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MIndset: the basics

Mindset really effects the way you  think about  things.

Before you start tampering with the way you think about things, I often suggest you do a quick  self mental health audit. There are lots of useful screening questionnaires on line. The NHS have a few user friendly ones.

Armed with some  enhanced self awareness, you may want to begin to think about how you think about stuff.

According to Growth Mindset theory by Carol Dweck,  all too often you fall into the trap that tells you that gifts and talents are natural randomly distributed gifts. If you have them, you don’t need to bother to train them,  and if you don’t have them, there is no point in bothering at all.

Its nasty and destructive.

Where is your mindset? Check on this useful grid.

Why not  change your mindset from negative to growth. Sounds simple but its the real  core of the issue

How do you provoke change?

  1.   The reality is that simply reading and reviewing change literature has an effect.So read stuff about change
  2.   Maybe you could have an epiphany.Just screw up your will power and determination like Scarlett O’hara. Often doomed to failure, but do give it a go if  you must. “ill never drink booze ever again”
  3.  Join in the fee online Tiny Habits programme.

Tiny habits, designed by  DR BJ Fogg is the only voluntary way I know of provoking change. It seeks to get you to  choose things you really want to do ( not ought to do), then find the  smallest  version or aspect of it  for you to practice.  Then you tie it to an existing habit, then, the really , really hard bit: you celebrate!!

Its one of the most amazing free courses you can do.

I found the week after, I  was able to start 3 projects I’d been procrastinating  about.


Food: Join the revolution comrade!

As we mentioned last week, Kate and I will be starting a Food group/Weight management/ weight loss group at Crossfit london in October

We have not decided on a name for it, so suggestions welcome. We have already mentioned the idea of having a clear goal, but we thought we ought to explain the underpinning rational of  our  food group and what we, in a nut shell, intend to do .

The whole diet industry is either led by fraudsters or moron scientists. The more you view obesity as a macronutrient issue, and promote “diets” and exercise the more you guarantee failure.

That’s “Guarantee” failure.

People who control their weight successfully, tend to eat and drink in moderation,  eat a range of predominately healthy foods . They probably don’t consume excess amounts of sugar or salt. They probably don’t eat many trans-facts. They are probably lower glycemic index sugar orientated, are inclined towards a mediterranean diet model, have healthy fats, are probably fresher food orientated.

Unless you are a  moron, you already know this.

But one of the many fascinating food group tasks will be a food diary and a way of monitoring this type of better diet, so of course we will remind and  embed better eating. But, listing better foods is like listing non-alcoholic drinks for a drunk.

In short, everyone has been looking in the wrong place for inspiration. Comparative techniques from alcohol and drug abuse are useful, and  indeed are already factored in to the drills and skills we will teach you. The  ant-smoking lobby has lots of useful hints and tips so they are in their too.

All useful.

All, not the real answer.

By the real answer, none account for, or  create  a  genuine  “a strategic architecture” that links all the aspects and techniques of weight management together.

The current model is that you start a diet ( paleo/Zone, “stuff a pear up your bum diet”)  and use a  technique, like brushing your teeth ( its actually an interesting technique, but I’m going to analyse it here) and if you cannot stick to it you are  a failure.You sign up for some classes get weighed, get abused, and get educated ( dust is better the a deep fried Mars bar) and voila, nothing happens. You feel a failure

We say these models are  fundamentally  wrong as they pretend to be the strategic architecture whereas  eating Paleo, having more protein, less sugar, whatever, are simply  techniques.

When your back is against the wall, you don’t stay loyal to techniques. It is after all, just a technique. As human beings though, we  can get hooked into causes. We may be law abiding citizens , but for the right issue, the right cause, we will link arms and sit down in front of the police singing, “we will not be moved”. You may not have enough courage to tell an abuser to leave their victim  alone but maybe you could whisper “help is  out there, don’t give up”

The model to crack obesity exists and it exists in the literature of revolution. The French,  the Russian and American revolution lay down surprisingly similar pathways to changing the status quo.

We don’t need you to start a diet, we need you to start a revolution in your  mind, your heart and your souls.  You were born free, and yet everywhere you are in chains to oppressive eating habits that make you ill

Obesity is the oppressor, and there is  a better way to live your life

Like any campaign, it takes time to build a movement. To gather support, to slowly see the weaknesses of the oppressor, to start attending “political meetings, read “revolutionary literature”……

So if you went to a diet club for one meeting you are on the road.  If you read a diet book, or thought about walking a bit more , or  put one donut down for 1 minute before eating it. Well done

You joined the revolution.

Each time you hesitate before eating crap, you  are joining in the well known pattern of civil disobedience: Each time you take 5 more steps than your Obesity regime wanted you  to, you ease its grip. You have never, ever failed. You were simply preparing.

Read a bit more about the patterns of revolution here

Once you win these battles,  the  trivial issue of eating correctly is easy.

More info and idea’s soon




SoulWOD: get stuff done

One of the hardest things is making your day productive rather than being sucked into  a fire storm of trivia and interruptions.

Whilst life makes it difficult to detail your plan every day, its probably as well to get some targets and tasks set the night before.

The Lee Harvey Method is worth considering. Its stupidly simple and basic

  1. At the end of today,  write down the six most important things you need to do tomorrow.  Nothing more.  6 only.
  2. Put  those six items in order of their  real  importance.
  3. Tomorrow focus and finish the 1st task . Finish it.
  4. Then move on to the second task, finish it. Any tasks let, carry them forward till tomorrow
  5. Revisit this process every working day.