Things I’ve Learned Post Hurricane

Hurricane Michael did a number on my world.

Don’t get me wrong, now. Others got it far, far worse than me, but it did a big enough number that I had to learn a few things about myself and trying to achieve my goals.

Today, I’m still out of town but will be heading back tomorrow come hell or high water (no pun intended) and we will have to deal with the harsh reality we left behind for more comfortable climates.

But, with that in mind, here’s what I’ve learned…

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Thursday Thoughts…But On A Friday

I didn’t do a Thursday Thoughts post yesterday, but there was a really good reason for that.

You see, my Wednesday post might be interpreted as taunting Hurricane Michael. Michael, apparently, took it personally and then took it out on my hometown of Albany, Georgia.

We had no power from about 7:30 onward. We still don’t have power in Albany.

I, however, am in Columbus, Georgia.

For what it’s worth, I and my family are safe and sound. My home is unscathed, though we had some very close calls. Big limbs and such. Many of my neighbors, though, have damage to their homes. I drove through town yesterday and was floored at the damage.

Now, we had some nasty storms last January that hit the city pretty hard and some people were without power for weeks due to tornados.

This time, the damage isn’t as extensive in each location, but the impacted area is huge. We didn’t see anywhere operating under their own power at all yesterday. What few places there were ran on generators. Luckily, we could grab some cold drinks and such.

Ice, however, was non-existent, which kind of sucked.

However, if the biggest concern you have in your life is whether or not you can get ice, you’re winning. You really are.

People died from Michael. People died in my area from the damn storm. I handle storms well, and this storm almost literally scared the crap out of me. It ran through town as a category 2 storm. That almost never happens this far inland.

Folks, I’m good so what I’m about to ask has nothing at all to do with me.

Please, if you’re able, donate to help folks who were hit by this. I’ll probably provide links to groups handling this when I know who they are, but I’m sure you’ll probably find someone even faster than I will.

I saw I don’t know how many homes damaged. Trees ripped apart and slammed into homes, power poles snapped like toothpicks, trees torn out by the roots, signs for businesses shredded and deposited Lord only knows where.

There are people who need help. If you’re able, please offer it.

Thursday Thoughts: There Is No ‘One True Way’

Anywhere you go on the internet, you’re bound to come across people who will tell you that there is One True Way to whatever your goals are, that you have to follow their routine precisely or else you might as well just pull into McDonald’s and gorge yourself.

The thing is, I’m someone who delves into things deeply when I get interested in them. I become something of a sponge, absorbing all the information I can find. With fitness, it’s been no different.

Over time, things change, and so even if I forgo fitness for a while, I still come back and delve in deep. I need to see what’s changed, what new information has science provided.

Because of that, I’ve learned one really great lesson about health and fitness: There is no One True Way.

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Optimal Versus Sustainable: Why Different Approaches Should Be Considered

Over the weekend, I was watching as Joe Rogan interviewed Dr. Layne Norton and Dr. Dom D’Agostino. Both Norton and D’Agostino have their Ph.D. in nutrition, though they advocate for very different lifestyles.

D’Agostino is a ketogenic diet proponent while Norton is, like me, a fan of flexible dieting.

As Norton was discussing diets, one thing he kept harping on was that a diet had to be sustainable over the long term.

Rogan, who is known primarily as a comedian but actually has a background in martial arts first and foremost, began asking if the need for a “sustainable” diet was really just an issue of discipline. I get why Rogan asks that, too. As a lifelong fighter, Rogan is nothing, if not disciplined. He trained and competed for years before ever pursuing comedy. He’s disciplined, so he doesn’t get how someone can have difficulty with someone if they’re disciplined.

However, that got me to thinking about how I would address this argument. You see because I happen to agree that the sustainability of a diet or exercise program is the most important variable.

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Embracing The Warrior Archetype To Help You Achieve Your Goals

Yesterday, I mentioned the term “warrior archetype” and said I’d get into it later. Well, it’s later.

First, let’s get into what a warrior archetype is, then we can talk about how you use it to reach your goals, be they fitness or other. Continue reading “Embracing The Warrior Archetype To Help You Achieve Your Goals”

Those Days When You Just Don’t Feel Like Training

Not every day is going to be filled with motivation. You’re not always going to feel like lifting heavy weights and getting all sweaty.

I know. I had one of those days today. I was feeling down for no really good reason and just didn’t want to do much of anything. I just felt like I wanted to crawl back in bed and take a good, long nap.

So what do you do when you just don’t feel it?

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The Allure Of Crossfit

I was talking with someone the other day, a friend who weight trains pretty regularly, and he made the comment that he didn’t understand the allure of Crossfit. “I just don’t get it,” he quipped.

Well, I’m not a crossfitter, and I’ve never played one on TV, but I think I do.

Allow me to give you my thinking from a layman’s perspective. I’m going to start by saying I have never done CrossFit, but I’ve seen plenty of WODs being conducted in the box attached to my commercial gym–seriously, there’s a big old window between the two. It’s hard to miss it–and I’ve researched it a fair bit.

Some of what I say about Crossfit may be wrong, and I welcome correction on those points, but let’s also keep in mind that the word “allure” means what draws people, so what actually happens may be irrelevant. It’s what peopleĀ think will happen.

So, with all that out of the way, why do some people find themselves drawn to something like Crossfit?

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