health

When You Want To Give Up

Humans, by nature, are not designed to be crazy enthusiastic about going to the gym or getting fit.

 Truthfully, our DNA wants us to do what we have to do to hunt and gather food then reserve our energy supply.

 You see, our wiring hasn’t caught up with how quickly we’ve progressed as a species over thousands of years.

 Even 100 years ago, food was much harder to come by than it is today.

 So, between the temptation of any food you can imagine at your fingertips constantly and the fact that our DNA has us wired to conserve energy, it’s no wonder more people than ever struggle with their weight.

 And I believe this wiring is one of the reasons so many people struggle to stay consistent in their fitness and why the yo-yo approach is so real.

 Since you’re not required to gather food to eat and you’re probably not going to be chased by wild animals randomly like our ancestors, we’ve got to find another way to stay on track. J

 Here are a few things to consider…

 Think about the feeling and the end result. How will you feel in your skin 24/7 when you achieve your goal? I promise that alone is worth it.

 Acknowledge your DNA and do it anyway. J You’re not too lazy, too tired, or whatever the thing may be. Regardless of whether or not you want to take care of your body, don’t even give yourself the choice.

 Think 6 months into the future. Things will either be better or worse with your health and body. What choice do you want to make?

 I hope that gives you some good things to think about and motivation when times feel tough!

Simple > Complex

Have you ever noticed that there is more information available to us than EVER before about fitness, nutrition, fat loss, and really everything health-related but somehow people are struggling more than ever to gain control of their health, weight, and fitness?

 There are a few reasons for this.

 First, I think it’s because people want there to be the “one magic way” that’ll get them a result. So, we end up spending time and effort looking for the magic solution that doesn’t really exist.

 This is why fad diets exist.

 Second, we’re just plain confused! And it’s no wonder!

 It’s incredibly challenging to navigate thousands upon thousands of pieces of information about what you should do for your health and fitness…especially because they’re often very contradictory.

 So today, I’m breaking it down for you in the simplest way possible, and I guarantee if you do these things, you’ll be lean, healthy, and incredibly proud of your body.

 

1.     Exercise

a.   Perform 30 minutes of resistance training 3 times a week (specific for your body’s needs)

b.    Incorporate circuit workouts that elevate your heart rate to create a cardiovascular effect

c.     Walk every day, or Be Active for at least 30 minutes a day.

2.     Food

a.    Eat more veggies than anything else

b.    Then healthy fats . Americans undoubtedly get enough protein already, so focus on healthy fats like nuts, oils, and avocados. ( Try to reach for 50-70% fats of your total calories per day)

c.     Limit: alcohol, sugar, processed foods + snacking

3.     Lifestyle

a.    Sleep 7-9 hours a night

b.    Drink mostly water

c. Incorporate Intermittent Fasting into you daily routine (8 hour eating windows are the best, or 2 meals a day to start)

 Could we add to this list and increase its complexity? Of course! But there’s no need.

 Complexity is the reason so many people struggle. Keep it simple and you’ll start seeing results in no time.

 

The Mindset That Gets You Results

I’ve talked to soooo many people over the years that just want the perfect plan.

 They think if they know exactly what exercises to do and what foods to eat, all of their body/fitness woes will be resolved.

 But deep down, I think we all know that’s not the truth.

 So, what should you really focus on in terms of your mindset to ensure success?

 It’s literally about training yourself to show up every day and not quit.

 If it sounds counterintuitive, it’s because it kind of is.

 We all think we need to know the thing – the plan – to get results.

 But the truth is that simply showing up is far more important in the long-term.

It’s about making Slight Edge choices day in and day out (read the book if you never have!). Because Slight Edge choices – the small and seemingly insignificant things – add up to your ultimate success or failure in any area of life.

 If you’re in a spot right now where you’re really struggling or just looking for the perfect plan, shift your mindset more to showing up daily and just not quitting on yourself.

 I think you’ll be amazed at the results.

Why Is Loving Ourselves So Hard?

I know you are an absolutely amazing human.

 You show up powerfully in the world, give so much of yourself, and you’re the best for others that you could possibly be.

 So, why do we often struggle so much to love ourselves?

 Seriously…we spend all day taking care of business and forget to acknowledge all that we are and all that we do.

 We feel not good enough for so many reasons…

 -standards placed on us by society we feel we haven’t met

-scars from childhood

-sadness from unkind words spoken to us or looks of judgement thrown our way

 We put these pressures on ourselves to DO, but it’s just never enough – even if we are the last ones to get our own attention.

 Life in 2019 leaves us feeling drained and chronically behind.

But I want you to know, that right here and right now you have more than earned your own love.

You’ve done and given to exhaustion, and I want to HONOR YOU for your selflessness.

So, take a moment…

Now close your eyes. Take a deep breath in. And with that breath, breathe in love + gratitude. And as you exhale, release everything you feel for yourself that isn’t love.

Repeat at least 10 times.

How do you feel?

Start everyday by using this technique. Always remember that Loving Yourself is the best first step towards living a healthier lifestyle and now more than ever the world could use a little more love.

Risk vs. Reward

Playing it safe gets you nowhere but average. 

In my life, I’ve taken multiple substantial risks in terms of business, investments, relationships...

I’ve lost badly a few times. 

But I’ve also won big. 

I was thinking today about how most people aren’t willing to risk the loss despite desiring more for their lives - freedom, body, health, income, whatever the desire is. 

But instead of focusing on how they’re going to win, people focus on what they have to lose. 

They stay stuck. Complacent. Settling for average. 

Just about all of the great things that have happened in my life have come from taking risks.

Of course there have been times where I’ve stayed unhappy because the discomfort of taking a risk felt too great...and those always turn out to be unhappy times. 

There is no real reward without substantial risk. 

And there are no guarantees. 

But would you rather play it safe your whole life and career or take risk in exchange for something potentially extraordinary?

I always choose the latter.

 

4 Ways To Show Self-Love

Most people think of candlelight bubble baths, drinking wine, or eating chocolates as self-care.

 And frankly, it can be.

 But if this stuff doesn’t resonate with you or help you move your life forward, there are other waysAnd because showing self-love and self-care is so important, here are 4 ways you can express self-love that don’t involve baths or consumption J…

 1.     Create space for yourself daily to reflect and dream – this can look like visualizing the life you want, journaling, or meditating. There’s no right or wrong, but you should feel inspired when you’re done. It doesn’t have to take more than 10 minutes per day.

2.     Take up a new hobby (or spend more time with one you already have). Uncovering new skills or finding ways to re-focus and release stress will do wonders for you.

3.     Spend time with friends. Too many people get caught up in the grind, hustle, and responsibility of life. So, make a commitment to yourself and your people to get together to share, talk, and laugh 2-4 times per month. It’s totally rejuvenating!

4.     Set a goal to help you level up and work toward it. This could be a fitness goal, a career goal, a money goal, a relationship goal, etc. It doesn’t matter what the category is, but humans thrive best when they have something to work toward.

 The key with creating success from these strategies is consistency and following through on them even when you don’t want to or you’re short on time.

 I promise this can change your mood, success, and your entire life

Don’t Let This Stop You

Stress is an unavoidable part of life that we all have to deal with – usually on a daily basis. Yet so often people use stress and busyness as an excuse to eat poorly and not exercise. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve spoken to people who say something like “I REALLY need your help, but things are just crazy right now. Can I start in 4 months?” Whoa. That’s 4 months of making yourself less healthy and delaying your own happiness and confidence. And for what? Because legitimately, that’s just a silly excuse that translates to “It’s not a priority right now.” No matter how busy or stressed people get, they typically still find time to eat and watch their favorite TV programs or surf social media. And the very old saying “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” absolutely applies to health and fitness.

So are you currently allowing stress or busyness to get in your way? In today’s world, there will ALWAYS be stress. There will ALWAYS be more things to do. But we can’t do them if we’re not healthy…or worse…if we’re not alive. I’m here today to call it like I see it and support you in making the decision to do what you need to do to be the best version of YOU!

Have you noticed this pattern in your life? If you’re ready to make a change, then maybe we can help. Feel free to email us anytime with questions you might have.

Find Peace In The Struggle

Life is a combination of every emotion under the sun. We live for the moments of happiness, joy, excitement, and all of the wonderful things that energize us, inspire us, and make us feel complete. But what about the tough stuff? Broken relationships, body disappointment, poor health and disease, financial struggles… I believe that some of the most powerful growth experiences of our lives will always come from our struggles. We won’t necessarily appreciate that struggle in the moment. In fact, we might hate it and wonder why something so awful is happening to us. But there’s a lesson and opportunity for growth under it all. When you feel these intense struggles throughout your life remember… …Thousands or millions of other people have also experienced this struggle and you are not alone. …Life is cyclical and better times are coming. …You can become curious about the circumstance rather than fill yourself full of fear and worry. Seek meaning and lessons. …And simply know that you are up-leveling as person in some way. You will be stronger, better prepared, and a more solid individual from this experience. I know that it’s hard to see opportunities in struggle, but I promise, if you can shift your perspective, not only will the struggle be easier to manage, but the experience also won’t be nearly as painful. The only thing we can really control in life is how we react to things. Manage this well and so much changes.

5 Steps For Leveling-Up Your Mindset

The perspective from which I want to discuss this topic today has to do with cultivating a mindset that

actually allows you to reach your goals. It’s easy to get fed up with your current situation – whether it be weight, a job, finances, a relationship, or otherwise – and say to yourself “I’m done! Things are about to change!” But then they don’t.

Because that moment of inspiration from frustration is fleeting.

A month, a year, and 5 years go by and things are still the same…

…unless you create a new mindset that will allow you to follow through all the way to success.

Here are 5 steps you can take to do just that:

1. Identify your past mistakes. Chances are that this thing you want to change…well, it’s not the

first time you’ve thought of tackling it. So go back and take note of why you weren’t successful

in the past.

2. Create small goals to achieve along the way. If you’v got a pretty big goal, it can feel like you’re

standing at the base of Mount Everest. Overwhelm will not be helpful in getting to your

destination, so setting smaller goals to work toward that ultimately add up to the big goal is

important for maintaining your motivation.

3. Stay flexible in your pursuit. Plans don’t always work out like we want them to. Life throws us

challenges. Most people quit as soon as things get in their way. You cannot! Be ready to adapt

as you move forward.

4. Stay inspired. The initial burst of inspiration you get to take action won’t last forever, so you

have to find ways to keep the inspiration. Some suggestions can be creating a vision board,

having an accountability circle of others who keep you on track, or listening to/reading things

that inspire you every day.

5. Engage in a daily routine. Whether it’s journaling, reading, writing or saying affirmations,

visualization, or a combination of all of them, having a daily routine centered around personal

growth will absolutely keep you on track in pursuit of your goals.

This is a formula, not a pick-and-choose, so it’s important that you do all of the above!

How Being Strong Makes Life Better

Remember back in the day when doing cardio was all the rage?
As you may be aware, the strength movement has exploded over the past decade.
I always tell my clients that cardio is good for your heart but not really for changing your body.
Basically, cardio alone will make you a smaller version of the shape you already are. And if changing
the shape of your body and shedding fat is something you desire, then weight training is where it´s at!
But there are even more incredible benefits to being strong…
1. It improves your hormonal balance. If you’re struggling with fat loss, energy, cravings, and
more, this is so important!
2. It boosts your confidence. Trust me on this one! How you look transforms but so does how you
FEEL!
3. It protects your bones. Strength training actually increases bone density, decreasing your risk
for many age-related diseases.
4. It decreases your risk of injury. When you’re strong, you can more easily complete daily tasks
like bending and lifting.
5. Your posture will improve. Enough said! You’ll have less pain and good posture just looks
better!
6. You can rely on yourself. Whether you need to store a suitcase overhead on a plane or carry in
8 grocery bags at once, having physical independence and not asking anyone for help is an
incredible gift to give yourself.
The key to getting all of the amazing benefits related to strength training, however, is doing it properly
and progressively.
And that just happens to be our specialty here at FullCircle Fitness.
So, if you’re ready to transform from the outside in, let’s chat. Feel free to email us at trainfullcircle@gmail.com!