Thursday, September 21, 2017

Colon Cleansing

The latest research pertaining to cleansing is very promising!

If you are new to the “cleansing” scene, let me explain the typical method.

Most colon cleansing systems are 2 week programs that are designed to generate a progressive cleansing effect on our body in just 14 days.

During these 14 days, you follow a 3 phase cleansing process.

Phase 1: Preparation Phase - Prepares the colon for the cleanse.  This phase helps you go to the bathroom more often and kills off the deadly intestinal parasites.

Phase 2: The Cleansing Phase - The primary colon cleansing and detoxifying effectiveness revolves around the ingredients found in the phase 2 Cleansing and Detoxifying Powder. These ingredients merge together with the other super nutrients in the capsules to perform a proper cleansing process.

Sally, house wife and mother of 3 said,

“The powder swells up in your stomach and makes you feel full. I’m never hungry!”

Stomach fullness is very important when you’re fasting; however, the main purpose of the Cleansing and Detoxifying Powder is that it absorbs toxic buildup in your system and scrubs the wall of the colon by sweeping away the parasites that cause fat spackling, water retention, and disease. 

Phase 3: The Restoration Phase – The cleansing is complete and now ready to be restored. In this phase you reintroduce solids foods and continue to consume the included capsules. This process completes the cleanse by adding pro-biotics that introduce good bacteria back into your system.

You can now go back to your regular eating habits!

Latest Studies!

The latest cleansing research is very promising for anyone wanting to regain their health; however, it’s creating a conundrum for insurance companies and the health care industry. At this very moment, these big corporations are lobbying to prohibit this information leaking into the private sector due to the impact it could have on their businesses.

So what is it?

This highly anticipated system is specifically designed to have a progressive cleansing effect on your body in just 14 days. “Every study” has shown that this 3 phase process surpasses every diet and cleansing system on the market, due to its unique approach.

“As it turns out, it’s not about cleansing the body.  It’s about cleansing the mind!”

This controversial statement was made by Kelly Hitchcock (PFT, BCS, CBT, RBT, NLP, Dad, Gym Owner and me) during a training session at KH Fitness.

“For many years we look at the environment and food as the problem… But then I thought, 'Hey, I live in the same world!' It’s not that I eat different…it’s that I think different!”

With that simple thought about thinking about our thoughts, Hitchcock’s system was developed.

Cognitive Cleansing System

Phase 1: Preparation Phase (Awareness) - Prepares cognition for the cleanse. This phase helps you become aware of your flawed thoughts and identify their manifestations.

Phase 2: The Cleansing Phase (Acceptance) - The primary cognitive cleansing and detoxifying effectiveness revolves around the ingredients found in phase 2’s clarifying, evaluating, and acceptance process. These ingredients are teamed together with other psychological methods in this system which allows a proper cognitive cleansing and detoxifying.  The amount of self-esteem that swells up in your head provides complete and unadulterated liberation.

Barbra, secretary and mother of 2 said,

“My head felt full, yet empty. I was finally free from the diabolical constructs that imprisoned my thought process for so many years. This cleansing process has truly imbued me with purpose, freedom and compassion.” 

The true secret to this system is the clarity of perspective. This clear honest view absorbs the toxic buildup of cognitive fecal matter in your mind, while at the same time sweeps up the ANT’s (automatic negative thoughts).
And as an added bonus, it scrubs the neurological wall of arrogance, ignorance, and ill-discerned certitudes. 

Phase 3: The Restoration Phase (Contentment)  

The restorative phase in Eastern philosophy is called Nirvana. It’s a place of perfect peace and happiness. The individual’s desires and suffering are diminished into a world of cognitive clarity and acceptance.

The Cognitive Cleanse System has been referred to by many clients as an emancipation, liberation, self-realization and a release of false-self.

The part Hitchcock (me) said he was the most excited about with this new revolutionary system is it that it works for any age, gender (even those with a gender identity disorder), and race.

“This program is available to anyone, from kids to adults of any age that are compacted with brain spackling and toxic buildup of flawed thoughts… and the best part... it doesn’t cost you a thing!”

He/me continues…

“There is one catch; you have to be honest, intentional, and persistent. ‘The system is a process’… It’s really cool to see how it works; nothing changes; however, everything changes” 

He/I concluded…

“Unlike the colon cleanse, that goes right back to the “regular way”…with the cognitive cleanse system, you will never be able to look at things the regular way ever again!”

"Cleanse the mind and the body will follow!”



Friday, September 1, 2017

Three Fitness Truths

1. Physical looks are 80% nutrition and 20% exercise

2. Training specificity is extremely important in reaching your goals

-Cardio…You don’t increase caloric expenditure by shrinking your muscles

-Weight training (not circuit training)… Increases caloric expenditure, builds bone density, and aids in preventing injuries in other sports.

3. Your body is a reflection of how you think. The reason we don’t change for long is because we have a set of beliefs that keeps us where we are, not where we want to be

Changing your body is really about changing your mind

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Self-Esteem


Internal or external?

The man who desires attention, accolades, or wealth, then becomes enslaved by attention, accolades, or wealth.

The man who derives satisfaction from doing the right thing, becomes liberated by doing the right thing.

Never let your self-esteem be dependent on what others think.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them”
                                                                                        ~ Epictetus

Perhaps (Buddhist parable)


Long ago in China there was an old farmer. With the same horse this old farmer had plowed and worked his land for many years when one day his horse suddenly ran away. As news of this reached his neighbors, the old farmer was met with sympathy. Neighbors visited throughout the day saying, "Wow, what bad luck to have your horse run away!"
The old farmer would think for a moment then say softly, "Perhaps..."

The next morning the old farmer awoke to find his horse had returned. With the horse were several wild horses who had apparently followed the horse home. Neighbors rejoiced, visiting the old farmer to express how happy they were for his sudden good fortune.
The old farmer would think for a moment then say softly, "Perhaps..."

Shortly after, the old farmer's son decided to try to ride one of the wild horses. Climbing on the horses back, the boy knocked the animal hard with his leg shouting for the horse to go. Startled, and probably a little annoyed, the horse flung the boy off its back. The old farmer's son broke his leg in the fall. Again, neighbors came to offer their sympathies for the misfortune, "What a horrible string of bad luck you're having!"
The old farmer would think for a moment then say softly, "Perhaps..."

The very next day, military officials came into the village with orders to draft young men into military service. As they went from home to home, rounding up young men, they made their way to the old farmer's house. Upon seeing the farmer's son with his broken leg they decided to move on, leaving the boy alone. Once again, neighbors came to share words of congratulations to the old farmer for the good fortune to have his son passed by.

And again, the old farmer would think for a moment then say softly, "Perhaps..."


 When the soul cries out, it is a sign that we have arrived at a necessary, mature stage of self-reflection. The secret is not to get stuck there dithering or wringing your hands, but to move forward by resolving to heal yourself. Philosophy asks us to move into courage. Its remedy is the unblinking excavation of the faulty and specious premises on which we base our lives and our personal identity.


                                                                                                                             ~ Epictetus

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Awake: Three Behavioral Truths


1) When the student is ready, the teacher will appear

-We cannot change what we refuse to confront

-Nothing changes; we change

-Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it

-What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while

-Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you



2) A motivated person will not be deterred from achieving their goals

-Don’t think of the cost.  Think of the value

-If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse

-Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come

-You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them

-You don’t drown by falling in the water.  You drown by staying there

-Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together


3) Motivation can only be validated by the efforts made by the individual

-In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything

-You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one

-You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are

-If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

-Growth demands a temporary surrender of security

Nothing changes; we change

Friday, August 4, 2017

Point of Reference


Thoughts emerge
Emotions illicit fear and pain
Critical egoic attachments
Creates distortions and disdain

In seeing who you’re not
A metamorphosis occurs
The truth has always been there
A little voice was never heard

Awareness of the “now”
Enlightenment to past thoughts
We see the point of reference
The manifestation of flawed ought’s

So love the little one
Who suffered years of pain
There was nothing the child could do
Liberation from self-shame

A whole new world emerges
Our childhood now lights the path
No need for affirmation
Self-esteem has come at last


“In the seeing of who you are not,
the recognition of who you are, emerges”
-Eckhart Tolle

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Ride!

“The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed” - Eminem


"The next rider up… on the bull Bodacious; Tuff Hedeman!"

The extreme sport of Bull Riding is perhaps the most ferocious ride a man can experience. You’re up, down, spinning one way, spinning the other way, in the air, and finally, on the ground. And remember, this is all done on a 2,000 pound beast.

What a thrill!

Some of these rides will be exciting, and some, not so much; but rest assured, there will always be a ride.

Bull riders are a fearless group of fellows.

The one thing you may not know about them is they do their homework. This allows the bull rider to adjust his strengths and weakness to the bull’s tendencies. The more you can know about yourself, and the bull, increases your chances for success.

Example: (Cowboys talking)

“He’s a crow hopper!” This is a bull that doesn’t buck; he just jumps stiff legged into the air.

“You drew you a jump kicker!” This kind of bull jumps and kicks while in mid-air.

“Watch out…he’ll suck back on you” This bull will spin one way, then instantly spin back the other.

“He’s rank!” This bull should be named Oxymoron…you want him…but you don’t.  He’s the kind of bull that makes you pay a huge price for the ride; however, if you stay on, he pays a huge dividend.

Knowing your bull is one thing: however, your strategy is another.

The beast is strong, quick, and tenacious. You can’t out muscle it (most bull riders weigh about 150 pounds); you’re not near as fast; you might be as tenacious, but that doesn’t help much with a 2 ton beast.

The one advantage humans have in this situation is smarts…intelligence. We’re able to consider all of the above listed traits of the bull, and compare that with all of our strengths and weaknesses. Equipped with this information, we can use logic and reason to come up with a strategy to increase our chances for success.

We don’t always win: however, we can minimize the damage. It’s ironic; everything in life that’s meaningful comes with a certain degree of uncertainty and danger.

Think about the ride of life.

Life is up and down. Sometimes you’re spinning one way and then in an instant, spinning the other way. Sometimes you feel like you’re high in the air… and the next, crashing to the ground. And remember, this ride in life is occurring over a 70-80 year lifespan.

What a wonderful ride we have if our perspective is clear and focused.

What a hard ride if not.

We can all learn from the bull riders. The advantage… we have our intellect.

If we stay calm and use our intellect, we can develop better strategies for dealing with the wild ride of life.

Life’s Tendencies:

“The ride of life can be a crow hopper!” Life just throws you in the air.

“Life can be a jump kicker!” This kind of life throws you up and then kicks the sh—out of you.

“Life can suck back on you” This really sucks. Things are going great, and then, sucked right back where you first began.

“Life can/will be rank” This is life’s Oxymoron…it’s not that you want it; however, its times like these where true growth occurs.

Choose life; live life; and enjoy the ride!

As Thomas Paine once said,

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, which can gather strength from distress and grow.”

I want to conclude with a song called “The Dance”, written by Tony Arata, and performed by Garth Brooks.

This song/video featured people who died too early in their life due to tragedies before they really had a chance to fulfill their potential. Bull rider Lane Frost was one of these exceptional people featured in the video.

The song is basically is about how their chosen paths in life led to their tragic ends, and that while they may have lived longer, they would have missed out on all they experienced if they had chosen a different path, or ride in life.

So regardless of what we choose to call life; Ride or Dance. The point is to learn as much as you can about life, and yourself, and then don’t hold back.

The Dance

Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have changed it all

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I'd have had to miss the dance


Monday, July 10, 2017

Why don’t we Change… for Long?


“A man lost in the desert can trudge along for hours through the sands until he sees ahead of him an unmistakable line of foot prints leading to the horizon. But his joy on finding the trail turns to despair when he realizes the tracks are his own. Without a path or a landmark to guide him, he traced a vast circle while convinced he was walking in a straight line”  -Stephen Batchelor

“Why don’t we change for long” is a complex question.

It could be knowledge; our thoughts are flawed or we’ve been misinformed.

It could be time or effort; we’re too busy with other things and don’t want to commit.

It could be money; we’re not aware of the financial commitment.

Or…perhaps it’s just You?

I’m not really talking about “you” as in the conscious you. I’m not talking about the voice of awareness that says, “I’m going on this _________diet”

I am talking about “you” from the perspective of the unconscious you. This is the movement that occurs prior to the voice of awareness.

In the relatively new study of neuroscience, most scientists agree that 80% to 90% of what we do every day feels like a decision, a choice, but it’s actually subconscious movement.

Now don’t get me wrong, we did make a choice at some point that hardwired the subconscious movement; however, the choice becomes less discerned over time; automatic if you will.

(Remember when you had to have complete focus to learn how to ride your bike? Now you ride the bike with no conscious thought. The brain seeks efficiency)

At the neurological level the brain, there is a 3 step process for thoughts to occur. When these thoughts occur, we act. When these acts are repeated, they become a subconscious habit.

-Perception (our view based on past experience)

-Emotion (positive or negative)

-Behavior (action)

These three things make up who you are, and may answer why you do what you do.

And this is why we don’t change for long.

The reason we don’t change for long is because we have a system of thinking (perception-emotion-behavior) that keeps us who we are, not who we want to be.

How does change occur?

First examine the thoughts that create our perception. (Clarify and evaluate)
Our perception is based on our input. If our input is flawed, our emotions will be irrational.
If our emotions are irrational, our behavior that follows will be counterproductive for change to occur. In other words, you will end up right where you first began.

“Like someone lost in a desert, we feel compelled to struggle ahead, unaware that a circle will only bring us back to where we first began”. –Stephen Batchelor

Let’s say you’re attempting a new diet. If you have tried a diet before, and it didn’t work; the likelihood of the next one working is minimal.

Why?

Because there’s a flaw in the 3 step process: your perceptions, the emotions elicited, and the behavior that follows. We end up focusing on the failed diet…not the failed neurology of our thought process.
This is the missing link in the proverbially chain of success. The diet may be different, but you bring a flawed system of thinking (You) to attempt change.

Einstein once said,

“The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them."

In other words…nothing changes unless our thoughts change.  So the next time you’re attempting change, don’t necessarily look for “external solutions.”

This time look for “internal clarifications.”

When you address the flawed manifestations of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, lifelong change is one choice away.

Change your mind and everything changes…and everything changes when you change your mind.


“We are masters of self-delusion. Our desires are fruitful sources of every kind of error and misjudgment, and because we have these yearnings in us, our intellects…present to us everything distorted and accommodated to the norms of our desire.” –Merton






Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Stoic Optimism


-Stoicism is a practice.

-Stoicism is the foundation for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

-Stoicism’s undeserved reputation for being synonymous with emotionless, it can actually lead to an incredibly satisfying way of life.

-Stoicism is a very old philosophy that can be practiced by anyone to increase their happiness; many ideas you may already practice in your daily interactions.

-Stoicism is, at its root, a philosophy for minimizing the negative emotions in your life and maximizing your gratitude and joy; it includes mindfulness practices and value-based living.

-Stoicism is a tool to amplify your human experience, both internally and externally, by incorporating some of their thought processes into our daily lives, I believe we’ll find more joy in our daily duties and respond more resiliently to troubles and challenges that arise.

Marcus Aurelius always reminded himself that the obstacle is the way:

“Our actions may be impeded…but there can be no impeding our intention or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purpose the obstacle to our acting”
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way, becomes the way”

When we look at the world through this lens…every obstacle provides a chance to practice excellence.


Principle 1: You can’t change things outside of your control, but you can change your attitude.

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Thomas Edison

At the age of 67, Edison was having dinner with his family. A loud knocking is at his door. He is informed that there is a fire at his factory. He rushes there to find it completely engulfed in flames. The flames are roaring high emitting blues, reds and greens from the chemicals used in his facility.
He looks over to find his son distraught. He taps on his sons shoulder and reply’s, “quick, get your mother and all of her friends, they’ll never see a fire like this again”

Principle 2: Don’t fall prey to modern society’s materialistic nature.

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”
― Epictetus

Principle 3: Picture life without the people and possessions you have to truly appreciate them.

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Principle 4: Be genuinely cheerful in all your interactions.
“A man thus grounded must, whether he wills or not, necessarily be attended by constant cheerfulness and a joy that is deep and issues from deep within, since he finds delight in his own resources, and desires no joys greater than his inner joys.”― Seneca

Principle 5: Practicing your values beats preaching them.

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.”― Epictetus

To summarize Stoicism, don’t get caught up in materialism, have cheerful interactions with your colleagues to bring them up, perform work diligently and for the greater good, and recognize what’s in and out of your control…don’t let things out of your control affect your joy.

When frustrating things happen, breathe, recognize your emotion and the reason for it, and let it pass. You can’t do anything about it anyway. All that you can control is your reaction, and all you can do is embody goodness and appreciate all you have, which is something I’m sure we’ll all find joy in.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Please…Don’t be Stupid. Frustrations!


“You can’t handle the Truth”-A Few Good Men

“I’m frustrated!”

Why are you frustrated?

“I can’t lose weight”

“I can’t build muscle”

“I can’t lose belly fat”

When I hear comments like these, I always ask, “what are you eating?” or “what type of exercise program do you do?”

Probably 90% to 95% of the time after hearing what they’re doing I end up thinking, “Why are you frustrated?”

There’s nothing that evokes frustrations more than unrealistic expectations.

When it comes to… “I can’t lose weight”

It’s simple…you’re intake is exceeding your caloric expenditure. (You’re consuming more than you’re burning)

And that’s the Truth.

“I can’t build muscle”

My first question is, “how many calories are you eating… and what is your macronutrient profile?”

Most people don’t know how many calories they’re eating, or what their diet is composed of.

And to make matters worse… they don’t care.

They just want change.

My second question is, “What type of workout program are you on?”                                        

If they say “orange theory”, “CrossFit”, or they run a lot; again, silently, I think, “Why do you think you would be building muscle?”

Building muscle with those programs is the equivalent of playing ping pong to become a better tennis player.

Training specificity is the most important component in the success of any program.

That is the Truth!

How about goals?

“Well… I’m not sure?”

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we mistake motion for action and become frustrated at the lack of results.

Keep in mind; if you are vague in your efforts your results will be vague.

Before you can reach any destination, you have to have a map. If the map is flawed, the trip will take longer than expected.

With no clear defined goal, there can be no clear defined results.

This is the Truth!

 “I can’t lose belly fat”

Please…don’t be stupid.

Truth!

From my personal perspective, today’s society doesn’t want the truth.  We want comfort and entertainment.

I think our main problem with the Truth is that it requires us to take responsibility. And along with responsibility comes accountability.

I believe that there is nothing more frightening to most people than the thought of responsibility and accountability.

Because then… we have to own it.

C.S. Lewis eloquently stated the dilemma that one incurs when seeking comfort over the Truth,

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth, only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”

The Truth is the answer.

The Truth is the way.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." –John 8:32

Monday, June 5, 2017

Please…Don’t be Stupid. Commit!


“Tell me with whom you consort with and I will tell you who you are.”- Goethe


Studies show that our social environment plays a major role in our perception of life and our commitment to change. If you feel you are developmentally stuck in a growth rut and lack the ability to commit, take a look at these three main areas of your life:

-Relationships (who you spend time with)

-Place (where you spend your time)

-Activity (what you do with your time)

Seneca, a famous Stoic philosopher had this to say who and how we spend our time:

“Choose someone whose way of life as well as words, and whose very face as mirroring the character that lies behind it, have won your approval. Be always pointing him out to yourself either as your guardian or as your model. There is a need, in my view, for someone as a standard against which our characters can measure themselves. Without a ruler to do it against you won’t make crooked straight.”

This is simply where the rubber meets the road. If any of the above mentioned are problems, what actions are you willing to take to change your situation?

-Are you willing to change relationships?

-Are you willing to spend time in different places?

-Are you willing to change your current activities?

If you’re not will to do different, be prepared to have much of the same.

Getting stuck in a growth rut is really a reflection of our inability to commit to change. The person who we’ve become is known and comfortable; we know what to expect, and the pain isn’t unbearable…yet.

This type of lifestyle can go on for years and years; that is until the pain of staying the same exceeds the fear of the unknown.

Gail Sheeby once said, “Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” 

Acknowledgement is the first step in the growth process because it requires you to relinquish an attachment to a false identity. When you surrender the false self, the true self emerges.

It’s also an understanding that things don’t change unless we change.

There is no doubt that changing is a hard thing to do…but so is staying the same.

So the next time you’re feeling like your drowning in the sea of life, pull yourself up with these three easy steps:

-Honest introspection

-Goal specificity

-Commitment to the process

“The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating -- in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around like rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.”
― Anne Morris