You're my friend!?!!

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This is a reprehensible term and I hate it. Yet it serves a purpose in defining just how awful people can be. A DUFF, in case you don't know (good for you) is Designated Ugly Fat Friend. And, depending on the circles you run in, you could be one or have one. If you have more than one circle you might be both. 

Comparing ourselves to others (and making ourselves feel better with negative outside comparisons) is an age-old sport and not likely to end any time soon. But this is the first era that I'm aware of that we've become so openly cruel about it.

(This really does have a bearing on your health and fitness. Trust me, we're getting there.)

The most obvious place we see this is when you're adjusting your eating habits, possibly to lose weight, maybe just to get your life together. No matter, you've decided to clean up your diet. No more donuts and Dew for breakfast. Better habits around your schedule, smarter shopping. Taking time to sit and enjoy your meals. Good for you. 

The one little mistake you made was telling your friends. On the one hand we want accountability when we take on a commitment. Someone who will hold us to our promise and call us on our BS. On the other hand we have the haters. Those who are threatened by your potential success and will do everything in their power to, subtly but surely, push you to fail.

The vast majority of all of our friends, unless we're very lucky and very discriminating about who we hang with, are haters. Oh, they don't mean to be. At least, they don't sound like they mean to be:

“Oh come on, treat yourself.” “Well, if you’re not going to have a dessert, then I won’t either.” “I don’t know what you’re talking about, you’re fine the way you are.” You’ve probably heard these phrases before. You may have said them yourself with nothing but the best intentions.

Make no mistake. You must fail. If you succeed you eliminate an excuse for them to make the effort. When you fail it takes the pressure off: "Why bother? If she can't do it, I don't stand a chance."

The answer? Tell only one loyal, trusted confidante. Possibly someone who you've supported in the same way. Pinky swear, blood oath, whatever. No friends willing to help? Use a social contract app like Stickk.com or Coach.me. These are just some of the ways you can keep your feet to the metaphorical fire. 

Pass these ideas on to your well-meaning family and colleagues, too. Give them some love.

If you need help with these or any other health, fitness and longevity topics get with us. We're here to help.

Oh, the weather outside....

When the weather turns cold and most of your half of the world is under snow and ice it can be hard to think about seasonal vegetables as a thing. We all know about tomatoes and greens and all the amazing fruit that’s available in spring, summer and fall but what do I do with those roots and other weird looking things. I mean, carrots, OK, but a rutabaga? Really!?!!

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Sugar's bad for me? Really?

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Here's the latest evidence of the biggest cover up you've never heard of. Even though we've known for years that there was some monkey business with marketing of sugar laden foods - especially soft drinks - calling them "part of a balanced diet" this report is the most direct evidence that Big Sugar knew this crap is bad for humans and buried that information.

This isn't really news. Unless you've been living on another planet you know too much sugar (which isn't much) is bad for you. It wears out your pancreas which then stops producing insulin and you wind up diabetic. It messes with your hormones which affects your sleep which messes with your hormones. Messing with your sleep increases stress as you try to get through an already stressful day. Which - wait for it - messes with your hormones.

The two-fold problem is this; you don't believe sugar is really that bad for you and it takes a long time to begin to really suffer from the effects.

You don't believe it because, well, sugar tastes good. For better or worse we're hard wired to enjoy sweet tastes. Add to this that you're being constantly marketed this junk and that it's in everything you buy and the smart money's against you.

So what to do? Get woke. Know what you're eating, recognize the messages you receive are designed to get you to buy things and not for your own good. 

Don't be deceived.

Happy Holidays

What makes a regular day a holiday? Presents? Cake? Spare ribs? I offer that it's not the things we get or even the things we give but what we bring to the day, the effort and emotion that we invest, that make a random Wednesday or Saturday into a holiday. 

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Teach them young

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It's scary. A whopping 57% of the nation’s children and teens will be obese by age 35 if current trends continue, according to a sobering new study out Wednesday. 

 The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, goes beyond previous studies suggesting unhealthy childhood weights often lead to adult obesity. It suggests that while heavy children face the highest risk, even those who make it to age 20 in good shape face substantial peril in a world where obesity could soon be the new normal.  

“This study is the first to make precise predictions for today’s generation of children,” and the news is not good, said lead author Zachary Ward, a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings, he said, show the need for stepped-up prevention efforts from infancy through young adulthood.  

The current adult obesity rate, just updated by U.S. government researchers, stands at a record 39.8%. The rate in children and teens is 18.5%.  Adult obesity is linked with health problems including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. 

What can you do? Model good behavior for your kids and their friends. Whether you believe it or not, even if they don't act like it, your kids pay attention to what you do. Upgrade your diet, move a little, quit smoking, drink more water. It doesn't have to be heroic, just be aware that you have an audience. 

Learn more about how to do this. Get with us.  Or call (850) 231-1322.

Follow through

A follow through is supposed to change everything. It's almost magic. Doesn't matter if it's a golf swing, a basketball shot or a tennis serve. But what is a "follow through" exactly?

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What if your inner critic is right?

We all know the advice to "silence the inner critic". You know the voice (or voices) that whisper (or scream) that you're a talentless fraud or you're just lucky and don't deserve success, that sooner or later you'll be found out and it'll all come crashing down. 

Yeah, definitely pay no attention to that. But what if your inner voice isn't your critic at all but your intuition?

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An attitude of gratitude

It's easy to forget but so very important. Whatever we have is a gift. Sometimes we work hard and get nowhere, other times good fortune falls in our lap.

The Stoics are well known for this attitude of gratitude and the freedom from judging what happens to us. “Convince yourself that everything is the gift of the gods,” was how Marcus Aurelius put it, “that things are good and always will be.”

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I don’t...

It’s a simple phrase but in can be incredibly powerful if you use it the right away. Especially if you use it instead of I can’t when it comes to a habit you are trying to change.  

Seriously, it just feels so much better. 

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Where’s Karen?

I  am up in Ohio in my childhood home. My mother has Alzheimer’s disease and I am spending some time with her. Her memory is fading too quickly. 

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"We're fighting the wrong war"

[Dr. Attia's] point is fairly straight forward. We hear all the time that obesity is the enemy. That it's the cause of so many other problems; heart disease, high blood pressure, bad blood numbers (A1C, triglycerides, cholesterol) and the big-bad Type 2 diabetes. If you're fat you're in danger.

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"Nothing matters more than results"

We often let ourselves think that the only thing that matters is the score. The load lifted or the time we finished the workout. After all isn't that why we're there? To do our best and set PR's and, you know, win

I don't think so.

Do those things matter? Of course they do but I don't think they matter most or even close to the top of the list.

Instead:

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