What I’m Reading… Sunday: Overwhelmed

I’ve miss you! Have you missed me?

I got a little overwhelmed during the holidays, and needless to say, have not been keeping up with posting as much as I’d prefer.

So today’s readings will focus on what to do when you’re overwhelmed (and hopefully I’ll take my own advice).

Another amazing piece by the group at Precision Nutrition.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed and cut off an activity or goal “until you have more time for it“.  Unfortunately, there is rarely a “good time for it“.  And when it comes to things like fitness, nutrition, family, etc… the consequences will snowball poorly if you just stop doing them.  Instead, turn down the dial.  These important items in your life are not black and white.  They don’t need to be full force or a no-go.  If you can’t sprint, jog.  Scale back and make it manageable until you can put more effort into it (note to self).

Pause Button Mentality – John Berardi, Ph.D at Precision Nutrition

 

 

I love the idea expressed in this article in the NY Times.  We all battle with negative thoughts.  Especially when it comes to fitness and nutrition.  You beat yourself up over lapses or mistakes.  Dread workouts when exhausted, or salads when you just want some fries.  Some of the helpful advice recommended includes:

  • Don’t try to stop them… “By acknowledging your negative cycle and accepting it, you are on your way to taming your negative thoughts”

Then,

  • “After you’ve accepted a negative thought, force yourself to challenge it.” Don’t be the victim of your own mindset.

Finally,

I love this and use it a lot… “Imagine that your friend is the one who received the bad news. What advice would you give him or her? Now think of how that advice might apply to you.”

Conclusion:

“The more you dwell on the negative, the more accustomed your brain becomes to dwelling on the negative,” said Dr. Rick Hanson

The part at the bottom about seeking professional help is important.  I agree that not all negative thoughts are in our control or ability to manage without knowledgeable assistance.

The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking– Lesley Adlerman

 

 

January is over.  Are you still on track with your fitness?  Has the weather, work, or other responsibilities kicked back in and you… just don’t have time?  Check out this piece by Nate Green on an easy morning workout.  Get it done early and you won’t need to find the will power to do it later.

If you are a beginner, my suggested 5 exercises are:

  • squats
  • push ups (on knees)
  • lunges
  • superman with wide arms
  • bridges

These are simple body weight moves with a big impact.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Morning Workout Routine – Nate Green

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “What I’m Reading… Sunday: Overwhelmed

  1. yes…i did miss you…love how you offer tips/advice/info without talking down or dumbing it down to folks….

    now goooooooooooooo pats :]

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