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I had the opportunity to walk on fire and broken glass a few years ago. On both occasions, it was very nerve racking for me, with the walking on glass a little scary.

I watched a few other people walk on the glass before me, and all I could hear is the breaking of glass with each step that was taken.

Some of the pieces of glass were sharp. If you stepped on it you could potentially cut your foot.

Some of the pieces shifted as you placed your weight on it.

Some of the pieces broke under your foot.

With every step that is taken, you are getting feedback on the path you are on. With this feedback you are receiving, you can correct the path you step on.

If you stepped on the glass and felt a sharp pain from the glass, did you fail?

NO you certainly didn’t!

You got valuable information on what your next step should be – to shift your weight or step in another place.

You got FEEDBACK!

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The feedback you have received is just information for you to make a decision.

When you walk on broken glass, you get feedback. That physical sensation you feel under your foot – sharp, painful, or uneven surface – guides you on what you should do next.

Same as when you are at the gym or on the sand at the beach. You have to constantly adjust to the feedback you are receiving. If you are on unstable surface or standing on one leg, you have to adjust to get your balance back, which means taking action to correct that.

Same with your eating habits. If you notice some red flags with something that you have eaten, that makes you feel bloated, or low on energy or not your best, that’s just feedback you are receiving.

Over time as you get to know yourself better, you build a database of feedback.

This is very important information you are receiving, as you will probably learn which foods trigger those not so good feelings.

It is all valuable information.

What you do with this information is very important also.

If you eat those extra hot, chili BBQ wings, dipped in more sauce, and feel crappy after, that is just feedback for you on what NOT to do next time.

If you decide to ignore the feedback you are receiving, you will continue to feel the way you are feeling.

You will make mistakes along the journey, but that does not mean you have failed.

You will make choices that did not work, but that does not mean you have failed.

What you have gained is valuable information of what does not work for you.

What to do next?

  • Keep a journal and log all that you eat.
  • Write how you feel just when you finish eating and also 30-60mins after you have done eating.
  • Make a note of any foods that trigger that crappy feeling.
  • Avoid eating those foods that make you feel crappy.

Be your own science experiment. You will learn so much about yourself.

Remember it is all information you are receiving. You now have to analyze that information to make better choices.

There is no “good” or “bad” choices, just better choices.

You are not failing, you are learning a better way to accomplish your desired outcome with your health and fitness.

 

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Over the 15 plus years I have been in the fitness industry world, I have tried many different aspects of training and nutrition protocols, to see what works best for myself and clients I have worked alongside. champs_image

Some things worked better than others, and some got better results than others. In other words…what worked for one person didn’t necessarily work for the other and vice versa.

I used myself as a science project over the years as well. I found that with some of the things I tested out, I never really felt 100%, and that some aspect was missing.

I would push myself to the limits, feel depleted after workouts, and thought at the time I was ‘killin’ my training.

I tried high carb, low carb, no carb eating….never felt 100%.

I did vegan for 6 months and didn’t feel great.

I tried HIIT workouts which got me results, but drained me at times.

I tried 6, 8, 9 and 12 week programs that mainly focused on building muscle. Got some results but couldn’t sustain it for longer than the time period.

I played with around my nutrition on each of these training protocols, but never felt like I could sustain it long term or for a lifetime.

And I tried many other things….

As I got older and I must say a little more mature, I started listening to my body a little and really taking notice of what others were doing that I respected in the industry.

I also open my mind to other modalities of training, not just the lifting of heavy stuff.

I was missing out on a huge part of my training which was the recovery side of things. I found more balance in my training.

As the years went on, I added another component to my training which was yoga.

It was like a whole new world for me and finally I was enjoying training in a whole new way. I was starting to feel more energized and recovering better. I was even lifting less often but with a more focused attention to detail.

With my new found knowledge I started to put together the pieces from my own experiences and learning from others. This is when I came up with a 360 degree approach to health, wellness and vitality.

The GD360 Approach has a balanced methodology that focuses on 6 components on wheel:

  1. MINDSET: It all starts here with the mind, as what you focus on you achieve. You have to know what you want, why you want it, and a massive plan of action to go after it. You have to have clarity with you goal to achieve it and take massive action on a daily basis to achieve the desired outcome.
  2. NUTRITION: Nutrition plays a massive part in every aspect of your life as what you eat has an effect on how you function on a daily basis. Consuming healthy, wholesome, nutritious food, will provide you with the fuel your body needs for your daily actions.
  3. RESISTANCE TRAINING: You have to challenge the body in some way for it to grow, by using various training tools or your own body weight. Resistance training builds strength, power and muscular endurance depending on your goals, for you to feel strong and powerful, reduce the risk of injuries and improve health.
  4. CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING: this is a very important component to improve cardiovascular fitness, using various heart rate intensities, depending on the goal.
  5. RECOVERY: This comes in may different forms, from stretching, foam rolling, trigger point therapy, to ice baths, steam rooms, sauna, jacuzzi, to massages, sleep, nutrition, lower intensity workouts for some.
  6. RE-ENERGIZE/REVITALIZE: Here is where we do things we enjoy, like dancing, surfing, paddle boarding, or any fun thing that you enjoy doing. In this approach you can also do things like various types of yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, meditation, use of essential oils, pretty much anything to de-stress the body.

As you can see, this is a well rounded approach to your Health, Wellness and Vitality. With this approach, I have been able to find balance in my week with my health and fitness, but more importantly sustain it and enjoy it as I get older.

How can you apply the GD360 Approach to your daily routines, to become 1% better?

 

Do the following statements describe you?

  • I prefer to eat in private, where no one else can see.
  • I eat healthy in front of others but then indulge recklessly in private.
  • I follow a healthy diet during the day, only to fall off the wagon at night.
  • I sneak food secretly and eat it away from others.

If you can relate to any of the above statements then you may be engaging in closet eating. This “secret eating life” of yours sabotages your fitness goals, making it impossible to achieve the body that you want.

Before we dive into this topic, it’s important to approach yourself from a place of love and respect. Resist the urge to look at yourself as a failure as you strive to discard unhealthy eating habits.

Use the following 5 steps to curb your closet eating once and for all:

Step #1: Learn Your Triggers
Journal about the feelings you experience before, during and after an episode of closet eating. Was there a particular trigger that caused you to feel stressed, or angry, or helpless before the urge to eat in secrecy hit you?

Refer back to your journal after a handful of episodes and try to determine a pattern. This will allow you to prepare yourself with an exit plan before the next potential episode.

For example, if you find that your closet eating occurs mainly when your spouse goes out of town on business, then make plans to visit with friends rather than be alone at home with food.

Step #2: Log Every Calorie
Let’s face the facts. Just because no one sees you eat it, doesn’t mean that the calories don’t exist. The simple act of tallying each food item that you eat will force you to be more mindful of your eating habits.

There are many apps you can download to your phone, like My Fitness Pal, which is ideal for calculating your calorie intake, and be aware of how close you come to that range each day. Resist the urge to not log foods that are eaten in secrecy.

The point is to bring accountability to the situation, so be vigilant.

Step #3: Carry Healthy Snacks
When the urge to eat in secrecy hits you, it may be useful to allow yourself the snack, but change the script slightly by making it healthy and portion controlled.

Eat one of these snacks every few hours to prevent from becoming overly hungry, thus more susceptible to reckless eating.

My favorite healthy snacks are Dale’s Raw Protein Bars.

Step #4: Don’t Stock Bad Food
Most cases of closet eating are said to occur in the comfort of your own home. Be proactive by not stocking your favorite indulgences in the kitchen.

When you have the urge to sneak a few bites of ice cream before bed, you’ll be unable to do so if there isn’t any ice cream to be found. Be careful not to fall into the trap of “buying it for the kids,” as this is a slippery slope.

No one in the family benefits from having junk food stocked in the house. Get it out.

Step #5: Exercise Regularly
How can exercising regularly help you overcome closet eating? It’s simple. When you are actively working towards a goal, and are supported, you’ll be less likely to self-sabotage.

My fitness plans are designed to get you to your desired weight loss goal quickly and efficiently. There’s accountability, encouragement and measurable results to keep you on track.

If you’d like to see your fitness goals become a reality then take control of your actions.

Closet eating may be your way of dealing with the stress you have in your life, but you can change that.

Change comes from within and it starts by knowing when you are making decisions due to pain or pleasure, and if that decision is moving you towards your desired state.

Live With Courage!