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I was Beyond Hope Last Night!

I really was.  I went on an impromptu trip to the Northern Idaho – I received a call Wednesday proposing an adventure to North Idaho. After that phone conversation with a remarkable friend, I found myself at the crossroads in Hope, ID 400 miles from home.

I finally made it to my newly adopted second home, to my ultimate destination. It should be noted, I made a right turn at this sign and not a left.  Why?

Not long ago, I was in fact myself, beyond hope (I thought).  Think about this word: hopeless (without hope).  I had talked myself into the fact there was nothing I could do to change things.  Sad isn’t it?

This sign moved me to reminisce of my not so happy days.  I was a bit broken, a lot heavier, and I lacked energy and drive.  Life sucked pretty bad. 

Things have changed, haven’t they?  Yes they have, dramatically.

How? Just a little decision and subsequent action. A small behavior change or two has brought me to the place I am today! WOW.  Small changes can make a profound impact on were you are today, and most certainly where you end up.

One day while laying around feeling a smidgen of self-pity,  I just thought if I can just start eating right, take care of my body, and do a little more exercise each day, I can see myself in control of my life again (hope).  I know this is cliche’ but I have not turned back since.

Many people when moving at the speed of life these days, can feel overwhelmed by many things. They do not want to think about health and wellness.  They do not have time to prepare meals.  They don’t know what to eat nor when to eat it. Exercise or focus on diet; what should I do they ask.  These unfortunate people just have no hope in this part of their lives.  They default to the simple, the quick, and the convenient.  This can be devastating.  It also can be quite sad.

I am here to report it does not have to be this way.  The only call to action here I am suggesting is, to make a little change for the better and your life.  It will get better, a whole lot better.  If you are beyond hope just give it whirl and let me know how things improve.

“Most people paralyzed by fear. Overcome it &; you take charge of your life & your world.” ~Steve Case~ @stevecase

Yes I am Happy in this picture I just have a mouthful  of  food in this amazing Lentilscape!

This is a climb I could not have made 2 years before, and notice no sweat on my hat like there is on my buddy’s. Oh, and a similar climb slightly before two years ago sent me to the doctor for an EKG, a stress test,and a couple simple changes.  What do you think?
“I’ve decided I must live THIS life for some time to come.The liberty and majesty is too remarkable to pass up.” ~The Lentilchef~

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Taming the Cravings

I know it can be tough when it comes to the cravings especially for potato chips, chocolate, pasta, rice,and anything crunchy or sweet.  How bout eating really bad ass tasty food that satisfy your body’s needs, hence the physical cravings slow? 

You notice I do not say they stop absolutely? I haven’t been able to get to that level, yet. But slowing them can be achieved with larger portions of cruciferous vegetables and healthy fats. See this article in the Journal of Nutrition – It is a fascinating read.  You can take a ton away from the outcomes of this study and apply them to your program,  What I have found is that there is a correlation between the healthy fats (comfort component of food) and craving suppression.  What did you take from it?

There is a quote that Chris McCandless said to Ron Franz in the book “Into the Wild” that has had a profound impact on my life.  I know this book is not generally viewed as an inspirational book, but I read it cover to cover and was deeply inspired.  I often refer back to it.  It really helped me get started with my weight loss journey which really was the genesis for my new lifestyle. Here it is as relayed by John Krakuaer:

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

So the Minnesota starvation experiment is not something I am recommending, but learning about nutrient and delivery is what I am.  Once learned the practicing of nutrient delivery and timing everyday, and using things like nut butter, avocados, and tons o’ veggies to curb cravings,  gaining healthy muscle is so much more attainable.

As for the McCandless quote,  the latest “passion for the future” what I am embarking on is the creation of  a video library of my most delicious “Leanergetix Program” recipes.  The adventure is discovering how to make them quick, inexpensive, and extra-specially tasty. And of course find the time to prepare them so I can share them with others.

Also, people often ask me about the cool handmade Salt and Pepper ramekins grandpa made me for cooking that would allow easy access to seasoning. Almost everything I cook gets it so it is invaluable asset.  So I have decided to sell them on the inter webs.
If you would like one let me know and I will have trapper Bill whip you one up- cclaunch@leanergetix.com 208-615-LEAN.  You know I had to eventually sell something, as cooking and writing all day is not particularly profitable. 8.95 + shipping unless you buy 5 than shipping is free.

Oh, make sure you give these as gifts before 12/21/2012 as you will want your friends and family to have a chance to use them before Armageddon is upon us.

I would love to hear some comments about your thoughts on the inspiration.