Hey Hey Come Out and Play!

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Well folks it’s a busy month according to the calendar, it’s officially bike month, ocean’s month, great outdoors month, LGBT Pride month, safety month, and men’s health month. And while the latter is the most a propos I certainly don’t want to alienate the ladies all month and ignore other current issues that do effect our health and wellness, so there’s no official theme this month, we’ll keep things fun and fresh and touch on (at least) one of these topics each week!

Since Friday was the UN’s World Environment Day (every June 5th) we’ll acknowledge the oceans and great outdoors this week. Let me first say that if you can’t figure out how environmental wellness effects your wellness then remember that the Earth is actually not very earthy at all, but 90% water, primarily ocean. Thus, if they’re lacking in health we shall suffer, the air we breathe in our great outdoors is also relevant, but what I’m going to touch on today is in fact how we can take advantage of our open water (so we don’t have oceans here in Toronto!) and great outdoors to contribute to and engage in our fitness, health and wellness most effectively and enjoyably.

I love making lists, not everyone has this interest, but I excel at this and have made a list of things I’d like to do this warm-weather season, like a summer of 2015 bucket list, so that I do it rather than just think it. Not surprisingly they are all outdoor activities. Whether you’re a list maker or not you may want to make this one or at least schedule some time to do things that will contribute to your fitness and wellbeing. Yes, time spent in nature has positive effects on our wellbeing, but I believe few would argue that a hike or run outside beats a step class or elliptical session in what’s usually an air conditioned basement, or even an interval training session inside a private boutique studio (yes, I said that!). So here are just a few ideas to inspire your own Summer 2015 Bucket List

Become a Regular: at your local park, beach or pool and do your workout there.

Take a Hike Buddy! Or  a run, or a ride. Toronto has plenty of amazing parks for this including off road hiking and cycling trails. And if you’ve got a day off you’d like to spend outside many surrounding regions and townships have some incredible places to day trip with admission under $20/car. Try Rattlesnake Point to hike and Durham Region Trails to ride.

I’ll Race You! If you missed out on the offer to be trained for and personally coached through your race last year, it was as stated a one-time deal, but fret not, that doesn’t mean we can’t make your program specific to a race goal. Whether you’re a first timer, or an experienced athlete, we can optimize your program so that you can finish or achieve a personal best, no matter where you’re at. And if you think “I’d never run a race!”, well there are so many types of races you can participate in that require no running (cycling, sailing), or are based only in running from one obstacle to the next (obstacle races), or incorporate a bit of everything (triathlons).

Row Row Row Your Boat: Have you tried dragon boating? If the last time you played a team sport was in high school now is as good a time as any to join a recreational sports league. From the classic softball to the more recently popular ultimate frisbee there are teams for every level of athlete, and if you’re intimidated to the point of fear there is a league for volleyball and ultimate frisbee called “not-so-pro”, so really, you need not be afraid!

Come Out and Play! And if it’s a beautiful day and you wonder why the heck your trainer is keeping you indoors, it’s simply because that’s what your program says, and there are no assumptions about what your preferences are. If you give just a little notice prior to your session about wanting to go outside on a nice day, we can take much of what’s done indoors to the outdoors with little equipment OR we can go “naked” in what I call a Run & Play: we’ll use local parks and public landscape features in a running route to add body weight resisted exercises to create an interval workout. This is my favourite intense and effective strength and cardio workout style to get strong and torch calories!

There’s so much more I could go on all day, we haven’t touched on recreational activities like gardening, paddling, and many other water sports, nor adventure sports, hopefully this has got your creative juices flowing though. Happy Summer of 2015!

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The NINJA: April 2015

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As seasoned readers of this blog know. I love my blog, but not such a great fan of complicated technology, so the weekly blog gets posted here, but in order to keep the high quality look to my newsletter you’ll have to bang out one more click. Thanks for the love ninjas!

I-I-I-I’m Staying Alive + 8 More Reasons to Breathe Deeply

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Smile, breathe, and go slowly
-Thich Hnat Hanh

Spring is here, officially anyhow. Whether or not the weather is in agreement with the celestial cycles is a different story. Regardless, I see it creeping into people’s behaviours, myself included, although we’ve only had a small taste, the change is coming! Although most of us are urban dwellers who essentially deny any relation to nature per se our seasonal behaviours are undeniable. And so I, and many others have begun cleaning out closets and purging of old stuffs. This is also a fantastic time to adopt new habits, and to take on some healthy practices (anytime is,now however, is a time when people seem to be gaining momentum and motivation to assist their new habits).

If you pick up only one healthy renewing habit this year let it be this. Breathe. I know you do it every day, all the time. Recently I was told by someone they already know how to breathe, not sarcastically, but breath practice is the easiest way to:

Stay alive. And now that we have that out of the way its other benefits include

Reset your nervous system to low stress, calm

Begin a relaxation or meditation practice

Give your body what it craves most. More than chocolate, coffee and even water!

Brings you immediately back to the present moment

Releases toxins, more so and more consistently than any other system

Overall efficiency of your body systems. The primary “nutrient” your body requires is oxygen, pretty much nothing works without it for more than a few seconds.

Improves posture. Breath practices encourage the same muscles because full deep breaths require good posture, so you end up practicing and enforcing that too.

It’s uplifting and energizing. If you think that contradicts the first point, it kind of does. Quick as possible explanation: when you’re stressed your nervous system is in fight or flight mode, since it’s an evolutionary thing our bodies don’t know that we can’t log on to the Skype meeting of our lives, it’s like “AAAAAHHH! Run! Bear!”. You couldn’t possibly stop and take a few deep breaths if you were being chased by a bear, so your system goes into calm mode right away, even if you still can’t log on to Skype. On the other hand, when you’re feeling tired a few deep breaths bring oxygen to your brain and muscles, and returns you to the present moment, creating an uplifting and energizing effect. Tada! Non-conflicting contradiction.

So, if only for 2 minutes, find the time to just breathe. Fully and deeply in through your nose, into your belly, then expanding your ribs out as much as you can, into the upper chest lifting those last few ribs until you’ve inhaled as much and as fully (but not necessarily forcefully) as you can. Now passively exhaling through mouth or nose, not forcing out the last bits creating a vacuum, just until your naturally inclined to breathe in again. Remembering the brief pauses at the beginning and end of each inhalation.

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THE NINJA: March 2015

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It Made the Children Laugh and Play: advanced lessons in loving life

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How come we never think of adults laughing and playing? How come when we do we generally only think of them doing so with a child or if they’re drunk.

As adults we often forget to spend time doing fun stuff, like playing with your friends, and recreational activities, or what I consider advanced tactics in loving life.

Sure it sounds basic, and yes, some things are no longer as much fun when you’re grown up, but others are. Sometimes even more so because as adults we have fewer rules confining our creativity and behaviours, basically just laws as opposed to parentally defined rules as well as all laws.

So why is this an advanced lesson?

Well most of the time that you choose not to have fun is due to fear of what people will think of your choice activity and how you’re doing it. It’s why you’re not first on the dance floor, why you didn’t try sea kayaking on your last vacation, and why you didn’t dress up for Halloween even though you had a great costume idea. It’s why you’ve only ever sang with 7 other people at karaoke. Truly I don’t know what you’ve missed out on, but the fear of judgment from stuffy people isn’t worth not laughing and playing, and I guarantee you’ve missed out doing a lot based on fear of judgment or unknown outcomes of your attempt.

We are so good at getting in our own way, and keeping ourselves from the love-filled lives we deserve. When elderly people were asked what they regretted all of the things they wish they’d done more is the laughing, the playing, the friends and family and the taking of risks. I can’t tell you what to do, only that you it’s worth stepping out of your comfort zone even if you must awkwardly toss your limbs one at a time over the hurdle. There is a grand freedom to enjoying play and not letting those who are less happy get you down with their contemptuous glares. Forget what unhappy people Get out of your own way and go play.

Advanced Play Techniques Demonstrated Below

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It’s True and Simple: All You Need Is Love. How to Apply this Pearl of Wisdom!

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“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”
-Arthur Rubinstein

I have been reading and watching a lot of videos lately about happiness and people who are overall very satisfied with their being; people who love their lives.

While I am a work in progress, I usually love my life and how I live, but what it was that provided that satisfaction I was unsure. All the lifestyle counselling classes in school (nor any other, but you’d think it would be “the one”) never taught me what makes this so either. So I’ve been seeking out the recipe, if you will. After all I’ve learned in my career that the biggest part of my job is not the teaching of physical and health education, but the changes in overall lifestyle, and mindset, and making it stick involves liking it. The biggest thing though is to get people’s mindset going for the better with regard to fitness and lifestyle management these habits carry over and bring better overall life satisfaction, it seems to be a natural by-product of the process. It’s how I came up with the tagline “Be Healthy. Look Fantastic. Feel Awesome!”  although in no way do I, nor CREATE Fitness, claim to be any kind of therapist, we are good at yielding positive lifestyle change and satisfaction through the overall process of our fitness and lifestyle programs. I feel like the more I know about this, the better and better I can be at what I do and if it results in greater appreciation for every day and moment of your life, well dang, I couldn’t ask for any greater gift to share with the people who are part of my life and the CREATE Fitness Family!

So here I’m sharing with you a few of the conclusions I’ve drawn from my research so far. How to be in love with your life:

1. Having purpose: Whether it’s in the work you do, how you contribute to your community, or otherwise having purpose is one of the primary keys to loving your life. Ask yourself who you serve, how you serve, what positive change or improvement you elicit for those you serve. Everything you do, even if it’s not what you imagined when you were a kid, perhaps you thought you’d be a firefighter (that was me!) and you ended up a bartender (also me before I went back to school) knowing that I was helping people enjoy their evening and providing a level of entertainment and quality service is still purpose. It may not sound deep, but finding it will help you feel good about what you do. Don’t hold on to it: know what you love and spread it!

2. Gratitude: I know, I know, you hear this one all the time, especially if you do one-on-ones. Here’s why I won’t drop it: we live in a society that is generally never satisfied with what we have, we live in a mindset of lack, yet as Westerners we have equal or more than the rest of the world (and many of them are happier!). Studies show that the happiest people, no matter what their income or standard of living are grateful for what they have. Next time you need something you are eyeing in a store take a moment to feel grateful for what you have and you may discover you don’t need it as badly as you thought. Any time you are feeling lonely, lacking, or—dare I even say it?—bored  (if you don’t already know, I don’t believe in this word, it’s a choice of mindset and it’s is worse to me than “can’t”) try this exercise, you’ll likely find yourself in a much better state of mind. Rather than feeling your lack for it, allow yourself  to feel your know your abundant love.

3. Health: it is much harder to be in love with your life if it is providing you with pain, discomfort, sadness, or any number of symptoms that disease and lack of health provide. Interestingly, health is highly correlated, it’s like a symbiotic relationship in that healthy people love their lives and people who love their lives are generally healthy. And when people who are unhealthy get to be so, often the happiness and life satisfaction come with it, while those who’ve always had it seem pretty life-satisfied. It’s this endless loop of goodness here, so I’ll stop because I’m sure you get it. It’s the one thing you’ve got for good and you’re stuck with it: love your life vehicle!

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GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL.. S!

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Got any?! How about those new year’s resolutions? You know, many have already given up on theirs. Are you one of them?

A lot of people don’t “get” goal writing, or planning beyond the few basics of losing a few pounds or quitting smoking. Are you one of them?

I understand this because I never used to understand goals either. I mean I just had in mind to do things I wanted to do. There wasn’t per se a plan of any kind. I realize now that is how most of the time we achieve exactly nothing! If you’re lucky you might take 2 steps forward and then 2 back and at least have felt the high of the forward steps temporarily, which is nice I suppose until you find yourself in the dumps of the backtrack. A couple of weeks ago there was a Goal Workshop held in CREATE’s Studio, and while there’s just too much to throw into a blog post, there are some ideas that must be shared. And hopefully you’ll start to “get” it too!

I discovered goal setting by accident. You see I didn’t know I was doing it, because some goals you don’t have to write down. When I went back to school as a mature student—which is where my journey of big successes began—writing down that I was going to aim to be an awesome student and graduate with honours seemed silly; I was there as a grown up, no parental force, passionate, so why wouldn’t I put my all into it? So of course I didn’t write out any goals. Funny enough fitness and lifestyle management school teaches you all about goals and creating them. I did very well in this class and still didn’t really “get’ it, yet. Nor did I upon further successes within my career, my life, etc. until a couple of years ago, when I realized how I was creating what I wanted. Then I found by accident that writing it out specifically just made it that much more powerful!

Here are the 3 primary requirements to making your want/vision/idea in to your reality

  1. Latch. You must latch onto the idea like you can’t imagine that not happening. Once you decide this is what will be, you’re in. I remember the day I first told people I would be riding my bicycle across Africa, at a party, that was a scary one to throw out there, but it certainly solidified it in my mind and pretty much meant that I had to do it (or live with an “attention seeking liar”-based label forever). Whatever you want, latch on to the idea, like you know you’ll get it and then…
  1. Vision, develop it! Imagine it all in detail. Not just how it looks but every aspect of it as if you already have it, or are there. Feel physically and emotionally, smells, tastes, sounds. Who’s with you, or in your life, everything you can to develop your picture of this. Write it all down so you can easily access that feeling anytime you need motivation to bring it alive easily. This will help to strengthen your latch and bring in some passion to make it want to happen.
  1. Take Steps. You don’t have to know the whole master plan and have it all figured out, especially if it’s a big undertaking, but do start taking one step at a time. Figure out the next step or two, and then do them, it will all come together in ways you couldn’t imagine.

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Holiday Survival Guide 2 for 1: Surviving the Main Event & Round 2: Fight… for “rock bottm” prices. Making it through Boxing Wee

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With all these holidays and parties I’m going to take some time off!!! As such this blog is a 2 for 1 in the Holiday Survival Guide. We’ve got surviving the main family get together and meal AND surviving Boxing Day/Week.

So in terms of surviving and thriving the primary get together of the season, remember previous tips from Thanksgiving about the food? Those can apply to any big family or holiday meal, a quick recap:

Eat throughout the day, don’t arrive starving.
Survey the table for your favourites and have reasonable portions of those.
Fill up on your favourite veggies first.
Don’t eat stuff “just ‘cuz it’s there, or even ‘cuz it’s healthy, you’re getting plenty of nutrients at this meal and your body won’t “miss out” on superfluous calories you didn’t enjoy.
Don’t obsess. It’s the holidays, life isn’t perfect, do your best not to ruin all your efforts (best and obsess are different!) AND enjoy!

A couple of more tips:

Think ahead: Every year people generally serve the same, or very similar food, so after how many years on this planet you can likely anticipate what will be on the table and how well it’s prepared to yourliking. Think ahead to what you’re looking forward to, that’s what you should focus your calories on as you seemingly missed it, those are the things you want to make a point of enjoying!

Hydrate: you’ll eat way more if you’re dehydrated, and, more importantly, being dehydrated isn’t good for you, and you’re likely also imbibing in alcoholic beverages. Drinking water will keep you from having a headache and a guilty step on the scale tomorrow.

Eat until you’re satisfied and loving your meal: choose not to feel gross and guilty, and maybe even sick. Yes, it’s tasty, so slow down and enjoy it, there will probably also be leftovers and there will definitely be a better appreciation of the meal if you don’t feel more stuffed than the turkey!

And thriving with abundant family time: it sounds so easy, and looks so good in holiday ads, but really we all know family get-togethers can have tension or over-imbibers or drama that just doesn’t go as smoothly as we all hope, or sometimes the activities being partaken in are just not your cup of tea. Try some of these approaches to take it from humdrum to fun:

1. Choose your ‘tude: you know who they are and what to expect of any given person. You can’t control them, you can only control how you approach the event/person/situations. Ahead of time choose a positive frame of mind for the event, and there’s any expected thing you know challenges you? You can choose an attitude of “shake it off”.

2. Suggest activity over TV or movies, you might start a new tradition of going for a big family walk after the meal, or a skate (very suited to hockey families), or even a Christmas dance off or limbo contest. Be imaginative, and sell the kids on it first (they’re solid sales people, read persistent, when they want to do something!)

3. Either you didn’t pick them, but you love them (your family), or you loved one of them and willingly took their whole family as part of the package (partner’s family). No family is perfect, in fact (actual fact!) about 80% are dysfunctional, yup it’s the norm, but it’s the devil you know and love, so own your family’s brand of holiday celebration and live up their wackiness to the fullest. Make the best of the holiday chaos, knowing it’s how they all deal with a busy time of year and do their best to show up and share of their time and love.

Round 2: fight… for the cheap stuff. Holiday survival guide the boxing day edition

You just spent a ton of money on stuff, and you probably just got a lot of stuff. Consider not buying more stuff just because it’s cheap. People get trampled in “rock bottom” prices and fight, like for real fight over a deal, this doesn’t seem worth it. So here’s my advice:

1 .Stay home. You have enough stuff, you don’t need more. Human needs are actually these: water, shelter/elemental protection, food, fire/energy. Note the lack of iphone 6 in that list. Note how you actually have way more than even what you need, be grateful for your abundance and keep from being trampled.

2. Your computer died 3 weeks ago and you’ve actually been waiting for Boxing Day sales. Stay away from Day 1 chaos if you can, and wait until about Day 3 when it gets less hectic, go first thing when the store opens. You may have to deal with ridiculous volumes of people but trampling risk, and getting punched in the face because you innocently picked up the last wireless keyboard to go with your new computer are not going to happen.

3. Better yet, find it the deal online and revert to point number one about staying home!

So for today: Happy Chanukah (not just for night 5, but for all 8 days)! And to longer days ahead on this fine Winter Solstice!

And for the coming week: A Very Merry Christmas & Bountiful Kwanza.

Season’s Greetings to all whether you have an official holiday at this time of year or not, enjoy paid days off, or really well paid days on, and get ready for some New Year Renewal!

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Holiday Survival Guide: Surviving the Crowds

You left shopping to the last minute and now you’re dreading surviving the crowds. Well you know this disaster is inevitable if you wait too long, but there are some things you can do to make it less “ugh!”, or maybe even not “ugh!” at all!

Step 0.5: Do your workout before any shopping, wring any restless energy right out! And don’t leave the house starving, eat something healthy lest you be tempted by whatever’s up for offer to those in a hurry!

Step 1: Don’t even go out into a mall if you don’t have to; online shopping can be glorious. Remember there can be lots of extra packaging to ship certain items, so when it comes to those few items you can get all in one go, make that trip, but for the harder to acquire items this may be the best way to go about it.

Step 2: Accept that this crowd business is your predicament, and choose to make the best of this experience! You may want to make a list of a few reasons you’re lucky to be able to have this experience. Like that we live in abundance and that this annual dance of chaos wouldn’t be if we weren’t so lucky. It will help you more easily accept those who aren’t making the best of the experience and don’t have a “lucky to be here” list (I guarantee you you’ll be the only one with one of those!).

Step 3: Why are you going to the mall or big box? You’re not right?! Almost everything you need can be found at an independent retailer and you’ll be supporting someone locally. Your local big box will likely never know your name (or care when they inevitably take your info for the extended warranty), nor will they appreciate your patronage, or offer you an expert opinion on say quality so that you don’t buy this season’s lemon. They’ll probably be easier to get to just based on parking time alone, and there won’t be the same crowds to wade through and line up with. You might actually enjoy the experience, feel good about putting your dollar into the local economy, look forward to shopping there again, and love giving a gift you were sold based on passion for the product or service, instead of a someone’s whim as they half listen to what you need while serving 4 other people.

Step 4: You have to go to the mall or big box? Take a list, know your stores, get in, get out, be as courteous to those around you as you hope they’d be to you. Silly as it seems it makes this experience at least a hundred times better. Just be kind and smile, remember that someone selling you and 4 other people stuff is working their butt off and probably stressed the heck out. You’ll a) get the best service of the day from someone spread too thin, and b) you’ll feel good for not being miserable in a sea of it seeking more company. FACT: we can feel way better (or worse) just via use of body language that communicates happiness. Pair that with giving someone the gift of kindness and you’ll be strutting through that mall wondering why the heck everyone seems so out of sorts.

I know what you’re thinking, and yes, that advice is totally “cheesy”! I’ll be cheesy and happy any day. You are welcome to “cool misery”, “badass angst” and “suave belligerence” if you like, I’ll take my cheese extra gooey (and you’re always welcome to join me) because I’m rockin’ happy like a new pair of hot boots!

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Holistic Holiday Survival Guide: Surviving the Parties

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So not every party you’re expected to attend this season will have homemade tzatziki and hummus, freshly squeezed green and pink juices, and homemade dark chocolate sorbet like some anniversary parties you may or may not have recently attended (ahem!). No, there will be flaky pastry hors d’oeuvres filled with ham and cheese, heavily rum-laced egg nog, and all kinds of shortbread cookies. This sounds like a disaster to you and your newfound eating habits! Not to mention that you have to have silly make–like-you-care conversations with co-workers you otherwise manage to avoid most of the time because they’re full of other people’s business. These among other things like maybe parties, or ugly sweater dressup or carols aren’t your “thing”, but being there is somewhere you feel obligated to be.

So on feeling obligated: ask yourself how really obligated you are. Sometimes we put undue pressure on ourselves to say “yes” to more than we really have to. If you despise an event that much maybe you can find another way to contribute to that community without having to do/be somewhere you’d really prefer not to be.

I understand you may have to say yes to some commitments. For those I recommend re-framing your perspective. Example: a friend of mine had a birthday at a country and western bar, not my “thing”, but I chose to have a good time with it, make a fool of myself line dancing, and kind of disliked the music but had a blast overall, because I “had to be there” for his 30th. His new girlfriend at the time, chose not to have fun and generally intent on ensuring she ruined the evening as she was miserable and wanted company. You’ll get over the music, sweater, etc. and actually enjoy yourself. It is 100% a choice, whether you like that truth or not, when we take personal responsibility for our attitude and choices it changes our potential to be happy despite _______, in any moment. So choose to make the best and it will be!

The food is also about personal responsibility, but from another perspective. It’s about being responsible to yourself, and honouring yourself and your goals. Not to say that you should have none of those things, but choose wisely, according to your favourites and don’t arrive starving (you’ve heard all the logistics before when it comes to thanksgiving food tips).

From a mentality perspective though, do it because you care about your goals and yourself enough to make choices that serve you. This can be challenging, I am not denying this, but leaves you feeling really good in the end rather than temporarily comforted by food.

Come back to that little devil and angel on your shoulder and listen for the angel. S/he’ll speak more quietly and comes with more amount of “feeling” the right thing usually more so than hearing “do what serves you”, in fact I’m sure you’ll seldom, if ever, hear that. Whereas that little devil will speak loudly with all kinds of convoluted logic like “you’ve already ruined it, by having ______, so just have everything you want”, or “ the broccoli cheese puffs totally have a serving of veggies for every 2 puffs, you should eat 6 to get in your remaining veggies for the day!”, these are silly examples, but you know that loud, clear, easy-to-understand voice that basically finds excuses to “okay” what you know really doesn’t fly, and sometimes that “logic” is equally as silly as my examples when heard repeated back at a later time!

And so I leave you with this for surviving the parties: Honour yourself! Honour your need to say no when you don’t have to. Honour yourself with choosing a great attitude in a not-preferred situation to make the best of what is and must be, and honour yourself enough to choose what is an okay treat to truly enjoy and what’s going unnecessarily overboard (and in the end won’t really enjoy, and may even feel guilty about).

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