I usually get many of my blog ideas when I am in the shower. Funny place to come up with this stuff I know. But, I guess it is a place where your mind can be free. Anyway, I came up with this title, “consistently confused”. I don’t know, I just liked the sound of it. Originally, it came to me when I was thinking about my workouts. One of the key things that has helped me become fit, is consistency and muscle confusion. I have been consistently working out for close to 4 years now (some years more times per week than others). In those 4 years, I probably have only missed a handful of days (mainly due to vacations). The point is, it really does not take much that much exercise to keep fit. What it takes is consistency. Right now my maintenance is 45 min 4x per week. That is only 3 hours per week.
It’s kinda like a savings account. If you start to put money into your savings account regularly in the beginning of the year. Then stop after a few weeks or months…. Then do the same thing at the beginning of next year…. What will your bank account look like over time? Probably not so hot. If you would have saved consistently over the years (even a small amount) your bank account would probably look much better (maybe even a little hot). Kind of the same thing with your fitness.
Now for the confusion part. Muscle confusion, we have all heard of that right? The point is, you cannot do the same exercise day in and day out and expect to have that overall fit look we all want. You need to confuse your muscles and give them a different workout out every time. This will give you the overall fit physique you want. Every single week for the last 4 years my muscles have been sore. This is because my workouts are never the same. Sure they may be hitting similar muscle groups, but never the same repetitive movement. I am no financial expert, but if I had to relate this to the savings account example, I suppose this would be similar to diversification. You know the old saying – don’t put your eggs all in one basket.
This was my the original thought on the blog title “consistently confused”. But wait there’s more (you are probably saying, ‘Thank goodness, I was wondering how all this related to that picture!’) This title also made me think of being consistently confused with regards to food education. Oh yes, my favorite topic! Thinking back before I started my journey to be fit. I relied on marketing campaigns and hype for my food education. Things that I read online, in magazines, on packages of foods and, of course, TV shows & commercials. Unfortunately, most of those sources were not necessarily there to provide me with optimal health information, but rather to sell me the latest and greatest product, fad or news on what food is good for me and what food is bad for me. High carb diets, low carb diets, eggs are bad, eggs are good, fat is bad, fat is good, eat this because it’s whole wheat, this puff of sugar is part of a complete balanced breakfast,… it goes on and on and on, you know what I am talking about, right?
There is probably a study or a diet plan on anything. I bet you I could find a wine diet…hold a second and let me Google that and just see……..(5 seconds I am back)…..Yes indeed! It took me 2 seconds (the other 3 seconds was loading Google, typing the search and then coming back here) and I came up with a list of books on how you can eat bread, drink red wine and lose weight. Perfect! I love it! I am off to the store to get me some red wine and some bread, I am going to start this diet right away! Really? Come on people! But I guarantee you people are buying that book. Obviously I am doing something terribly wrong in my business. Why can’t I write a book called, “Eat whole fresh foods, lose weight, be healthy, feel great and significantly cut the raising cost of health care”? Well, first of all, the title is way too long. Secondly, who in their right mind would buy something like that? I don’t blame them, that sounds like a lot of work! I’d much rather drink red wine and lose weight, that sounds easier! The point is, there is way too much information out there and a lot of it is misleading, confusing and sometimes down right manipulative.
I hate to say it, but the title of my book, the one that I just made up while writing this blog (which would end up on the worst seller’s list for sure) “Eat whole fresh foods, lose weight, be healthy and feel great”, would cure the majority of health issues we have in our country and in short order. You see there is no magic pill, elixir or potion that is going to do this for us. Mother Nature has given us the perfect solution to our problems. We just tend to tear it apart, repackage, and market it so we can profit from it. Which by the way was the cause of the problem in the first place (but that is a whole other story).
So bottom line…keep it simple, don’t believe everything your read, just reach for the real food whole, be consistent and you will be just fine!
Wow, now that was a deep thought for a Friday! I had no idea where this blog was going. But I suppose it went right where it was suppose to. It’s just too bad we never really tied it to image above of the lady in the shower, hmm go figure. Oh well, thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!