I told the story of how I got serious about fitness in a previous post featuring Ozzy Osbourne. That's right... the Prince of Darkness. Well, the other day I was feeling reminiscent so I pulled out that old exercise book and thumbed through it. 95% of it focuses on exercise, only 5% on nutrition... and nothing about sleep, stress, toxins, spirituality, or connection. Not how I would structure a book if I were to write one today.
But I realized that the reason it had such a profound impact on me is because it taught me how to create a nutrition and exercise plan that effectively changed my personal environment to make it conducive to my goals.
In Alcoholics Anonymous they have the concept of "People, places, and things" which means in order to change your behavior, you have to change your environment. When it comes to health and fitness we should all consider ourselves recovering addicts because we live in a world that is not conducive to our health. You can't opt out of our junk-fueled world, but you can create your own micro-environment. Stack the deck in your favor. Whole foods in the house. A training schedule with accountability. An evening routine that promotes restful sleep. Getting rid of the bullshit (people, places, things) in your life so you have time and energy for what you truly want. It's not easy, but it can be done.