Little write-up with corny climbing a mountain reference.

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What happens after the after?

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Before and After pics.
You’ve all seen them on the infomercials, annoying and obviously fake. Have you ever wondered what happened to them after their 11 day miracle, cigarette and an apple a day diet that got them the body of a fitness model from morbid obesity?

 Even legit progress of real people with real training and a sensible diet that results in an improved body or performance, makes me wonder what now? Do they set a goal, reach it, go tanning and get their hair done, take an “after” pic and then eat potato chips until they are fat again? Probably not.

A true competitor always wants more.

‘Yup well I’m strong now, mission accomplished. ‘
 or
 ‘Well I fit in size 4 now so I think I will stop working out.’

Anyone who has goals like these aren’t true competitors and probably didn’t have to work very hard at whatever they had.  The physical results are NOTHING in comparison to what the actual challenge teaches you about you.

If you are satisfied with where you are, shame on you. Keep climbing.

But don’t let that stop you from being proud of where you are right now. You’re not where you want to be because you’re still climbing and you’ve made your mountain high, but look down at how far you’ve come and be proud of where you are.  AND TRUST ME WHEN I SAY THAT YOU AREN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO WANTS IT FASTER OR SOMEHOW BETTER THAN ITS COMING.ALWAYS CLIMBING- IT’S NOT EASY, THAT’S THE POINT. THAT’S WHY YOU WILL NEVER FEEL LIKE YOU’VE REACHED YOUR ‘AFTER.’ THAT’S WHY YOU’RE AWESOME!

Live in the moment.  The future holds awesome shit, I promise. But don’t wait on it. ENJOY now. And the past had some really cool shit too, but it’s over, don’t dwell in it.

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I.F. – Why I’m pissed.

Why I’m pissed:

I’ve always been interested in food. I like both eating it and learning about it. I did too many yo-yo fad diets as a teenager before I realized there is a lot of conflicting information about food out there…and that annoyed me.  I decided to make my own opinions so I went to school for nutrition so that I could know my shit. And I ate all my whole grains like they said and graduated college fat like everyone else. I concluded, given my education, the best plan of action is ‘everything in moderation’ and to ‘follow the food guide pyramid’ and ‘eat small, frequent meals throughout the day’ and ‘exercise 60 min a day everyday- Riding your bike or walking the dog will do nicely.’

BULLSHIT

I learned walking the dog probably isn’t the best way to exercise for weight loss. No one told me that in college. About 3 years after college I started CrossFit.

I learned about the Paleo diet, gluten, lower carb/higher fat lifestyles and I started to think the system might be flawed.

Why was I lied to for 4 years? My professors didn’t maliciously lie to me. They are following advice, outlines, guidelines given to them by someone, who someone else gave to them and so on all the way up to the government, who makes guidelines based on corn farmer lobbyist and some faulted/biased studies previously done that concluded fat was bad for us and carbs were good.

How much do you truly understand the choices you make?

So here I am, about a week ago, thinking I’m one up on the system, I finally know my shit and I’m calling higher education, the government and USDA out on their faults.  I’m finally able to speak for myself and draw conclusions based on science rather than someone else’s opinion. And I’m counseling one of my pregnant women to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day because it ‘revs up your metabolism’ and ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day.’

Why? Who told me that? Why do I believe that? Why do I tell other people that? Why do they believe me? Because I am a ‘nutrition health professional?’ What if I’m wrong?

I started research on intermitted fasting. The pro IM guys are claiming 2-3 meals per day is ideal and periods of fasting are good. I’m starting to believe what they are claiming.  They have just as many studies that prove their theories as the USDA has that prove the theories they like. All of which, I believe, are overly simplistic and biased.

So in conclusion, I think:
1) I’m back to where I started before college.
2) No one really knows what we should eat.
3) Read, analyze and experiment with everything as much as possible
4) Don’t conform
5) Question everything

P.S. Everything in moderation is annoying and bullshit. No one tells me I’m obsessive because I don’t smoke crack in moderation.

http://www.romanfitnesssystems.com/blog/intermittent-fasting-101/

Desiderata, Max Erhman

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

MY MANIFESTO

Live for a purpose. Constantly think, but do not overthink. Use your instincts.
Love everyone. Do what you want and want what you do. Don’t be afraid of people. Most people are good. Try your hardest not to judge people or put people in categories.  Ask questions. In fact, question everything. Never deny your mind or body nutrients. Eating healthy food is so much more than being skinny. Never do something just because someone or something told you to. Use the past and the future to help shape who you are in the present but don’t dwell in anything but right now. Mentally, physically and sexually challenge yourself and others. Hold your head up. Write things down. Surround yourself with people who lift you higher. Eliminate negativity. Listen to people, like, truly listen. You are a human, empathize! Be social. We are meant to be together.  Do it now! Spend as much time in the sun as possible. Happiness is the ultimate goal. Everything you do should be a step in the direction of general happiness.

Read this.

I come across more articles that I want to read than I have time to.
Here is a list of what I want to read. If they are here I haven’t read them. If they are good I will tell you about them.

http://nutritionbynature.com.au/2012/06/11/heart-healthy-whole-grains-not-so-much/

http://www.delano.k12.mn.us/high-school/academic-departments/science/mr-b-wiesner/cross-country/10-things-you-should-know-about-lactic-acid

http://www.leangains.com/2010/10/top-ten-fasting-myths-debunked.html

http://bradpilon.com/weight-loss/metabolism-myths/

http://www.gnolls.org/1444/does-meat-rot-in-your-colon-no-what-does-beans-grains-and-vegetables/

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/30_seconds_to_leanness

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/control_leptin_and_control_your_leanness

http://www.romanfitnesssystems.com/blog/intermittent-fasting-201/

http://www.romanfitnesssystems.com/blog/what-to-eat-when-to-eat-it-a-brief-discussion-of-paraworkout-nutrition/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19943985

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20150577

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15351198

http://io9.com/5917339/why-eating-like-a-caveman-may-be-the-way-of-the-future