It’s that time of year when, despite the best of intentions and steely grit to get fit again, you start to feel yourself slipping. The 5-mornings-a-week exercise regime and Sunday arvo food prepping are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, and life is getting so busy… oh so busy. Here’s how to stop the slide and get back on track.
First of all, don’t ever think you are a failure or that you are failing. Making changes to your life are difficult for anybody. We love to stick with the norm — with what we are used to. It’s an evolutionary trait and it’s designed to protect us. So take it as a good thing.
“If you’re feeling yourself slip back into old habits; like old priorities are taking precedence, you might be self-sabotaging yourself.”
If you’re finding yourself sliding; like old demands are taking back priority, and you just can’t find time for your new and improved self, reconnect with why you...
Running is one of the best forms of exercise. So why don’t more people do it? Many people say they don’t like running and I believe this is because they simply don’t know “how to run”. So let me show you how.
I’ve been a runner for a long time. I love running. I got into running when I was 13 to lose some weight. It was right around the time I started high school and appearance all of a sudden became very important.
"Running is one of the greatest forms of exercise you can do. And it’s relatively cheap — all you need are a decent pair of runners."
Running is great because it is relatively cheap to do. All you need is a pair of runners. I’ve always preferred the isolation of the activity — to be by myself, with my thoughts; almost as if it’s a type of meditation. But running can also be very social.
I started because we lived right next to an oval. It was easy for me to walk out the back gate and run some...
The ability to exert self-control is considered a fundamental trait of people who are successful. It has been a long held view since Walter Mischel’s marshmallow experiments of the 1960s that people who can exercise self-control at will must possess some kind of super-power.
Self-control, or discipline as it is more commonly referred to by people who sense they lack it, is a learned skill. Like a muscle, self-control can be developed to essentially unlimited levels. But is a strong ability to exert self-control a good thing? New research suggests not.
"Developing your discipline muscle and practicing self-control is important. We should all do it. But we also need to know when to give it a rest and cut yourself some slack."
Most of our current understanding of self-control comes from the work of Walter Mischel’s marshmallow experiments of the 1960’s. I learnt about these experiments when I was studying psychology at university and, with...
Finding foods that actually fill you up, give you energy, and most importantly, taste good, is essential when starting your path to ultimate health.
I clearly remember a time when my stomach would be in painful knots if I didn’t eat by mid-morning. Even if I did eat, I’d still be hungry by morning tea, I couldn’t wait for lunch, I was starving by mid-afternoon and I’d be ready to eat a horse and chase the rider by dinner.
"To feel fuller for longer, drink water and look for foods containing protein, fat and fibre."
The foods you eat are essential to your success at achieving ultimate health. Foods that contain protein, fat and fibre are harder for our bodies to break down, and hence, help to keep you fuller for longer.
While out for a run recently, I realised I’ve been going about goal setting all wrong. Like many, I’d set goals like “lose x number of kilos in x amount of time”, or “run x distance in x amount of time”. It was all about the result.
As many of us do, I over-indulged over the Christmas break and wanted to lose a few kilos and get back to the healthier-version of myself I’ve become quite fond of. One of my preferred types of exercise is running, so I downloaded the Nike Run Club app and signed up for the 60k challenge — to run 60km in the next month. Unwittingly, I’d changed the way I would set goals forever.
"Don’t focus on the scoreboard, focus on the process."
Goal setting isn’t so much about achieving the target as it is about moving towards being the person you want to be, and living the life you want to live. Whether you achieve the target or not really is irrelevant. The target merely gives you direction.
And so it begins … again! Another year rolls around and we start it full of hope, anticipation and a steely desire to ensure that it’s not like the last. “This one’s going to be better. This one’s going to be the best. This is my year!” But how do we make 2019 our best year ever?
For the past five or so years, I’ve been making incremental changes to my life. It all started with a plan. I got clear on what I want and I started moving towards that. It’s been slow. So slow that if I don’t look up and smell the roses, I might not recognise how much it’s improved. But it certainly has improved. As I learn from each year and take deliberate action, each year becomes better than the last.
Self-improvement is not a choice, it’s a necessity.
Failing to take deliberate action and improve upon your life every year is like never doing any maintenance. Whether it’s a garden, a house, a car, or a yacht, if you don’t...
With the year just starting, now is a great time to start thinking about planning out your year. One of the best ways to start when it comes to planning your year is to break it up into seasons. You can break your year up in many ways. My favourite, from years of trailing and tweaking, is to break it up into quarters.
I actually came across the concept of dividing my year up into seasons from Lewis Howes’ podcast a few years ago. At the time I had just burned out from trying to do too much and had just started working for myself as a way to gain some much-needed balance.
"The Earth’s weather pattern is divided up into seasons. This allows for life to flourish. If it’s good enough for the Earth, it’s good enough for me."
The idea of breaking your year up into quarters works well because it replicates much of the populated world’s natural weather cycle of four seasons — Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Essentially, it gives you...
Happy New Year As the door closes on another year, a new one opens. The Gregorian calendar reflects the natural cycle of the earth around the sun, and as such, this time of year lends itself to a natural sense of ending, beginning and transitioning.
Just like a birthday for the planet, most of us celebrate this milestone. It gives us a chance to reflect on what has been and consider what may be. Plus, just like any other birthday, many people often do this with a bit of a late night … and alcohol.
Like many, I’ll celebrate New Year's Eve. The way I do so has changed a bit since I’ve had kids, but as a family we’ll all try to stay awake and see in the New Year. We often have dinner with extended family, watch the fireworks, Holly and I will have a couple of drinks, and none of us make it much past 12:30am. However, for many, New Year’s Eve can be a night that leaves them very hungover the next day.
"Now is a wonderful time to connect with others...
Merry Christmas With the year coming to an end, a new one about to begin, and the traditional celebration that is Christmas, this time of year can quickly and easily blow out into an overconsumption of food, drink and an expanding waist line.
Christmas is easily my favourite time of the year. From the last week of November when the first Christmas craft fairs start, until new years day, I absolutely love this time of year! Personally, I give myself the 2-week festive season to eat and drink (almost) anything that I like.
"I believe indulging in your favourite food and drink every now and then is good for your soul."
The festive season, and Christmas Day in particular, can be a difficult time to navigate if you are trying to be healthy. My belief is that healthy living should fit into your life, not the other way around.
When you “try” to be healthy, it makes it really difficult to stick to. You’re constantly flexing your discipline muscle and burning off your...
Over the past four articles, I’ve spoken a lot about the Ketogenic Diet. What it is, the benefits of it, the different types and even how it works. Today, I’m going to wrap this series up by explaining what exactly happens to your body when you follow the Ketogenic Diet - ketosis.
I think learning more about nutrition, and in particular, ketosis, is the most important and valuable topic I could have learned about, for me, my family and everyone who puts their trust in me and listens to what I have to say.
"Ketosis is the state the body goes into when it breaks down fat for energy. If glucose is not present, the body will break down fat to metabolise ketones, and use these ketones as fuel."
We cannot store fat from fat the same way as we can store fat from carbohydrates. If we eat too much fat, we don’t store it, it simply passes through the body and is excreted as waste.
Ketosis is the state the body goes into when it breaks down fat for energy. If...
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