Monday, January 18, 2016

Be okay with being weird


Today I want to talk to you about something near and dear to my heart: being okay with being weird.

We live in a fairly conformist world. There is tremendous pressure to do things the way other people do them. We have the government handing down dubious nutrition guidelines that everyone is afraid to flaut. We have "common sense" knowledge about exercise for burning calories, eating in moderation, and a bunch of other stuff that doesn't work for weight loss. We have health care professionals that present medications and surgery as your only options to address health problems. We have an environment that tells parents they're failing their children educationally if they don't put them in desks for 8 hours a day. We move from air conditioned/heated homes to cars to offices in cushy shoes. We douse ourselves in hand sanitizer for fear of germs and we avoid dirt at all costs. We stick to safe, light, comfortable exercise and stay away from dangerous heavy weights.

At some point, I felt the need to walk away from the "wisdom" of crowds and find my own answers. I eat and feed my family in a way that falls way outside the norm. I'm opting out of the formal education system for my kids. I left the world of research and prestige that my education prepared me for and opened a gym. I ignore any and all advice from authority that simply rests on their authority, especially anything health-related. I do my own research and I choose what makes sense in long term, in the big picture. And for this, I suffer discomfort.

It would be a lot easier and more comfortable to let my kid eat the cake at a birthday party, to not have to explain for the 50th time why I'm unschooling. It would be easier to just do whatever my doctor says and not question it. But I have decided to welcome the discomfort, to be okay with being weird. There are more important things, MUCH more important things, than fitting in, including long-term health and quality of life for me and my family, and the ability to solve problems and be independent.

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be writing some posts with recommendations that don't fit with the conventional wisdom or with what authorities tout. We will back up those recommendations with evidence and logic. But even if you are convinced and want to make some of these changes, you'll have to overcome a big hurdle first - the hurdle of others' judgment, the hurdle of being different, the hurdle of nonconformity. If you want to be the best you can be, you need to figure out what works best for you, even if it flies in the face of everything you've been told. I encourage you to embrace some of these upcoming challenges, keep an open mind, and try to break out of the mold of conformity.
Workout
strength - add weight from last time (more info) 

power snatch 5x2 

then

5 rounds with full recovery:

7 thrusters
5 tall box jumps
3 pull-ups