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Don’t Complain About It. Do Something About It

Don’t Complain About It. Do Something About It

A couple months ago, I was complaining to my wife that I wasn’t in as good of shape as I used to be. What triggered the feeling was a meeting with my Crossfit coach. They got a fancy new machine that measures your body fat percentage. Mine was about 5 points higher...
The #1 Key to Make Progress on Your Fitness

The #1 Key to Make Progress on Your Fitness

Almost every day on social media, I see someone touting the greatest new workout program or diet plan. Every post usually has 2 components. First, they have someone advertising the plan who is absolutely jacked. Although it is usually not explicitly stated, the...
It’s All About Choosing the Right Weight

It’s All About Choosing the Right Weight

I was at my Crossfit gym the other day, and the workout involved heavy kettle-bell swings. 70 pounds for men and 53 pounds for women. I tried to do the prescribed weight, but it was a struggle. I had trouble keeping up. After the workout, my back was sore for a week....
3 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

3 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

Psychologist Carol Dweck has found that some people have a growth mindset, whereas other people have a fixed mindset. Growth Mindset A growth mindset means you believe your personality, abilities, and skills are malleable. They can change over time. If you aren’t good...
The Best Interventions are Effective AND Doable

The Best Interventions are Effective AND Doable

We were finishing up our Crossfit workout the other day, and the coach was talking about some mobility exercises we might try to cool down and help our muscles recover. Interestingly, he said he doesn’t usually recommend athletes do long mobility sessions. Instead, he...
5 Activities to Help You Stay in the Present

5 Activities to Help You Stay in the Present

It’s difficult to stay in the present. I struggle with this a lot. I’m either living in the past, feeling regret or sadness about things that have already happened. Or I’m living in the future, feeling anxiety or fear about things that haven’t occurred yet. Living Out...
How to Enjoy the Process AND the Outcome

How to Enjoy the Process AND the Outcome

In life, it is important to enjoy the process, not just focus on the outcome. This is something I struggle with a lot. At work, I’m often focused on outcome. “Let’s get this paper published ASAP!” “What’s your plan for defending your dissertation and graduating?”...
Try to See Your Goal in a Tangible Way

Try to See Your Goal in a Tangible Way

Sometimes it’s good to see your goal in a tangible way. Tangible means physical, like you can touch it. Disappointment with Crossfit I remember one morning after I finished my Crossfit workout, I stretched a bit and gathered my things. As I was leaving, I saw the guys...