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Time to Succeed

Years, that’s usually how long it takes.
 
What precisely does ‘it’ stand for?
 
No idea, however anything worthwhile often takes a variable lifetime to achieve.
 
Sadly in the world of instant gratification, false lives and bullshit many are lead astray.
 
In fact many would rather live some pseudo variation of what they truly desire than put in the time/effort to live to their full potential and have a dream realised.
 
It’s quite sad really.
 
I’m not free from this you know, I’ve had it happen a couple of times, yet the folly was seen quickly and given to the void because it was no longer serving a purpose.
 
How many things have you achieved that could be so much more?
 
Then for the big question, why do you want them to be more?
 
Speaking from my own mind it’s often out of an immature sense of not desiring any more responsibility, and just an easy life.
 
Happy to fade into the shadows because stepping into the light brings with it it’s own set of issues.
 
That’s the part about success, being better or doing well that people don’t tell you.
 
It puts half of the world against you, half of that in addition will actively try to bring you down out of jealousy and spite and finally half of them will go above and beyond to make your life difficult.
 
Knowing this, how far up the mountain do you wish to climb?
 
Are you willing to put in the time?
 
The only thing we have is time after all, so we might as well use it.
 
Give it some thought.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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New Year Twist

What will be your New Years Promise?

Yep promise, not resolution.

You see the former means more and is not so easily broken.

The latter on the other hand, we’ve been binning those off for years without any consequence or second thought because it’s the expectation that it will happen.

Our history will often define our future.

……

Your history will often define your future, is that what you want?

One of the best indicators of a persons future performance is to look at all their past ones because you will see a trend, a pattern.

Of course people can change, people do change.

Not that much though.

Do you want to be something more than your history or are you happy with living the same life on repeat, much like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

We all get stuck in a loop from time to time.

It’s a far more comfortable place to be, I can personally attest to this because it’s so much easier to stay in a place we feel safe, protected and emotionally satiated.

That’s often what it comes down to in the end.

We all want to feel something, something nice, warm, fuzzy and generally safe.

There is nothing wrong with this you know.

If that is the life you choose and make that choice willing without hesitation or any ambiguousness then you my friend are someone very rare indeed because you’re someone who knows themselves.

I can’t help but respect that deeply.

Say that isn’t you and there is a deep sense of longing, wanting more, yearning for something you can’t quite place your finger on, then this is worth exploring further.

Ask yourself this –

‘What am I searching for? & Why am I searching for this?’

You don’t need to share it with anyone, it’s for you to know and act on if that is your decision.

Half the battle is knowing.

The other half, doing.

To achieve this, in 2020, instead of making a new years resolution try something a little different instead.

Make yourself a New Years Promise.

Enjoy,
Ross

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The Potentials Reel

With 2020 fast approaching it makes you wonder how many people won’t achieve their goals.
 
While this may sound mean in our modern world of ‘everything is awesome’ it’s true.
 
A lot of people have began chatting about how next year will be their year.
 
How they will smash it, take no prisoners, become better.
 
Yea, all bullshit.
 
It sounds good on social media and allows them enough engagement to get the feel good hits of dopamine etc they want/need, all while also knowing they won’t need to follow through on it because no one really cares enough to push/challenge them on what they will say.
 
Why waste your time talking a great game if you won’t follow it through?
 
Is your life that unimportant to you?
 
Has your illusion become worth more than your reality?
 
It is a truly frustrating time to be alive because there is so much wasted potential it hurts.
 
To see people with such an amazing amount of opportunity fall short each and overtime because they, for lack of better terminology, are insecure wannabes.
 
Yep, so many are scared of success because of how insecure they have become.
 
The second someone challenges them in any way they fall to pieces and flood their social media feed with passive aggressive nonsense, or they run and hide while making all the excuses that while hard to refute for various reasons (usually emotional ones) are still nothing more than excuses.
 
We’ve all done it though, I know I have many times over.
 
Now there is not much time left I personally don’t see the point in not pursuing what you seek as improvement and being honest about it if you fail.
 
If you don’t want to do something, great, don’t do it.
 
Avoid being a person who promises the world and delivers sweet fuck all, no one likes a flake.
 
Ah, the term ‘flake’.
 
An apt description for the majority of people these days, people that have such potential yet want nothing more than to sound the part, to talk a good game and have people think they’re gods among men, instead of mere shadows.
 
I don’t know, maybe this is just my own bitterness creeping out.
 
Nah, it almost 100% is that.
 
You see we grow so tired of watching the same patterns.
 
Seeing a story repeated again and again and again.
 
Change the reel, you might just find a better story.
 
Anyway, I’ve brought down the mood enough, do with the above what you will, however whatever it is be sure it’s something worthy of your potential.
 
Better to look back at your life and smile with the aura and satisfaction of you did all you could than to wonder, what if?
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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Progress in Life, Lifting and Learning

There are a lot of things to remember when it comes to making progress in life.

Well, at least that’s what most would have you think.

Over the years these have been the glaring consistencies:

– Master the basics
– Failure is the best teacher
– More is rarely better, it’s just more

In regards to the first point, if you are looking at it in a fitness sense you’ll not really need more than the basics and while all the other options available are nice, they’re not necessary.

Squats, Presses, Pulls, Loaded Carries & Moving.

You don’t need much more from the gym, the rest you can gain outside of 2-3 sessions per week by partaking in various hobbies.

Life doesn’t need to be spent living in the gym.

A lesson it took me many failures to learn because of doing too much for too long and not getting anywhere that is where understanding less done better yields greater results than more just for the sake of more.

Live wise the above got in the way of experiencing it.

It’s a place many fall into, especially when they feel that by changing their look to gain more confidence, attention and self-love will be the answer, which of course it never is.

The reason for that is a simple one.

Just because you change who you are on the outside that doesn’t mean it will even scratch what you are on the inside.

The gym doesn’t change who you are, you do.

The gym is meant to help improve your life, not consume it.

If you’ve spent year in there training away and still feel no better in who you are then you’ve merely exchanged on prison and place to hide for another.

By all means train, move well, look good on the outside.

Just be sure to live and grow on the inside too.

Enjoy,
Ross

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Super secret nutrition tip to guarantee success.

Utilising this groundbreaking truth will literally change your life.
– Make concise conscious & accepting their consequences.
As adults we are free to choose our desired nutrition protocol for life. We even have the ability to change it too 😱
 
One thing to remember though is that whatever you decide to do there will be consequences as a result of said choice and no amount of shifting blame, ignoring logic or just ‘how good you’ve been all week’ will change that.
 
Listen guys, if you feel like having cake then go have cake.
 
It’s pretty simple.
 
Yet if having said cake sends you on a downward spiral (and you know it will) and you still choose to have the cake then that’s on you. Even if you say you were ‘stressed’ or ‘needed’ it or whatever, you still made the choice so you’ll have to deal with the ramifications of it.
 
Being a little more responsible makes for big changes.
 
Give it some thought.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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Calories & creatures of habit.

Are you obsessed with the first while also being caught in the vicious cycle of the second?
 
Many are because loosening the reigns it too scary.
 
Did you know that on average people eat between only 15-20 different foods per week.
 
It’s not a great amount of variety, yet I know why many do it.
 
Safety, familiarity and all that other good stuff synonymous with the comfort zone.
 
From a calorie tracking perspective this makes things easy, yet it also means there might not be much change physically.
 
When you eat the same foods again and again the body will become better accustomed to processing them, in another word more efficient.
 
This will potentially lower the TEF a tad.
 
You’d also be surprised as o how devoid of certain nutrients you may actually be, a common consequence of lacking variety of foods.
 
Now many might say it’s because they don’t like certain foods, which might be true, however more often than not they’re just being fussy because their parents allowed them to be that way in their youth.
 
There is also the potential case that they’re being lazy.
 
We are not talking about preparing 5 star gourmet every day, however a little change will do you the world of good.
 
Sticking with the same foods all the time,while not only dull, will also lead to anxiety when you can’t get your fix because you feel your control slipping away from you.
 
I’ve seen it happen time and again.
 
Being the intelligent individuals you are, I’m sure you can understand that without change there will often be no change.
 
This applies to your nutrition as well.
 
Opting for more variety in what you eat can help you start to make that much sought after progress you desire, honestly.
 
You can keep the calories at whatever level they need to be for your desired goal while changing the food choices.
 
^^ On a calorie laden note, you can have higher days and lower days so long as the total amount of calories across the longer term tracking (say 1 year) is in sync with your goal – surplus for gain, deficit for loss.
 
^^ You don’t need to eat the same calories day in day you, you wouldn’t do it for training volume/intensity so remember you don’t have to do it for food either.
 
Do me a favour, keep a food diary for 2 weeks.
 
Sit down and take a look at those two weeks and see how many foods you eat on average, I’m willing to bet it falls in to the above (15-20).
 
*Of course i am bias towards a more whole foods approach to nutrition from a health stand point, however if on any given day you want cake then have the damn cake, enjoy it, don’t lament it, then adjust your foods the next day and carry on with life.
 
Once you’ve done this take a look at all the other foods you can add in, swap/substitute and enjoy.
 
Most ironic of all is all the people that call themselves ‘foodies’ are of the aforementioned ilk.
 
Give the above some thought.
 
Loosen the reigns and break the cycle of being the same.
 
Enjoy
Ross

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Good Old Arthur.

As a youth I did some classic work labouring, you know the kind, on building site being a gopher essentially.
 
There was another lad who worked at the same time, a couple of years older and the rest of the lads on site used to call him Arthur.
 
Being of the ilk who enjoyed a good book my mind went to the realms of the King of Knights, Excalibur and the Holy Grail.
 
Turns out if was because he’d often leave things half done.
 
Thus his full name was “Arthur Job”, say it quickly and it will all make sense if you’re still unsure.
 
This attitude is not something exclusively for the youths of the world, in fact there are a lot of adults who will only ever do things half heartedly and really finish anything meaningful.
 
Perhaps it’s because they fear putting in the effort required and what might happen if they fail epically, or they could just be lazy I suppose.
 
How many times has you only ever doing half of something?
 
I can say there has been a fair share of things my end and the reason for it was always the same; it just wasn’t something I really wanted to be doing.
 
Given this insight I will always ask myself these two questions before undertaking a task.
 
1 – Is this something I absolutely NEED to do?
 
2 – Is this something I WANT to do?
 
If the first is a yes then regardless of if I want to do it or not it gets done because of necessity.
 
If the first is a no and the second is a yes, then I will do the thing, however if both are a resounding no then I just won’t do them because it’s not important.
 
A simple way to live really.
 
These simple questions avoid me promising things I can’t or don’t want to deliver and trust me it saves a lot of hassle in the long run.
 
You should take these on board and apply them to some elements of your life.
 
Let us take fitness for example, given this is a fitness bias page.
 
Fat loss:
 
1 – Do you NEED to lose fat?
2 – Do you WANt to lose fat?
 
The first might be a no, fair enough.
 
The second could be a yes, then you will have to understand why you want to lose fat, perhaps it is to attract someone else, or just to feel better, or to feel comfortable having sex with the lights on, or whatever.
 
Once you make the decision to do something, you see it through to the end.
 
Take these two questions, apply them and don’t end up becoming just another Arthur of the world.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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6 Tiny Tweaks for Colossal Change

1 – Keep a food diary (write down everything that passes your lips, EVERYTHING).

This will give you some perspective and control over your self, if you’re willing to accept responsibility.

2 – Walk 30 minutes every day

Its good for the mind and the soul.

3 – Read more real books, you know of the paper variety

Spending less time in front of a screen has been said to help reduce stress, anxiety and other such modern day issues.

Ironic you jus tread that one via an online blog.

4 – Buy a Kettlebell(s)

Some people don’t like the gym, this little piece of kit is known for being a ‘gym in the palm of your hand’. Doing 20-45min a day of things such as Swings, Get Ups, Snatches, Presses, Carries, Loaded Stretches, Mobility or movement patterns. These will not only help change your body, it will help your mind as well.

5 – Ensure most, if not all of your meals are meat & veg

You’d be surprised what eating ‘whole foods’ will do for your health and your waistline.

6 – Each year aim to learn a new skill, or invest a good chunk of time in to mastering one

Perhaps you always wanted to learn a language, or how to paint, maybe it was knitting related, whatever it was set aside perhaps one or two hours or so a week to learning and acquiring this.

It’s not selfish to want time for yourself.

In the long run you’ll lead a much fuller life if you devote some time to adding strings to your body, not to mention it can are a great way to relieve stress.

Enjoy,
Ross

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Morning Meditation & Introspection

Introspection is a great thing.
 
It can help uncover a multitude of things that can help us let go of that which weighs us down and move forwards.
 
Is it something you practice?
 
Morning All,
 
Taking the time to examine ones self is a worthy practice.
 
You’ll start to see past a lot of your own bullshit and just knowing that is in of itself something that will make you smile.
 
To be honest and call out your own rubbish is a sure fire way to remove your current barriers and start to plan a progressive path forwards.
 
This can be done in relation to fitness, nutrition, general life and much more.
 
A great way to start this off is by spending 5min in silence with nothing but your own reflective thoughts based on this question:
 
Why do I tell myself & others (insert your own plight).
 
Once you’ve given that some thought, write down your conclusions as to what good that thought is doing you and why you would want to allow yourself to house that thought and verbally repeat it to people as an excuse for what ever reason you do.
 
Do this just once per day, then move on and continue with what ever else you have to do.
 
You might find out some rather interesting things about yourself.
 
Then, when you are ready –
 
Acknowledge, accept & let it go.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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The Healthy Skeptic

Did you know that just because you found evidence that agrees with your opinion, it doesn’t mean it’s right.
 
^^ A hard pill to swallow, however one we all need form time to time.
 
In our world of instant answers and global communication it’s not hard to find something that confirms what we believe and that’s quite a dangerous thing.
 
While it is true you can find studies, anecdote and much more to prove your point it doesn’t then mean you should discount other information.
 
Grasping the entire picture is crucial in making objective decisions and a logical conclusion, otherwise you’re just feeding your ego.
 
I’ve been guilty of this and as such I have three short pieces of advice to help you.
 
1 – Always question your own beliefs
2 – Look for information from every conceivable angle
3 – Try to prove yourself wrong
 
Following these will allow you a broader perspective on a great many things, fitness related and across the entire spectrum of life too. If what you feel is true is true then gathering all the info on all the angles, opposing views and challenging opinions will still lead to the same answer, however you must be willing to entertain the possibility that you’re wrong before you can ever hope to prove that you’re not. 
 
Healthy skepticism, it’s the way forwards.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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