Cheat Codes…

Up up down down left right left right b a startCheat codes. As soon as I started typing it, I got a wry little smile on my face, and I know you read it with a half smirk. Who DOESN’T love cheat codes? You unlock the capability of the entire game, unending lives, invincibility, flight, NOTHING can hurt you. You don’t have to figure the game out at all. It’s like running through the Mario worlds after getting a star.

It’s…in short…superradawesome.

Guess what, bucko?

Life ain’t got no cheat codes.

Getting what you want means work. Hard work. Probably a little blood. A lot of sweat. More than a few tears. Like I said, it’s work. There aren’t any short cuts, everything comes at a price. Scraped shins, cut hands, callouses, bruises, blisters.

I think so many people look at fitness and want that cheat code. They want supplements and the easy route that will give them the insta-body. Supplementation is a multibillion dollar a year industry, with all kinds of concoctions sold as the effortless weight loss quick fix. Shed pounds, cut fat, lose weight, and all you have to do is drink a drink or pop a pill.

Re-read that.

Weight loss.

NONE of those snake oils will improve your health. None of them are geared toward improving your body’s ability to live life on a healthy and happy and wholesome level. None of them are going to nourish your body. None of them are going to do anything but make the waist size of your pants a little smaller. Your goal shouldn’t be to be bikini season ready, your goal should be to improve your overall health and wellbeing, and there aren’t any pills for that.

So…you have to do it the old fashioned way.

We advocate a ‘paleo’ style of eating here. Realistic paleo, not hardcore nazi paleo, but the active choice to not partake of foods that are known to be harmful to your body, or foods whose nutritional quality are dubious at best. Avoiding gluten, sugar, dairy, grains. I recognize we don’t always do that, but it’s our intention every day. When we DO deviate from that style of nutrition, it’s a conscious choice knowing what we’re doing to our bodies. Yay for the burden of knowledge!
A cellophane wrapped burrito from QT is not food. Meat squished from a bag into a deli meat shape is not food. Pseudo foods with more chemicals than a chemistry class closet are not foods. They won’t nourish your body. We recognize the desire for indulgences, and don’t begrudge them. A cupcake once in a while isn’t going to kill you. Nor is a beer or a glass of wine. It’s when the indulgences are regular occurrences, dessert and wine are with every meal, that we’ll have to start talking, because the main issue you’ve got to address is the self discipline.

We get asked regularly – if I don’t eat bread and drink milk, what do I eat?
The obvious answer is…everything else. Meat, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds. It’s quite simple to make a hellacious meal without using bread or cheese or anything like that. But you have to MAKE the meal. The idea of preparing food that isn’t premanufactured…a microwave wrapper/pre-cooked/added ‘nutrients’/etc. just confounds most people. Cooking your own food isn’t hard. Hell, I’ll start putting recipes up for you guys if you’d like.

Exercise is WORK. That’s why it’s called WORKING OUT. It’s fun, too, to do the things we do, but it’s work. It’s a deliberate and intentional stress we place on our bodies to make them stronger and faster. The strain makes us tougher mentally and physically. The movement of the weight makes us stronger. The drive for increased speed makes us faster. This is a deliberate choice to keep our bodies into full on hunting/killing/zombie evading ability. It’s not accidental.

And it won’t come quickly. It doesn’t happen overnight. Until you stop looking for the easy way, the cheat code, the warp pipe, to your goal, you’re not going to attain it.

There aren’t any short cuts to good health. Period. You want it, you’ll have to earn it. You’re not willing to sweat, bleed, and push? That’s fine. We’ll leave you for zombie bait.


2 Responses to “Cheat Codes…”

  1. Meghan Says:

    Please start posting recipes occasionally. I could use additional ideas.

  2. Love that “Zombie Bait” line. šŸ™‚

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