Monthly Archives: August 2014
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Sometimes we forget our value. Someone we love leaves us for someone else, we get fired from a job, or we try so hard to succeed at something and still fail. When this happens we feel less than. We compare ourselves to other people and feel like we just are not that valuable. In reality that is just our ego. We always lack in the eyes of our ego. Thinking that fame, success, and money will bring happiness is an illusion. Just look at how many famous actors commit suicide…Robin Williams appeared to have everything anyone could ever want, but guess the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
If we are not happy with what we have, what makes us think we’ll be happy with more?
Realize that you are valuable. If you have the ability to read this message then you have the gift of eyesight, which in itself is something to be grateful for. If someone offered you $1,000,000 to give them your eyes would you do it? No way. You can’t put a price on eyesight. And that’s just a fraction of your value.
Enjoy this short inspirational video to help remind you of just how valuable YOU are!
Picture of me on the left – weight 205 lbs
Picture of me on the right – weight 155 lbs
It’s been several years since I went from fat to six pack abs. It’s easy to lose weight…where it gets tricky is keeping it off. Most of the weight loss techniques personal trainers and magazines share are just mainstream. They give advice that people can actually conceive as believable, but not necessarily great advice for keeping weight off consistently. These are some of the best tips I have to offer on how to lose fat extremely fast, still enjoy life, and keep the fat off permanently.
3 Evil Tricks To Burn Fat
1. Skip Breakfast – What!!! Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day?? According to what’s popular at least. Better yet, just do not eat any carbohydrates your first half of the day. But what about oatmeal?? Nope. When you sleep your body goes into fasting mode, that’s why they call breakfast “breakfast” for breaking the fast. Your body is most sensitive to insulin after fasting, and yes, carbohydrates are a great form of energy; however, eating fat and protein alone for breakfast will provide your body and brain with even more energy. Especially if you are consuming the majority of the calories from healthy saturated fats like that of coconut oil. Saturated fats from healthy sources convert most readily into ketones, which is like “viagra for your brain” and also puts your body into fat burning mode. If you are used to eating a high carbohydrate breakfast it will take you several weeks to get fully used to starting your day like this, but eventually your brain/body will go “hey wow I really like this!” and you’ll find that you can go much much longer without eating food. I start my day with about 30-40 grams of fat and can go until about 2pm without snacking or eating food. Saturated fat blocks your hunger cravings as well.
2. Eat Junk Food – That’s right, pick one day a week to consume your favorite tastiest foods. Do not think about about calories & carbs on this day. Just enjoy the flavor of life. DO NOT SKIP your cheat day. The reason why is due to psychology. Tim Ferris writes about this in his book The 4 Hour Body. If you tell yourself you’re never going to eat pizza again or that you’re not going to eat pizza for 3 months then your mind will break down on you eventually. This one day of excess cheating a week will actually motivate you to get back on the healthy eating cycle again. I typically have my cheat day on Saturday. Sometimes I will eat an entire pizza by myself, popcorn, beer, and eat an entire package of cookie dough. The next morning I wake up thinking “ugh wow I probably gained like 10 pounds” and it motivates me to jump right back into eating healthy so that I don’t become a fatty again. It’s genius psychology as it also gives you something to look forward to each week.
3. Intermittent Fasting – One day a week (I do this after my cheat day) fast. Do not eat anything at all before 2pm. Just drink water with lemon, coffee, or tea. After 2pm, the only thing you can consume are healthy fats (no trans fats or hydrogenated oils) and you can also consume moderate carbohydrates from vegetables and rice. DO NOT consume protein. Fasting in this manner puts your body into a pure state of ketosis (fat burning mode), actually boosts your metabolism up to 20%, and inhibits your mTOR (Mammalian Target of Rapamycin) which is responsible for muscle growth. The interesting thing is that your mTOR spikes as soon as you start eating again so your body dramatically starts synthesizing proteins and building muscle. The first couple times you try to fast you will find it challenging to go without eating as normal, but you do get used to it, and now I look forward to it as it’s one of my most productive & energetic days of the week.The truth of the matter is that it’s so easy to lose fat that it’s not even funny. These tips may sound crazy, but just remember that “everything that is popular is wrong.”
Enjoy this motivational video of the week I compiled of scenes from one of my favorite underdog movies, Rudy! Why is it that the movie Rudy become one of the most famous movies of all time? A story about a kid who was born too small, too uncoordinated, too unintelligent, and no talent. He didn’t have a lot of things that a lot of people had, but he did have one thing that a lot of people didn’t have…heart. The story of Rudy has inspired millions of people because of the heart that the had…he had more heart than talent and that’s why he succeeded despite all the odds!
How do you break an addiction? The exact same way you form a habit…the moment you decide to stop procrastinating. I’ve had many addictions in my life, some very severe, and some not so severe. What I’ve found is that habits and addictions are created and broken in the same manner. It sounds easier said than done to break a habit or form a habit, yet when practices are “practiced” it actually is easy.
One of the best techniques I ever learned about breaking addictions and/or creating new habits is using the power of visualization and self-hypnosis techniques. In the video below I share about a method called the “Swoosh method” that you can use immediately.
It’s a simple practice, only takes a few minutes each day, and can change your life dramatically! Enjoy!
Another great visualization technique I like is called “cord cutting” for breaking bad habits. Its pretty similar to what I describe here only you imagine your bad habit attached to you by a cord and then you imagine cutting that cord and that bad habit drifting away from you.
If you have any other techniques that you use, please comment and share them below 🙂
TGIF has always been a favorite acronym as everyone eagerly awaits Friday so they can enjoy their weekend off. On the opposite end, Monday is the most lethal day of the week. More people die of heart attacks Monday morning than any other time of the week. And more migraine headaches initiate on Sunday evening in anticipation for Monday mornings than any other time. All of this suffering comes from the fact that the majority of people hate their jobs and dread going back to work again Monday morning. It’s sad that Monday’s have become a dreadful event for most of society today. Monday’s will take up 1/7 of our life so we might as well find a way to enjoy them equally. I tell you what, if you don’t like your Monday’s then give them to me 😉
Here is a short motivational video I created to help inspire you through this Monday and this week. Speech is compiled by some of the best clips from motivational speaker Eric Thomas. And the the music is by Zack Hemsey.
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Hello and Good Morning friends from Upside Down! After learning about the many benefits of practicing inversion techniques I now make it a part of my morning routine to spend at least about a minute or so upside down.
Here’s just a couple reasons you should do handstands:
1. They’ll make your upper body super strong.
2. They’ll increase your balance
3. They boost your mood by reducing the production of the stress hormone, cortisol
4. They build core strength. Since staying upside down forces you to stabilize your muscles, you’re constantly working your abs, as well as other key muscle groups such as your hip flexors, hamstrings, inner thigh muscles, obliques and lower back while in a handstand. Training handstands every day will get you a well balanced, super strong core.
5. They help with bone health, circulation and breathing. Since handstands are technically a weight-bearing exercise, they can help strengthen your bones, making you less prone to osteoporosis. Handstands are also beneficial for your spine, and help aid bone health in your shoulders, arms and wrists.
6. Helps to flush out adrenal glands.
7. Improves digestion because when you allow the effects of gravity to be reversed on your digestive organs, you will help to move stuck material, release trapped gases, as well as improve blood flow to the all important digestive organs increasing nutrient absorption and delivery to your cells.
8. Stimulates the lymphatic system
9. Increases focus because when you turn upside down, you are increasing the blood flow to your brain. This can help to improve mental function, and increase you sense of focus.Along with helping to reduce fear and worry, this posture will improve your ability to keep your mind sharp and clear.