Episode #108 Fitness Isn't Everything

The physical dimension is the not the only dimension of life, nor is it even the most important. During this week’s final stop of Three Words On The Road, life coach Dr. Michael Brown and lifestyle coach Carter Good put food and fitness in their rightful place while offering dozens of helpful tips along the way.

Show Notes

I was so obsessed with this idea of looking a certain way that it stopped me from living life and actually doing what I wanted to do in the first place.
Carter Good

Five Problems

  • We often struggle to accomplish our fitness goals when we have an all-or-nothing mindset.
  • Fitness alone is not the key to happiness, and we can be just as miserable at 300 pounds as we are at 150 pounds.
  • In our modern society, it is far too easy to eat too much and move too little.
  • We will not be able to reorient our lifelong relationship with food and fitness in a matter of days.
  • The body we have today is the only body we will ever have; there are no returns, no do-overs, and no replacements.

Seven Principles

  • The amount of effort required to make healthy choices decreases over time.
  • We can choose to make healthy choices even when we feel unmotivated.
  • We have the power to train ourselves to enjoy the foods we have never enjoyed before.
  • Not every meal needs to be a celebration, and it is actually OK for lunches to be boring.
  • Healthy choices in the physical dimension of life are often a stepping stone to healthy choices in every other dimension.
  • Sometimes eating an unhealthy meal can actually help us accomplish an important goal.
  • Although there are no shortcuts when it comes to fitness, community and mentorship may function as the fast-forward button.

Five Grocery Tips

  • Chicken thighs, Minute rice, frozen vegetables (especially Birds Eye and Alexia brand), and pre-packaged salads are among the best staple foods.
  • Beef jerky, RXBAR nutrition bars, Light + Fit Greek yogurt, mixed berries, apples, and bananas are among the best snacks.
  • Greek yogurt can be mixed with sweeter yogurt to make it more palatable for picky eaters.
  • When buying ice cream at the grocery store, choose smaller and pre-portioned varieties instead of the typical quart-sized containers.
  • Consider purchasing individually-wrapped cookies and fun-sized candies; alternatively, separate family-sized sweets into individual baggies.

Three Practices

  • Identify the purpose of each meal – to achieve fitness goals, to make memories, to satisfy hunger, etc. – so that each meal is placed in its proper context.
  • Decide what you are going to eat 24 hours in advance of each meal so that you don’t have to rely on willpower alone to make healthy choices.
  • Consider how you can adjust the environment of your home or workplace to ensure that healthy choices become more accessible and unhealthy choices become less accessible.