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A few months ago, I had a call with a CEO client and we were discussing his issue with overeating at night.
He had recently sold the company that he built from the ground up. But he had stayed on to oversee the transition to the new leadership.
He told me…
“Ted, I have no issues with being on top of my nutrition because I’m so busy at work. But it all falls apart when I get home.”
As we continued to talk, it was clear that he enjoyed running his company. Even when there were fires to put out, he felt excited about solving the problems and being the leader.
But when he got home?
He was bored.
The contrast of an exciting day then nothing going on in the evening triggered cravings.
Watching Netflix and eating was his default to stay entertained.
And that led to him being obese.
The answer was simple. He needed to find an alternative to sitting on the couch and binge-watching series.
But he joked with me:
“If you’re going to tell me that I need to go for a jog instead of eat, I’m going to tell you where to shove that advice!”
We both chuckled and then I challenged him back:
“I’m not gonna tell you to do anything! I want YOU to tell me what you feel like you need to do.”
My comment took him by surprise. As we talked more, it was clear there were some things he really enjoyed but had stopped doing.
Making music and playing pickleball.
And as we got him back into his passions again, it became easier for him to get in shape.
So the lesson is this:
You can’t go on a diet and expect long-term results if you’re using food (and/or alcohol) to fill a void.
You must fill that void with something that you’re passionate about or that gives you meaning.
This is why so many people fail to lose weight.
- Don’t understand the root cause of why they eat or drink so much
- Or they’re unwilling to do the deeper work necessary to change
So, my question to you is this: What’s something that either you used to do or want to do that gives your life a sense of joy or meaning?
Then go do it!
Here is your Unstoppable After 40 Friday Digest:
1. My Favorite Exercise For Sore Shoulders.
The miniband wall walk.
Wall walks are all about priming the muscles that stabilize your shoulder joint through movement. As a result of this, optimal shoulder function depends predominantly on active stability, which is stability provided by surrounding musculature. Cue: the rotator cuff.
This exercise works both your scapular stabilizing muscles (serratus anterior) and your rotator cuff.
Pro-tip: Use this exercise as a warm-up to prime these muscles in preparation for bigger compound lifts or upper body exercises.
- Use 1-2 sets before a workout to warm up your shoulders
- Perform 1-2 sets on non-workout days to improve shoulder health and function
How many reps?
Try 3-5 reps but make sure you hold the end position for 5-10 seconds.
2. Eating Less Than A 1000 Calories Per Day And Not Losing Weight. Here’s Why…
I read an amazing study that looked into people with obesity who claimed they were eating less than 1200 calories a day but couldn’t lose weight.
And what’s really cool is they used a technique called “doubly labelled water.”
This is the gold standard for measuring how many calories someone is eating.
Researchers created two groups. One with the weight loss-resistant folks and others who didn’t believe they had any issues losing weight.
And they measured:
- What they said they were eating
- How much they said they were exercising
And compared this with:
- Total energy burned during the day
- The actual number of calories they ate
What did they find?
The group who believed they had a slower metabolism was burning MORE energy than the other group.
And get this.
They were eating over 1000 calories more than they thought they were eating.
The lesson is that if you’re struggling with weight loss, you’re underestimating how many calories you’re eating and overestimating how many calories you’re burning. Period.
That’s why I teach my clients how to properly measure and track their food to ensure results.
Try tracking if you haven’t had success with other methods.
3. The Top Secret You Must Know for Optimal Workout Results.
I know it’s already hard to fit exercise into our busy schedules.
And following a workout that either bores us or leaves us sore for days just adds another layer of stress.
That’s why the #1 secret to crushing your workout goals isn’t extreme workouts or the latest high-intensity trend or tech gadget.
It’s simple: enjoyment.
My observation after 24 years of coaching high-performers is that when you do exercises that you enjoy, you’ll be more consistent and make more progress.
Remember, consistency wins out over intensity.
So seek exercises that fire you up, and you’ll naturally drive more intensity and focus into each rep.
Think of it as the ROI on your health investments. Next time you’re lacing up or hitting the gym floor, ask yourself: Am I enjoying this?
It might just be the difference between a good workout and a legendary one.
Legendary Life Coaching Client Highlight: Kevin C.
Meet Kevin, a 32 year-old , who shed nearly 30 pounds of fat and reclaimed those invaluable moments with his son
Kevin, a 32-year-old exec, was burning hours in the gym, missing precious moments with his newborn.
Then, he discovered my podcast and decided to join my coaching program.
In four months, Kevin:
- Dropped almost 30lbs of fat
- Built a lean muscular body that he was proud
- Felt more confident as a man
- Improved his energy levels
- Become a top-performer at work
- Started spending more quality time with his son
Here’s what he had to say about it:
“I thought I knew a thing or two about exercise, but your coaching program has taught me that is all about smart training, not hard training. I learned that less is more.”
If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to be confident in your body and increase energy in a way that fits your busy life, click here for a strategy call.
Book Recommendation: The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer
What does it take to accomplish the impossible? What does it take to shatter our limitations, exceed our expectations, and turn our biggest dreams into our most recent achievements?
We are capable of so much more than we know—that’s the message at the core of The Art of Impossible book.
I’m a huge believer that you should aim high, and this is the playbook to help you make it happen.
Steven Kotler is a bestselling author, peak performance expert and Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is the go-to person when it comes to high performance.
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