Author:Sharlet Briggs, PHD

Culture – The Crux of The Longevity Challenge

We consider ourselves free-thinking, but the crux of the longevity challenge is, quite bluntly, that we are creatures of culture. Culture tells us when to get an education, marry, have children, buy a house, work, and retire. Culture dates back to the beginning of time and is profoundly mismatched to the length of the lives we are living. After all, an American born today has a projected average life span 20 full years longer than one born in 1925. You may need to look head-on at your culture and ask...

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It’s New…It’s Different

Sighing Phillip stated, "Learning about other food options and having a desire to change isn't enough to counter my love of eating hamburgers, topped with fries and a drink of soda but I am getting better at making choices." People fail for many reasons. Taking time to—make nutritious food instead of driving through and quickly eating  a hamburger or grabbing a drink of water instead of soda can be a big lifestyle change for some people. It's new...

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Show Up

Have you noticed that other people are be in better shape than you?  It might be because they took the time and invested the effort to show up. They showed up, every time, again and again. They never contemplated that they might not get in the game, even though they're more out of shape. Could it be that they were prepared to spend a decade (or two or three) to change their habits and adopt a Longevity Lifestyle because it mattered to them? You can do it. Take it one step at...

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Getting in Better Shape

It's tempting to fall into the trap of believing that being out of shape is a genetic predisposition, as it lets us off the hook. The truth is, with few rare exceptions, all of us are capable of being in better shape. I'll grant you that it might take a dramatic change in lifestyle to be great shape, but if you're out of shape, it's not because of your genes. It's maybe because you haven't had a parent or someone in your life who knew enough to teach you the elements...

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Your List

Take out a piece of paper on one side list all the great things that has happened to you, the seemingly lucky things, the advantages, the gifts of feedback, your trusted friends and family, your health, your freedom, perhaps your education. You have it. Your list should include everything nice that someone has said or done for you. Take your time this isn’t something to rush. Now flip to the other side of the paper. On this side list the obstacles you deal with regularly, the seemly unlucky things that continue...

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Truths

You believe things that aren’t true. Put a different way: many things that are true are true because you believe them. We believe what we want to believe, and once we believe something, it becomes a self-fulfilling truth. If you think that a (costly) gym is better to get you into shape, then it is. If you think that paying attention to your mind and body matter, then it does. If you are committed to a longevity lifestyle, then you’re going to enjoy learning new information. Club 122 is about changing people’s...

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Your Story

Just to be clear, especially if you are just joining us at Club 122: Information about mind, body and weight is elusive. No one knows all the information about anything. We certainly don’t know all the information. What we do know (and what we talk about) is what current research tells us. What it tells us is that what you believe is your truth. Your truth, derived from your brain. Storytelling is what your brain does well. The story of your life. Your childhood might be part of it, the things that caused you...

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