Talk To Yourself

Talk To Yourself: The Value of Self-Talk For Just About Everything

Self-Talk, Self-Regulation, Positive Thinking, Psychology

When we talk to ourselves, who is listening? Surely not Potato Cat! Learn more about the power of self-talk for just about everything in life.

When we talk to ourselves, who is listening? Surely not Potato Cat! Learn more about the power of self-talk for just about everything in life.

Have you ever caught yourself talking to yourself out loud? Ever wonder who is doing the talking? And who is that self talking to?

Recently, I participated in a 59-mile relay race. Each relay team had five people running two legs, and each leg was separated by the other team members, giving me a chance to dig a little deeper than usual into faster paces by inserting food and rest between the race legs. At the same time, the 50-mile and 50-kilometer ultramarathon racers were on the same course, completing their distances as solo runners. At 6:30am and the sun shining with barely a cloud in the sky, we were about to have an awesome, if not long day, of running.

Because of the length of the race, the rules did not prohibit racers from listening to music on their mp3 players. Yet as is my custom, I do not run with an iPod, even though there are plenty of scientific studies that show that people exercise longer and report less discomfort when they listen to music.

Why would I run without an iPod? Why wouldn’t I like the distraction? Why would I fly in the face of science?

I admit it. I talk to myself.

If I listen to music, I am too distracted to hear myself saying what it is I really need to hear in the moment. And in long endurance training and racing, you have some time out there to do some thinking! Might as well think the kind of thoughts that transform you from meh to amazing.

It’s time for me to share with you the value of  positive self-talk, not just for races and performance, but for just about everything in life. I want you to know how to unlock one of my secret sauces to awesomeness.

Ready? Let’s go!

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    Why I Use The Client-Centered Approach To Therapy

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    I got a rock embedded in my knee, and a chance to reflect on why the Client Centered Approach to medicine and therapy works.

    I got a rock embedded in my knee, and a chance to reflect on why the Client Centered Approach to medicine and therapy works.

    Recently, I spent a little over an hour in an Emergency Room after having a mishap on my road bike while cycling in Maui. Having had my start in college in Nursing School completing the usual clinical rotations, the ER is a familiar place. There are machines that beep, locked glass cabinets with temperature controls and potent drugs, every kind of needle gauge and tubing within the push of a doctor’s exam room chair, and a crash cart ready to be used to save a life. 

    Once the ER physician debrided the wound and extracted the piece of asphalt jutting out of the fatty tissue below my patella, I began my usual routine of assessing the state of healthcare from the distal end. “How are we doing?” was the question. While my practice exists in an office outside of the world of the hospital, I am still very much inside the healthcare world.  And when I am the patient, it gives me a chance to assess the power of client-centered medicine and therapy.

    We didn’t do so well that day. Though the visit was quick and the experience not particularly unpleasant for what it was,  I began to wonder what happened to the client-centered approach as I ambled into the ER reception area. No one offered me wheelchair. And if that shocks you to hear that, as blood dribbled out of my knee, this wasn’t the first time. I had an experience only eight months earlier, where I had to hold myself up with the sliding glass doors of an ER as I dragged my dehydrated body towards the reception desk. It took two people to finally call someone to bring the wheelchair. Forty-five minutes later, I begged a nurse to give me water to swish out my mouth to clear it of the taste of vomit.

    Really?

    Yes, really.

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      Time to Get Cooking

      Nutrition, Health, Weight Loss, Mental Health, Food News

      In Seattle, it’s easy to believe we have reached Spring, as there are flowers and trees blooming, and afternoon temperatures have reached the 50’s and low 60’s. Yes, we feel for you on the East Coast, and then the rest of us are walking around town with big smiles on our faces, taking in the sunshine, riding our bicycles on the roads and trails, or like the Man-Geek did, gliding his SUP (standup paddleboard) on a local lake.

      Nutrition is essential to physical and mental health. It's time to start cooking and make nutritious foods that are free of yuck. Photo by Imei, taken on an iPhone 5S.

      Nutrition is essential to physical and mental health. It’s time to start cooking and make nutritious foods that are free of yuck. How about gluten free flatbread for a pizza dough free from corn, soy, and wheat? Photo by Imei, home bread machine, taken on an iPhone 5S.

       

      Just about every week of winter, one of the major journals, whether it be Nature, Cell, or Scientific American, has released new information about the consequences of eating processed foods with chemicals, or about the mysteries of the intestinal microbiome, what I call our “second brain.” Heart disease, obesity, and GI disorders are just some of the consequences of eating out or eating in with processed foods and additives, along with lack of exercise, increased stress, and poor sleep/rest patterns.

      How are the of spring weather and nutrition related? Simply this: you can’t get out and enjoy the great outdoors unless you take time to get cooking in the kitchen and learn to eat real food. Do one without the other, and you miss the benefit of both. Here’s three reasons why you need to learn how to cook and eat real food at home, and most likely, select your food choices more carefully when you go out to eat.

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