02/20/19 E77 Pushing The Limits or Finding New Opportunities

Where does the idea of limitation come from? Whether it's with keto, fasting, exercise, or anything in life, we have a tendency to think that certain things are beyond our abilities. Why? Today the guys discuss pushing the limits and how a shift in our thinking can unlock possibilities previously thought impossible.

Are limits good or bad? Or neither...

How our limits are usually "self-set"

From riding a bike by echolocation to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro as a quadriplegic: examples of overcoming limits.

The 5 ways to push past self-imposed limitations.

How failure is a teacher. Not a tyrant.

Making rules according to your strengths and weaknesses.

And short-term pain as a path to long-term gain.

If you need a little boost in overcoming your own limits in life, might we suggest a stack that will help your body and mind? Go to bioStak.com to start your journey to new heights.

And as always, if you have any questions on this episode (or any questions in general) don’t hesitate to reach out to us at bioteam@biofitcoaching.com, or submit a question on www.lifeinketosispodcast.com

And if you’re interested in starting your own journey, you can find out more information at biofitcoaching.com or on Instagram @biofit_coaching


Chad: 00:00 I'm, I don't want, this is not for me, this is not a conversation of a bunch of motivational platitudes and, and um, coined phrases. I don't want it to be that. I want it to be a very real conversation about the difficulty of the process, but recognizing the difficulty in pushing through it anyway. So, um, I know a lot of people when they hear this conversation, they want to turn it off because it's going to be a bunch of go get 'em motivational speaker platitudes and, and I just don't want that. I want people to recognize that the limits that are in your mind right now. Um, like for example, for me, I definitely have a limitation in my mind. I don't think I could ever do a seven day fast and, and I realize that that is a self set limitation. There is no evidence for that limitation. I just convinced myself of it. Right? And it's not until we have a shift in our mindset that we decide that those are no longer real limitations.

Chad: 01:09 They say a journey begins in a single step or in my case, one less piece of bread. My Name's Chad and I'm a seeker. I have sought out an expert in the field of nutrition and fitness who I hoped would help you feel better. They call him the biohacker, but I call them Eric. I hope you'll join me in a path that leads you and I to optimal fitness, the body and the mind as we live our life in ketosis. This is the life and Ketosis podcast, uh, biohackers guide to optimal body performance.

Chad: 01:53 Hello everyone. My name is Chad and this is my quest to achieving the healthy state of being with man that can get me there. My mentor and cohost, he is the science to my regular guy. The extreme testing to my, I'll take your word for it, the biohacker himself, Mr Eric Bischof. Somewhere along this journey of ours, I realized that filling better is really one part physical and one part mental and both are needed to achieve the optimal state of being what I call keto, happiness or Ketosiness. And today we're talking about limits. We're talking about, uh, pushing to new limits is kind of the title that I gave it. Eric, I don't love the title, um, because it, it, uh, it indicates that there are limits, which is exactly what we're going to talk about, but I didn't have a better title for it. So maybe you can help me think of a better title for this podcast as we, as we go through it. But, um, you know, this, this conversation, Eric comes from my experience, especially as a coach, um, in people's mindsets. I work with a lot of entrepreneurs. I work with a lot of small business owners, um, and even corporate people who are kind of fighting the corporate beast for lack of a better term. And, um, and a lot of what they come to me for are these, what they feel, they've hit their limits or they've hit a ceiling in some way. And, uh, and it's my job to kind of help them work through that. And, uh, and, and really, you know, get self aware of where they're placing those limits for themselves and finding new opportunities. And that's what I would say is the essence.

Chad: 03:31 Maybe that's a better title for this podcast. Maybe I just came up with it is finding new opportunities because really limits are just dams to opportunities. Right. So, um, but before we dive in, how are you?

Eric: 03:46 I'm doing Pretty good. Yeah. Yeah. Good. Yeah. Uh, how about you?

Chad: 03:51 I'm great. I'm excited to have this conversation with you because you have pushed through a lot of things that I, uh, even today have put limits on myself for. So you're a wealth of knowledge in this, in this conversation. Um, especially when it comes to obviously your diet and your exercise regimens and you're racing and all of that kind of stuff. I mean, you've done some incredibly phenomenal things, so I want to get a lot of your insight on this topic. Um, cool. So what is, I'd love to hear just from you, what is, what do you feel like your relationship to limits are? Like, do you feel like you place a lot of limits on yourself or, or are you, do you, are you kind of more like an open opportunity kind of guy?

Eric: 04:42 I, if you asked my, well, Lisa, my wife, she thinks OLED I need to put limits on myself. I can see that there are healthy limits. And Amy, she's like, you know, some of them I, you know, she thinks I'm a little ridiculous thinking that there is no limits or boundaries. Um, and, and I think that's something that I've always just, it just something that I've had all my life to where I always yell. There's personality that always are pushing the limits on, on everything. And I don't know if that's always a good thing or a bad thing, but yeah, I have, um, I'm always looking for opportunities and to, to push and maybe it's just being motivated to do something to align with something to, to, to chase or to keep busy or I'm not really sure why I do that. I'd say it's exploring new new territories are trying just to learn more of what I'm capable of. And it's just like yesterday I had a conversation with a client and a North Carolina and I started her these opportunities like know five ks or even a marathon or try it. It's just something to work for. And she just instantly limited herself say, no, nope, nope, nope. I hate that. I hate, I'm like, well, just say you never know. You just, you'd be amazed at how many people you know, change their limits and, and all of a sudden, you know, embrace something different and how exciting it is. And so she, she did leave the door openness to, you know, to limitations she might, you know, break through.

Chad: 06:31 Yeah. So I thought it was really interesting that you brought up, you don't know if limits these limits are good or bad. And, and as we've talked about in conversations prior to this, obviously, um, you know, it doesn't make a lot of sense to assign moral value to these things. Limits are just limits. They're not good or bad. It's the context in which we build around them, right? So if you're wanting to lose weight and live a healthier life, but you're limiting yourself saying, oh, I can't work out, or I can't do that activity, or I'll never be able to do that, then obviously that's an unhealthy limitation. Um, you're not going after and allowing yourself to explore what you actually want. Now I would say like with alcohol for example, especially if you're susceptible to alcoholism, uh, limits on alcohol are fantastic and very healthy.

Chad: 07:26 Um, so I think it's, uh, you know, we can't assign a moral value to limitations. We just have to take them one by one, see what their value is. And A, and I love, I love the language of healthy and unhealthy, so we're not, you know, none of those are our moral assignments. They're just, for me, this seems like a, a healthy limitation or for me this is an unhealthy limitation and I would like to break through it. So I want to keep, I want people to keep that context in mind as we talk about this because I don't think, I honestly, I, I definitely don't think everybody should go for everything that's possible. Um, that's just not healthy and that can become overwhelming and anxiety inducing. Yeah. What I do think is once we, once we identify something that we want and we think that it's best for us and healthy for us, um, that's when we can use some of these skills. We're going to talk about to remove some of those self imposed limitations. Hmm. That makes a lot true. Yes, it makes it a lot of time. Really rings true for me too. So what I want to talk to you about Eric, is, so you've done some and continue to do some incredibly impressive things, especially at your age. I mean you've obviously old, uh, multiple marathons and Iron Mans you fasted seven days, multiple times. You've done a spartan race on a seven day fast. Um, you have slept in an elevation tent for months at a time. Uh, you're just an incredibly motivated and limit pushing kind of person. Um, and as you think about these times where you have pushed through limits, and I don't know how you think about them ahead of time. Like if it's just like, yeah, I can do that. Or if it's, I dunno if this is going to work or not. I think I know that like I was part of the process of your spartan and you definitely had some times where you and I talked and you said, I don't know, I don't know if I'm going to be able to do this. And you did, you finished, you didn't necessarily finish as strong as you want it to, but you still finished a spartan seven day fast. It what, when you think about these times where you pushed through these limits, are there any commonalities or things that you find in common, maybe thoughts that you had going into it or ways that you prepared or any of that kind of stuff as you think about these times?

Eric: 09:56 Yeah, and a lot of them are, you know, there's a lot of similar thoughts in anything that I'm trying to push through a, a boundary that's a not quite common and so to speak and like the seven day fast, um, and ending with that Spartan, um, and pushing myself, you know, to me personally, that was really pushing through, you know, some limits that I didn't think that was possible years ago. You know, we all think, you know, we could go without food or you know, any nutrition for seven days, you barely walk or you know, function, etc. But of course through fasting and stuff, you know, as we all know, autophagy and everything else and if fasting isn't as detrimental as we thought it was, that's something and specially that our bodies are meant to do, but taking all your glycogen through all my workouts during that week and really saying, can your body function at a high level, you know, something, you know, like a sparked him and could you actually function at that level and you know, actually, you know, we create those muscles to, to complete it at a high level and at, you know, of course at my age too, you know, that was a factor. But yeah, through that whole thing is the fear of, of failure that I had the fear of dying, which I know and that that was a limitation that I put on myself because I didn't know if my body was or my heart or whatever. I wasn't quite sure. What, what limits my body can go at that age. And a lot of those limits were basically Kevin to me by others. Does that make sense? I had my own set but then throughout that week with family members in my wife and everyone, you know, we get back to that unhealthy versus healthy. All I got was how unhealthy the, you know, the limits we're going to be for me, you know, on this quest to, to, to do this. And so I listened to everybody else has limitations and started concentrating on that and it gave me a lot of fear and anxiety as I, as I trained

Chad: 12:13 for it. But yeah, but interesting. So there's a lot of things in there that I want to pull out that then I hear you saying maybe not explicitly but, and I think the way that we're going to kind of wrap this podcast up is I'm going to give you five things to push to new limits. Five five ways to push to new limits with a bonus one. So hang on for that. But, and a lot of those are going to come out in these, cause I, I've identified at least three of those in what you just said.

Chad: 12:43 One of them was, and I'll just give you a little teaser, is one of them is finding little wins and celebrating them. So I, what I hear you say is you didn't just one day decide to stop eating for seven days and do a spartan. You built up to it. You've got some experience under your belt, you got some, some small wins and celebrated those and then, and then moved on to a little bit of a bigger win and then a little. And so it's, it's more of this ladder of small wins to the big, to the big win. And, um, and I think that's so key when we think about, you know, when we set these resolutions, uh, at New Year's or we get real pumped up about losing weight or eating better, um, we often look at only the big win. Um, you know, it's that I'm going to lose 40 pounds or I am going to start eating healthy today. Those are big, big wins that can actually be very discouraging if we're not looking at the incremental wins that it takes. So in eating better, you know, I'm just going to eat better this morning, this breakfast, this breakfast is going to be a better breakfast than I've had in some time. And that's my first little win in this process. Then it's a full day, then it's a week, then it's a month, and pretty soon it's a habit and you're that you are significantly eating better. So, um, I loved that and we're going to talk a little bit more about that as, as we dive into the five things that push us to, or five ways to push to new limits. And I, and I think part of that in those small little wins, especially in, in what I was trying to do is I would say it was definitely a confidence builder for me.

Eric: 14:36 Yes, let me do another small wins. And knowing that I got my confidence is getting stronger. Don't listen to the outside chatter. Stay with your, what you're experiencing and what I've already experienced.

Chad: 14:48 Ah, yeah, yeah. The fear starts to diminish. You build the confidence, you uh, yeah, absolutely. And, and each step might look scary, but you have the confidence, you have that, that championship belt of your last little win to push you to the next one. Yes. So the, the thing I want to really make sure I impress upon everybody that's listening is that the most, most of the time our limits are self set. Now obviously I'm not talking about crazy limits that we haven't reached as humankind yet. I'm not, I mean, that's not what this podcast is about. This podcast is about self improvement as podcast is about, um, relative improvement to where we are today. Right? So, um, and, and the other thing is, I'm, I don't want, this is not for me. This is not a conversation of a bunch of motivational platitudes and, and, um, coined phrases. I don't want it to be that. I want it to be a very real conversation about the difficulty of the process, but recognizing the difficulty in pushing through it anyway. So, um, I know a lot of people when they hear this conversation, they want to turn it off because it's going to be a bunch of go get 'em motivational speaker platitudes. And I just don't want that. I want people to recognize that the limits that are in your mind right now. Um, like for example, for me, I definitely have a limitation in my mind. I don't think I could ever do a seven day fast and, and I realize that that is a self set limitation.

Chad: 16:34 There is no evidence for that limitation. I just convinced myself of it. Right. And it's not until we have a shift in our mindset that we decide that those are no longer real limitations. They're just a figure of our imagination when we have that shift in our mind. And so that's what I want this conversation to be as a beginning of that shift in our mind, to at least be open to the changes in goals that are healthy for us and, and put them in their proper place and no longer look at them as limitations. Hmm. Um, so it's, it's interesting. So a lot of what I'm going to talk about, his physical limitations, um, and um, but because that's the easiest to demonstrate in this conversation, but there's, you know, there's so many that we put on ourself that our mental limitations or occupational limitations or relational limitations and I think these principles apply to most situations.

Chad: 17:40 Um, and uh, and so I want to, I just want to pull that out is we are going to be talking a lot about physical limitations, but I think they really apply across the board. And one, you know, physical limitations are always limits until they're not, and that's what, that's the evidence that these are self imposed. Right. Um, so think about the four minute mile. Yes. I think anybody listening knows about the four minute mile barrier. I don't, I don't remember the year it was. Um, but there was, I mean we were convinced as a world on a world stage in the Olympics that the mile could not be done in under four minutes. Right. That was like this barrier. It was not going to be broken. Yup. Do you know what year it was broken? I think in the 50s it was in the 50s. So, um, we can fact check that for you, but it doesn't really matter. Basically this barrier, it was in the world's mind except for a few athletes, um, that were determined to beat it. That, that nobody, no human being could run the mile in under four minutes. And then what do you know? Somebody trains enough, somebody gets their mind right and boom, breaks a four minute barrier comes in under four minutes. I think it was by seconds. Seconds. Yeah. Yeah. I'm like 30, I think 30 seconds or something like that. Yeah. Which is a lot when you're talking about, it's amazing. It's incredible. So that's, to me that has always stood is a beautiful illustration that these limits were so convinced of these limits until we're not, and if we can just flip that switch to not be convinced by them, that's when we make the progress. That's when we get the things that we want. That's when we move forward. We could our wins. Okay. So keep that in mind. Um, the other thing that I think about a lot is I do a lot of meditation and, um, I just now started getting into long form meditation. So, uh, the most popular is kind of like, uh, you know, 10, 15 minutes. It's a short practice and it's really helpful and it's great. It's a great timeframe to kind of work in meditation. But there's a law, there's a huge barrier for people with long, long form meditation, meaning anything really beyond 30 minutes where you are literally sitting with nothing going on for it might be guided, it might not, but, uh, you know, for longer than 30 minutes where it's just you and your thoughts and you're appreciating your thoughts and then you're letting them go. And it's nobody. I mean, if you haven't experienced sitting with yourself for 30 minutes in complete silence, um, you're in for an adventure, that's for sure. And so I just started dabbling in this, but I had such strong, cause I was very, very familiar with short, um, short form meditation and I knew 15, 20 minutes was quite a push for me. And then I decided I wanted to do some longer stuffs to start practicing at 30 minutes, and I'm now working towards an hour and it scares me. And I had those limitations set for a long time. And I know a lot of other people who practice meditation short form also have those limits set. Um, and it's just interesting that, you know, I think I feel like it's going to be agonizing and I, I'm not going to be able to do it until I do it now.

Eric: 21:25 Do you, I mean, you came, uh, I'm, you know, I don't know how I can keep the chatter out of my brain for 15 minutes to an hour. So I'm not sure what you're thinking, what your thoughts are. I said just focusing on one thing to, to, to lose yourself in for 30 minutes. I'm, I'm really not familiar.

Chad: 21:48 So there's this as many techniques as there are people in the world meditating. Um, and you know, I won't go into a lot, I won't go into any of them here, but I mean there's, there's techniques like counting, there's techniques like a breath, attention, uh, different stuff like that. And the, ultimately the goal is not to keep yourself from thinking, it's to acknowledge your thoughts, see them as they are, and then let them go. Oh Wow. And, and so it's, it's much more of a recognition and an observation and a willingness to let those go and just be, and return to the present moment than it is to fight against not having thoughts. Okay. That, that's, that's a, that's a fallacy about meditation. It's much more about an observation of your thoughts. And then over time, what naturally starts to happen is those lengths of time where you're completely present in the moment, those start to lengthen, um, without any concerted effort other than your effort to acknowledge your thoughts and let them go, Huh. So that's kind of the idea behind that. And so, um, 30, 30 minutes can become extreme excruciating at times when you, um, you know, when your mind gets so busy, that would be definitely pushing the limit with me.

Eric: 23:16 I already have failed in my mind thinking that I could do that. I already, I already failed really good for me. I really believe that meditation excellent for everybody. I really do. And

Chad: 23:30 Yeah. So I want to talk about, um, some examples really quick of of some pretty amazing examples of people who have pushed through things that, um, and these are going to be, some of them are really well known and overused in this context, but I still think they're valuable. But I love looking at examples of what people have accomplished and then look at the limitations that I have set for myself and it makes them feel very, very small and minuscule. Um, so, uh, some of the, some of the ones that come to mind for me are like Stephen Hawking, obviously, uh, incredible, um, disabilities to overcome, but a brilliant, brilliant mind. And the amount of time that it took him to have to type things out, make speeches, uh, think through formulas, all of that kind of stuff. I mean, he just, he had some significant challenges, um, but broke through some incredible, incredible limitations that and I don't know. That's the other thing I need to say is that I have no idea how these people inside of themselves, how they looked at their limitations or, or lack thereof. Maybe they didn't even think they had a limitation. Um, but from the outside looking at them, it really puts some, some of our limitations into perspective. So I love him as an example. Stevie wonder obviously, um, playing amazing piano and music the way he did as a blind person. Um, Eh, Helen Keller, obviously we all know her as an example and grew up learning about her and the amazing things that she did. Um, Ben Underwood, do you know who Ben underwood is? Uh, let's pay him. He is a soccer. What was the, Oh no, he's, no, he's actually, um, he, he's a blind kid. He's not a kid anymore. He's an adult. But as a child, a blind, he learned to use echolocation with his clicking his mouth so he would make a clicking sound. And as a kid he rode bicycles, skateboards all over town. I'm just writing and using echolocation. So he would click and he could sense, he fined, tuned his sense of how the sound bounced off of objects back at him and much like a dolphin or a whale and, and basically using similar to like a sonar, uh, to, uh, or, or a radar to find his way around and, and make his way through the world being credible and doing that as a, as a, as a small child. There's another guy, most most people probably haven't heard of. His name is Kyle Maynard. Um, he's a quadriplegic that climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, summited Kilimanjaro is a co as a quad quadriplegic.

Chad: 26:37 Um, so obviously so incredibly impressive. Um, it just making you, as you think of like your physical activity and the things you want to accomplish, uh, just kind of really puts, bring some perspective. Oh yeah. As I was, as I was researching this a little bit more, I wanted to explore also some of, um, uh, cause a lot of what stops us or limits us is, is in our mind, right. And our mental and maybe even some mental illness. A JK Rowling is very, very, uh, obviously author of Harry Potter series. Um, she's very, very open about her struggle with chronic depression and suicide, suicide ideation. And, uh, she said, you know, even prior to writing the books, um, she definitely struggled financially and mentally and that kind of stuff. And then even she's very open. Even after the books, the series started coming out, she still struggled with some of that depression and suicidal thoughts and that kind of stuff. So really, really impressing and impressive what she's accomplished and, and push limits even with mental illness, um, kind of setting some of those limitations, uh, for her. And she's been really open about that. So these are some examples that we can, I'm very extreme that we can look at and say, oh my gosh, my limitations of struggling to keep my kito diet or my exercise regimen or my relationships or, you know, all of that kind of stuff. Healthfully adds a little bit of perspective.

Eric: 28:24 Div. Yeah. Especially, you know, what I find amazing is a lot of these individuals that have these extreme limitations and they get asked, you know, would you trade these limitations from, you know, just being normal, you know, with no limitations. And a lot of them say no, uh, you know what they've gained and learn from these limitations there. They're not willing to, you know, to have a life without them. And I find that amazing. Yeah.

Chad: 28:58 You know, and, and I think that's a good point, Eric, because you bring to mind, like I say, these are extreme cases, which, which they are, but you know, are a lot of times our limitations feel just as big. [inaudible] I'm, I'm positive there's somebody listening now that says, yeah, but my, uh, my depression or my injured knee or my, you know, whatever the, the thing is, feels just as big as soon as some of the things that these, these people experience or, or our deal with. And I completely agree it feel that big. But this is inspiration to, you know, we can look to these people as inspiration to find ways to overcome those if we're wanting to. You Bet. Um, awesome. So now we're going to dive into a five ways to push to new limitations. And before we do that, can we talk really quick about biostak? Sure. I've been doing a ton of talking. Uh, what do you want to say about bio stack today? Obviously we say to every single time five organic ingredients working synergistically for cellular health, cellular regeneration. What else has been on your mind lately with BioStak?

Eric: 30:24 You know, what comes to mind? Just thinking about it is everything you know, that we talk about and people talk about. We, you know, we've evolved around inflammation and without getting into too much detail, we do have a certain inflammatory mediators, um, that we need to, uh, avoid. Okay. Cause we had the chronic and we have acute inflammation and that the neatest part about a biostak and, and, uh, putting it together is to put together the nutrients that are going to help you overcome inflammation. If you just remember, inflammation is at the root of all diseases. All, almost every ailment that you have is caused by a inflammation that it's not being taken care of. So it's, it's, it's getting out of hand basically. And so that's why the stacks so, so powerful and trying to keep your inflammation under control. Inflammation is a good thing when it's in a reaction to a pathogen or bacteria, virus or injury. But it's the uncontrolled inflammation that creates the problem, the chronic, and this is what's helping, you know, your cellular, we, you know, we call it transcription, uh, of, uh, inflammatory cytokines and things. This is what helps to keep that in control and balance. So inflammation, you know, that's,

Chad: 31:51 that's, that's so interesting because I'm just really quick here. One thing that I've noticed, I'm just noticing it now as you're talking about this, hadn't really thought about it. I've struggled, I've struggled a lot. Um, in my physical activity with, I don't, I actually don't even know exactly what it is, whether it's like tendinitis or tennis elbow or whatever it is, but it's my left elbow, um, and it gets very sore. Um, and almost to the point, sometimes I can't complete my workout or feel like I can't complete my workout talking about limitations. Um, but, uh, after the examples I gave, I'm sounding a little bit, uh, um, yeah, whatever. So, but I've noticed since taking biostak, I'm now noticing since taking biostak that, uh, that hasn't flared up as much as that. Yeah. Could that be related if that,

Chad: 32:43 that's exactly it. Because, you know, inflammation is really a complex, it's like a biological responsive of a vascular tissues, infections, injury like you okay. Obviously, uh, you know, uh, allergens, chemicals, everything. And so you're alleviating, you know, that issue that, that, you know, that inflammatory response is what you're alleviating those cytokines and those, that immune response to that to, to, to your elbows basically. And, and that's why the only reason you feel pain is because inflammation, okay? That's why you have pain. There's, you know, different, you know, prostate grand and some things like that that caused the pain. But it, you know, inflammation is really a complex, you know, uh, process and, and that's, you know, it on how we respond. Okay. Is, is key. And that's what the stack does.

Chad: 33:37 The true silent killer, right? That's what you've always said. Inflammation is the true silent.

Eric: 33:43 And science behind that, you know, there's, there's, there's no disputing that at all. And so it is, the key is controlling your, you're in, in inflammation.

Chad: 33:56 What bioStak does for inflammation is so important. Everybody should go check out biostak.com read about it, find out more about it, order yours today and see how good you can feel. Biostak has just really impacted my life and I'm really grateful for it. So thanks for that. Eric. Can. So the way I wanted to end this podcast, I kind of teased it in the beginning, is that I put together a list of five ways to push to new limits. Now this is by no means Eric, this is a comprehensive list. These are just things that I've noticed in my own, in my own experience. And also as I have observed some of the examples that we gave earlier in the podcast, some people in my life, maybe even yourself. And I'd love to hear some of your ideas or feedback as we go through these Eric. But we're going to go through them kind of quickly. We've run a little bit long in this podcast, so I'm not going to go and do a lot of depth with them, but a lot of them are very self explanatory too. So I have five, five ways, uh, but I also have a bonus one in there. And the reason I have a bonus is a one to keep you listening to the podcast and to the bonus is because this is one that I feel like I'm just now in this phase of my life learning. And um, and so I added that one in as a bonus and a, and I'll, I'll talk a little bit about that. So the first one is finding opportunities, not excuses. Now it's interesting when we think about our brains and the way that we've evolved is our brains look for the path of least resistance, right Eric? That's the same way physically, but it's also the same way mentally. You have talked a lot about this physically, our bodies look for that path of least resistance. Um, same with our thinking and same with our actions. So the, the path of least exist. Resistance is obviously making excuses for reasons why we can't do things or setting limitations on ourselves and reasons that we can't get that thing accomplished. That's the path of least resistance. If we can switch our minds, it's just a tiny, tiny switch, a tiny reframe to not look for those excuses. But to look for the opportunities, we start to see those opportunities to break these limits rather than see them as a, a mountain or a wall that we can't get over. Hm. Does that make sense?

Eric: 36:23 You know, when you bring that word opportunity up, it's something that I always drove back to his, uh, that I tried to use in my life is where I look at things as an opportunity but not a sacrifice. And sometimes we were always saying it's worth the sacrifice, you know, to achieve this or achieve that. But if it's an opportunity, I try to disassociate that word is, it's not a sacrifice. It's actually an opportunity so.

Chad: 36:46 Yeah. I love that reframe. I think that's a great reframe as well. And I'm going to talk a little bit, one of my, actually the bonus one has to do with sacrifices a little bit. So it will reframe that a little bit because I do like that, that those are, those are opportunities for us to grow rather than something that we're sacrificing. So the second one, failure is a teacher, not a tyrant. So think about all of those examples that I gave in the beginning or think about yourself, Eric. There's no way that you have not failed along the way of achieving some of these crazy things that you have achieved. There has to be failure involved. Right? And if we're not failing, we are not moving towards something. Yes. Right. And so if we look at failure a lot of times, the reason I use the word tyrant in this, in this point is because we often look at failure as this thing that lures over us and is waiting for this opportunity to jump up, jump in, knock us down, um, and you know, and, and uh, and kind of rule over us. And we fear failure in that way with win. Ultimately failure can just look like a teacher. Something that gives us challenges, something that puts, you know, something in our way. And, and it gives us the opportunity again to push through, overcome and learn from them.

Eric: 38:11 Yeah. Cause I've had a lot of, I mean, I've had like get my life. Uh, but you know, and I've had people, you know, family members say things, all these things I try and I ended up failing and I always just come back and say, you know, you only fail if you don't try. I said, as long as you're trying, you're, you're not failing and, and, and in my opinion, yeah.

Chad: 38:34 Yeah. And I think it's a, it's a good, it's a distinguishing, a good distinguishing fact to, to look at, to, to talk about failure as you not being a failure. But sometimes we fail at attempts, but we can learn it. We can learn from those. Right? And those are, those can be a teacher. Great. Number three, finding little wins and celebrating them. This is the one that we talked about earlier. I already went into depth on this one. If we can find those little wins, if we can celebrate them, you know, celebrating wins, um, actually changes the chemistry of our mind and our thoughts. So it may sound stupid to like, the example I used earlier was a breakfast, right? If you're going to change the way you're eating, your first little win is this breakfast, this meal right here, I'm going to do better. I'm going to do better than I did yesterday. And when we, when we do that and we celebrate it, it seems a little stupid to us in the, on the, uh, on the surface, right? It's like, why do I, that's not really an accomplishment. Like why would I celebrate one meal of eating better? But what happens is when we take a minute to celebrate that and, and really soaking in, congratulate ourselves, we actually changed the chemistry of our brain and then it attaches a reward to that action. So the next time we're faced with a choice to either eat crappy or good and make the choice that we want to make, our brain says, well, I remember there being a reward or a celebration or, or good feeling, some endorphins attached to eating well. And so I'm going to do that again. I'm more willing to do that. That now becomes the path of less resistance or the path of reward. Yes. Okay. So that's why celebrating we find the little wins and celebrating them is so, so important. So it's not, it's not self grand dies. It's not in a weird way, it's all it. All you're doing is changing the chemistry of your brain and your thoughts. Okay? So find the little wins. Celebrate them. Number four, uh, knowing our strengths and our weaknesses and playing accordingly. This is so important. Like if I, you know, I have so many, I, I've, over the years I've figured out how to identify my weaknesses and not run from them, but embrace them, embrace them and, and, and play accordingly. And when I say play accordingly, you're making new rules according to your weaknesses and your strengths. So if you know you have this certain weakness for food, like for me, I know there's certain things that I don't want to eat. I don't want them in my diet. I know that I cannot bring them into my house. They're a weakness if they're there. And in the times when I'm feeling a little snacky, uh, whatever that is, I'm going to eat them. So the new rule and knowing that weakness, the new rule is they don't come into the house. Right. And if I'm going to have that treat, they need to be somewhere where I have to make a concerted effort to go get them, eat them there. And I know that that's, that is our mission for that, that thing. And I'm going to make an exception and do those things. So understanding those weaknesses, same thing with, you know, sometimes I, I, I need some help remembering to do one thing or, or I resist doing something and I get an accountability partner, like my wife or a friend or somebody and tell them, this is my weakness. I need your help. Will you follow up with me on this? Um, you know, oh, go ahead.

Eric: 42:20 it's a neat when in coaching it's, you know, that part of their reward for me is seeing people with these kinds of weaknesses. I'll do whatever weaknesses they have that overcoming them as you know, it becomes their strength and then it becomes their strength. It's amazing how they want to share their new story with others. And that's how, you know, and they're just really excited. They never thought that weakness will become a strength. Never.

Chad: 42:45 Yeah, absolutely. And I think that's, that's only found in recognizing that it is and addressing it. And even if it doesn't become a strength, find a rule to put in place for yourself that you can now identify that. And, and honestly, we all have, we all have weaknesses. It's not a strength to ignore or run from your weaknesses or pretend like you don't have any. Right. Um, it's, it's when we can accept them, we can acknowledge them and that we find ways to account for them. Um, so number five, the fifth way to push to new limits for me that I've, that I chose to put in this list, blood, sweat and tears, baby, there is absolutely no replacement for hard work, for getting, darn it, getting it. I know, right? For getting down in the dirt, doing the Dang thing and, and just putting in the hard work, there's just absolutely no substitute for it. There's nothing that's going to do it for you. And, uh, and so, you know, honestly, when we are pushing towards things that we really want, um, to new limits, uh, or, or proving them to not be limits, there is absolutely nothing that's going to replace blood, sweat and tears. That's for sure. When we talk about some of these things that you've accomplished, Eric Marathons, Iron Mans, a seven day fasted Spartans, all of that kind of stuff was there. Uh, was there any hard work involved?

Eric: 44:20 You know, it was a lot of times everybody gets that like, why am I doing this? Or it's why is, why is this worth it? What's the purpose? And I think, you know, that's always carried me through. It just, you know, and everybody hears this, just keep your eye on the finish line or the reward or whatever you're, you're trying to accomplish. And once you take your eyes off that, then you start to find those excuses. Okay. You start taking the least path of resistance and, and a lot of the stuff, you know, like everybody's, you know, dealt with different things in their lives they have to overcome or accomplish or achieve. And it's just, you know, that's the thing it's just carries me through is just think of the finish line or the ultimate, what you're trying to do and accomplish and you know, and hopefully it's worth it when you cross it.

Chad: 45:11 The other thing that I've noticed for myself, and maybe you didn't notice the same thing as whenever worry or fear starts to creep in and I'm feeling that, right? Like I don't know how you feel your fear or your worry. I feel it in my stomach whenever I feel that and notice it immediately, I can recognize I'm not working hard enough damp because whenever I'm working hard at something, I don't fear. I have no fear. I have no worries. It's, it's, it's so strange how hard work. Um, and engagement in that process pushes that fear, uh, either to the side or a way completely. And um, that's, that's always been a good indicator for me that I can work a little bit harder as if I'm, if I have time for that fear and that worry to creep.

Eric: 45:59 fear is a motivator too, you know, and then I'll can be, yeah, can take it away. And I struggle with a lot of the things I do myself testing with either the more knowledge I have, the more knowledge I have of the consequences that can happen in my body and my cells and the destruction. And you know, now I start to fear for my life. Sometimes it's a lot of those things start to creep into my, into my thought process and then I have to kind of shake it loose and look at the positive side of how your body functions and, and not fear, you know, the consequences of something going wrong. And so it's, it's kind of tough on some things you really have to think it through.

Chad: 46:42 Yeah. I always tell people there's three ways you can deal with fear. One, you can allow it to drive you and motivate you, which can or cannot be healthy. Um, you can allow it to paralyze you and that's never healthy. And there's, but there's a third option that a lot of people don't engage with. And, and I don't have the time here to go into it, but you can accept your fears and communicate with them, meaning kind of look at what they're trying to tell you and allow those, those, whatever your fears are inviting you to do, take action on those. Right? So the thing that you've heard, you've heard people say, and this is a different way of saying that, but basically you've heard people say, um, faced the fear or lean into the fear and or let it call you to action. And this is the same sort of thing. Understanding what those fears are addressing and telling you it may be even, um, uh, evolutionarily. And once you understand that, take action, do what they're inviting you to do. And so that's a much more gracious way of looking at fear rather than it being a slave driver or a cap, a captivator, uh, um, you know, something that paralyzes you. Yeah. Yeah. So, um, yeah, so there's a lot of different ways to look at here. Okay. So the bonus, and this is the one, this is the one I'm very passionate about right now just because I feel like I'm discovering this one more and more in my life right now. Um, but the, the bonus way to push past limits is, um, to be in it for the long run to make momentary choices. This is where I had the word sacrifice, but I like, I like switching it out from your input. I like switching out for choices, making momentary difficult choices, making difficult choices in the moment for the reward in the future or going after that more difficult opportunity now for that reward in the future. And for me, just in my life, I've, I've never stuck with a lot when it got tough and, uh, and, and it's, it has, it has affected me in, in a, in a lot of different ways. And now I've, I've made a shift much more to be in for things in the long run. And it's, you know, you in framing this in keto, Eric, you talk a lot about this, like with, uh, event dieting and you know, whether you've got this event in your life, whether it's a wedding or a class reunion or something, and you're going to die it for that. A lot of times that results in unsatisfaction long as this you've told me time and time again, yeah, it doesn't last. The results don't last. Your happiness doesn't last. Your satisfaction or accomplishment doesn't last. Um, because it's all predicated on this short term idea. Um, but when you make it a lifestyle and you start to focus on length, longevity, like you talk about Eric, that's when the satisfaction in the happiness and the choices start to matter. Yes, for sure.

Chad: 50:01 So that's it. Those are my five things plus bonus. So technically six. I think this has been a great conversation. I think there's a lot to digest here. Um, if people have things to add to this list, I'd love to hear from them. That's one thing you and I have talked a lot about Eric, because we would, we wish the, we love the podcast and there's a good number of debt people downloading and listening, but we just don't get to interact with them very much. And so this is one way we could interact. People could email us, um, or, or go to the, our Facebook page bio fit on Facebook or Instagram and leave suggestions or, or tell us what you would add to this list. And like I said, in no way is it comprehensive, but we'd love to hear your suggestions or ideas of how to, uh, push through those limits.

Eric: 50:50 I learned a lot and I'm, I'm old. I wish I were younger learning all these things, you know, I wish I was in my thirties so there's so many innovative and new new ways to approach things and think things through. It's, it's just amazing. Yeah, I think it's great.

Chad: 51:08 Well, thanks so much for biohack or actually mind hacking us today, Eric. Yeah, I thank you. And I want to thank all of you for joining us on this quest for optimal fitness. If you're ready to begin your own journey and live your life in Ketosis, be sure to check out biofitcoaching.com or biofit coaching on Instagram that handles @keto.biohacker. That's also where you can give us some of your suggestions to add to that list. Uh, also, if you've enjoyed the podcast or we've helped you in any way, please go to iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Leave us a five star rating and a review that helps us get the word out that helps people understand what the podcast is about and what they can get out of it. And finally, the greatest compliment that you can give us is sharing this podcast with your friends and family, those who who you love, and those who are looking for a different way of living. And until next time, stay keto.