Author Archive: Tyler Cartwright

Former fat guy (well, I'm still fat...but less so and getting thinner and stronger). I've lost 295 lbs - while on a ketogenic diet. I love to lift, to learn, and to live...anything else...just ask.

My Eulogy For Keto Sanity

No clever titles. No fancy graphics.  No amusing anecdotes.  No fancy SEO tricks.  Just my heart and some raw emotion this one.

I used to believe that what would kill the ketogenic movement would be the quick fix mentality and the “give me a pill” culture of western society. I’ve recently come to the jarring realization that what is going to kill the ketogenic movement has nothing to do with pills and powders, but rather runaway pride.

My concern is that the ketogenic diet, a dietary intervention which has aided so many people in getting a grasp on their…
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My Version of Walden Pond

So here I sit…alone in a cabin in the woods feeling a bit like Henry David Thoreau.  Being outside in the darkness, feeling the breeze move across my face, miles from highways and enjoying the sound of nothingness affords a person time to think.  Time is granted to reflect on what is, at this point, nearly a decade-long journey.  Journey probably isn’t the correct word.  A decade long struggle full on peaks and vallies, ebbs and flows, wins and losses.  This evening I wanted to sit down, albeit using the pale light of a cellular phone and the transient data…
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Do Difficult Things Every Day and Triumph

Do Difficult Things Every Day.

 

This is going to be a short post, mostly because the concept can be summed up in those five words.  At a round table Q&A at our recent conference there was a question which was asked related to breaking through mental barriers – how do you do it.  The truth is I wish I had a better answer for the inquirer than I did at the time, but it did give me something to think about the entire next day.  What is it about some people who seem to “smash it”…
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Dear Health Establishment…

Dear health establishment, one of my favorite musical genres is the singer-songwriter style of music most popular in the 1960’s and 70’s.  Guys like James Taylor and Jim Croce, ladies like Carole King.  The soulful meaning of the lyrics, the moral causes and personal crusades coupled with well-performed guitar work or piano instrumentation is a hallmark of this music.  The soft sound is juxtaposed against the heavy meaning of many of the lyrics.  As I opine here, I want to remind you of a verse from one of my favorite songs of all time. A song about the shifting tides of…
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Ketogains Seminar Series – Las Vegas (Oct 8 & 9th)

Ketogains Seminar Series – Las Vegas!

 

$99 Earlybird Special on Tickets for the first 100 participants!

Current Speaker Lineup (Subject to Change & Addition):

Dr. Jacob Wilson Ryan Lowery Shawn Wells Craig Preisendorf Michael Trinchitella Luis Villasenor Tyler Cartwright

Product samples, Q&A Roundtable, and Open Discussion available.

Hotel room details and code for purchase will be provided very shortly.  Keep an eye out for that!

EARLYBIRD TICKETS!

 

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The Dumb Side of SMART Goals

This post is a rant.

I’ll clearly own and admit that it is.  I love SMART goals as they pertain to business, professional, and personal goals related to project management, task completion, and the like.  Here’s where I rebel.  I coach a number of clients – both in group setting and as a private coach.  Much of our work is both mental and physical.  Anyone with a core competency in training can make you stronger – I want to make you more resilient and improve your mental fortitude at the same time.  And therein lies my issue.  At…
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Socrates, Thoreau, Elephants, Life Change

There is a quote by Socrates, the Greek philosopher, which says, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  This is, at face value, trite.  It’s the stale sort of first-semester psychology major quote that you’ve heard a hundred times, or seen tattooed on the side of some 19 year old in a two-piece bikini at the beach.  The meaning for me, at 37 years old, has more to do with the context in which Socrates is reported to have said those words.  The quote is actually from Plato’s book titled “Apology” (The more formal title being the fancier-sounding “Apologia Socratis.”). …
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Micronutrients Made Simple

There are a number of reasons that you may not be performing optimally – you may not be eating sufficient amounts of calories (be they protein, fat, or carbohydrate) for performance and recovery, you may not be getting adequate rest, you could be under a great deal of stress; it’s also possible that all three of those examples are just fine, but your diet is garbage and you forgot about micronutrients.

 

One of my criticisms of the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) movement (at least what it “became,” perhaps not what it was intended to be)…
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Life Change – The Cost of Investment

Life Change, of course, is not easy. I grew up in a Southern Baptist church.  I still attend regularly.  One of the interesting things that I saw growing up was that every time a Summer Revival week would come around was that the same handful of people in the church who had felt they were somehow out of touch with God would want to “rededicate their life.”  While I appreciate the spiritual significance of this, and I don’t at all want to demean their choice, I found my inner cynic saying, “So if the first four times didn’t create lasting…
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start to finish image ilustrating the fear to change on your fear to change in a diet journey

The Two Fears that Sabotage Change

 

It’s become a recurring thought in my head about how to share with people who have a long journey of self- Change ahead of them something that I’ve learned from 9 years trying to become the person I want to be.  How do you take all of the successes, all of the struggles, and all of the questions that bounce around in your head and condense it down into something that both resonates with people and also encourages them to recognize what is ahead and how to deal with the challenges that will come?  I was reminded of something…
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