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I recently went to Las Vegas to partake in a few festivities that fall under the words, Bachelor and Party. I was one of 9 gentleman who raged a full weekend on activities that speak the language of unhealthy and highly stressful. As you know, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and this post is not about what transpired over the 48 hours of gluttony. Rather, it is about the steps I took to ensure not coming home completely annihilated. AKA, shit faced!

Summary – My suggestions for sustaining a weekend of sins in Las Vegas are as follows:

Some down/quite time, thirty minutes of natural sunlight, sip on fluids, chew slowly during meals with a good solid protein source before and after your partying begins.

Day one: I had to work Friday morning and was up at 4:30. Which means I had been up for almost a full day by the time I got to sleep in Vegas, post a few clubs and some fine dining. I fell asleep around 3:30 a.m. and awoke around 8 a.m.

I hit the pool side for 30 minutes of natural sun therapy. I wanted to stay long enough to break a nice sweat.  Once that happened I began to sip water slowly and continued for a few more hours. I also had a nice size lunch (Turkey burger) a long with some Sprite for the carbonation. Later, I was back in my room for a short nap away from the hot desert sun. I then went back down to the casino area for a cocktail. After all, I was on a weekend get a way, and I also feel it is good to have a little bit of hair off the dog that bit your head off. Needless to say, I felt very relaxed and ready for another night of raging in Vegas!

Day two: By the time we got back to the hotel this time, it was 6 in the morning. We headed straight to Cafe Bellagio to have breakfast. I ordered Eggs Benedict and water. Again, on vacation and wanted something I would usually not eat at home, as well as eat some healthy egg protein.

I slept for about 4 hours and jumped right into the shower. I slowly started to pack for my flight home, and continued to relax in my room until our noon checkout. At the airport, I got a black coffee and more water. Didn’t finish the coffee, but did drink the water over the course of the entire flight. I also asked the flight attendant for some ice.  I felt some ice cold water would also be useful to help continue to cleanse.   I also ate the two small bags of peanuts they give out for some salt, and that was all I had until Sunday dinner with family. I crashed about 10 p.m. and woke up Monday morning for work at 5:30.

Day three: I got to work and went right to business with e-mails, clients, meetings, etc. I fasted all morning (just sipped coffee and water) and an hour weight lifting session around noon. I just ate my first meal of the day (3:30 p.m.), and must say, am feeling nice and relaxed while I type this post.

As far as I’m concerned, life is all about a wonderful balance.  And the ability to enjoy the entire experience is where sanity is all about!

Follow the signs,
Coach Sanity

Each and every one of my posts are written with the intention to simplify what was once uncomplicated and pure.  In the beginning, the passage of fitness training was gluttony free of silly toys and jumbo sized pieces of equipment.  It was once a simple place, and only your challenging experience awaited to be measured.

Now we are flooded with intentional distractions.  Appliances labeled as fitness tools soak up inches of primary real estate in gyms across the globe in hopes that they can sell you an opportunity to find a new you and a new look.  Which ones work?  Which ones work better?  Which one fits me?  Do I need all of them?  Just a sample of a number of questions that float around the four corners of your gym.   And a long with them, a number of mediocre fitness trainers simply selling a cookie cutter they call fitness.

I am here to tell you that there a lifetime of results existing amongst the most nutritionally fitness dense tools available on the market.   In this case, the biggest rewards do come in the smallest packages.  Below is a list of tools I feel are the most efficient way to spend your time in harnessing your fitness potential.

1.  Body weight

2.  Medicine Ball

3.  Dumbbell

4.  Barbell

5.  Kettlebell

Supplement(s)

6.  Bands

7.  Ropes

8.  Rowing Ergometer

9.  Variable resistance machines

Each allow freedom of movement and room to explore.  Taking your time to master  the skill of maneuvering these simple tools is your license to walk the path of extraordinary.   How does one master something so free?  You learn to flow, and follow the signs.

Coach Sanity

Which way to go?

I have been working in the fitness business for almost 20 years.  And not only that, I started in this business at the ripe old age of 19.  Prior to that, I had been in the gym since 16, and it was then I knew I wanted to pursue a career in fitness.

These words are very similar to countless numbers of professional trainers and coaches I have read, also describing their passion for the fitness game.  Where do my words weigh in differently?  Directions.

Directions is just another word for choices.  When one is given directions, they are also being given the act of choosing.  They choose which way to go and hope that way will get them to their destination.  A long with having directions comes options.  You can travel the most direct route, the one avoiding one way or another, or the one filled with distractions.

I created a professional career specifically to provide directions for all of  my clients.  You see, all of us need direction.  We all can use some assistance to further help continue us on our quests.  The foundation of Sanity Fitness System is the dedicated intention of bringing focus to one’s way, and improve their ability to enjoy every moment of their journey.

To me, fitness goes way beyond what we can see, or what we can touch.  A feeling of fitness is what you carry with you within every minute of everyday.  When coming upon your next direction, your approach will only be what you possess at that moment, no more and no less.  When most people bog themselves down, and carry to much, others pass through because they have learned that sanity exists between the small spaces of left, right, front, back, up and down.  An when the time comes, you simply fall into your place.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

Mastery & Specialization

 

Traditionally we took our time, and approached our livelihood via a craft.  A craft is a skill, and usually done by hand.  Over time, one mastered their craft to eventually find themselves full circle, gaining knowledge and intuition.   This action took hours of perfection.  Skillfully removing all of the inhibitions and distractions, to eventually fashion a perfect substance.  That is mastery.

Today we have specialization, a word used to describe the act of separation within a system.  With the goal to gain more focus in one thing or another.   The vision is concentrated to place sight on only what is tangible and required.  This is a way toward specialization.

At first glance, mastery and specialization both look to be perfect processes.  They both lead toward successful directions of  life experience.  What I have come to learn over the years is that mastering a craft gives an open mind, and removes emotional burdens.  Specialization sees tunneled vision and fixed positions.  The former runs freely, while the latter knows rigid function.   Mastery allows us to fit within the spaces.  Specialization fits one space.  Specialization becomes limited.  Mastery is limitless.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

 

My Sanity

Albert Einstein defined insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”.  Even though we know this to be true, several continue to replay the same insane scenario over and over again.  When will it end?

I believe I have found an answer to that question.  Rather than looking at the, when will the insanity end, I suggest we focus on when sanity can begin.  You can spend several precious moments on worrying about what is wrong.  Or you can spend your moments on falling in to what can go right.

Just like insanity, sanity can also live all around you.  One of the reasons why most have only replayed the insanity version is because, in spite of wanting a different result, we are creatures of habit.  However, if you peel down toward the second level of a habit, you find that our habits can also be re-wired.  How so?  With movement.

You ever wonder where the phrase, “movement is medicine” came from?  What all that information boils down to is that although we are creatures of habit (mentally), our physical body can create the stimulus for our brains to re-wire a new habit.  That ability is something that no pill, machine, or late night infomercial can ever duplicate.  That is our own, and we can either use it or lose it.  So, where do we go from here?

I suggest you first recognize that you may be living in a world of insanity.  Next, you decide if the smile on your face is genuine or not.  Then decide to seek the direction to lead you toward finding your own sanity.  That process takes action.   Your action to continue to see through, what you first envisioned as a new you.    I am not here to give you your way because it is your way.  I am only here to point you in the right direction.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

 

 

Guilt or Snack?

What came first, your guilt or the snack?

I find it interesting how the snack industry markets their products.  We are sent a very mixed message when told that we are now allowed to indulge in a guilty snack.  Mostly because either the fat has been lessened, the portion has been controlled, and/or something has been added to make it taste better, even when the ingredients don’t list like it should.   However, what I find interesting is not the fact that they have suddenly allowed us to indulge in a guilty pleasure.  What I do find interesting is that we are told we should feel guilty about the foods we put into our mouths.

Guilt.  Such a strong word.  A word that should not be associated with food.  Guilt may have its place when used with over consumption of food, and is exactly why it should not be associated with marketing food.  That marketing message can easily be misinterpreted and may ultimately allow a person to over consume simply because of how the marketing language gets received.

(Those reasons can become quite complicated to explain here.  I won’t cover those why’s in this post, however, I will follow up on them in another SanitiyFS post.)

A healthy eating approach has nothing to do with guilt.  Once we remove guilt from the equation, we have nothing to think about except all that surrounds a healthy eating habit.  Take note, I said “think about”.  My  suggestion to you is to not let the snack company remove you from your thinking process of your eating experience.  Mindless eating is what leads to over consumption.  And once that becomes one’s eating habit, it is also an incredibly hard one to break.

Learn to sit down and ‘unsnack’.  Or in other words, chew and eat your meal.  If you are hungry, then learn to go through the actions of setting up an entire meal.  If you are that hungry, then the effort will not be a chore.  The eating experience is something we all must learn to move back toward.  A connection to how we feel when we are full and hungry allows us to have better control of our personal levels of consumption.  You train yourself to eat when you are hungry.  And, more importantly, stop when you are full.

It is also important to recognize that one’s eating experience is a large part of who we are as humans.  It can be a healthy social interaction.  It helps us to connect to our heritage.  And it reminds us of the important balance of and between each meal, and everything we consume.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

DONE WORK!

 

Time is made.

We all share one model commodity and that commodity is time. Twenty four hours is the make up of one day. What differs from one to the next is how the day gets spent. Something I have learned through fitness and what I am wanting to share with you is that time is not found, it is made. And through fitness, I learned how to produce more time.

First, a back story. When I started exercising years ago, I spent up to 3 hours a day in the gym. I, like a lot of people, felt that in order to achieve the results I was wanting, I had to spend a lot of my precious minutes in the gym to have it happen. What I discovered over the years was eventually that was not the case. The answers did not lie in the minutes spent on randomness, moreover, it was spent on specifics. And the specifics were the **Big Moves, that accomplished a lot more for the time spent doing them.

I realized I was spending 180 minutes a day, and only walking away with 10% of the health and fitness benefit. As you can see, not a very wise investment. When I later changed my focus, and spent 45 – 60 minutes on the big moves, I was walking away with 100% of a productive amount of time spent. Mostly because the exercises themselves require a focus and a plan, and in return, a stronger foundation to establish everything else above it.

What this means in the real world is that in order to be productive, one’s mental focus should first be spent on the frame (foundation) of what it is you are wanting to successfully achieve. And only then, spend the rest of the time filling in the created spaces on the necessary details.

So many people spend way to much time on the tiny details, when the focus should be on the model of how to spend the hour, and simply allow the minutes to play out in the direction they must go. In short, line them up and press play!

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

**Big Moves – Whole body exercises that demand an entire body to have attention. Aka: focus
For example: Squat, Deadlift, Pull-up, Overhead Press, Power Clean, Clean and Press, and Snatch
All the above exercises have regressions for a beginner to also enjoy launching their fitness success!

Labor/Play or Play/Labor

The recent question being answered on CNN, Facebook, and other social media sites is, “How do we get Americans to lose weight?”  As you know, I write simple answers that provide directions to accomplish the given task.  Is there more than one answer to this question?  Yes.  Do you need to do all of them?  No.  I will provide two answers for you here, and you can know that time spent between these two will be more productive in spending your precious hours than any other direction you may choose.  Follow the signs.

1.  Labor

I chose to use the word labor rather than work because we already work a lot.  The problem is, we are not physically laboring for most of it.  Yes I know, you feel tired.  And that tired feeling comes from many other reasons besides physical exertions.  Moreover, the tired feeling we get from physically exerting energy a long with the cognitive connection is much more productive all around and elicits a caloric demand that we just don’t get anymore in our normal daily living.  Instead of a workout, call it a laborout.  You need to feel that you challenged your body to produce a certain level of output away from what feels ‘normal’.  You don’t have to do it everyday, but seek to do it three times a week for at least 30 minutes.

 

2.  Play

Most of us don’t take the time to simply play.  I define play as physical exertion with no intention other than the simple act of being in the moment.  When we were kids, all we wanted to do was play with our friends.  We moved our bodies, invented new games, and built memorable experiences with one another we will never forget.  Take the time to get in 30 minutes of play 2 -3 times a week.  It can be with your kids, your nieces and nephews, your husband or wife, or simply with your most important person, you.   Invent a new way to play an old game.  Play some old games.  Reinvent you and how you feel.

Like I said, there are more than these two answers to the powerful question of how we get American’s to lose weight.  I promise you that spending the time doing these two above will bring you the sanity we all need to continue to embrace another tomorrow.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel Sanidad/Coach Sanity

 

 

 

The importance of voicing out loud what it is you want is the most necessary action to begin your journey.   Within a few words of action, we find a surplus of accountability.  Now committed, we find a network at our fingertips.  So, what could be possible if you simply voiced out loud?

Sanity-FS is about learning the focus and discipline to maximize each and every one of your life experiences.  Most of us play out a day without truly recognizing the opportunity to not just live a day, moreover, direct it.  We can easily lead ourselves into the directions that allow us to maximize a moment that may never ever happen again.   How?  You simply voice out loud (VOL), and watch your goal positioning system (GPS) come alive.

Next step?  Press play, and follow with ease into doing the work.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

 

:) First, thank you. You are taking action and reading this post.  You obviously are searching for a new experience. Something different, and may we say, something more successful.  Your past approaches may have done their job in the past, however, that is the past.  And yes, you may want to use the same approach, but let’s recall the definition of insanity. Doing the same you over and over, and expecting a new outcome.  So let’s agree that now is a good time for a new approach. And this approach will be the one you use to always find a way back to a better you.   Agreed? ;)

 

Second, resilience: such positive beliefs include:

  • negative past events do not necessarily predict or determine the future
  • challenges or tragedies are not a constant part of life
  • setbacks are situations that people can overcome
  • setting goals and planning can help to achieve success
  • A resilient individual manages their stress largely by managing their beliefs. He or she views difficult circumstances as temporary, and the view that humans are capable of rising above adversity.

    Third, an action for change: Our bodies have an incredible  opportunity to experience a success after a period of challenging conditions.  A reward is earned from the completion of a so called challenge.  And in this case, your reward is the awareness of a new you.  The you that can allow yourself to experience ALL of the end because you saw yourself to the end.

    Now fast: Now that we are past our holiday season, we have in front of us a year of opportunities to adventure.  Your first reaction may be to grab as much as you can before you make your way into the trenches, when in reality, what is most needed is less than you may think.    Take the next 3 days (72 hours) and remove as much sugar and alcohol as you possibly can from your food intake.  And in place of it, slowly chew lean proteins, healthy fats, fibrous vegetables, and lot’s of water.

    Why?: In abundance, alcohol and sugar are two calorie sources that, among other things, have a tremendous negative impact on your metabolism.  Or in other words, your body’s ability to break down and utilize calories.  I know I consumed both sources in excess over my holidays and now it’s time fore less.

    Diet?: No, you are not on a diet.  You are simply allowing your body to do something it already knows how to do, however, rarely gets the chance to do it.  You are cleansing.  The human body has been around a lot longer than any cleanse available on the market.  We know what to do, and how to do it, and all we need to do is to see it through.

    Now what?: After your 3 day cleanse you should take note on how you feel.  And really ask yourself that question.  You may need to add a fourth day to really squeeze out all those toxins.  And if you do, then I suggest you do it.  We now have an opportunity to solidify a new habit and that habit will be a new set point of tolerable toxins you allow in your body.  Congratulations, you are now more in tune (who here hates radio stations out of their frequency?…noisy!) and more aware of how good you want to feel.  Our next step is to maintain it which I will share in another post.  For now, see this through!

    Follow the signs,

    Coach Sanity

     

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