the key to living better

The Key Realization That Will Inspire You to Live Better Than Ever Before

One of the most compelling realizations I’ve ever come to, one that inspired me to live better not part of the time but virtually ALL THE TIME appears to be one of the most basic. It gave rise to a whole new lifestyle (literally); one that helped me get my needs met when they needed to be met, at the level they needed to be met with consistency, (most of the time ;-).

In this post, I’m going to share with you the key realization that will probably help you live better than ever before.
You see for years, I was so caught up with work and career, consuming information and taking advantage of all the amazing opportunity that has opened up since our world got connected (Ref: launch of the Internet and how it changed everything) that I wasn’t actually taking care of myself, my body and life nearly as much as I needed to (sometimes, not even close) even though I was an advocate of doing so.

As a result, I started suffering from fatigue, burnout, and maintaining my weight and health became a challenge whereas at one point I never had to worry about such things. Worse, my function and performance began to get compromised.Of course, in a marketplace where we are sold sleep and healthier eating, exercise and all the new goals you can make around these and other aspects of living; I got involved in all kinds of programs. This helped, but ultimately the results I wanted, the “new normal” I wanted to be present in my life, on a consistent basis still eluded me.

And that’s when I realized that there is no value in living one way, and then looking to another way to solve the problems of my previous usual way of living if that pattern is going to persist.

I mean at some point that’s going to happen if you have a wake-up call to look at things differently and change, but at some point, you’ve got optimize the way you live so that you don’t keep experiencing symptoms you don’t want.

 That’s when my paradigm began to shift from sticking to someone else’s program to developing a lifestyle I can call my own. That’s when I began the process of developing a performance lifestyle; an idea I learned about in elite athletics at a time when I was so tired of life that taking a walk was challenging!

Long story short, I discovered that within this idea for performance living, was a broader more expansive mindset and skills set than most of us ever associate to “lifestyle,” and I’ve made it my mission to illuminate it for myself and others.

I already had lots of experience with living healthy emphasizing sleep, getting sunlight, eating whole, nutrient-rich foods, being active etc. But for a long time, healthy living took a back seat because I was focused on growing my business. Ironically, my business had a lot to do with helping people get stay healthy while doing what they naturally do and that’s wake up to be successful every day.

I fell into the same pattern many people do. We wake up from probably not enough sleep, drink coffee to get going, get the kids off, go straight to work, perform our business or career functions throughout the day, eat to keep going, come home, work more taking care of key tasks and then go to bed. Wedge in some sleep, exercise when I could get it… you get the picture.

Believe it or not, that’s what too many of us do if it’s not our job to stay healthy and fit. But then at some point, we realize that we’re missing one or more (usually many) of the key aspects of successful living because we’re experiencing unwanted symptoms (fatigue, weight, health, performance). And what do we do? We default to diets and exercise programs, or other outsourced services to get us back to where we want to be.

Matters of lifestyle have become productized, and are sold on Amazon like everything else. 

That is not it; not what works. What works in our lives, is having a lifestyle that helps us navigate life effectively. Living in balance requires a good many essential skills that keep you energetic at least 30-50% of your life, healthy, functioning optimally at different levels depending on the cycle you’re in, and sustainable; which means able to perform well for a long period of time.

Like up to 105 years!

Too many of us never see those years of longevity or have the Quality of Life we want in the process because our approach to life is compromised, it takes its toll and our body expires early from not getting its needs met. 

Now, I may not know you personally, but I bet that’s not how you want your life to play out. Which is why, we’re putting a real effort here at Performance Lifestyle Inc, to make sure you don’t just stop at “eating healthier,” “exercising more” and “getting more sleep,” as directives in you life (all of which are good, but are not clear or anywhere close to a complete understanding of lifestyle) that get some play here and there.

Instead; we want you to learn how to unleash the full potential of your lifestyle to live in balance, with vibrant health and peace of my while achieving even your most ambitious goals. 

When you begin to see life with this inspiring objective in mind (notice how we don’t call this a goal), you start to take your whole lifestyle, including all aspects of how you function as a human being with goals and aspirations to a new level; actually a whole new tier, where your approach to life is fluid, not fragmented. 

So what’s that compelling realization I promised? 

It’s this. Life itself is based on the fundamentals of successful living, and if you are a driven, goal and success oriented person, this is especially important; else, you’ll be experiencing persistent fatigue, burnout, weight, health and performance issues just like I was at some point.

For examples of just a few of these essentials, sleeping, eating and moving come to mind; the traditional three most people think of when talking about lifestyle.

These are not optional aspects of living, this is what it means to live. It’s just a matter of how well you will function in each of these aspects of living. Everyone sleeps, eats healthy to some degree and moves to some degree. If you didn’t you’de die. But too many of us are not doing any of these at a high enough level to keep us functioning and performing well in life for the short or long haul.

When we start to see our lifestyles for what they are and gain mastery in those and other essential aspects of living, we stop living one way, only to resort to another to solve the negative consequences of a previous usual lifestyle.

We start living balanced and healthy successfully all the time.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be addressing this and other key realizations as we help you live better and give rise to a new lifestyle that serves you, and what you’re up to in the world so much better than you ever imagined. 

Coming soon, we’re going to give you the ability to ask your most important questions with our new Q&A technology platform and regular teleconference calls that will enable you to begin improving your lifestyle with different themes every month.

This will also give you the opportunity to join the PL community in a more engaged way and travel your path with a lot of help from your friends.

Great things coming!

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Start Thinking Like an Athlete, It Will Transform Your Life In 4 Ways

Here’s an excerpt from The Rise of a New Lifestyle. It has to do with you waking up to the fact that “if you have a body, you are an athlete.”

That’s a quote from Bill Bowerman, founder of Nike.

You’re wearing the clothes, now just imagine if you had the lifestyle that goes with it!

In beholds the proactive seed, the spark, and the identity of those people who optimize the way they live for energy, health, and performance. When you starting thinking like an “enlightened” athlete, whether you are into sports or not at present or ever, you’ll be amazed what happens, especially when you know how

This is the essential insight for driven business professionals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives, and managers, people like you who typically have families and potentially athletic or creative pursuits to boot, that will enable you to begin living balanced and healthy, performance lifestyles.

You see, we’re not just stepping up our game here as we hear so often, we’re leveling up our style of play so we can: 

  • Get free of hidden lifestyle challenges like excess stress and energy deficits too and begin living with optimal energy levels,
  • Heal the painful disconnect between energy, health, and performance, and
  • Better achieve even our most ambitious goals with the endurance and quality of life we need and want in the process.

Personal and professional performance starts with learning how to live with optimal energy levels so that high-level health and sustained function is possible. 

This energy-rich performance we’re pointing to is not the result of a new series of motivating thoughts, or simply something you swallow, eat or drink… or for that matter, just getting a little extra sleep here and there; as if, your lifestyle where something operating in parallel to how you achieve your goals. It’s not.

It’s the result of:

  1. Understanding Energy: the secret science of harnessing optimal energy so that you understand where “vitality” comes from and how to avoid prolonged periods of fatigue.Too many of us have gotten soft and fragile because we’ve been working against what our evolved biology requires for strength. When you learn this energy blueprint, you will finally begin to understand how you really need to operate as a human being if you want abundant energy.
  2. The Core Lifestyle Routines: everyone (97% or more) either doesn’t know or lives out of alignment with the cycles that give rise to life force (energy) leaving them with at least a low-grade fatigue that is distracting and holding them back.Fatigue is an example of a hidden lifestyle challenge and to get out of it, requires an understanding of what we call Performance Living 101, the secrets of living with optimal energy levels.
  3. Living Balanced and Healthy Successfully: These are no longer fluffy words the wellness world can throw around.Balanced, means you have a wide enough array of lifestyle skills to approach life by taking the right steps, at the right level, with the right level of intensity and consistently so that you reach your goals without burning out.  Like links in a chain, every essential link is strong, and power is the result.Healthy means your lifestyle does not directly promote disease, like the way so many people do with the way they eat (for example) … every day. To live balanced and healthy successfully you’ve got to optimize your lifestyle and nutrition is only 8.3% of the lifestyle equation.
  4. Focusing on Performance: People wake up to be successful every day, not balanced and healthy. That’s the given, and we must be skillful at achieving our goals—what we are up to in our lives, with our families, in our career’s and businesses and potentially a challenge or sport, creative pursuit or cause—without trading our health and wellbeing for it.All of these layers of development will form your lifestyle and your lifestyle all about how you achieve your goals.

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The Story of Performance Lifestyle Founder John Allen

If you are new to Performance Lifestyle, let me introduce myself. I’m John Allen Mollenhauer; my friends call me “JAM,” and I hope you will too.

25 years ago, immersed in the world of athletics; I was a trainer, a gym chain owner and *an athlete*. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was living an early version of what is today called “Performance Lifestyle.”My pace of life, the way I ate, trained, slept, scheduled my week, focused; everything was oriented around my goals and making sure I was able to perform at the level I wanted and looked and felt the way I wanted too.   

I had the full support of what was a successful way of life.

Then in 1995, at the inception of the dot-com era, I became a tech entrepreneur. I was fully engaged and motivated, firing on all cylinders – or so I thought.

The world was full of new opportunity, but with the constantly changing focus of a rapidly evolving business, I began abandoning the way of life I once knew in my days in athletics. I soon began working nonstop eating whatever, whenever, exercising infrequently, and rest was an afterthought.

For ten long years, I charged hard into one of the biggest opportunities of my career; I was excited, but I had nothing left. It was like I had a fatigue syndrome with no idea of how to solve it. I thought it was me like something was wrong with me. 

And while there was definitely something wrong, there was nothing wrong with me. It was all due to how I was approaching life and my business… 

A decade of living overwhelmed, overstimulated, under recuperated, overfed and at times undernourished, super busy but almost too tired to be physically active; I was forced to pay the price, and my big opportunity collapsed under the weight of my energy-depleting lifestyle.

It was crushing in more ways than one, and in the autopsy of it all; I looked back as to why and how it all happened. I thought back to my former life in athletics, where I had the lifestyle to support my performance and wondered… what if I was to start thinking and living like an athlete again, only now in my life as an entrepreneur?   

You see, professional Athletes are pro’s at overcoming fatigue; it’s something they regularly face in their lives. As a result, they look, feel and perform in a way that people admire, and it’s the result of their energy enhancing lifestyle. So, I spent the next ten years learning the science (and continue to), developing and refining the principles, and practices that comprised a performance lifestyle strategy while working with hundreds of clients; all inspired by the following idea.

Elite athletes and other high-performers and achievers, in and out of sport, have the support they need to sustain their training and succeed—free of the hidden lifestyle challenges that distract and hold most other people back.

I took that to heart, and with the help of a world-class science advisory team, my team and I developed I wanted, driven, goal and success-oriented people, who may not be into sports or even fitness enthusiasts, to get the lifestyle-based performance training they too need. Our lives are often more intense than it is for most athletes! 

It was only a matter of time before training that would begin treating the everyday achiever like an “athlete” would become relevant, meaningful and actionable and I wanted to spearhead it. Lifestyle support is numero uno when it comes to achieving your goals; even your most ambitious targets, without burnout and with your health and wellbeing intact.

You’ll get a more detailed version of that story in The Rise of a New Lifestyle ebook coming out when we launch thew site.

If you want to get beyond feeling like you have a fatigue syndrome and get your energy back, then just like I needed to, you must learn the science and the secrets of how to maintain optimal energy levels. And to become the balanced and healthy person you’re capable of it makes sense to have a lifestyle that performs.

I am amazed at the difference this training continues to make for my team and me and how much we learn every day guided by this never-before-assembled process for developing and optimizing the “master routine” of your life— your lifestyle.

The sheer fact that I “live this stuff,” no longer caught up with so much going on I’m barely hanging on has changed my whole approach to living. After years of learning and talking about it, now I now make life decisions based on it. It will happen this way for you too.

What this training has done for us, it has done for hundreds of others who are now on the path to taking control of their life, in a relevant, meaningful and actionable way for perhaps the first time in a long time.

Things can in fact change. They do so more than ever when you don’t attempt change indiscriminately, but do so in a methodical way. It’s why I’m so passionate about sharing my experience with others. Every stage of developing Performance Lifestyle has been as transformative to me as it has been to thousands of others.

This January and February take the first transformative steps towards optimizing the way you live so you too can look, feel and perform “like a pro,” as we like to say. 

Proactive is the name of the game, so stay tuned as we roll out the new Performance Lifestyle website in about a week, which will bring everything to life for you. We’re going to start with our first Essentials Training of the year— Regenerate Your Life Force.

If you want to get a jumpstart take this Free Training from Performance Lifestyle Advisor Ari Whitten called The Energy Blueprint.

We are very excited to promote The Energy Blueprint as it has helped us and many others dive deeper into the science behind overcoming fatigue, so you can harness and maintain optimal energy levels. It will seriously help you look, feel and perform like a pro, as you get into “the know,” and no longer live at the mercy of what you don’t understand. Energy is Everything.

You can more than double your personal power with insights from the training we have coming up.

Are You Living in Energy Debt Here at the Start of 2017

Things are going great; it’s the New Year or any given week for that matter. You’re feeling awesome, productive, rolling. You feel like you’re the epitome of fluid, forward movement. Then, things start to slow down. The workout consistency starts experiencing longer than usual intervals, decision-making slows, anxiety increases, your out-of-the- gate productivity of the year, the week, the day starts slowing, and your routine is starting to feel out of whack.

Then, things start to slow down. The workout consistency starts to fade; you’re experiencing longer than usual intervals, decision-making slows, anxiety increases, your out-of-the-gate productivity of the year, the week, the day starts slowing, and your routine is starting to feel out of whack.

And then, the dreaded routine begins. You start eating to feel better and more for that matter; no-thought social media distractions are at least keeping you feeling busy, the harder work items are now starting to get put off, and you’re opting for easier tasks. It’s just too much for you at the moment, and now your stories about how stressed you are, start their rise.

Here we go again, same ole’ same ole’ pattern. “It’s what usually happens to me,” you think. 

Already? What’s going on? What’s going wrong, is it, me? 

Nothing is wrong with you, but going wrong it is. Not in the sense that what you’re doing is wrong, but how you’re going about it. 

You are building energy debt because you’re driving yourself too hard, blowing not just through your energy, but morese your bodies capacity to regenerate it fast enough. No, not the energy you’ve eaten, it would take some time before that happens, rather, the electrical energy you’ve previously charged and need to charge to “function.” 

This is really beginning to affect you as your energy levels are sinking low, and so’s your spirit. The feeling is fatigue, like you’re tired all the time, even if you slept 7-9 hours last night. It’s making you feel like something is wrong with you, which begins it’s own cascade of symptoms. 

The downward spiral begins.

If you don’t catch it here and now, and you make this personal, it can decimate your week or longer, or more than just your productivity. It can seriously affect your wellbeing and that of others. So you must always deal with energy debt. 

You can’t see this problem, or readily measure it; you can only experience it. It’s subjective, and it feels horrible, particularly because you don’t know what it is. You don’t feel good, and the medical world, the nutrition world, and the supplement world amongst likely others are ready to pounce.

You are in energy debt, more commonly known as sleep debt and it can’t be, never has been and will never be solved by medicine, nutrition and supplements in whole, and only potentially in part. A small part. It’s caused by a variety of in-parallel factors that are have inadvertently conspired to create your current state, like a tornado or a presidential election. The perfect conditions.

What makes this potentially worse, is that the people around you won’t know what’s going on, and will only say you’re not motivated enough; even though down deep they too have experienced this, and may even be in the throws of it as they critique you. If they have a vested interested in keeping you going, that review may be particularly harsh.

You need to know what’s going on so that you can effectively handle this insidious position you’re in that underpins all your health and performance initiatives.

So what’s the solution?

For starters, understanding the problem is first. Becuase this will happen over and over again if you don’t understand the problem you are trying to solve.

Is it just a matter of getting more sleep?

No. It helps for sure, but there are several other factors.

What makes the difference between just sleeping more and renewing your energy so that you’ve got enough juice (it’s pretty likely you’ve got plenty of fuel), to have an amazing first 100 days of the year?

For athletes and other balanced and healthy, high performers or achievers, sleep is only one aspect of their means to regenerate their energy. They have a full strategy to deal with the exceptional levels of life force they’re generating each and every day.

Simply put, harnessing and maintaining their energy is priority numero uno, because everything else in their life depends on it.

Peak performers and the wellness elite have more sophisticated methods for maintaining energy their energy levels than most people realize, and they reap the benefits in their lives every day.

Matter of fact, if there is one thing they all do, they master their energy–they power their lives and their success with an optimal energy strategy, enjoying the intellectual edge, well-being, confidence, and emotional resilience that only a person living with optimal energy levels can experience.

Now, if it seems I’m giving many high performers too much credit you may be right; just understand that I’m talking about healthy, high-achieving people. These people have performance lifestyle’s and these people I am not giving too much credit. They take this stuff seriously.

First, they understand the science of overcoming fatigue and building real energy. We are committed to respecting science here at Perforamance Lifestyle Inc as are our Advisors such as Ari Whitten who spearheaded the science of superhuman energy in a great way. We recommend you take this course asap.

You see most people are living at a significant disadvantage — they are paying a substantial interest on their growing energy debt in lost health, productivity, quality of life, and personal (yes it’s business) performance!

This living over your bodies capacity to regenerate is coming at a cost not only regarding the time that it will take for you get back into balance, but it’s negatively affecting the biological machinery that embodies that process.

What is energy debt? 

Commonly referred to as sleep debt or a sleep deficit, which is the cumulative effect of not getting enough sleep, energy debt is a bigger idea. A large sleep debt may lead to mental or physical fatigue. There are two kinds of sleep debt, the results of partial sleep deprivation and total sleep deprivation.

Here at Performance Lifestyle, we recognize the idea of sleep debt, but speak more to energy debt, which is that far broader term, and it’s a condition that is only partially influenced by a lack of sleep.

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The Rise of a New Lifestyle Part 3

One of the biggest challenges in the fields of wellness and health, even the emerging performance field, all of which are highly fragmented, is the focus on making goals out of improving various aspects of your lifestyle. Such as, but not limited to, eating better and getting fit (fitness challenges not included) and even getting more sleep!

The intentions are good, but this approach falls so far short of helping a person realize their potential and unleash their inherent greatness, it’s hard to state it without sounding critical.

Why? Because no aspect of living is a goal, we live to achieve our goals, and if you’re making goals out of eating healthy, getting fit and sleep, for example, you must NOT be eating healthy, fit or rested right now. So, what does that tell you?

It means you don’t yet have a balanced and healthy, performance lifestyle that’s what. You may have competency in some aspects of living but not enough across the board skill to avoid falling into the gaps where you don’t yet have the skills to make smart lifestyle significant decisions and act accordingly. And that is what usually what throws people out of whack; their lifestyle goes awry.

This is literally, not your fault. Most of us have never been trained in human performance let alone the essential lifestyle skills to sustain healthy, human performance.

Sounds so basic, doesn’t it? But the way most of us live is “caught up” trying to make a living, become or stay successful, but not living successfully; and that impacts our energy and health, which undermine our ability to function and perform, achieve and sustain the very success we’re seeking.

Each one of us wakes up to be successful. You can take that idea to the bank. No one wakes up to be balanced and healthy, we need to proactively take actions that maintain our health SO we can perform at the levels we need to succeed; and look that way too.

Which is why this is called a Performance Lifestyle, and not a “healthy lifestyle.” That your lifestyle is healthy is the given here; we’re focused on the goals—performance and success and to do that your lifestyle must be balanced, which means you know what to do, how to do and why you’re doinging at the right time, at the right level, with consistency, and getting your needs met. This result is “balance.”

When you’re living success, it’s a whole lot easier to live balanced and healthy. In a Performance Lifestyle transformation happens.

Who Lives Performance Lifestyle?

Learning the essentials of lifestyle, one by one can help anyone, but when you learn them all together, the full picture of human performance comes clear and the person who get’s the biggest benefit is the person who’s driven, goal and success-oriented. These people, like myself, have a tendency to overspend their energy and live outside their performance zone for far too long.

Feeling tired all the time and fatigued gives rise to a slew of hidden lifestyle challenges that people end up coping with for years, which distract and hold them back. And most people don’t realize this because they are not familiar with the level of performance they could be experiencing if they were living a Performance Lifestyle.

Performance Lifestyle serves achievers best because they are often super motivated to resolve the hidden lifestyle challenges, evolve with a new lifestyle mindset and skill set to achieve their ambitious goals inspired by living in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind for probably the first time in a long time.

In a nutshell, Performance Lifestyle is for people who want to get free of hidden lifestyle challenges, in particular

  1. Living on a perceived downward spiral for some time, over spending their energy resulting from poor lifestyle habits.
  2. Needing to cut through the clutter in the market that is confusing, to learn how to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle successfully.
  3. Wanting to achieve an ambitious goal in their life or their business with the added inspiration of an endurance activity or sport that promotes high performance.  Read more

The Rise of a New Lifestyle Part 2

 Lifestyle Optimization

Most players in the wellness, health and performance spaces focus on just one element of lifestyle — like meditation, nutrition or fitness — but here at Performance Lifestyle Inc, we offer a “science-based, integrative view of the whole lifestyle,” with opportunities to have a deeply human connection with our team, trainers and coaches.

The 25-year process of putting together the Performance Lifestyle® approach during years of strong energy output as a fitness entrepreneur turned tech entrepreneur turned lifestyle entrepreneur has always been about the quest to move away from a fragmented, confusing and incomplete “first tier” market of weight loss programs, nutrition, and fitness plans.

That usual cast of characters all pose as lifestyle solutions, and they are, but only parts of one. To create a whole lifestyle training solution primed for the “second tier,” all essential lifestyle skills need to be included in the training.

What does second tier mean? There are several integral definitions, but basically, it’s when solutions are fluid, clear and complete (integrative) and in the case of defining lifestyle, nowhere is this more important.

Identifying “Performance Lifestyle” as the name of this approach, was a godsend.

You see, your lifestyle is the way you live. It’s your master routine. It’s not just how you eat or exercise, meditate or plan; it’s all of that and more. It’s every routine you have to help you function and perform well in the world.

All of your routines roll up into your lifestyle.

The thing is, there are many aspects of your lifestyle and most people don’t know them beyond nutrition, fitness and getting more sleep, which is less then 25% of the lifestyle equation.

If you’re trying to improve the way you look, feel and perform but are pulled in multiple directions trying to find compatible solutions, and you do not yet know the breadth, depth, and context of your lifestyle; the attempt itself can wear you down.

And that, in 2017, is what we intend to shed light on and usher into the public discourse in January. It’s the rise of a new lifestyle, a wholistic approach to living where you learn and apply all the essential skills that enable you to live with more energy, higher levels of health and performance or “like a pro” as we like to say given Performance Lifestyle was born in elite athletics.

That is our mission, and to live success in today’s world without having to trade your health and well-being for it, you need to live like a pro.

As the founder of Performance Lifestyle Inc., I had a proverbial Ph.D. in living like an amateur for an extended period in my life. At times I would go deep into aspects of my lifestyle, but never really brought it all together until I started Performance Lifestyle training.

This training will help you resolve the hidden lifestyle challenges that are holding you back from performing at a higher level, and evolve with a new lifestyle mindset and skills set so you can better achieve your goals.

The rise of the a new lifestyle is your lifestyle now optimed for energy, health and performance.

Bringing it All Together

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The Rise of a New Lifestyle Part 1

After years of working with achievers, there is one thing that holds true. With rare exception, every one of the entrepreneurs, business professionals, business owners, executives or managers that we have worked with, ALL wanted to have more personal energy, and more time to get their energy back after intense outputs of life force.

That is, a universal desire and its the reason why this year, in Performance Lifestyle training, we are including Performance Living 101 – The Secrets of Optimal Energy.

We are also recommending you learn The Energy Blueprint by Performance Lifestyle Advisor Ari Whitten.

There is also a sister truth to that finding, and it reveals the essence of a bad habit and what you’ll want to learn as early as possible in the new year.

All sub-par lifestyle habits are to a significant part “poor” because of a low grade (in some cases high grade) fatigue that creates performance anxiety. Combine that fear and the desire for pleasure to cover it up (usually based on bad habits established by the market) with the lack of a strong, knowledge-based routine that ensures you’ll maintain optimal energy levels, and you have a real challenge.

Poor energy leads to lack of a capacity to process information, to decide and act optimally. This is the etiology of a poor habit.

That making of a bad habit is not surprising, An excellent and typical example is how we see today’s driven, goal or success-oriented person carrying a cup of coffee, almost as if it was a mainstay object on their person, like a watch or an iPhone.

See how the above model holds up and plays.

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A Personal Story About Fatigue Part I

In the late 80’s and 90’s; I went from being a gym owner, trainer, and health seminar speaker, to becoming an Internet entrepreneur. For ten long and relentless years, my lifestyle underwent a radical transformation in the wrong direction and unfortunately so did my body.

I started the decade fit, vital, and strong; I ended overwhelmed, exhausted, and overweight even though I knew volumes about nutrition and fitness. The pace of my work life far outpaced my ability to take care of myself. Living with a chronic energy deficit led to overeating and inactivity, an inability to perform well, and health complications.

Despite eating relatively “healthy” and exercising fairly regularly I remained on a “downward trend,” fatigued, and progressively more overweight. Week after week, I contemplated how I would change my life – but I kept moving forward tirelessly – over-engaging and taking on more and more to overcome what I thought were “motivational,” or “psychological” issues, (well maybe there was some of that) but wasn’t.

I had everything going on but was barely hanging on, either far too busy or just too worn out to make the changes I knew needed to be made but couldn’t quite put my finger on. I was keeping commitments to everyone, but myself. I felt stuck. I spiraled down and eventually couldn’t take it anymore.

At 30 years old, I was fat, fatigued, and burnt-out and given my prior career experience that was hard to accept. It wasn’t until the dot-com crash of 2000 eventually lead to my personal crash late that same year, when I finally said enough; “it’s time for a better way.” I needed to set up a lifestyle that was balanced and healthy, amidst the high-achieving life I tended to live.

That was my first real bout with burnout, and it’s consequences, and it would not be my last.

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What to Do About Nighttime Eating and Insomnia

One of the biggest challenges facing today’s driven business professionals—entrepreneurs, executives, and managers, let alone people in general, is the demand to be “on” all the time. Nighttime eating and insomnia, a seemingly innocuous binge on food and technology to cope with the effects of this daily overexertion at the end of the day is a result, and it’s taking its toll.

Unexpected deadlines pop up, from the CEO to the Soccer Mom (and sometimes these are the same people). Our interconnected world means working with people all over the world and international client calls have to happen. Presentations have to get finished so the next day’s sales can be made and the only way you can get it all done is to work later into the evening.

Then, just as you wrap up at maybe 10:00 or 11:00, maybe even the stroke of midnight (or later), you finally get a chance to eat and eat you do; making up for all the food you didn’t eat during the day.

You then, collapse into bed with a full stomach, only to lie there wide awake, your body digesting, your mind racing, and unable to fall asleep as you steadily face what feels like an increasing tsunami of fatigue that can make you yawn so intensely, if you didn’t know better, you would think an alien was going to come out of your chest. Or, perhaps you fall right to sleep only to wake up in 2 hours in the same situation.

Stress can be a great performance enhancer. But the stress of working so intensely and too late into the evening to boot comes at a cost and that cost is coping with food, wine, and TV to buffer your oncoming fatigue, which is really intense energy recovery… resulting in insomnia at the end of the day.

Stress now turns into distress.

You would think that because you have tired yourself out and built up a high level of fatigue, you would fall right asleep, but it just doesn’t happen.

Frankly you’re too tired to fall asleep. It happens, and it’s because extreme fatigue (energy recovery) is uncomfortable.

You’re left proverbially counting sheep as you stare at the ceiling, and ironically, feel the urge to turn on Netflix, YouTube or other, maybe resolve even more tasks for tomorrow and it could mean hours of continued insomnia when you really want to be asleep.

All of this is caused by a combination of several factors including the high levels of stress hormones still in your system, the exposure to the blue light emitted from your laptop and the house lights, and your active problem-solving mind being stuck in overdrive.

Trumping all of the above is simply the fact that you have over-exerted during the day and for too long, you need time to buffer and it just doesn’t jive with your schedule. You need to be asleep at this time to wake up at least remotely refreshed and you just can’t.
But it’s just a little nighttime eating and insomnia right?

Well, this seemingly innocuous problem is not as harmless as you think.

Truthfully, it could be one of the biggest performance and productivity killing, health destroying, quality of life annihilating patterns in your life that causes low energy, weight gain and poor health, and gives rise to poor decision making… that can compromise your career, your business etc and debit your longevity

So what do you do about end of day eating and insomnia?

Here are some go-to strategies for when you absolutely need to work late into the evening is critical for optimizing your performance and getting the performance-enhancing sleep you need.

So what do you do about end of day eating and insomnia?

Here are some go-to strategies for when you absolutely need to work late into the evening is critical for optimizing your performance and getting the performance-enhancing sleep you need. Here are a few to try:

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Adrenal fatigue is not the cause of low energy

I wish I could take a nap every afternoon. I can’t seem to get my day started because I just don’t have the energy to do it. I’m not sleeping well. Getting out of bed can feel impossible on some days. I need something to pump me up or make me feel energized to get through my day.

Does this sound all to familiar to you?

Many of us want and need more energy, but we rely on the biological systems that affect our use and experience of vitality way more than we should. To boot, we don’t understand what vitality is, where it comes from or how to proactively increase it in our lives. We may think we do because we go to sleep every day or periodically take a nap, but most of us in our busy lives resort to external stimulants of various kinds and scapegoats like adrenal fatigue to explain away our living, out of balance, and the wide array of consequences that follow.

In this blog, I’ll help you get smarter about personal energy and explore if adrenal fatigue is really the cause of low energy and fatigue.


As a Performance Lifestyle Advisor, someone who helps generally driven-people to develop the necessary lifestyle skills needed to cope with the unique demands of being a high performer or high achiever; low energy or constant fatigue is the number one (#1) issue people bring up, even if they’re world class fitness professionals, and athletes. We hear it from clients, friends, and the general public at large.

We’re having an energy crisis in this country, and it’s not just about fossil fuels. Our frenetic modern lifestyles require seemingly constant momentum in the face of relentless demand on our personal energy. We simply don’t have the time—or desire—to be still, regardless of how fatigued we feel. Perhaps it’s because facing our fatigue just feels too uncomfortable. Nevertheless, we live in an environment where we push our bodies to the maximum then proclaim our fatigue as a badge of honor or pride.

Millions of women and men around the world grapple with weight gain, chronic stress, poor sleep, forgetfulness, low sex drive, mood swings, hormone imbalances, and constant fatigue. More often than not, they’re told that it’s normal, the price for success, that it’s either all in their head or it’s because they’re having kids, raising kids, managing the household, working too hard, or getting older.

More than likely they’ll also be told they’re simply suffering from adrenal fatigue. None of the above reasons are the true causes of fatigue; they are occasions that exacerbate fatigue and adrenal fatigue is often the scapegoat.

According to The Hormone Health Network, the nation’s endocrine patient education resource committed to helping patients have more informed discussions with their healthcare providers about hormone health, disease, and treatment; whose educational resources are based on the clinical and scientific expertise of The Endocrine Society, the world’s largest organization of endocrinologists, representing more than 18,000 physicians and scientists…

  • “Adrenal fatigue” is not a real medical condition. There are no scientific facts to support the theory that long-term mental, emotional, or physical stress drains the adrenal glands and causes many common symptoms.
  • Adrenal insufficiency is a real disease diagnosed through blood tests.
  • There is no test that can detect adrenal fatigue.

So adrenal fatigue is not the cause of fatigue. And, it’s quite likely that fatigue (chronic or not) is not even a disease, although it can sure feel like one.

It’s a state or condition that is multi-causal and there is no way to even diagnose it despite many well-known doctors still reducing this condition down to the “seemingly tangible” problem of adrenal fatigue. And while it may be influenced by viral infections, immune system problems and hormonal imbalances; according to the Mayo Clinic, “no conclusive link has yet been found,” “it’s unclear if this impairment is enough to actually cause the disorder,” and “the significance of these abnormalities is still unknown.”

Fatigue may be affected by adrenal insufficiency, and be further affected by depression, obstructive sleep apnea, or other sleep disorder or health problems, but it’s the position of this post from a performance lifestyle advisor (coach, trainer) that it’s more than likely, and originally, the result of the systemic depletion of personal energy.

The likelihood that your fatigue is due to a common reason like overexertion of your life force is much, much higher than the chances that your fatigue is due to the potentially true presence of a virus, or a worn out organ (adrenals). Just look into the lifestyle of a person who is suffering from constant fatigue and feeling tired all the time, as I do and have experienced personally; even if you observe a relatively “healthy” lifestyle, it won’t be hard to also see a person living chronically out of balance, spending significantly more personal energy than they are recuperating.

If you doubt this, a full 20% or more of underlying sleep disorders have to do with circadian rhythm sleep wake disorders which are directly attributable to how you well you own your schedule.

Sure, there are many common “complications” of low energy, but the reality is that these are occasions that complicate the experience of fatigue, but are not the primary cause.

In the rest of this article series, we’ll take a look at the common causes of fatigue, but all these “causes” of low energy are secondary considerations if you are overspending your personal energy. For more detailed information, on learning how to deal with the primary cause of fatigue, I suggest you consider learning more about personal energy renewal

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