you capable of sensing your separateness from your own body that respects what the body can do if allowed.

This is your spirit that can untie your body from the current emotional state to let it move. It’s kind of like taking your dog for a walk when you feel half asleep. Or letting the parking brake off of your car. Or stepping up during an emergency.

The part of you who rises above the emotion-shackled body and body-shackled emotional state is the athletic spirit, the worker’s ethic, and the artists inspiration. This you is capable of adaptive training.

Turns out, freed from the body-mind and its every notion about the body (from aches to analyses) the emotions will serve the athletic spirit. Once moving, these two will lead the mind and body to freedom and greater well being.

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Handling Victory and Defeat with Grace

If in our hearts we thoroughly prepare for lifelong grace after victory or defeat, neither victory or defeat can undo us.

Ten Principles, Seven Dimensions

Make a sea-change in your training life approach, and reach for the sky:

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Internalize the Ten Principles, Train the Seven Dimensions, and Live a Sustainably Free Training Life for the Long Run.

Simple Personal Executive Power

There is more than meets the eye here.

Consider all of the decisions, words, or actions we may have used this beautiful button on had it popped-up in real time.

From a self-training perspective, this button could cut-off decisions to eat, drink, think, do, or say things that would waste our health, damage our bodies, or steal time from more important priorities, be it relationship, work, physical training, or others. In a limited life span here on Earth, such a button pushed at the right times could save exponential time. That saved time could then find spot-on opportunities for excellence.

This is not just because of better opportunities found, but because we avoid entanglements that would steal yet more time from the most important things.

The cancel button in the picture is blue, a color that suggests that it is perfectly OK to cancel something. To make it red creates negative emotional associations.

Perhaps the “Send” button should be red, as impulsively or accidentally sent messages burn more bridges than cancelling messages does.

Weight Shifting Is a Shooting and Spending War, Not a Matter of Health Care Alone (Revised)

Defining Terms to Get Results

“Weight-loss” or “weight-gain” are too abstract to help us perceive what is involved in the overweight casualties of the New Millennium.

Truer terms are “Weight-shifting” and “Mind-Body War.” For-profit, the Weight-Shifters strategically bomb us with ill-messaging about food, good-times, and ourselves. We are taught that we are significant because we are brand-supporters. Tactically, we are disarmed by bright lights, warm colors, and enticing photos of food and drink.

Crazily, the image of ourselves as fit can even make us indulge, thinking we can “take it” at the drive-through, or that “fit people eat here.” We are guerrilla stricken during commutes, when we are tired, rushed, feeling deprived, getting in late, and grappling with daily problems. We are “too tired to fix dinner.”

Yet there is hope. There are natural and organic grocers, and grocery sections. There are often free samples of healthy fare at the grocery stores to ease the urgency of hunger. Or just buy a small green juice first, and sip while shopping.

Our Appetites

Our appetites are the most vulnerable, non-critical, and primitive pressure points in this weight-shifting war. Each assault exploits the tensions of the busy-life schema that put us in urgently hungry states of the primitive brain.

Each attack, and each battle lost, takes a permanent toll. The hit-and-run nature of the anti-health raids impels us to hit-and-run ourselves with the false notion that it will only be “this time.”

Mind and Emotions

A sober, stoic war-footing toward these messaging phenomena would help galvanize and unify our minds and emotions against these false-comfort attacks. Think about who you want to be when attacked, not what you want right then.

False comfort is fizzy, melted, hot, salty, sweet, fatty, calming, and ultimately, a Dopamine-dumping chemical frenzy to ease our tension, cull our cognitive dissonance, and crush our health. It also drains our wallets.

True comfort is being truly free and under control of our life direction. Shopping and preparation burns calories, and deepens our relationship to fresher, purer food.

Body

When we eat the refined, processed, sodium-filled, grease-bombs that explode in our tummies and calm our nerves, we are descending into sickness. Thinking the situation through is not so easy.

Thinking outside of our bodily frenzies is the beginning of freedom. Detaching a part of our higher minds to float above our animal-drives can help us become self-aware of our total beings, not just our Pavlovian-Lowest Common Denominator. We can trump our immediate appetites.

Conclusion

Adaptive fitness assumes that eating, drinking, and sleeping are self-trainable behaviors every bit as much as exercise and sport are trainable. We can eat, drink, and sleep in accord with who and how we want to be.

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Let Your Paths Be Many (for sustainable endurance training)

Let Your Paths Be Many

Mileage training navigates many paths in time, space, and season.

Play Is a Force of Nature

Do not underestimate the power of the Force…of Play. Parents who work at getting or staying fit sometimes think, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have an edge without steroids?”

Could you manage 90-minutes of constant, varied, physical, responsive, interactive, and emotionally alive play with your kid(s) or nephews or nieces? Sounds exhausting, and it can be, however, there is an energy loop that goes right back into you.

Focused, physically active play is challenging, varied training. There are high-intensity chases; intervals of quiet role playing to exercise recovery breathing and listening skills; dance; uproarious laughter; hiding (and controlling breathing while hiding); suspense;  evading and wrestling, just to keep the game going; avoiding water, foam projectiles, and martial arts moves; throwing; catching; holding; throwing games; target practice games; dancing; towing; falling; rolling; getting up again; and many, many more.

Marcus Aurelius said that life is more like wrestling than dancing. Focused play is both of these and more. The laughter, joy, communication, and satisfaction you will get because your child is happy from the undivided play time with you will go beyond calories and into the health benefits of sheer happiness, if you put yourself into it. Everyone will also sleep well, a boon for the immune system and brain.

Obviously exercise total focus, awareness, and preventive safety whenever playing. I don’t advocate hide and seek in places away from home where you lose sight of your child. One’s own safe and secure home is best for that.

"A force of nature, play is." --Yoda

“A force of nature, play is.”
–Yoda

Walkers: Walk, Talk, and Java: Black Is Beautiful

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Just the brand at hand for today’s pictures…other brands will show up too in due time. Random selection from cabinet.

You want to be fit. It’s the weekend morning, and you haven’t trained in two weeks after a virus and the next week exhausting yourself catching up at work.

The coffee fumes reach out to you like a pungent, thermal hand, melting the sand man’s sand in your eyes.

If you like weekend mornings resetting with a friend at a coffee house, here is a sequence you might memorize:

Walk. Walk to meet, or walk with your friend, loved one, or business partner to the coffee house.

Talk. Bounce your ideas around, assemble your thoughts, and plow your mental fields while a cup warms your hands.

Black. Order your coffee black if possible, and if you sweeten it, use a few drops of honey. Same with tea.

Lean. Lean forward and eat lean.

Back. Walk back home!

Mental Approach to Weight Loss

light from the engine of the solar system makes matter beautiful

light from the engine of the solar system makes matter beautiful

If you suffer inner torment over your weight, shape, or features, I offer the following:

Do not look to the body of your vehicle to get where you want to go.

It’s all in the engine. Clean and prime it with only good fuel and keep your fluid levels topped off. Remove unnecessary junk from spark plugs, mental and physical.

Start your engine.

When it is warm, make some trips. Some test runs.

Work out the bugs gradually, one at a time. Talk to other owners, read some owner’s manuals, and with excellent focus, tend to the priority fixes right on down the line.

Be encouraged the analogy to a car stops there.

When you focus on the engine within you, it will transform the body without need of welding, primer, cements, or paints.

fire-up(side down) your motivation

fire-up(side down) your motivation (Don’t do this. But if you find yourself upside down, use better form than me and make the back of your head more aligned with your back with slight chin tuck. If you fall, impact will be distributed through a larger area, and whiplash is less likely).

As you were…

Bard Peak

keep moving through the holidays

Traditionally the winter season gives rise to binge and bust behaviors in which lots of eating and indoor gatherings make us feel cozy, well fed and mellow. We might even get a little sick. There’s too much sugar onboard for many, and things just don’t feel the same.

Soon, specials at gyms and fitness outlets will make their come ons for the bikini body preparation period. Diets follow. It’s become a seasonal game.

I think that if there was ever a time for staying the same from an exercise and eating standpoint, winter is it.

We can eat the good stuff, just in no greater amount than you would in July or February.

Be “as you were” even though holidays offer so many culinary and sedentary opportunities. This averts binges and busts. The extremes cause most of the unwanted weight gain for most Americans.

I would be willing to bet there is even a hibernation instinct wired into us somewhere that makes us want to stay in, eat and sleep a lot. Should living like that become absolutely necessary, I’m sure we’ll all have no problem adapting.

Otherwise, we can enjoy a very pleasant holiday season living in balance.

Science Daily: Older People Who Diet Without Exercising Lose Valuable Muscle Mass

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Generations staying fit together…

This 2008 piece is relevant to people who are undertaking weight loss. At the link, you will find other very useful related pieces on exercise, attitudes toward exercise and aspects of weight loss. A hat tip to my AFPA newsletter for referencing this and other Science Daily pieces.