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3 Steps to Overcome Resistance and Reach Your Goals

3 Steps to Overcome Resistance and Reach Your Goals

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Steven Pressfield wrote about “the Resistance” in his 2002 book The War of Art. It’s a short (and, for me, transformational) book about overcoming all those thoughts, feelings, ideas and distractions that keep us from doing the things we want to do. You know, things like learning to play guitar, writing the next great American novel, or designing new technology to keep slow drivers from even getting in the left lane to begin with.…

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Baked Halibut with Leeks and Cherry Tomatoes

Baked Halibut with Leeks and Cherry Tomatoes

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My dear friend Liza Utter and her husband Tom has us over for dinner a few years ago, and Liza made us a main dish that was so incredible I simply could not believe my taste buds. She graciously gave me the recipe as soon as I asked for it — and now I’m giving it to you.

If you like fish and great flavor (that looks more complicated and fancy than it actually is), you are going to love this dinner!…

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Sal Masekela

89: Sal Masekela — Going on the Biggest Ride of His Life with Kelly Slater

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You may have seen this week’s guest on a random Saturday afternoon while watching the Olympics or an extreme sports show with people hucking themselves off 100-foot cliffs on mountain bikes. Sal Masekela has been hosting shows like this for NBC and Red Bull for many years, and he is currently the persona of the Red Bull Signature Series.

But I know Sal through his participation with our fitness community at CrossFit Los Angeles, where he was a member for over five years.…

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Eat Your Veggies: Weekly Habit Practice

Eat Your Veggies: Weekly Habit Practice

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Eat Your Vegetables at Each Meal This Week

Simple Instructions:

  • Eat a serving of vegetables with your three main meals each day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • You do not have to eat a serving of vegetables with your snacks (but veggies do make good snacks, FYI).
  • Vegetables can be raw or cooked, mixed in or flying solo.
  • It doesn’t have to be complicated.
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    Quick and Easy Way to Alleviate Low Back Pain

    The Quick and Easy Way to Alleviate Low Back Pain

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    Practicing this position — called “static back” — allows gravity to work with us to begin to achieve symmetry within our bodies. When our bodies are off balance, we experience pain and limited range of motion. Static back allows the muscles of the low back to relax, and with the hips and knees at ninety degrees, the pelvis is able to settle into a more symmetrical position against the floor.…

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    High Intensity Interval Training: What Is It and Why Do It?

    High Intensity Interval Training: What Is It and Why Do It?

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    If you’ve made the decision to commit to a consistent workout program, then you’ve already taken a huge step toward improving your health. And no matter your specific goals — fat loss, disease prevention or reversal, improved athletic performance, or strength gains — adding interval training into your exercise routine can make a huge difference.

    Read on to learn more about this fitness methodology and how you can start incorporating these types of workouts more frequently into your training.…

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    How to Avoid the Dangers of Perfectionism in 6 Steps

    How to Avoid the Dangers of Perfectionism in 6 Steps

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    Most people believe that aiming for perfection is a good thing. But it can be a dangerous compulsion.

    In our success-driven society, being perfect is the ultimate goal. The traits of perfectionism — constant striving, attention to detail, high standards, commitment to results, direction, hard work, achievement, planning and preparation — are highly praised and admired.

    However, ask a perfectionist what his or her life is really like and the response is stark:

  • “If I’m not the best, then I’m a failure.”
  • “I can’t ask for help, people will think I’m not good enough.”
  • “I’m exhausted but I can’t relax — I always have to stay one step ahead.”
  • “I never feel satisfied and nothing I do is enough.”
  • “If I make a mistake it proves I’m worthless.”
  • “I feel hollow, like I can never be happy.”
  • Perfectionism, when taken to its extreme, has negative consequences.…

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    Mexi Slow Cooker Chicken with Cauliflower Tortillas

    Mexi Slow Cooker Chicken with Cauliflower Tortillas

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    I could eat Mexican food every day. The combination of savory meat and spices along with fresh hot tortillas always pleases my taste buds. And there’s no reason you can’t still satisfy yourself with those flavors in a healthier way.

    I’m also a fan of the slow cooker (or Crock-pot). Slow cooker meals are great for a busy schedule. I’ve been known to cook this chicken recipe overnight so I can just put some aside for dinner the following evening.…

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    The Eightfold Path of Buddhism Applied to the Barbell

    The Eightfold Path of Buddhism Applied to the Barbell

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    The Eightfold Path in Buddhism is a course of behaviors that can help alleviate the cycle of suffering — which we experience as frustration, pain, and unhappiness. The Eightfold Path was the final piece of the puzzle in the Buddha’s discussions about the reality of our discomfort and how to alleviate it.

    To apply these eight behaviors to our strength training, we must be able to look at ourselves with love and compassion to see where we are caught up in ego-driven tendencies.…

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    The 2-Minute Workout You Can Do Anywhere

    The 2-Minute Workout You Can Do Anywhere

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    Walkouts are a quick and simple way to improve flexibility, strength, and cardio at the same time. The best part is this exercise requires no equipment and very little space.

    Try walkouts as a way to break up your work day with movement or do these at home in the evening in front of the TV during the commercials.

    2-Minute Workout Instructions
    1. Stand with your feet pointing straight and hip width apart.
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    How Choosing to Surrender Can Actually Empower Your Life

    How Choosing to Surrender Can Actually Empower Your Life

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    September, 2016, somewhere in the frigid southern Utah wilderness. It was raining. My buddy Patrick and I were huddled under a military-style poncho we’d pulled over our heads. Two minutes earlier we had been building our shelter for the night — a fallen log leaning up against a tree to create the A-Frame structure that we’d then stack more fallen branches against.…

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