Well, I understand why I did though, it’s because The Toronto Raptors won the NBA Championship last night and I watched the entire game!
It’s kind of a big deal.
It’s the first time that a Canadian NBA team has won the Championship.
I’m not a huge fan of basketball or any other sport for that matter, but out of all sports I do enjoy watching basketball the most. I think all those hours of playing NBA Jam on my Super Nintendo back in the day might have had something to do with that.
If you get a chance, catch the highlights. It was an awesome edge of the seat game.
Thanks for reading (or listening) and have a great day!
I want to start out by saying that we still don’t know what causes obesity as a matter of general consensus. This kind of seems crazy to me because the current evidence is so compelling, but information like this takes a long time to spread throughout the medical community and then even more time for people’s individual opinions to change. So all I can do as an individual is use what works regardless of what the medical community says. *shrug* I might being wrong in my choosing in the very long term, but I guess it’s what’s working for me to become less obese in the short term.
On Monday’s post, I wrote about the lecture I watched of Gary Taubes explaining the cause, or why we get fat, that being the carbohydrates we eat makes the hormone insulin increase in our bodies which makes us store any excess energy as body fat.
A common theme that keeps getting talked and written about in the personal development content I’ve been consuming for the past couple weeks is to read more books.
A lot more. A book per week minimum and the more the better.
This idea was solidified after reading about this in a couple blogs and listening to other podcasts with Gary Vaynerchuk, T.K. Coleman, and then finally after watching episode 83 of the Ground Up podcast by Matt D’Avella with his guest James clear, the author of Atomic Habits.
Matt asked James “Is there a universal skill or habit for creators?”
Ya know, I never thought I’d be sitting here, typing away on my computer making content for a living. Creating content is probably the most challenging and creative career I’ve ever decided to undertake.
It’s testing out every task and time management ability that I have and every single day I’m learning something new. This is exactly what I set out to do.
I knew going in that it was going to be quite a bit of work, after all it’s only me on the team right now.
Every career I’ve had before doing this was like I’ve always had in the past with the same routine: wake up, get cleaned up, scurry out the door, pickup a coffee and some breakfast on the way to work where my purpose there is predefined. My function there even had a title.
My title here is Content Creator and my purpose is to to enrich the lives of my audience by providing them with knowledge and entertainment.
And in return, some of you great folks help me out by liking and sharing my content with your friends and family on social media, using the affiliate links I have in my posts to give me a bit of money to make this happen, and even being subscribers on my email list.
It really means the world to me and gives me the drive to keep at it and reinforces my purpose.
I wrote about getting the mind in the right place this week
and how it is the most important part of any type of life altering journey
weather it be fat loss, getting strong, leveling up in your business, refining
your skills in craft you practice, or whatever else.
How you think and perceive the world around you is what is
true for you.
A great quote comes to mind: “If my mind can conceive it,
and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali / Napoleon
If you study personal development material all the time, this will be a core theme, and for good reason. Let me breakdown the experience I had with this mantra this week.
If my mind can conceive it.
To conceive something is to form an idea or a plan. I needed to figure out a way to make eating the correct diet for my body meal after meal, day after day extremely consistent.
I needed a plan for how to make anything I wanted to eat to not be a never ending battle of having to choose between pizza, wings, and beer or a nutrient loaded piece of meat with broccoli or brussels sprouts on the side.
And my heart can believe it.
The plan was to write a short tutorial on how to quickly change your mind about something. While reading and researching and writing, my perception food started to change on a fundamental level.
When I was writing out the examples of visualizations, I was in a very powerful emotional state where I could easily reprogram how I think about food by experiencing those emotions of love and grief while thinking about how if feel about those foods.
The realization surfaced, easy as ever: It’s not the food you love, but the experience the food brings you that you love . I don’t love food; I love what the food brings me.
The memories of the food are now fuzzy while the memories of the people are now in focus and what drives the emotions when I remember.
I wasn’t happy because of the ice cream; I was happy because I was eating ice cream with someone I care about.
This is the magic step. This is where the plan was proven. This is where my eyes and soul became open and how my view of the world changed ever so slightly so that all of the food choices I need to make in the future become not a choice at all.
This is where the saying “you have to believe it with all of your heart” comes from. Once this happens, all of the pieces fall into place.
Then I can Achieve it.
Discipline is the result of putting the plan into action. Discipline doesn’t give you an option to not do and complete your task, it is a must. I don’t think about not eating the diet I’m supposed to because I don’t look at food the same way anymore.
I remember eating all of those foods in the past. I cherish the memories about all of the good times I’ve had with the people surrounding those foods, but its not the foods I love so much, it’s the experience with the people and the people themselves.
The consistency in my diet is starting pay off already. I feel like the symptoms of inflammation the headache/itchy/stuffy nose/water retention, are really starting to subside and my body weight is now moving in the right direction again.
At The Gym
Yesterday, the Trainer and I chatted about diet and the related science of it before we got into the workout. I really enjoy this time, chatting with someone else that is just as interested and open minded towards diet, nutrition, and performance as I am.
After a good stretch, here’s what we did.
Warmed up with Farmer Walks using hex bar, 3 x 120 feet, progressive weight increase each set 145 lbs, 165 lbs, 185 lbs.
Super Set 3 x 12 each movement
Dumbbell Arnold Press, 25 lbs.
Single Arm Cable Tricep Pull Down, 30 lbs.
Inside Dumbbell Hammer Curls, 20 lbs.
Super Set 3 x
Cable Rear Deltoid Extension, 15 reps, 20 lbs each cable.
Battle Ropes, 30 seconds
Killer workout today! Definitely kept the heart rate up.
The Next Meal
Another espresso in the next few minutes and then a Steak with broccoli smothered in butter and left over brussels sprouts for dinner. So good I just might make it for lunch instead!
There is a lemon curd recipe that I like to make that I’m going to make without sugar this time and see how it turns out. Lemon curd goes really great with blackberries and raspberries.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and I don’t claim to be. Any health-related things that I write or talk about in my blogs, emails or how ever else you get the information from me should NOT be taken as medical advice. Make sure you check with your health-care provider that whatever it is that you want to do, is safe for you. Any health-related information is intended for entertainment purposes only. Use at your own risk.