Turning the Day Around

This is about nipping potential disappointment in the bum and creating a day that meets all the criteria for a great ending.

Last week my friend and I planned our Saturday perfectly! Or so we thought. We’d leave LA by 6 AM, be at the foot of the trail by 9:30 AM, and just snowshoe till it was time to turn around. She even made calls to ensure we had the correct permits, and make certain the weather was decent for the adventure we had planned.

When we got the ranger station they informed us the road was closed four miles from the trail head, well, we could drive past the closure, but the risk of anything happening falls on our shoulders. We drove a mile past where the road was closed and realized, that we could make it to the trail head, but with the sun disappearing behind the mountains the drive down was going to be pure ice, not something I really want to deal with while being exhausted from a hike. We decided to turn around, needless to say, my friend was visibly upset by her well made plans not happening according to the agenda.

We returned to the ranger station and found an alternate trail called “The Ashram” outside of Lone Pine, California. Unfortunately, having started our hike late in the day, we were unable to reach the destination, but the day still ended with us smiling, stating our excitement about returning to this spot to reach “The Ashram”.

This is where the lesson started for me…

The question that entered my mind was: How often does this sort of thing happen? And not just with a hike, but with everyday events? I forgot to put my gym shoes in my bag, I don’t have a towel, I forgot to pack my lunch… Each one of these scenarios can leave me feeling frustrated, confused, disappointed, discouraged, and wanting to pack it up and go home! Have you ever found your self in this situation? Did you pack it up and go home, OR persevere so the day ended with a smile?

From this experience I learned that when frustration sets in, take a step back, breath, and look at the situation from the outside. What did we set out to accomplish? What got in the way? If we alter our already “messed up” plans? Can we still accomplish what we set out to do? The answer is yes, we can!

Where have you persevered from frustration to glee? Could you do it again? How did you do it?

Building Community & Friendships…

In the past couple months I’ve had the opportunity to reach out and communicate with individuals in the health and wellness community all over the world thanks to Twitter.

All of these individuals that I’ve had and are having the pleasure of brainstorming with are inspiring me in the process of creating something great.  Reaching out and inviting others to participate in educating and inspiring our readers and clients to be proactive in their lives as we are and have been in ours.

I just want to say thank you to all of you out there who are taking the time to have a positive impact on those around you.  I know that there are oscillations in the path that we’re on, but when we stick together we’re able to get through the rough patches.

Cheers to the path we’re on, and the friends we make a long the way.

When You Look Good You Feel Good by B.J. Little, B.S. Recreation Administration, ISSA CPT

One of my childhood idles had a saying that went similar to this “ When you look good you feel good. When you feel good you play good. When you play good they pay good, and when they pay good you eat good!” and in my case he could not have been more right.
I went from being a college athlete feeling pretty good about myself to a regular everyday Joe that was overweight and depressed feeling like my life was a complete mess. While I was in college I felt invincible almost like I could do anything, diet was nothing for me I could eat anything under the sun and still go out and play four quarters of football and run all day. That lasted for about four years. During that time I racked up a lot of good stats and even garnered some postseason awards for my play. I was Defensive Rookie of the year, All Conference, and All-American by the time I graduated. I thought I was going to have a shot at the NFL but the call never came. Now my football career was over and so went all my physical activity, I went from lifting weights and running about every day to not doing anything. The funny part about it was my appetite stayed the same or might have even gotten bigger. When that happened my weight started to rise and before I knew it, I went from 230lbs of solid muscle to 258lbs of not so solid flab and looking pretty bad. Uh oh, now here comes the depression, I was sad about being big and hating the way that I looked. It came to a point where I had gotten tired of it so I went searching for answers. I came across the Body for Life Diet that was a twelve-week program that had me eating six times a day with each meal consisting of a carb, a protein, and a fat. I also had to drink three liters of water as well. Don’t know what made me try it but I did and it did work and I was back down to 230lbs feeling pretty good again.  Now this was the first time that I had ever heard of the small meal thing it kind of weirded me out at first, I didn’t know that I had to eat to lose. This went well for a while and my self-esteem went up a notch and I even got a new job and relaxed. People began complimenting me on the work that I was putting in and I started believing that I had a handle on this weight loss thing. Then I began having extra cheat days. You are allowed one sensible one but I started to have two then three and I would always say to myself “I know what I am doing”. I didn’t and fell right back into my trap. My idle was right, when I got my new job I was eating out about everyday sitting at a desk 8 hours a day and even though I was coaching football and track I was probably at my most sedentary point. My job did pay good and when they pay good you do eat good (if you choose to) but I didn’t. I ate badly and before I knew it I was back at 258lbs plus 12 more. Now there I was feeling bad again, DANG! I was in a downward spiral and I decided that I wanted to do something about it for good this time. I wanted to look good and didn’t want the prefix Big to be in front of my name. I noticed some of my friends started to call me Big B or Big Ben (my real name is Benjamin) I really didn’t like that. So, from that point on I began to study the body and try to figure out how it works and how I could perform at my optimal at all times so that I could continuously be happy. I started reading everything that I could get my hands but two things stuck out. I read a book call Don’t Eat This Book by Morgan Spurlock and later on saw a movie called Food Inc. that really helped me to understand along with my ISSA (International Sports Science Association) studying and the countless workshops that I have attended. What I found to be true again was that eating multiple times a day (at least five) like Body for Life and drinking lots of water behind it was the way to go. I also decided the best way for me to stay in tune with my body is to start working with others on how to control their weight so that is how I got into the wonderful field of personal training. Since that point about 6 years ago I have kept my weight down.  I am currently weighing in at 207 and feeling good again while also helping others to do the same.
If you want to lose weight and feel good about yourself you have got to change your eating habits. Consider five to six meals daily, each consisting of a carb, a protein, and a fat. This ensures that all of your meals are balanced and they will work with your body to help you perform at your best. Changing my eating habits along with regular exercise is what I did to shed 70lbs and if I can do it anyone can. Remember the saying “ When you look good you feel good. When you feel good…..etc. This will help you live a longer, happier, and wealthier life. Life is great!