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Counter intuitive results from personal data

Unfortunately in society when we talk about fitness or getting fit, we often think of something like this:

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Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker is possibly the greatest destruction of a hero we’ve ever seen. Source Dick Thomas Johnson.

Fans hate your “deconstruction” for a good reason

You may have noticed a nasty little trend running through Hollywood and TV over the last few years. I’m not sure whether it’s because there’s a lack of real creativity amongst writers and directors or whether it’s because they are trying to be edgy, but traditional heroes are being ripped down and shat all over like it’s a fucking Nazi book burning rally.

Luke Skywalker, Thor and Mulan, are just a few of the heroes we’ve come to know and love who have been given the recent treatment and fans have predictably hated every single instance. …

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Mattress quality is overrated when it comes to performance

I’m sure you’re thinking this has to be some kind of mistake. Every single mattress company and sleep expert has told us constantly for decades now that you need to invest in a top quality mattress, because you’ll spend a third of your life in bed. That if you go with something cheaper, you’ll feel sore and tired the next day. That you’re only cheating yourself by not spending a whole bunch of money.

I’m definitely one of those “you get what you pay for” kind of people, so I would have believed this in the past. …

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Assuming you like financial security, that is

If the 2008 recession didn’t already show it, COVID19 has sure as hell woken us up to the precarious nature of existence. Many people with good jobs in safe industries have found themselves laid off with no place to go because their workplace was shut down overnight. Even if you were in a safe spot, maybe your spouse got laid off and you’ve lost half your income that was used to pay the mortgage.

All of a sudden the multitude of things you bought that you didn’t need are a haunting reminder that you should’ve been more foresighted and prepared better. Those sneakers you bought because you thought they made you look fly, the watch you wear to impress business colleagues, the car with repayments that you know are too expensive, these are the choices that you look back on and think “god I was stupid.” …

So you don’t screw up someone else’s life as well as your own

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One thing I’ve noticed over the last decade or two is society’s unwillingness to appropriately judge adult behaviour, especially when it comes to parenting. You’ll hear constant excuses like, “you don’t know what anyone else is going through, so don’t judge them,” and ,“every parent is just trying their best.”

The bar has been set so low that so long as you don’t do anything that kills your kids, hey, we’re not gonna judge you, cos that’s mean. Well, I’m calling bullshit. …

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Just pick one and run with it

It’s getting very hard to keep up with health advice. Every day you hear something on the news about which diet is best, that this food that you thought was ok is suddenly on the naughty list, that even a food we’ve eaten for the entirety of our species’ existence (red meat) is somehow bad for us.

It’s enough to drive anyone nuts.

So let’s get simple. Real simple. Instead of having to do a bunch of research, I’ve outlined 7 very easy to follow guidelines that require nothing more than sticking to the statement itself. I always advise people to make one change at a time only so you can measure the results, so start small. …

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It’s the key metric people never consider

I’m a nice (twenty something) guy, why can’t I find a good looking girl?

I’m a successful (forty something) woman, why can’t I find an equally successful, well off and good looking guy?

I work hard, why haven’t I received a promotion?

My product is the highest quality, made sustainably and ethically, why won’t anyone buy it?

We’re offering a “good” package for this role, why can’t we get someone good to fill it?

Whether we like it or not, in multiple fields over the course of our lifetime we’ll be participating in a market economy. All of the above questions are common in their respective markets because people around the world either don’t realise they are part of a market or, more often, grossly overestimate their value in said market. …

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His smile was one of those rare smiles that you may come across only four or five times in life. It seemed to understand you and believe in you, just as you would like to be understood and believed in. Picture courtesy of Warner Bros (fair use).

And it has nothing to do with working harder

Have you ever felt like you were taken advantage of in your job?

Did you feel as though you gave so much, achieved so much, and it was never rewarded, much less even noticed?

Did it make you bitter and resentful?

Man, I’ve been there.

I was always resentful of the people who seemed to get all the praise and adulation for doing what I saw as absolutely nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, I would often ask in my head “what is it you even do here?” when they’d get yet another award or promotion. …

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So you can actually enjoy tomorrow

You’ve stayed up too late watching Netflix again. You know you shouldn’t, but you just can’t help it. Every day you come home tired from a job that you don’t like so much and so of course, you want to maximize your pleasure time. You always watch one or two more episodes than you should, so by the time you finally go to sleep, you wake up with an hour or two less than you should have and feel exhausted as a result.

Ugh, that blaring alarm clock goes off and you drag yourself out of bed, ready to do it all over again. …

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You didn’t think I was going to give it away in the picture, did you? Photo by Chevanon Photography from Pexels

It’s time we put the final nail in its coffin

What was your guess? My bet is that you guessed I was going to talk about juice cleanses. That’d be a good guess, but no. I think most people know juice cleanses are a bunch of bullshit because health experts constantly denounce them, and the entire idea is just ridiculous. So nope, not juice cleanses.

The bullshit health myth that just won’t die has no scientific backing, but everyone acts like it does. It doesn’t get a lot of play in the media, but it does get a lot of play on social media amongst the beautiful people and fitness influencers. …


Pete Ross

𝘼𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧, 𝙤𝙘𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧. 𝘼𝙩𝙝𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚.

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