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My mission is to simplify.  Simplify.  Simplify.  I speak these intentions so boldly because to me, sanity is a fluid line connecting our dots between our mind & body.  I am not only speaking to one direction, moreover, to every direction.

In this moment I speak of a simple application that brings together training, and tasting.  What I mean is, the open spaces between both of them, and how they can more easily work together for you.

When we think of the word train, we may tend to envision words that elevate our hearts and cause us to perspire. For example move, lift, heave, and throw.  When we hear the word taste, we may find ourselves searching for a connection toward delicacy, flavor, and indulge.

As I voiced, our sanity is a line that exists between the lyrics of mind & body.  In this instance, I speak of your lyric to be within a balance of left and right brain hemispheres.  When we taste, our mind should speak to our body voicing logical, rational, analytical, and objective impulses.  We should see it as parts, and as sequential means to an end.  When we train, our mind should fall toward intuition.  Be subjective & holistic.  To learn to see it as a whole rather as individual parts.

A balance can be found not within a focus of which side one remains dominant, but rather gain a strong trust in our body’s feelings of both present place and present time. Here is where I am to be, where I am to play, and where I am to discover.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

 

Front desk, locker room, cardio machine, etc.  It amazes me that so many people walk into the gym for their workout, and tend to travel the same route they did the day before.  Here are 3 tips I suggest to stop the insanity of living the same as you did yesterday.

1.  Wear a bright color around the area of your body you want to focus on for that day’s session.

When you look into the mirror, your eyes can focus in on the bright color around your mid-section, arms, or butt (for example), and you can better ‘connect’ to that area, and maximize every single repetition you do.

2.  Take a dry erase marker with you, and before you leave your car, write out on your window your word of accountability.

I love writing things down.  It makes them so much more real than simply keeping them floating around in my head.  The next time you head to the gym, write out one word you absolutely know will hold you accountable to your workout.  We all need reminders ;) For example:

  • name of your child
  • date of your wedding
  • color of your new bikini
  • the name of the guy/girl you have a date with on Saturday

3.  Focus on one thing, and one thing only

Most people go into the gym and dance around the entire area doing several machines and free weight exercises.  I suggest at least once a month you go into the gym to focus on one movement.  Spend at least half the amount of time you would normally spend, and perfect this one movement you have chosen.   Take the time to warm-up as if you were doing your regular workout, however, take this time to also focus on the muscles you will use for this one movement.  Don’t be surprised if you feel more sore than you have felt in quite some time.

 

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity


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

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!

:) 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

     

Fate follows fitness

 

Blue Ninja

Illustration Tony Gil

Do you believe in fate?

They say fate  is the supposed force, power, or principle that predetermines events, as well as any inevitable events predestined by this force.  And if you believe in it, it is also said that your course is predetermined.

I am here to say that whether you believe in it or not, there is ‘stuff’ going on around you that may believe in fate.  And the ability to adapt yourself to a little, a lot, or all of this stuff takes a level of fitness you may not currently posses.

Without allowing yourself to fully take or make advantage of everything around you, you limit everything about you.  The key is to prepare you.  I am now telling you that a certain level of strength is required of us everyday.  And, there is another level of strength that is required to live in the unknown, the possibility.  The strength I am speaking of is your ability to seize, to adapt, and to conquer.

This level of strength is what I speak of when I speak of Sanity Strength.  It is the fitness between your mind and body and the strategy of knowing what to do with it.  Let’s call it your ninja skill.   You see we all of have a ninja living within us.  And whether you believe in fate or not, your ninja skill is the ability to be successful in either direction.

Follow the signs.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad/Coach Sanity

The goals:

1.  Come in under two hours (last year came in at 2 hr 07 min).

2.  Post race, body feel strong (aside from muscle soreness); low joint pain, low inflammation (last year and the previous year I felt pretty inflamed)

 

The plan (brief description):

Increase strength training (basic full body movements, progressive overloads), increase both aerobic capacity and conditioning (rowing machine was dominantly used, some track work, and distance runs no longer than 30 – 45 mins)

sidenote: send me an e-mail daniel@sanityfs.com if you want more information on my plan for this race

Reflection:

First and foremost, we as adult humans think obsessively.  And not only that, we think little about what can go right and spend more time  on what can possibly go wrong.  I say possibly because half the time nothing has gone wrong yet, however, the mind begins to drift and before you know it, the wrong is now in front of you.

Thank goodness I knew this and approached my training very differently.   I always kept the plan simple, so all I had to do was work hard.  I taught my central nervous system to be resilient and with that, let my mind stay at peace.  I found my mind drifting between miles and steps, however, also recognized that one foot continued to go right in front of the other and all I had to do was relax and trust I chose the right plan to get the job done.

You see, a 13.1 mile run could be a fun Rock n Roll Half Marathon, or it can be a run for your life in fear of danger or harm.  Either way, your body will react to the current environmental conditions you find yourself within.   I could have stressed my body out, ran like my life depended on it, and finished (maybe) a few minutes sooner.  I chose to let my training speak for itself, and ran with the intent to stay as relaxed as possible.  The end result, I finished 17 minutes faster than I did last year, AND, did not pound my body to the ground for that eighteenth minute.  And being as experienced as I am when it comes to professional training, I will make that minute up the next time because my body knows I love it that much ;)

Simply put, whether it be a half marathon, full marathon, triathalon, etc., the steps you take to move further can either accelerate you forward or hinder your progressive movement.  You decide if you want to work smarter and not harder.  I choose smarter (and hard enough) to fully maximize each day I will have lived because today is the reward and the memories will be shared tomorrow.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad/Coach Sanity

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