Are You Reviving, Striving or Thriving?

Are You Reviving, Striving or Thriving?

Tweet Share Are you REVIVING, STRIVING or THRIVING? Have you ever had conversations with your four year old self? Was your four year old self full of aspirations and satisfied with what your life has become? I can’t say for certain what your feelings were about those conversations, but my four year old self is quite ambitious and somewhat oblivious. Like the 2 year old rock climber in this video, or like my younger brother who would dive for literally any football thrown in his general direction. The life of a 4 year old isn’t always pretty though. Every parent of a sub five year old can vouch that their world is all that matters. When they are happy, they are super cute backflip happy. When they are mad, they are Maleficent mad. In 1986 I remember being so upset with my dad because he wouldn’t drive down the toll road I demanded we experience for the 3rd day in a row – Sorry dad. But as kids, we are free to feel how we wish and experience happiness, anger, giddiness and pain but never guilt. Guilt is man-made. Our primal brains see opportunities, but learn barriers. We feel how we feel and have no apologies unless we learn to over time. I still have conversations with that part of me on a daily basis and sometimes he has a lot to say.                     When it comes to you and me, both of our inner childs have big advantages over the grown and tempered adults we’ve become. Obliviousness is strong...
Circadian Rhythms and Fat Loss

Circadian Rhythms and Fat Loss

Tweet Share Feel The Rhythm. Dire Straits (Money For Nothin’…I want my MTV) is an amazing band…. Ok, now that I’ve lost have the audience let me explain why. Most of their grooves are rhythm based but not the drums. Nearly every one of their jams are centered around a rhythm guitar which often doubles as the melody. The song “Sultans of Swing” is a perfect example. Take a listen here. Turns out this band is very biologically in tune. Your body’s internal rhythms dictate your sleep patterns, hormone production, motivation, mood and when ‘out of rhythm’ often produce symptoms of disease including chronic weight gain… Have you ever wondered why dieting & exercise just doesn’t work for you? If so, this is something you certainly need to look into. Why it applies to FAT LOSS Your circadian rhythm (as pictured above) is a natural rhythm which your body would typically follow while uninfluenced by modern work schedules, energy drinks, food, and social & TV schedules. As you look at the picture above, ask yourself how closely you identify with this illustration. Although night owls and larks may feel comfortable beginning and closing their day at different times of morning and night, the 24 rhythm will be very similar to each other. A disrupted circadian rhythm can have dramatic affects on your ability to gain and lose weight. And these two major hormones play a huge role in whether your Exercise & Diet program is working for you: Cortisol- Cortisol is a stress hormone that helps to supply the body with glucose during a stress event. Under normal circumstances...
Leftover “Kitchen Sink” Salad

Leftover “Kitchen Sink” Salad

“Leftover” salad tonight! Booya! Randomly have a little of all these meats in the fridge….#leftovergameonpoint Of course you know our recipes don’t get very complicated here. If you weigh & measure your food, feel free to portion out according to your goals. If you’re in the first 30 days of The Real Food Project of The Fitness Revival you’re going through your “elimination phase” to help wash out any potential inflammation, toxins and chemical addictions. This recipe is very “First30” friendly. Take these ingredients and portion out to your delight. Today was a ‘left-over’ day for me so I just used what I had in the fridge and made this amazing mix. As you can see, we don’t make things too complex around here 🙂 Lamb Bacon Chicken Tomato Walnuts Kale/spinach Salsa Balsamic vinegar (recipe)                   by  Michelle Richards, food put-togetherer                      ...
Freestyle: Playin’ in the park

Freestyle: Playin’ in the park

 Here’s a freestyle play video for those of you who want movement freedom. Incorporating randomization, alertness, fun and the outdoors with your workouts will certain have a huge impact in your experience. Share...

Pork and Red Cabbage, Chicken and Brussels

Dinner tonight: Pork and red cabbage, chicken and Brussels Dinner tip: Add red cabbage to your plate.                 Why Red Cabbage??? While green cabbage is the most commonly eaten variety of cabbage, we highly recommend trying red cabbage because of it added nutritional benefits and its robust hearty flavor. We don’t think you will be disappointed. The rich red color of red cabbage reflects it concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols, which contribute to red cabbage containing significantly more protective phytonutrients than green cabbage. Interest in anthocyanin pigments continues to intensify because of their health benefits as dietary antioxidants, as an anti-inflammatory, and their potentially protective, preventative, and therapeutic roles in a number of human...
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