Revolutionary You! #161-Tim Arndt: Making Fitness Simple

As we close out 2018, I welcome Tim Arndt to the show for the first time. Tim is a fellow trainer based out of Spokane, Washington with two decades of experience in the industry. In this episode, we bring the topic back to basics with the knowledge that many will be embarking on or restarting their fitness journey over the next several weeks. Tim and I bring two different perspectives to the table in efforts to remind those individuals that sometimes it’s not the most complex program that works but the simpler and sustainable one that keeps you consistent and coming back for more. To learn more about Tim’s work, you can connect with him on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/the_gym_whisperer and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tim.arndt.10 To learn more about your host, visit http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and http://www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review

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What Went Down: 2018 In Review

At the end of last year, I compiled all the books I read throughout the year. If that’s something of interest to you, you can view the list here.

I wanted to do that again this year but throw in a few other things that might catch your eye and ear as well.

Here’s what went down in 2018:

PODCASTS

In addition to keeping up with my Revolutionary You show and the work I do with my friend Blake on the show Someone Has To Say It, I was honored to be a guest on several podcasts as well. If you’d like to hear those, you can listen back at these links:

Half Size Me: How To Start Your Journey In A New Way

Cut The S#!t, Get Fit: Hosted by Rafal Mastuszewski

The Pat Flynn Show: Jason Leenaarts on Making Fitness His Drug of Choice

The Julie Tussey Show 1: Jason Leenaarts of Revolutionary YOU!! Calories or Weight Watchers?

The Julie Tussey Show 2: Get Your Own Personal Revolution

The Julie Tussey Show 3: Losing Weight Through Peri-Menopause/Menopause with Jason Leenaarts

The Julie Tussey Show 4: Holiday Strategies

Dog Life Radio: Jason Leenaarts of Revolution Fitness & Therapy

Open Sky Fitness (cross-promotion podcast) with Rob Dionne and Jason Leenaarts: 10 Vital Habits For Building Muscle Mass and Losing Fat

Lift The Bar: Jason Leenaarts: Lessons From Hitting Rock Bottom & Starting a PT Facility

Moving Well Podcast: On Mindset, Strength Training and Fat Loss

I also wanted to post the 5 most downloaded episodes of Revolutionary You for 2018. In this order:

1) #103-Christian Finn: Sugar Makes You Fat & Other Diet Myths Debunked

2) #137-Dr. Yoni Freedhoff: Dieting Strategies and Overcoming Dogmatic Beliefs

3) #117-Dr. Mike Israetel: Considerations For High Intensity Exercise

4) #108-Heather Robertson: One Pound At A Time

5) #121-Georgie Fear, Roland Fisher, Josh Hillis, Sarah Campbell, Maryclaire Brescia and Kara Beutel: One By One Nutrition Answers Your Burning Questions

ARTICLES

Every week, I release a new article (usually on Tuesdays) and here are the 5 most popular releases of the year:

1) Open Letter to the “Disappearing” Client

2) 43 Obvious (and Not So Obvious) Ways To Lose Fat Before 2019

3) 12 Years Clean…and I’m Still an Addict

4) How I Met My Wife

5) Strategies For Better Food Tracking

And last but not least, here are all the books I consumed this year. Due to the time constraints of work, family life, etc. I definitely did more damage with audiobooks than physical books but here is the list. I’ve linked every book to where you can purchase a copy for yourself. In most cases, I’ve linked back to Barnes & Noble and Amazon but where possible I’ve linked back to the author’s page so you can purchase there instead. I was privy to advanced copies of some books so I wanted to give a special thanks to those authors who allowed me to view their work before it went to the mass public. I’ve included cookbooks, short books, long books, certification manuals, etc. It’s all here. I always read a lot in the realm of fitness, nutrition, and business but I frequently cleanse my palette with fiction, music biographies, etc. I don’t know that I could pick favorites but I definitely had books that stuck out more than others. Here’s what I filled my pea-brain with in 2018 in the order they were finished.

1) Sugar Makes You Fat & Other Diet Myths Debunked by Christian Finn
2) The Contest Prep Book by Layne Norton and Peter Baker
3) The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
4) French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Giuliano
5) MDC: Memoirs From A Damaged Civilization by Dave Dictor
6) The Hardgainer Solution by Scott Abel
7) I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart
8) Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop
9) Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew
10) The Fellowship Of The Ring by J.R.R Tolkien
11) The Hardy Boys: The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon
12) Good To Great by Jim Collins
13) The First Five by Henry Rollins
14) The Portable Henry Rollins by Henry Rollins
15) Chasing The Scream by Johann Hari
16) The Hardy Boys: The House On The Cliff by Franklin W. Dixon
17) Punk: The Best Of Punk Magazine by John Holmstrom and Bridget Hurd
18) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
19) Green Hills Of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
20) Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
21) The Two Towers by J.R.R Tolkien
22) Grit by Angela Duckworth
23) Becoming Brooklyn Strong by Jeb Stuart Johnston
24) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
25) A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach To Building A Great Business by Ari Weinzweig
26) Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
27) Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
28) 10% Happier by Dan Harris
29) Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God
30) The Return Of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien
31) See A Grown Man Cry Now Watch Him Die by Henry Rollins
32) The Hardy Boys: The Secret Of The Old Mill by Franklin W. Dixon
33) The Man Diet by Chad Howse
34) Give And Take by Adam Grant
35) The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
36) Feast by Hannah Howard
37) Are You Useful? by Chip Conrad
38) Blog Profits Blueprint by Yaro Starak
39) The Wanderers by Richard Price
40) The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
41) Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
42) American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
43) Originals by Adam Grant
44) Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
45) Exactly What To Say by Phil M. Jones
46) The Love-Powered Diet by Victoria Moran
47) Never Lose A Customer Again by Joey Coleman
48) Lift To Get Lean by Holly Perkins
49) Broken Summers by Henry Rollins
50) Why Do You Hate Money? by Joey Percia
51) How To Live A Good Life by Jonathan Fields
52) End Zone by Don Delillo
53) Principles by Ray Dalio
54) A Gentleman In Moscow by Amon Towles
55) The Dirt by Motley Crue with Neil Strauss
56) Mini Habits by Stephen Guise
57) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
58) Roomanitarian by Henry Rollins
59) Deep Work by Cal Newport
60) Big Girl by Kelsey Miller
61) Think Thin, Be Thin by Doris Wild Helmering and Dianne Hales
62) Brown’s Requiem by James Ellroy
63) Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal
64) Sticks & Stones by Jim Heafner and Jarod Hall
65) Proteinaholic by Garth Davis
66) Presto! by Penn Jillette
67) Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
68) An American Demon by Jack Grisham
69) Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
70) Brain On Fire by Susannah Cahalan
71) Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
72) Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
73) The Truth by Neil Strauss
74) Shrill by Lindy West
75) Muscle by Jason Maxwell
76) The Hardy Boys: The Missing Chums by Franklin W. Dixon
77) Your Workout Perfected by Nick Tumminello
78) Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
79) Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling
80) Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
81) Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
82) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
83) Life by Keith Richards
84) Leaving The Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
85) Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
86) The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday
87) Younger Next Year For Women by Chris Crowley & Harry Lodge
88) Occupants by Henry Rollins
89) Runnin’ With The Devil by Noel E. Monk
90) Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
91) Share Your Story by Camille DePutter
92) Hunger by Roxane Gay
93) Less by Andrew Sean Greer
94) Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes
95) Stray: Memoir Of A Runaway by Tanya Marquardt
96) I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
97) Believe It And Behave It by Kate Harvie
98) The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
99) The Hardy Boys: Hunting For Hidden Gold by Franklin W. Dixon
100) Rising Strong by Brene Brown
101) Tears And Laughter by Kahlil Gibran
102) Bridging The Gap From Rehab To Performance by Sue Falsone
103) Women Food and God by Geneen Roth
104) Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
105) Factfulness by Hans Rosling
106) The Art Of Asking by Amanda Palmer
107) Peak: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson
108) Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
109) Own The Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus
110) Shot In The Heart by Mikal Gilmore
111) You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
112) Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace
113) Little Poems For Big Hearts by Camille DePutter
114) Diet Mindset Makeover by Kara Beutel
115) Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
116) Advanced Personal Training by Paul Hough and Simon Penn
117) The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About by Joshua Shea
118) They Call Me Supermensch by Shep Gordon
119) The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
120) Atomic Habits by James Clear
121) Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
122) Dear Client by Bonnie Siegler
123) Becoming Radiant by Tom Zuba
124) NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub And Other Stories by NOFX and Jeff Alulis
125) The Fundamentals Of Online Training by Jonathan Goodman
126) 12 Rules Of Life by Jordan Peterson
127) USAPL Club Coach Curriculum by USAPL
128) USAPL Technical Handbook by USAPL
129) How To Be Better At (Almost) Everything by Pat Flynn
130) The Leangains Method by Martin Berkhan
131) The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene
132) How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald
133) The Soul Of A Trainer by Thomas Plummer
134) Bored And Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
135) Questions To Ask Before Leaving by Erin Brown
136) Popular by Mitch Prinstein
137) Finish by Jon Acuff
138) The End Of Innocence by George J Leonard
139) Back Mechanic by Stuart McGill
140) Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
141) Love Cycles by Linda Carroll
142) Coal Black Mornings by Brett Anderson
143) Weight Lifted by JP Zengerle
144) Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis
145) The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
146) The Gospel According To Luke by Steve Lukather
147) This Is Marketing by Seth Godin
148) Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew The Science of What We Eat by Marion Nestle
149) The Women’s Book, Vol. 1 by Lyle McDonald
150) Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki
151) Leveraged Learning by Danny Iny
152) The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
153) The Coddling Of The American Mind by Gregg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
154) Measure What Matters by John Doerr
155) Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes (Nom Nom Paleo) by Michelle Tam
156) The Little Black Book Of Workout Motivation by Michael Matthews
157) Not Another Fitness Book by Steven Head

Thank you to everyone who has listened to, read,  or shared any of my work. Thank you to everyone who has inspired me in any way to get better at what I do. That it is an endless journey means there are more books to read, more shows to share and more words to write. Here’s to another amazing year.

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Revolutionary You! #160-Lucy Sewell: How Do I Feel In My Body?

I am joined this week by Lucy Sewell as we discuss her road into fitness through her struggles with anorexia. Lucy and I cover how intuitive eating and strength training helped her work through her own challenges with body image and got her to feel like the best and strongest version of herself. You can learn more about Lucy’s work at http://www.lucysewellfitness.com and via her Instagram page at http://www.instagram.com/lucysewell_01 You can learn more about your host at http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and http://www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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Strategies For Better Food Tracking

When I start working with a client, each individual brings a different set of challenges and experience to the table (pun intended.)

I always try to explain what makes someone successful at managing their food intake is often driven by their personality. For those who like data, they tend to thrive on specific calorie goals and macronutrient ratios fine-tuned to the gram. Others need a simpler approach where we can take a birds-eye view of the diet where we say “Hmm, just remove this” or “Modify that.”

For many, it can be a game changer for myself and the client to open the dialogue on food tracking. While the old-fashioned way of pen and paper still works, technology also allows us access to food tracking apps and meal planning apps that can simplify the sharing process.

I won’t dictate every nuance of food tracking but here are strategies we use that set you up for success.

It’s extremely important to first note that, food tracking and calorie counting are not an exact science. You’re working with estimates. These estimates can be on-point, slightly over or slightly under. If you’re not seeing your goals, it could be for a handful of reasons:

1)Despite what your app or journal of choice tells you, you may be mis-reporting.

2)You are eyeballing your servings instead of making true measurements (using a food scale, measuring cups, etc.)

3)You may be over-reporting your level of daily activity.

4)You are not consistent enough with the intake to see progress (two “good” days followed by one “bad”, etc.)

Remember also, that everything you report is JUST DATA. What you report on yourself is a point of feedback to determine a path of success, NOT your value as a human being. If you screw up, you don’t have to set fire to the boat thereby staying stranded on the shore.

Make a note of where mistakes occur, recalibrate and adjust the plan.

I have heard two different strategies that can be helpful depending on how you’re acclimating: 1) Track two weekdays and one weekend day 2) Track all intake for two weeks.

Option 1 takes less time and attention on your part but it may not give enough of a glimpse of what your actual reality looks like. I am certain you could meet in the middle and track one full week to see if this gives you enough insight.

Remember that the more often you eat at social events and restaurants, the more difficult it will be to be certain of portion sizes, added oils, etc. This is true even if a restaurant posts the calories of a given meal. There can be drastic inaccuracies with this information.

I’d like to highlight my online client, Nicole. Nicole has been with me for several months and is easily one of my most consistent clients when it comes to journaling her food intake. This helps tremendously since we don’t have the advantage of working face-to-face where I can troubleshoot with her in real-time. She has been kind enough to let me use some of her data in efforts to illustrate how food tracking can help you with your goals.

What you’ll see below are three days I captured from her journals. On these days, her calories were in line with her goals. For conversation’s sake, I will be highlighting food selection on the basis of total caloric intake NOT macronutrient (protein, fats, carbs) perfection.

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These are days where Nicole showed a great deal of consistency. We can travel one path which says that if Nicole enjoys tracking her food, she can continue to do so while she is still seeing good weight loss progress. I have not come across a great deal of clients who truly enjoy this aspect. For many, just getting them to be cognizant of true portions and full reporting is a HUGE hurdle to overcome. Once that has been addressed, you’ll see commonalities with what I’ve presented from Nicole.

The next stage I progress clients to is a planning stage. Some people make this synonymous with meal prepping. However, they don’t necessarily have to go together.

As you’ll notice from Nicole’s data, she has some very simple meals and snacks in her day. This makes the notion of meal prep a small priority for her. My recommendation is to string together a few days where you know your meals were on point and replicate them for a week’s time.

For simplicity’s sake, let’s call Nicole’s “Day 1” Monday, “Day 2” Tuesday, and “Day 3″ Wednesday.” Thursday can be a complete carbon copy of Monday, Friday would repeat Tuesday, etc. This removes all guesswork from the equation.

Journal first, find trends that meet the goal and replicate the trends.

And I can hear the first objection now: But Jason, that sounds so boring, so tedious!

YES! It absolutely can be.

My first response is: How important to you is your goal?

My second response is: Try this for a couple of weeks. Give yourself as little variety as you can stand while still reaching your goals. As you acclimate, you can get more creative with food options. Initially, predictable meals will likely be your savior. I spoke about this predictability a few weeks ago.

Life, in and of itself, presents enough chaos for us. Your diet should present as little chaos as humanly possible. You are in control of that.

Once I’ve helped clients understand their tracking behaviors, trends and they have some consistency (and pounds down), we transition into something more flexible and intuitive.

This stage is a slight loosening of the reins because you’ve acclimated to the process. You’ve measured, counted, prepped, and lost weight. (Awesome, HIGH FIVE!)

This is where you feel that you have enough control and understanding of what your body needs to either continue at weight loss or to successfully maintain.

For the record, I do not track and journal every day. Routinely, at least once or twice a year, I will spend about a week tracking aggressively just to see where my reality is at any given point. I can assure you it is ALWAYS eye-opening.

I would be remiss if I said that everyone should track their food as I’ve mentioned above.

Do I believe that it is extremely helpful?

Yes. No different than looking at your bank account to be clear on your spending habits.

That aside, I have worked with many clients who simply needed to be more aware of their eating patterns so they could remove certain counterproductive trends in a day. This includes: individuals who have not been measuring sugar-free (or similar) creamers in their coffee, those who drink low calorie drinks, juices, and energy beverages throughout the day or just those who feel as if they can mindlessly nibble on small things that eventually add up.

If it has a calorie, it counts.

I recently worked with a client whose food intake was spectacular. Why wasn’t she losing weight? Because she drank 4-6 cups of coffee a day, did not measure the sugar-free creamer she added to it and was not accounting for 500 calories a day from this error. Did she need to journal to lose weight? Not at all. We fixed this one oversight and the weight came off.

There are many paths to weight loss success, these are just a few to help you along the way.

Below is a picture of Nicole, proudly representing her 11lbs of  weight loss progress from a couple of weeks ago (she’s dropped even more since then.)

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Revolutionary You! #159-James Krieger and Mike Howard: Christmas with the Kriegers, Holidays with the Howards

This week, I welcome back two excellent former guests: James Krieger (see episodes #67 and #79) and Mike Howard (episodes #64 and #102.) Knowing the mutual respect these two gentlemen have for each other, I knew I had to bring them on to the show together. In this episode, we talk about how our holiday survival conversations go with our clients. Mike and James discuss realistic approaches to goal setting through December and into January. We also chat about the approaches they use for themselves to stay on track during a time of year when many people struggle. To learn more about the work of James Krieger, check out http://www.weightology.net To learn more about the work of Mike Howard, check out http://www.leanminded.com You can learn more about your host at http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and http://www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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Open Letter To The “Disappearing” Client

Dear Client,

I wanted to first thank you for the time you’ve been working with me. Every session we spend together, I love seeing how you make progress. Through every extra pound lifted, through every extra rep you push through, I know that you are moving forward in more ways you give yourself credit for.

You see, progress comes in many forms. Sometimes, it’s through a new exercise that your body hasn’t attempted before. Sometimes, it’s being able to lift an extra 5 pounds that you couldn’t last week or last month. Sometimes, it’s a faster pace when you’re on the treadmill that may have previously made you stop.

Progress is also about self-discovery. It’s learning which foods work for you and which ones don’t. I don’t mean allergies, I mean “these are the foods that I can eat sensibly without guilt” and “these foods I haven’t quite solved how to eat appropriately yet.”

Progress can also be about how much more confidence you may be gaining in other areas of life. Maybe you’re more proactive at work or you have more energy to get through your day. Progress might even be a more satisfying sex life (and who doesn’t like that?)

But there’s something I wanted to talk to you about.

I’ve noticed you’re a bit more quiet than usual. Sure, we still have small talk and conversation about work and family but there’s something missing.

Sometimes I’ll notice that you may stand off to the side here almost actively not engaging.

Sometimes I think that you may want to be alone with your thoughts.

Sometimes you look as though there’s something on your mind that you just don’t know how to bring up.

And this is the point where I worry the most about you.

What I’ve found is that this is when my clients (who go through these typical behaviors) tend to hide more of their reality. This is when the food plan gets out of control, the clothes get tighter and the scale goes up. Sometimes you know the scale is up and you refuse to step on it for validation of that truth.

It reminds me of the student who didn’t do their homework in class and doesn’t want to get called on to come present their work to the teacher. Sometimes I feel like you don’t want me to say anything to you about this.

And as your coach, it’s my job to help you through this. I care about you. I care about your goals. I also care about not being a nag. Maybe it’s not a good time to talk about it.

But if not now, when?

You hired me to help you with some of these difficult areas in your life. And while I’m no psychiatrist, I know that when you hit these points it is likely when you need the most help.

However, I don’t know if you don’t tell me.

I can’t help if you don’t open up. We are a team: I’m your coach, you’re my client and you being successful is immensely important to me. We are in this together but that means we play on the same team, playing from the same set of rules, winning the same games.

So, I wanted to write you this letter to let you know how important you are to me. Every time you decide to metaphorically “disappear” you are on my mind. I don’t forget about you just because you fall silent, it honestly makes me think about you more.

You see, for some people “no news is good news.” But for people like yourself, “no news” can mean: “I’m struggling, I’m suffering, I’m failing, and I don’t want to admit my failures to you.”

Just know, always know, that anything you bring to me comes without judgment. You can fail gracefully every time in my eyes. It’s those failures that help me understand your challenges and your obstacles better. It’s how we learn together to keep you from repeating previous mistakes and to not allow them to be as damaging as they have been before.

When you’re with me, we focus on progress. When you’re not with me, the hard work of continuing progress is back in your hands. I’m here to help you with that for as long as you choose for me to be your coach.

We will help you win.

Sincerely,

Your Coach (a.k.a. Jason, Mike and Luke)

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Revolutionary You! #158-BONUS-Paul Hough: Fitness Mythbusting

Paul Hough is a lecturer in health and exercise science at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK. He is the co-author and co-editor of Advanced Personal Training. In this bonus episode, we discuss some of the current common misconceptions you’ll find in the media regarding what exercise and diet can do for you. Paul and I touch on several of the concepts presented in Advanced Personal Training so you can make more educated decisions on which paths to travel in your own health journey. You can purchase Advanced Personal Training at http://a.co/d/fLxPdkd To learn more about Paul’s work, check out www.researchgate.net/profile/Paul_Hough and link with him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/the_h0ugh To learn more about your host, check out www.jasonleenaarts.com and www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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Revolutionary You! #157-Dr. Lisa Lewis And Tony Gentilcore: The Best Of Both Worlds

What do you get when you combine a fantastic strength coach with an equally fantastic psychologist? You get a marriage like the one with my two guests this week: Dr. Lisa Lewis and Tony Gentilcore. I have the honor of welcoming both to the show this week as we cover a variety of topics that affect our clients like the influence of social media, the importance of strength training and sleep and how Tony and Lisa continue to bring the best out of one another both personally and professionally. To learn more about Dr. Lisa’s work, check out http://www.drlewisconsulting.com and to learn more about Tony’s work, visit http://www.tonygentilcore.com You can learn more about your host by checking out http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and http://www.revfittherapy.com Also, you can like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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I Am Nothing, I Am No One

“You’re like, some kind of internet celebrity…”

My wife, Marissa, said this to me a year or so ago. At first, I didn’t really get it. Over the last few years, I’ve become more and more consistent with posts of our clients doing particularly awesome things around the studio. Then you compound that with this blog, the podcast and pictures of family, etc. It all adds up in terms of how much content is out there on the Internet and on social media.

And when you’re in the middle of it, as I am, you tend to have blinders on. I’ve honestly lost sight, in many ways, of the general impact all of this content can have.

At its core, it’s always been about promoting the hard work of those lives I get to be a part of nearly every day of every week. It’s about sharing those experiences with others and trying my best to educate myself through people far smarter than I am and bringing more of that wisdom into the world.

This, in turn, brings a lot of attention to the business. So much so, that I routinely have people ask me how it all came about and how I can even keep up with it. My answer: It’s mostly accidental and I do it because I enjoy putting good things out there.

But, what gives me the right? I mean, who the hell am I to be an authority on anything?

I’m the guy who’s a sexual abuse survivor, a recovering addict, a former drug dealer, a guy who rehab didn’t work for, a guy with one failed marriage and one good one, a guy with a past as dark and misguided as anything you might imagine.

Why in the hell should you listen to anything I’ve got to say?

I am nothing, I am no one.

At least, that was how I felt about most of my life. And it, in turn, led to a lot of bad decisions along the way.

When I watch my clients, those struggling to put the pieces together: to stop harming themselves and their bodies through neglect or self-medicating with pharmaceuticals or foods they’ve lost control over, I see people who can’t stop giving up on themselves. They keep asking, in not so subtle ways, “Who am I to be healthier, or to feel happiness, or to have the body I want?”

I’ve always been “fat”,”bullied”,”unloved”,”unattractive”,”mistreated”, etc.

“Why should I deserve to be successful at anything?”

I think it’s because even if your story does not mirror mine, we all have these stories we tell ourselves that shape the decisions we make. At any point in my life where I felt like a failure (and they’ve been numerous), if I didn’t find a way to break the cycle, I would continue to fail. That narrative would manifest itself into something uglier and more realistic all the time.

And that little voice would pick and probe at me: “You don’t deserve success. You don’t deserve happiness.”

While my own relative hardheadedness has bitten me in the ass routinely, this is one place where I finally had to tell that voice: “You’re wrong.”

And craft a new narrative.

Something that has an ending better suited for my dreams and my goals.

If you’re not currently succeeding with your goals, ask yourself what stories you allow your mind to tell.

Ask yourself why those are the words you replay over and over again in your head.

Ask yourself why you keep conversation with people who don’t help pull you out of that rut.

Because, at a certain point, no one else is going to do the work it takes for you to succeed.

That’s on you.

And the beauty of that, is that it puts you behind the wheel.

Rather than trying to find ways to convince yourself that you don’t amount to much so you don’t deserve to succeed, tell a different story.

Remind yourself that you are someone, you are something.

More often than not, you are everything to someone: a spouse, a child, a friend.

Change your story. Change your outcome.

“We Make Great People Greater”

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Revolutionary You! #156-Joshua Shea: The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About

I am honored to have author Joshua Shea with me this week to discuss his book “The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About.” We delve into a subject which has not been approached on this show to date: porn addiction. While Joshua covers a some of the details on this episode, I highly recommend picking up his book to learn more about how both alcoholism and porn addiction affected not only his life but his family’s as well. To learn more, visit http://www.recoveringpornaddict.com To learn more about your host, check out http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and http://www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review

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