4 Superheroic Steps to Stop Snacking - The Jerd

Editor’s Note: I am off preaching the good word of geek fitness at Awesome-Con this week, so I have asked the geektastic Mike Sweetman, from Be A Healthy Geek, to step in and shares his thoughts on how to stop snacking late at night… Take it away Mike!

It’s after supper, and I just can’t stop myself from heading to the cupboards for even more food.

This was me every night – I’d head to bed feeling defeated, and wake up tired because of all the food I’d ate late at night. It took me a lot of reflection and research, but I managed to defeat my personal super villain.

And I know you can too…

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Be The Superhero Version Of You - The Jerd

I want to talk about a very important fitness concept.

Who you are today, does not need to be who you are tomorrow.

So to kick this off, let’s look at three characters who didn’t start out all that heroic:

  • Wreck-It Ralph is a video game character whose entire existence is based on wrecking things. It’s literally his job to be the bad guy.
  • Black Widow, before she was avenging, spent her life training to be the perfect spy and assassin.
  • Melvin Potter (aka Gladiator) was a career criminal trying to go straight, but his bad choices leave him open to extortion by the Kingpin.

That’s not what’s interesting about these characters though.

What makes them so compelling is that they refused to settle for the cards they were dealt, or the mistakes they may have made.

It wasn’t easy, and they definitely ran into their fair share of hurdles along the way, but they fought to take control of their own destinies because they wanted more for themselves.

And just like these characters, your life has not been pre-determined. Your fate is not woven into the threads at the foot of Yggdrasil.

You can make changes if you want to!

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Secret to a Winning Fitness Motivation Plan - The Jerd

Getting started with an exercise program or a healthy diet is relatively easy…

Staying motivated though?

That’s a different story!

Once the excitement of doing something new and positive wears off, it takes hard work to stay on track.

The majority of the questions I get asked are not about exercises or recipes; they are about how to stay motivated. It’s mostly things like:

  • “I can’t stick with a program for more than 2-3 weeks before I go back to old habits.”
  • “I’m fine at home, but when I go out the temptation to eat poorly is too strong!”
  • “I know I need to exercise, but I can’t get myself motivated after work…”
  • “Donuts own my soul.”

This is unfortunately all too common, and it’s easy to get down on yourself and feel ashamed. The whole point of under-taking a heroes’ transformation is to control of your own destiny, but here you are feeling like you have no control over your urges or life.

It can be extremely frustrating.

You want to make positive changes, but your brain keeps rebelling!

So today we are going to talk about how willpower and priorities feed your motivation, and how to make changes that will help you follow through with your goals.

If you follow these steps, I guarantee you will be able to come up with a solid plan to keep yourself motivated and on track.

That’s right, today we figure out how to win at motivation.

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The Keys to Running: Road Etiquette

04.15.2015 Keys to Running

aka Don’t Be That Guy Part 2: The Wrath of Khan Editors Note: Spring is here, and that means more and more fledgling runners will be taking to the streets… so I asked our resident runner, Brian Kehs, to give us another entry in the “Don’t Be That Guy” series. Enjoy! A lot of customs […]

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Navigate the Grocery Store Like a Superhero

04.01.2015 Health & Fitness

Does grocery shopping intimidate you? Do you often wonder how to separate the healthy from the not-so-much? Do you ever leave the grocery store with more than you wanted and less of what you needed? Well guess what? You’re not alone! Visiting the grocery store is a necessity, but without a little preparation it can […]

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Two Important Things About This Site!

03.13.2015 Uncategorized

1) I love you guys, so I try to keep this site ad-free. That means the only revenue generated comes from the occasional Amazon affiliate link to a product I am endorsing, or via e-book sales. So do me a favor! If you find value in my ramblings, if you are picking up what I […]

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Fitness Lessons from Geek and Sundry

03.06.2015 Geek Culture

It should come as no surprise to long-time readers that I consider Geek & Sundry one of my major creative inspirations. In fact, one half of the catalyst for this very website was sitting in on panels given by Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh at the very first Geek & Sundry event at San Diego […]

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5 Tips to Stay Motivated When You Feel like Giving Up

02.27.2015 Health & Fitness

Editor’s Note: A lot of you have been asking for tips on staying motivated, so I’ve asked Tim Ponticel to come by and offer up some ideas. Tim runs fitnessforprofessionals.com, a health and fitness website that helps young professionals shed excess body fat, get leaner and stronger, and boost their energy and confidence. Take it […]

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LARPing 101 – Getting Fit the Nerdy Way

02.20.2015 Geek Culture

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that I am a huge proponent of finding alternative fitness methods. The first step to starting on a healthier path is eating a little better and getting out of your house and moving around! But after that, the next thing that often comes to mind, when people think […]

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The Essential Clean Eating Shopping List

02.11.2015 Health & Fitness

One of the biggest complaints I hear from people who say they want to eat healthier is that “It’s too hard!” I get it; if being fit and healthy were easy there would be no need for websites like this! That’s why I keep coming up with new resources to make things easier, so you […]

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4 Beginner Fitness Mistakes You Might Be Making

01.30.2015 Health & Fitness

In general, I make a lot of mistakes. Too be honest, when it comes to my health and fitness I have screwed up in more ways than I care to admit over the years! But since the day I finally decided to be serious about my health, and made it my mission to transform myself […]

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The Jerd Library: 10 Books to Educate, Inspire and Entertain

01.16.2015 Product Reviews

I love to read.   For as long as I can remember, I’ve devoured written words like they were the nectar of the Gods. As a little Jerdling I always leaned much further toward arts and literature than math and science (a trend that has definitely continued on into adulthood). I still avoid math like […]

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2014 Year in Review!

01.09.2015 Uncategorized

2014 was the year The Jerd got serious. I started this site two and a half years ago, with absolutely no plan whatsoever, with the only goal being to help some of my nerd friends live a little bit healthier. Since then it has blossomed into something I am truly proud of! While I’m preparing […]

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Top 5 Things to Avoid Doing During the Holidays

12.19.2014 Health & Fitness

Nothing causes more angst than the holiday season, and holds even more true if you are trying to get in shape and/or lose weight. So here are five more tips to help you conquer the holiday season like a boss; all the while keeping your waistline, and sanity, intact! Expect the Unexpected Some of the […]

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The Truth About Detox Cleanses

12.09.2014 Health & Fitness

The Blueprint Cleanse Dr. Oz’s 48 Hour Cleanse The Clean Program The Wild Rose Detox The list of detox programs/diets/cleanses goes on and on! It is a massively lucrative market dominated by special juices, drink mixes, pills, absorbing pads, shampoos and a wide assortment of celebrity endorsed products. These toxin busting programs, whether you find […]

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It’s Time to Talk Nerd Tolerance…

11.13.2014 Geek Culture

That’s right. It’s time for #RealTalk. Nerds and geeks are a funny lot, we spend our entire lives being – Stereotyped Shamed for our “non-mainstream” interests Picked on for our physiques Made to feel uncool and unworthy of group acceptance And then we turn around and do the same thing to those around us! Honestly, […]

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Iron Rations: Healthy Popsicles

11.07.2014 Healthy Recipes

I get emails weekly from companies and websites that want to buy ad space, get endorsed via an article, or write guest posts to promote their own content/agenda… I turn 99.9% of them down. Why? Because I want only the best for my readers! While the extra $$$ would be nice, and it would definitely […]

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