Dealing with Setbacks

This article speaks directly to what I’ve been dealing with lately, namely how do I deal with what I want to achieve, versus what I have actually been doing to achieve those goals?  I find I have been pushing the daily experience of life away.  I haven’t been able to be with how my body is, or the way my old habits reasserted themselves.  This has spilled over into not being able to be with the people around me … how they are, and how they aren’t.

I have decided to tackle this with baby steps.  I am focusing on one habit at a time, and being patient to watch the changes grow.

The Athletic Mind, Part 1: The Role of Perception in Athletics | Breaking Muscle



It’s all an adventure, by John Aske

It’s all an adventure, by John Aske.

I have been resisting where I am at in my life, and wishing I was somewhere else, with a different body, and different habits.  I need to start out with where I am and allow that in, first.

Note To Self…

It is so tempting to move the goal post closer. Instead, why not keep the length of the playing field the same, and condition yourself to reach the original goal?

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Eating Habits: Very Carefully

I wish I had this approach when at ten years old I was told I was getting too fat, and needed to start watching what I ate. I have body image issues and struggles around food that are a part of my daily existence. Perhaps we could create a world where we can find a way to create new behaviors and results instead of desperately trying to avoid perceived “negative” outcomes.

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Weight is never an easy subject, but it can be especially dicey when parents broach the issue of eating habits and weight with their teens.

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Reactions are a Window of Opportunity

Reactions are habitual ways of dealing with situations.  We feel offended we get defensive.  We feel attacked, we flee or return the attack.  We feel lost we get desperate.  All of us have our own unique ways in which we deal with situations that arise on a day to day basis.

Boxers train to convert Reaction into Response.  The idea is that a Reaction is an energetic experience that combines the mental, physical and emotional.  The key to becoming more aware of having a Reaction is learning to know what the Reaction feels like in the body.  All Reactions are made up of tension somewhere on the range of fight, flee or freeze.  Once a Boxer learns to feel the moment when he / she is Reacting, he / she can begin the journey of converting this energy into a Response.

A Boxer I am working with frequently encounters extreme feelings of being overwhelmed.  He Reports that it is an experience of a dense Fog rolling in, damp, wet and gray.  This Fog becomes so thick he can’t see anything and he is afraid of taking a step in case he should fall into an abyss.  Once he freezes, his breath becomes so shallow and rapid that he quickly moves into a Panic Zone.  Sometimes he can’t shake this experience for days at a time.

Even though his experience is extreme, it is, fundamentally, a a series of Reactions  converging all at once.  When he senses the Fog, he begins tensing up in an effort to resist the inevitable.  The tension attracts more tension, begins to restrict his breathing.  By this time his mind takes over, judging, identifying, justifying, trying to make sense of things.

Once Reactions take over the mind, one is truly lost.    However, the mind can be used to convert the tension into physical calm in the face of action. In my client’s case, i introduced him to a Fog Burner.  A Fog Burner is a round object with two handles.  It projects an intense beam that cuts through the Fog, and, eventually, disperses it until there is a clearing filled with sunshine.

Just knowing such a Tool exists has provided my Client with a new found trust that he can learn to manage his overwhelming panic attacks.  Clearing away all the Fog does not happen over night, but, through time, it is possible.

The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination, by Peter Bregman

The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination, by Peter Bregman.

This is so true!  Why do many of us overeat?  To keep from feeling what’s really going on in our lives.  What happens when we put off doing a workout?  We drag out dread and anticipation, when we could power through it, pay attention to our bodies WHILE working out, and savor the amazing feelings we have when we’re done.  Don’t just take my word for it … this is a great article!