It’s that time of year again, and I wanted to drop a short note going into 2019, to share an important lesson, and also what I aim to do with AA35.   It’s been a crazy year for me. A lot happened personally, I’ve experienced loss in a few areas of my Life. Family, work, health… and it's not been easy, as evinced by my completely sporadic posts.   Last year there were a few things I wanted to do, going “Back to Basics” One of them was being more open with AA35 and reaching a wider audience. The way I chose to do this was a two-pronged approach. This blog, as well as YouTube. Well, going into 2019 I'll fess up outright that I didn’t keep up on both and there’s egg on my face.

So you’ve decided to lose weight! Or gain muscle! Or just get healthier! That’s GREAT!   But you might asking the first question that comes to mind when people think of such admirable goals: What’s the best exercise? And intuitively I think most people believe: there is no one best exercise. It depends on a bunch of factors. How fit you are, what you want to achieve, how much time you have, do you have access to a gym, equipment, coaches and so on.

A La La La La LongMid-life crisis! Menopause! Aches and pains! Hit songs of your youth now oldies!   And…ooops, maybe the makings of a paunch.   These are just some of the frightening things people associate with being 40.   In one of my earliest articles here, I wrote why 35 is a big deal. It’s the age you realise you’re nearer 40 than 20, but when you see “40”, your mind actually thinks… “50”! That puts one in an ‘old’ frame of mind, with all the worries that entails!   Well guess what? I crossed 40 for a while back, kissing 50 territory… for real! And I’m actually happier at this stage of my Life than I’ve ever been before. And I want to give you some perspectives to help you embrace this incredible milestone!

Quick, name me the MOST important component of success for losing weight, gaining muscle or energy, or even managing a health condition.   Did you say EXERCISE?   WRONG! Nutrition is responsible for 70-90% of your success. Most people think it’s exercise, and obsess about finding the perfect program, or just doing more and more. Then they wonder why they’re not getting results. In my experience, it’s the nutrition!   But there are a couple of challenges here.   The first is UTTER CONFUSION when trying to decide what’s best. With so many diets out there: Atkins, Mediterranean, French, Paleo… all claiming failures and successes, how do you choose?