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February 3rd, 2011  |  Published in Reality check  |  11 Comments

I posted this as a comment response elsewhere but I think it bears mentioning here too. Folks are always asking me, “I want to do X but also Y and Z and it’s not working and I’m getting discouraged.”

Here’s my answer: Throw all that shit out.

“Gain muscle” and “lose X lbs” and “run a marathon” and “do a million pullups” are all great goals but if you’re an average person who just wants to feel, look, and perform a bit better, it doesn’t fucking matter because you need to get into better overall shape and eat better, period. I guarantee it.

Throw all that detail shit out. Stop reading the goddamned interwebs and magazines. (Except me.) Stop distracting yourself with crap.

Then focus on this ONE goal:

Get as fit as possible while nourishing yourself — truly, deeply nourishing yourself — as well as possible.

Forget about calories and focus on making every bite of food you put in your mouth the best possible quality — the most nourishing; the most lovingly prepared; the most mindfully eaten; the freshest and realest; the most full of vitamins and minerals and other good stuff. Don’t skimp on your protein, colourful fruits and veggies, and good, real fats. (Yeah, that includes egg yolks and butter.)

Eat slowly. (This piece is so profoundly important I should almost write a book and charge for it.)

Forget about workout details and focus on this: Jump high. Run fast. Hit hard. Build a heart-lung-muscle engine with lots of power and work capacity. Be real with your movements. Recover hard — guard your sleep and your playtime like a starving dog guards a steak.

Forget about getting the macronutrients perfect and focus on how you feel when you eat. Does what you eat make you feel light yet powerful? Does it make you feel like you could beat down Mike Tyson and every virus in the world? Are there, as my gramma would say, roses in your cheeks? Do you eat with joy and care and a deep, abiding sense of love and self-nurturance (which is not to be confused with “I deserve this piece of sugary chemical shit because I had a bad day!”)?

Do this consistently — every day — to the very honest best of your ability and don’t bullshit yourself about what you’re eating or whether you put in your most earnest effort.

Everything else is irrelevant.


  1. Kicknknit says:

    February 3rd, 2011at 8:29 am(#)

    Common Sense FTW!!!

  2. Eileen says:

    February 3rd, 2011at 9:45 am(#)

    Love love love, especially “Does what you eat make you feel light yet powerful?”. In the midst of all this snow I’ve been trying to pay close attention to what my body is asking for — and if I ignore it (like “Oh I’ll just eat this leftover soup; it was good at lunch”) my body gets seriously grumpy with me (“I SAID fresh pasta and buckwheat sprouts bitch!”).

    Also I love “Be real with your movements”. I read a rant a while back about never using an elliptical machine because at least with a treadmill or bike there’s a good chance you will in the future walk and/or ride a bike. But the chance that you will find yourself in a world of floaty-ellipse-movement up a mountain trail? Very low.

  3. Kaisa Jaakkola says:

    February 3rd, 2011at 12:48 pm(#)

    Excellent post. Love it!

  4. Sasha says:

    February 3rd, 2011at 1:58 pm(#)


    I think the same applies to every moment of life – to jobs, to schedules, to waking up and going to sleep. The question is how to fund such a mindful life-style ;).

  5. Mistress Krista says:

    February 3rd, 2011at 4:20 pm(#)

    @Sasha: Arguably this is easier to fund than the alternative. This is living simply, without excess stuff. Life, drilled down to the essentials. What could be cheaper than that?

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    These words need to be heeded. That seriously is all that is required.

    Great one.

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  11. kim says:

    February 27th, 2011at 10:02 am(#)

    Thanks for removing all the fluff and getting right to the bone. Love it!

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