It was about three years ago that I realized that the main problem with health and fitness – I think at least – is that people over-complicate it. By A lot in many cases, certainly so myself at one point.
I also know, per basic common sense, that people are more likely to stick with things that are simpler and easier and take less time and effort.
Coupling that together, you get what I thought was a great driving theme for a website: In a world where we are inundated with health information overload, how can we prioritize and make health and fitness efficient? As opposed to it being an utterly immersive, onerous lifestyle?
And so, straightforwardfatloss.com came to be – a much needed discussion on how to utilize a bare effective minimum, make health and fitness easier, and thus make it something you’re most likely to actually stick with. Herein is what I wish I realized a decade ago – it would have saved me a lot of trouble.
…But that’s neither here nor there, and here I am now. Speaking of which, present me has since realized a funny thing happens when you maximally simplify health and fitness: You barely even think about it anymore. But I guess that is the idea – to check out of the mentally exhausting health and fitness rat race.
Point being: Yes, I am passionate about health and fitness (mostly because vitality feels way better than listlessness), but it’s also a very small aspect of my life, insignificant almost.
Managing your weight ultimately comes down to overall calorie control. I do this by having a simple rule-set that keeps things reasonably in check. I could always count calories again to nip any backsliding in the bud, and I’m glad to know that it’s always there as a strategy if I need it, but fortunately I haven’t had to count a thing in two years.
Besides your weight, managing health and fitness simply comes down to doing the necessary training, exercise, or whatever you want to call it to adapt your body to a physical disposition that’s ideal, or that’s simply satisfactory perhaps. I do this by doing a basic resistance training template twice a week for about 30 minutes, and by being intermittently active at my leisure in other random ways.
That’s about an hour a week of my time or so. In other words, 1/168th of my life. Maybe round that down to 1/100 if we’re not counting time spent asleep.
So what about the other 99% of my life?
Well, that’s the question that inspired this post, and has inspired me to take this site in a new direction.
Health and fitness can indeed be very simple and straightforward, practically speaking at least, but life certainly isn’t, and making health and fitness work is always within the context of making life work. If someone hates their job and feels directionless, chances are they are not going to give a shit about counting their macros to reveal their abs, even if I or anyone else tries to show them how to do it in the easiest way possible.
In fact, it is precisely because life can get hard, complex, and convoluted that we must figure out how to make health and fitness as simple, easy, and straightforward as possible. That Atkins Zone Paleo diet sounds great… until you have to take your grandparent to the emergency room, you’re stuck there for half a day, you’re starving, and the only thing to eat is a sandwich out of the vending machine.
What I’m saying is, that other 99% – all that complexity that is real day to day life – deserves to get talked about. And I want to talk about it, but I don’t feel like this site is the right platform for that.
For every post/article that’s published here, I’ve probably got about 5 more drafts sitting in wordpress purgatory. I had also previously published quite a lot of seemingly irrelevant posts that didn’t have much or anything to do with efficient health and fitness per say, but I removed them because I didn’t feel like they fit on this site.
What I’m trying to ultimately get at:
- Making weight management and health and fitness efficient, on a basic level at least, isn’t exactly complicated – I’ve pretty much said everything I can think of that needs saying (I wrote a full book on it after all).
- Making health and fitness, efficient or otherwise, work within the context of life certainly is complicated – I feel like I’ve got a lot more to say on that.
- To do that, I feel like I need to graduate from a “health and fitness blog” platform to just a “me” platform.
So I hereby announce that straightforwardfatloss.com is going offline in 24 hours, and you can subsequently find me at peteslivejournal.com.
…I’m kidding – trust me, I have put way too much work into this project of mine to simply torch it.
But what I am going to do is move to a new platform. I’m thinking I’m going to take most of the articles here and republish/redirect them there. And when I say “new platform” I mean I have to think of a new clever sounding domain name. PeteAnthony.com is already taken by a guy who is apparently a very big league Hollywood composer, so that’s out – I’ll have to think of something else, and I’ll update this post when I do.