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Need positive change? Knowledge is power

I have been an endurance sport and ultrarunner athlete for 31 years. It's not a perfect journey. But, I truly believe one must research and determine a personal diet and fitness plan. Grams of protein? Low carb? No carb? LSD or HIIT? It's a propaganda fest. I'd suggest each of us should vet the popular diet and fitness programs and determine what's right for us, in our time, within our own psychological context. When we develop and devise our own journey, we hold the knowledge, knowledge becomes power, and through power, we gain consistency.

A weight loss plan you aren't going to like

It's that time of year. We're into the holiday season and bad eating choices/over eating topics are all over social media. As one who has been fighting, and winning, the weight gain battle for over 30 years, I have a few comments that may assist in your own personal war with food. 1) The holidays won't make or break your eventual outcome. You may fall into a protracted period where your discipline fades and you binge on the goodies. But if your consider this period over your "norm" it may only account for a 1-2 pound increase. Let's face it; weight gain is based on protracted bad behavior. The holidays are part of the symptoms but not the problem. 2) When I wrote "Mind Over Diet" I over viewed a section on Trigger Points. Look past the holidays and consider your food and exercise patterns across a longer block of time. Where are the bad decisions coming from? For me, exercise is not the problem; I'm at the gym or out running or cycling every da…

Fitness setback? Use the healing power of plants

Maybe you're like me. You had achieved a fitness and nutrition peak, but then slid off the mountain. Hey, most of us aren't professional athletes and we aren't paid to be ripped and shredded, right? Life got in the way. I produced my dossier for tenure, then finished several academic publications. And, there is always teaching and a responsilbity to the student experience. I'm not proud of the outcome, but that's how it works for me. When I wrote "Mind Over Diet" the key premise was self-negotiation. You must create your own scenarios that drive action. It's time to start over. My advice is to build your comeback with food, not exercise. Everyone wants to run to the gym and crank the big workouts...how long does that usually last? I'd suggest the food is the ultimate change agent. Eat as close to "alive" as possible; take the processing and chemicals out. Fresh food will bring life back into your body. That's the foundation. Here…

Comeback plan for 50+ athletes

I'm trying to get traction for 2015. Just as I wrote in my book "Mind Over Diet" I am trying to self-negotiate a comeback. Have to admit that after 30 years, it's hard to find the motivation. Some thoughts: 1) Go all plant food as long as I can. I am convinced it heals the body. A man opened a fruit and vegetable business right on the main street by Appalachian State, I can walk by every day. No excuses for not bringing home the fresh, live products. 2) Get off bars. I love them, have lived on them for years. But no matter what the marketing, most are sugar and chemicals. Sugar is as addictive as any other drug. Once you use it, you want it, you need it. 3) Change up the workouts. I am going to do more with the Tarheel Trailblazers in Charlotte. They ride 4-5 different mountain bike areas and it's a good change up for me. Will take more driving to get there, but it re-introduces the excitement factor. Also, I live right on the Blue Ridge Parkway and there is an …