You don’t need to love your body, you need to own it

Once upon when I was 21, I sublaxed (partial dislocation) both knees right after the other. That day, the right one was already bandaged, and I was hobbling around on the left, watching a soccer game with friends. There were a lot of people around me, and I was standing still and very unsteadily, unable to move with any sort of ease. I was all wobbly, constantly in danger of … [Read more...]

New Years; upload a mental virus, rather than crafting a resolution (aka a promise to yourself you don’t keep)

I like New Years celebrations, and I don't mind the ritual of New Year resolutions either, per se. But I agree that simply deciding on a new goal or action because it is "a new year" doesn't pan out well for most people. We all know the drill; the large majority of us will fail at keeping our New Years resolutions. I have a bit of a different twist on the idea of using the … [Read more...]

A Habit’s Tale

  Why am I showing you my nails? Cause I'm running my own lifelong experiment with the hardest and most ingrained bad habit I have: biting my nails. I started biting them when I was 3, right after a time period of family-related stressful shock. As a child, you don't control your environment, you just respond to it, adapt to it. Somehow my little brain decided … [Read more...]

The Mistake You’re Not Learning From

We hear these kinds of phrases all the time: "Learn from your mistakes" "It was a learning experience" "I am ok, because I learned something from it". Totally true. In fact it will be true for the rest of your life. But part of progress is making different mistakes. New ones. Not repeating the same ones. Progress is fighting new battles. I was sitting around … [Read more...]

What You SHOULD Know About Plateaus

I have had this post bouncing around in my head since last week, and if I don't get it out I'm gonna go crazy. Occasionally at work (the prison), I am assigned to construction watch. This is great for me ┬ábecause it means babysitting two non-inmate maintenance guys = I can catch up on reading!!! I print out some Alan Aragon Research Reviews, grab a highlighter and get paid to … [Read more...]

Beyond Brawn Bites: Part 1

In these couple blog posts coming up, I would like to share quotes from different reading material I have been working my way through, that resonated with me personally in my learning process. Everybody "clicks" with different things at different times and as one of my friends pointed out "often how something affects you is a matter of when you are ready to hear it". I have … [Read more...]

Mindvirus

THE THOUGHT If you think you are beaten you are If you think you dare not you don't If you like to win, but think you can't It is most certain you won't If you think you'll lose you're lost For out in the world we find Success begins with a fellows will - Its all in the state of mind If you think you are outclassed you are You've got to think high to rise You've … [Read more...]

Principles: A Bit of Psych

We discussed this in class last week, and the whole time I was relating it to training, so I thought I'd get it off my mind by sharing it with you. Any Psych student will recognize what I am talking about instantly, and actually, I would say anyone with common sense. But sometimes having to read it makes things click more. I know it does for me. But I am a little slow … [Read more...]