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You know the trivial conversation that takes place at social events? Or the small talk that happens in passing, when people say they'll do something that you know will never happen? My dad calls that "cocktail talk." It's conversation with a smile, but is as empty as a carton of milk at my house. I'm not a fan of cocktail talk. In fact, I've avoided events because that kind of vapid conversation just saps my energy.
Beyond that, I'm not going to tell you something just because it sounds nice. For instance, I won't say that your baby is beautiful if s/he resembles Elmer Fudd. And I'll be the first to admit that neither of my boys would have won any beauty contests as infants. Heck, I had a 13-year-old French bulldog with only one eye who was just plain ugly. But what I will do is say something kind that is genuine, because telling you something that I don't really mean is, well, cocktail talk.
The topic of fitness seems to attract this sort of idle chit-chat. I can't tell you how many unsolicited conversations I've had with people who open up to me about their health struggles, pick my brain for fitness advice and try to convince me that they're going to start exercising tomorrow. I'm happy to share my knowledge with them and offer support, but it's difficult for me to consider the conversation anything more than space filler when they're downing a plate of chips and queso, Buckeye balls and chicken wings, and guzzling their third margarita.
But you know what engages me? What energizes me? What makes me want to jump on a bandwagon? People who actually DO what they say they'll do. People who are honest with where they are today, and are committed to getting where they want to be tomorrow, even if they're not quite sure how to get there. They'll do what it takes to turn thought into action, even if that means seeking help from others. My favorite clients have been the ones who simply showed up, because they said they would, because they made a commitment, because they believed in the process. Did they have occasional setbacks and bad days? You bet. But they didn't waste energy on small talk and excuses.
At the end of the day, the only cocktail talk that should really concern you is that which you're having with yourself. What superficial conversation with your alter ego is keeping you from a meaningful exchange? What area in your life are you letting swirl about, rather than pinning it down, chiseling it out and making something of it? What opportunity are you allowing to escape you because you're only giving it marginal attention? Determine what it is that you talk about doing, but have yet to do...and do it.
(PS: I still have space in the Fitness Is Freedom Results Club, which kicks off the week of January 12, 2015. This is a perfect place to end the cocktail talk and begin making the kind of healthy lifestyle changes that last. CLICK HERE for more info and to pre-register.)
1. Sprint in place with high knees for 20 secs. Recover 10 secs. Repeat for a total of 8 rounds or 4 minutes.
2. Hold a plank on your elbows and feet for as long as you can. Release when your form suffers (i.e, back arches, chest/shoulders collapse, knees drop, head lowers from neutral).
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I am not a registered dietitian, nor a medical professional. My blog is a representation of my views and experiences, which are not intended as medical advice. While I am a certified personal trainer, descriptions of things I eat and exercises I perform may not be suitable for everyone. Please speak with a medical professional before making any changes to your current routine.