How to Make the Best of Isolation
So the world is more-or-less on pause. Maybe not for you - maybe you’re one of those people in a super crucial job and you’re on the front lines of all of this - and if that’s the case then hats off to you - thank you a fuck load for all that you do! But if you’re like most of this your life has probably slowed down considerably. Maybe you’re stuck at home alone or with family. And you’re probably thinking - what the fuck can I do with all the time I’ve got on my hands right now?
Why not start a change?
Most people complain that they don’t have time to change their bad health habits and the world seems to have provided that time for a lot of us. I know that I started my path when I came to a time in my life where I was going to have some extra free time and it made a big difference in how I was able to get started and continue on along.
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
If you’ve read my website you know that my three tenants of health is how you eat, move, and think - and how you think is actually the most important one. Once your mind has made certain choices it’s easy for the body to follow - but nothing changes without the mind leading the way.
So what I want you to do today is think about what it is that you really want in your life that will improve your situation. Are you looking at losing weight? Eliminating certain foods from your diet? Moving more? Getting mentally healthier? All of the above? What is it that you want for yourself?
I’m not suggesting you come up with a specific goal - goals are somewhat useless in that they have an end-date in mind by the sheer nature of them - what I want you to do is start the process of creating a system wherein you can have the life that you want - the one that you fucking deserve.
SMASH SOME IDEAS INTO YOUR HEAD
When I wanted to lose weight I did a lot of reading and I landed on a simple math procedure of calories in VS calories out - you can read about that here. I was pescatarian so already eating fairly clean - but I wouldn’t call it a system - I had a goal in mind of a specific weight to hit. But what happened as I got closer to this “goal” is that I got terrified of how to stay at that weight once I did - and that’s when I realized that I needed to create a system. So I got my ass going on reading. I looked up other former fat forkers like Kevin Smith and Penn Jillett and read his book PRESTO (look for it and more here). And that led me to a whole fucking world of other ideas and people - but mostly it lead me to the books and teachings of Nutritarian guru Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Look at this guy
He’s happy as a clam! If you want more info on what the hell a Nutritarian is I wrote an article about it which you can read here. If you’re looking at having a massive change than go for Furhman’s EAT TO LIVE - but if you’re already at a pretty healthy weight and just want to be cleaner and healthier in general then go for his THE END OF DIETING. Both are excellent and sit on my shelf and are heavily highlighted and marked up.
Here’s the thing about reading: once you start reading shit you can’t un-know what you know. It’s in there now - and then you have to decide what the fuck you want to do with that information. But I strongly suggest that if you want to make the biggest change possible for your health to give these books a go.
SMASH SOME GOOD SHIT INTO YOUR HEAD
Start at your own pace. Do things gradually. My life right now is so fucking different than what it was three years ago when I was closer to double the weight that I am now. Now I get up and the first thing I do is MOVE. I have several fitness routines I’ve gotten used to and legit enjoy. You can see the one that I got started with here. But do what works for your body. Maybe just getting up and doing some stretching is a lot for you. Go for a ten to thirty minute walk. Do Yoga. Whatever you can manage based on your circumstance.
After that I do some good shit for my MIND. Depending on what my morning looks like I spend anywhere from three to ten minutes doing guided meditation. The app I like to use is HEADSPACE, but there’s a bunch out there so check them out.
After that I spend a few minutes doing affirmations and visualizations. I’m going to post another article and video specifically about that - because the idea can be overwhelming for some (it’s simple as fuck). But it really helps my head get into the right mindset for the day ahead. I do different ones based on what the day before me holds - and I’ll walk you through how to do those too. But feel free to read up on your own about these things in the mean time before I get my ass around to writing those articles and doing those videos. Check back to see if I’ve posted them (chances are I forgot to update this article).
MASH SOME GOOD FOOD INTO YOUR FACE
And of course you want to fuel yourself with the best that you can. I’ve got a BIG section on here full of recipes. It ranges from breakfasts to mains to treats. I’ve tried to keep it all pretty simple and easy to follow. I genuinely love the way that I eat now, but I promise that there’s a way for you to do the same based on what you love to eat and any other restrictions you might have. Start with one meal and go from there. Take your time - there’s no rush.
YOU DO YOU
So I know that a lot of the stuff in this article is pretty generic, but consider it a primer to get you thinking about where you’re at currently and where you want to head. Like I said, if you’re like a lot of us and have some time on your hands right now it might be a good time to do some self reflection and develop some new habits that can help you on your journey.
Drop me a line if you’ve got any questions or thoughts! And keep checking back. I’m going to use this time to post a LOT of new content in the next little bit. I’m fucking jazzed about this shit and hope to be able to smash some more stuff into my life and YOURS.