Reaching For The Red Pill

Everyone wants to give a minimum effort to achieve maximum results. How does that work? No really... Please tell me how that works. I always thought that if I want to achieve something great I have to put forth a great effort. Am I missing something?

It's difficult for me to understand the logic in cutting corners and expecting the same results as if all lines remained straight to the goal. Usually when shortcuts are taken full experiences as well as optimality is something of a miss. What I'm seeing these days is more and more people expecting results for efforts they have not put in. I'll be relating more about efforts to being healthy and fit here.

Personally I really look forward to "ME" time. When I workout it's all about me. I'm there for my body and no one else's. I don't have to think about anything else except what's best for me at that moment. Does that sound selfish? Well sure it does, but honestly it's not. When I keep fit I prolong my life and my well-being. So that prolongs and ensure healthy relationships with my loved ones alongside feeling great about myself at the same time. For me it's more about how much I improve in each workout, from day to day, and watching my incremental improvements than it is actually reaching the big picture goals. Why sure that's the culmination of everything worked for, but ultimately the journey is just as great as the destination.

Maybe it's just that people have higher expectations for themselves or their fitness program than that of what's actually realistic. So instead of creating SMART goals they continue to believe their unrealistic ones and grow frustrated with themselves. Better yet they blame the entire situation or other people for their own distracted and unmotivated behavior. It's always someone else's fault. It can't be theirs. That just doesn't happen. If you're not seeing results in your exercise program or with your fitness coach chances are it's not the fault of the program or coach. Give me someone willing to work and follow a nutritional plan and I'll show you someone who achieves GREAT results.

You might feel tired from long work days, feel sick one day, not sleep well the night before, feel sore from prior workouts, have a family or office party, kid's commitments, but despite that and anything else that might possess an excuse builder you need to continue on if you are going to create habits that produce desired results. You only have one body. You either will pay now in good clean food and time practicing fitness or you will pay later with a lack of quality of life in hospital bills, disappointed loved ones because you can't move well enough to play with them, uncomfortable health adversities, or even experience an early death due to choices you are making right now. Will you be destroyed by all your decisions? Only one can change your life. You decide.

Instead of miracle and magic red or blue pills, what people need to do is simply stop making excuses and reasons for their processed food eating habits and eat clean, teach their children to do the exact same, and make exercise a LIFELONG habit at least 3 times a week. That's the answer. Eat clean & move... doesn't get more simpler than that. There are no 'other' ways. There isn't a corner you can cut that will bring you closer to your goals without taking you further away somewhere else. When exercising "more" is NOT necessarily better by any means. WHAT you do, and how consistently you're doing it even if you don't want to one day or feel a little lousy, is of the utmost. That's how mental and physical results come.

The system of Consistent Hard Work over Time = Results. PERIOD.

The Pineapple Express Toward Your Diet Fast

A couple years ago I decided the diet I was on was just not working for me and my goals. You see that's exactly it. Our habits need to reflect our goals. When this happens everything falls into place and we reach our goals.  It's like having a road map... one that works. This past weekend I went with my Team Synergy Kettlebell competing team to the annual Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, OH.  I'll be writing more on our Arnold & Kettlebell competing experiences there in a later blog post and I'll be posting pics and videos too. We had a great time.

On our trip from Chicago to Columbus we used a GPS... thank God!  Outside of me missing our first major highway junction, and having to make a detoured route, the GPS became an invaluable tool throughout the weekend. You see I'm not so good with finding my way around new town, let alone my own, and so I need very specific instructions.  When I have those then it becomes a no brainer and I simply follow as I'm told. So as my GPSscreamed at me to make a u-turn over and over and over as it was "re-routing" I eventually found my way and got back on track to thankfully reach my destination.

The same is true with our eating habits. We might have the directions right in front of us. We might have a nutritional coach or two that we follow or hire who, just like my GPS, "screams" at us to re-route and make a u-turn over and over and over. Until we do we will never get back on track. The directions are clear and the path simple to follow. What stops us from continuing on the right path is the action of which we must decide to make that u-turn and re-route. Once we do, our destination (our results) will be reached because the path will be right.

When I decided what path I wanted to take I thought of giving myself a day a week where I allow myself to fast or eat very little. Based upon a lot of research via both books and online I made my re-route to an Intermediate Fasting lifestyle.

It's strange that we feel we have to eat breakfast, have to eat lunch and have to eat dinner even though we might not be hungry. It took me over a year to prepare my mind for fasting and to believe that it is actually good for me... and it IS very good for me.  It's a proven fact that you will burn more fat, have more mental clarity, detox, have much more energy, not feel bloated, and the list goes on.

It's strange that in the beginning I thought that if I commit to fasting, I can get scared about it and resist it, but by creating a routine "Cleansing Fast Day or Period" I really look forward to it.  This gives me a designated day and/or time period each week when I don't have to think about eating food if I don't want to, and can just enjoy cleansing, detoxing, and re-hydrating by drinking water all day long.

For me I enjoy Intermediate Fasting and do it for the better part of the day. I don't eat anything, except maybe some berries, pineapple, and a small handful of almonds during the day. Then in the evening, always after 6pm (time can be adjusted to anyone's individual schedule), I begin my eating over the course of a 2-4 hour eating period. Some people just eat "normally" during each day and then take one or two, non-consecutive, Fast Days a week. That's perfectly fine too and still produces great health benefits and fat loss results.  Here's more of that story: America NEEDS An Awakening... Jared Lies!

Oh and by the way, those of you who are allergy and/or asthma suffers, the season is fast approaching where we'll be tested. I've got some great info that you can follow to help you with that.  Here's some natural remedies that just work. I use them ongoing- especially the bromelian by eating pineapple every day.

Quercetin: Quercetin’s effect on allergies is unmatched by other natural substances. Quercetin inhibits the release of histamine from mast cells, thereby preventing the allergic response and the secondary effects of congestion and asthmatic symptoms. Quercetin also inhibits leukotrienes which cause airway constriction. In addition, quercetin is a

powerful antioxidant that mops up free radicals generated by an allergic reaction. Unfortunately, the absorption of quercetin is poor. Luckily, this can be altered with the concomitant administration of bromelain.

Bromelain: Bromelain, derived from the stem of the pineapple plant, can enhance the absorption of quercetin. Anadded benefit included with bromelain is its ability to block inflammatory pathways fibrin and kinin. These compounds are responsible for tissue swelling, nasal congestion and sinus pain. Bromelain has also been shown to decrease the viscosity of mucus in the lungs. Pineapple is excellent to toss in a post workout smoothie to combat inflammation and aid in breaking down protein for absorption.

Have a great day and as always, I love hearing your feedback in the comment section.