Your body is like a piece of marble. If you want to create a work of art you need to think accordingly…
Think Like a Sculptor
You have the chunk of marble. Have a vision of what you want the finished product to look like. Get your tools in order and lay out your plan. Although you may have to adjust along the way, start from the beginning and see the process through…
First whack off big chunks to get the basic shape.
This is basic healthy living practices. Think the Bare 5 elements. Real food, move the body, sleep well, connect to the earth and enjoy life. The foundation to any great sculpture starts here and biggest bang you get for your buck are the basic elements of a healthy body. None of the other tools or techniques will work well if the basics aren’t in place.
Then move into forming the more specific shape.
The secondary tweaks and adjustments come here. Managing food a bit more (i.e. macronutrients/carbs/food timing), exercise variation (i.e. weight training, running, yoga), managing light exposure/circadian rhythms and testing/optimizing hormones/blood/nutrients/etc. All of this specific work settles in nicely following the basic shape work. Trying to fit these tools/techniques into the process before the basic shape is established will only make them less effective and prove to be frustrating.
Then, and only then, start the detail work.
Fine tune the body with all of the advanced tricks. Carb cycling, intermittent fasting, high intensity training, supplements and all other tricks that only the finish line requires. Pick one tool at a time and chisel. Don’t try too many tools at once or rush the process. Take your time and carve out the details you want to see. Once again, trying to do fine tuning too soon will only prove problematic.
Think of behaviors as tools. Eliminating processed food/walking/sleeping are sledgehammers. Weight training is a small pointed hammer. Carb cycling is a chisel. Intermittent fasting is sandpaper. Stress management is the tarp that protects the sculpture. Sun gives the statue it’s nice finish. Everything is a tool and has its place. The successful sculptor is one that chooses the right tool at the right time for the right task.
The whole process takes a lot of time. You get your big bang in the beginning, put in the work in the middle and then really focus in on the details at the end.
Have a plan, use the appropriate tools, and let the process play out. Don’t grab sandpaper if you haven’t even hammered the basic shape out yet.
If a sculptor rushes they usually don’t do as good of a job and they’re more likely to create damage in structure have to start again.
Particularly on the detail work, have a plan, be patient, take your time, do it right and concentrate. Be very meticulous and thoughtful.
Good sculptures, like good bodies, are works of art.
Good luck on yours…
Thanks for reading, have a great day!