Week in Review 2/4-2/11

On Nutrition


Calories are always king when trying to manipulate your weight. When you look at every diet trend that has come along it comes in different ways of limiting the amount of calories you consume. The only difference is how they market. Intermittent fasting is a great way to reduce calories because it’s hard to consume a ton of calories in an 8 to 16 hour window without feeling sick. Keto is a great way to lose weight because it limits the amount of carbohydrates that you consume. Fats are more calorie dense, but we don’t tend to snack on them as we would chips, cookies, etc. Whole 30 is what “paleo” is to most people, as close to the source as possible. Natural foods tend to satiate us in lesser amounts than processed food. When we feel full, it’s difficult to eat further.
In the end it’s about what will limit your calorie intake: your willpower or what you limit yourself to eating. Dieting/nutrition should be a long term sustainable process. You should have a good relationship with food as you become more intuitive with what you need to live your best life. The moment you feel guilty about having a snack or not being able to enjoy yourself at thanksgiving dinner is when you should reassess your plan.

We are looking for consistency rather than perfection. As long as progress moves incrementally forward over the long term you are on our way to a healthier life.


On Tidying Up


The principles of tidying up can apply to all facets of life. Throw out what doesn’t bring you joy and what you don’t see making you happy in the future. Learn from what you have done in the past and throw it out to make room for new happiness and fulfillment. 


On Building a following


Who are your true fans that would buy anything you decided to make? Excluding close friends and family, who do you have the closest relationships to? We’re defined by the lives we touch and the impact it makes. As the older sibling I’m drawn to coaching as a way to leave my mark on younger guys and athletes. I have a little brother and as a result from training now have many other “brothers” on their journey athletically and academically. I established my rapport by showing them things I knew worked. From there I had their trust to follow whatever I recommended based on past experience. It follows with people finding you online and see what you write or pontificate about. Develop rapport and relatability by showing what you’re working on, where you’re struggling, what you did to get past it, and the next step in the process.

It doesn’t matter how many thousands of followers you have on instagram if you are trying to make a quick buck from using your discount code. If you truly want to make a difference and get paid for it, consider narrowing your scope of audience and developing relationships with the 1000 people that are close to you. It’s more manageable than remembering ten thousand or a million names and allows you to hone down your niche. Akin to practicing one skill instead of being a jack of all trades, focus your intent on what the thousand truly want and you’ll be able create a community uniquely yours.

7 Statements for the rest of your life

From a recent talk I attended, I’d like to give my commentary on how I interpreted these advice statements on life. Watch the video before reading my versions of how they apply to me, as how I view each statement and how the speaker explains his side will vary. I challenge you to come up with your own response. You’ll be able to grow through introspection of the points outlined below.

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1/28–2/3 Week In Review

Social Media Marketing and Online Dating

People are meeting each other on apps more than real life. pictures and videos become more important in making your first impression to potential matches. Therefore you should follow the same principle on social media as real life: be interesting, or don’t be boring. Live in the moment, but document bits and pieces to provide the minimum social proof to others that come across your profile. the medium is the message so what will you make your message be? Instagram is seen as your highlight reel, so actively pursue opportunities to make highlights.

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Weekly Review: 1/27

Self Care:

I go to a weekly church service where the topic of choice is “self care”. In this weeks lecture, the discussion was over how you need to not look for the next step in life but rather enjoy the present. Life is an infinite game and we can’t help but look at the next steps. We focus on what we don’t have rather than what we do, and the infinite power we have to create. Thinking “if I had XYZ, then I’d be happy” is allowing something external (money, sex, attention) to fill a void that only true relationships with other people and your faith can fill. Self care in this sense is done with the network of people that care for you.

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Sticking to Resolutions in 2019

A couple weeks into the New Year and many are staying strong with their resolutions.

Those that are struggling may find it helpful to read books such as Atomic Habits or follow blogs like Praxis for productivity advice. I’ve compiled some thoughts from a few reputable sources that give the most bang for your buck. And added a couple tools for tracking and monitoring progress.

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Train Right for Your Personality Type

I have a hard time training with regular gym-goers. I hate it when I see “resolutioners” come through the door and get into the squat rack. Freaking hate it. Three months later, it’s like they were never there.

It’s depressing. Why come to the gym if you aren’t motivated enough to put a consistent effort? Are you not seeing results? Bored with your current program? What gives?

The answer is too simple for most to believe: it’s all in your head.

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Fit Forever: Training for Life

Guys fall into a few training categories:

  • those that train for absolute strength
  • those that train for size/aesthetics
  • those that train to be better at their sport
  • those that train to just move better in general

The question then becomes when we don’t have a goal in training how do we stay motivated in the gym and what can we do to make sure that each phase of training builds into each other? The answer requires analysis of where you are currently at and where you should be.

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An Open Letter to Complainers

This an open letter to the countless iterations of complaining I hear from myself or others (mostly others) every day. Whether it’s about his fitness, his awkwardness with women, his dissatisfaction with his job, or lack of energy, I get tired of his inability to not want to change himself. The friction he faces in improving himself is knowing that he won’t be good at it or he will fail a lot more when he decides to try. The fear of failure is something we all have at some point in our lives, so I feel that what I write in this letter will apply to those that are having that same fear. At the end of it I hope to change some minds and inspire others to see failure as a source for growth and embrace the suck that inevitably comes with trying new things.

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Product Review: Tiege Hanley

For those that don’t know…
I have a huge man crush on Aaron Marino.

As a result, I’ve watched many of his videos and determined that he gives quality information (some on the more nsfw side) that young men don’t get as part of their transition to adulthood. He’s a gifted marketer and has built many brands, one of which I have consistently used for the past couple years and that I think you should too. Here’s why:

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