15 Things I Learned in 2017

Hello everyone! Well, it’s here. I’m talking about 2018. I know I may be a few weeks late to the party when I say that but after we closed out 2017 I spent quite a bit of time thinking about it. I learned a lot of things and some things that I already knew still grew in importance for me.

With that said I’d like to take a few minutes and get some of this down on virtual paper. Here we go in no particular order:

  1. I’m much more on board with static stretching then I used to be, but NOT for the purpose of flexibility.
  2. Weight loss is at least 85% diet and can be even more for some people. The problem is that in many cases the issues with diet have very little to do with food itself.
  3. If you are making decisions in an emotional state they’ll probably be the wrong decisions. 
  4. Without consistency you have nothing. I’d rather someone do 10 B- workouts than 2 A+ workouts. This also applies to just about everything else, as well.
  5. I don’t care how consistent you are, you will still get virtually nothing from 100 D workouts. You have to work hard.
  6. If your goals are general fitness (including weight loss) and getting stronger is not at, or near the top of your priority list you are missing a lot.
  7. Most back and shoulder pain have so much more to do with every day movement and breathing patterns than nearly anything else (that includes anything you’ll see on an X-Ray or MRI.) Adjustments, medication and massage can help only so much.
  8. Change is so incredibly hard for most people.
  9. Programming isn’t nearly as important as hard work and form.
  10. The most important ingredient of weight loss is emotional regulation.
  11. How you look at things will determine everything about your success or failure. I’ve seen examples of two people with similar results. One person is positive about it and the other is negative. Guess which one quits and which one goes on to get even better results.
  12. Most people are still looking for easy answers. There aren’t any, but if you get over that you’ll find so much more fullfillment in the every day process. See number 11.
  13. Improvement is intentional.
  14. If you don’t know what to do, think what a reasonable adult would do and do that.
  15. Cottage cheese is a nearly perfect food.

What did you learn in 2017?

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Level 2 Lean Eating Coach, FMS
Castro Valley Fitness
2861 Grove Way
510-755-9191
mitch@CastroValleyFitness.com