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Don't be so hard on yourself

Nov 17, 2017

So, I don't often do something as trite as posting lyrics as a blog post. But, I'm a bit behind in posting and a song by my new favorite band, The Interrupters, really hit me the other day. I think it's pretty self explanatory, so here it is...

They always told you you were never good enough
But why oh why are you making it
Are you making it so hard?

Be easy on yourself
Be easy on yourself
Be easy on yourself
Cuz nobody's been easy on you


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Workout Tip # 5b: Where to Workout

Nov 9, 2017

Know Thy Self! Where to work out?


I think that knowing where to workout is also super important. Are you a gym person? Do you like to exercise at home? Do you prefer to be outside? Does the weather or time of year make a difference to you? I’d be willing to bet that all these things make a difference. But the answers are different for everybody. And, here’s the strangest part: the answer for you may change over time.


Maybe you have a busy work schedule and feel like it’s too much of a pain to get out to the gym. Putting some exercise equipment in your basement might be the right answer. But, if you need to have a social aspect to your workout, maybe taking classes at the gym is the right answer. If you love the outdoors, it’s likely that you won’t want to be shut up in the basement or the gym in nice weather. Then you’ll need to find options that get you outside.


And sometimes the same situation may lead to different conclusions over time. That has certainly been my experience. I work from home and am pretty self motivated. So, I build a gym in my house. I’ve got a bench, weights, bands, a balance ball and a few other misc. pieces. For several years I worked out at home because it was convenient and time efficient. But I came to a point where my business was thriving to the extent that it became healthy for me to get out of the house for an hour or an hour and a half every day to get my workout in at the gym. I’m lucky that I have a great, reasonably priced gym that is a 6 minute drive from my house. Maybe someday I’ll move back to working out at home? Who knows? But I can say that being flexible has allowed me to continue my workout routine through many changes in my life, work, and schedule.



Standard Disclaimer:  In an effort to foil my own perfectionist tendencies, I do not edit my posts much… if at all. Please excuse and typos, mistakes, grammatical errors, or awkward phrasing. I focus on getting my content down. An imperfect post completed is better than a perfect post that goes unposted.



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Fighting ADHD ignorance

Nov 3, 2017

Got an awesome (sarcasm) email last week. Decided to send a response. For your edification and amusement, check out a copy of my response below.

Hey William. Sorry it has taken a few days to get back to you. But, I feel that it’s really important to do so. I invite you to thoroughly digest my (inline) response to your initial email below.

I was browsing Google for content related to ADHD and came across your page here:
Let’s be honest. You weren’t browsing. This is an email generated by a marketing firm or an algorithm. God bless anyone who falls for your personal touch.

Looks great! 
Thanks for the smoke blowing. But, if you’d actually read my site, you’d know that you wouldn’t like it so much.

Adderall and prescription ADHD medications can be highly dangerous if abused. These stimulants have many adverse side effects and are known to be quite harmful to children despite being FDA approved. 
Your ignorance on this topic is mind-blowing in 2017. As a matter of fact I would go so far as to call these two sentences patently false, dangerous, fear mongering. There have been literally hundreds of studies showing the safety an efficacy of stimulant therapy. The vast, vast majority of those studies have been conducted on children. As a matter of fact, I have participated in more than one of those longitudinal studies at MGH I was diagnosed at age ten and have been medicated for 29 years. So, in addition to finding your assertion professionally unconscionable, I find it personally offensive. 

Since Adderall abuse has grown to epidemic levels, our research team has compiled an article about the best all-natural alternatives to Adderall.
Actually, that’s not true at all. Opioid abuse it at an epidemic level. Not so much for Adderall. You want to actually read some medical research on the topic which you seem to be implying that you are an expert on.

Simply put, we’re trying to draw much-needed awareness to safer and healthier remedies for ADHD. 
New and innovative treatments for ADHD are always needed, but not from a safety standpoint, from an efficacy one. About 85% of ADHD patients respond to stimulants. That is an amazing figure. But when you consider that ADHD affects about 8 - 10% of the population, there are still many people who don’t have an effective treatment. So, if whatever you are trying to sell me works, I strongly encourage you to be spending your time proving that in a clinical setting. 

I hope you’ll find our post useful. If you do, please feel free to link to it as a resource within your article. We firmly believe this is a post that all parents and those with ADHD should read. 
Honestly, I’m not even sure what you are trying to sell me here. But you should probably fire the guy who wrote this because it is totally unclear.

In exchange for the reference, we’ll share your page across all of our social networks to help drive traffic to your website and increase exposure. Our Twitter page alone receives over 250,000 Tweet Impressions per month. =) If you're interested, please let me know. 
I’m doing fine on my own, thank you. I have a full practice and a waitlist. I help real people every day.

Either way, keep up the great work! We appreciate your time. Enjoy the rest of your week. 
I will, in fact, keep up the great work by combatting the ignorance you so freely spouting in your email. 

In short, Fuck Off!

Best,
Matt

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Workout Tip # 5a: Know Thy Self!

Oct 27, 2017

When to work out?


Knowing what is likely to work for you, your brain, your body, and your life is so important. I’ve always wanted to be that guy in the shoe commercial who gets up and goes for a run first thing in the morning. For years I beat myself up for not doing it. Then I finally realized…. I’m not that guy. My body doesn’t feel great in the morning. My brain is pretty focused, so I don’t really need the benefits of my workout yet. And, it doesn’t necessarily work with my schedule.


Eventually, I realized that I work best if I have a break mid day to get my workout in. I need the opportunity to reset myself after a morning or work or parenting. It gives me a chance to be mindful, get my brain chemistry sorted, and refocus for my afternoon. I’ve learned that I have a sweet spot in my day between 10:30 and 3:30. Occasionally, when my schedule mandates, I can get a workout in the a.m. But it’s never a great workout. And, if I wait too long, I end up feeling antsy but lack the energy to want to really workout.


The point is that it took me a very long time to recognize these things about me. I’m hoping that sharing my journey can help some of you get there faster than I did.



Standard Disclaimer:  In an effort to foil my own perfectionist tendencies, I do not edit my posts much… if at all. Please excuse and typos, mistakes, grammatical errors, or awkward phrasing. I focus on getting my content down. An imperfect post completed is better than a perfect post that goes unposted.


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Workout Tip #4

Oct 20, 2017

Don’t push yourself until your workout is torture. It is really important to leave yourself feeling good or you won’t want to go back. For example, if you go to the gym with the goal of doing a 30 minute lifting routine and find that you don’t feel great and really feel like you only have 2 sets of 10 in you instead of 3 sets, that’s okay. If you have done all of the workout except one exercise that you hate and you’re want to be done, that’s okay. If you have done 25 minutes and feel like you’ve had a good workout and are ready to be done, that’s okay. 20 - 25 minutes of good exercise and a good feeling is far better than 30 minutes and leaving with a bad taste in your mouth. Slowly but surely you will start to change your thinking about your workouts. They will go from sucking your will to live to not so bad. Then they might actually be a thing you can learn to enjoy.


Of course we do need to push ourselves enough that we are really getting enough of a benefit out of our exercise. I’m an athlete and a competitive son of a gun. So, pushing myself isn’t so hard. But, my wife, for example sometimes struggles with that. If you do struggle with pushing yourself, don’t think about pushing yourself for longer, just think about increasing your intensity. Think about hiring a good trainer to get you jump started. Or find a workout buddy who is self motivated. You can feed on their intensity as you learn to create your own. Also consider doing intervals. That really worked for my wife. She does interval sprinting on the spin bike (and watches tv while she does it,) and that helps her push to where she wants to be.


This is a lovely segue into the next topic of knowing yourself. Check it out next time.



Standard Disclaimer:  In an effort to foil my own perfectionist tendencies, I do not edit my posts much… if at all. Please excuse and typos, mistakes, grammatical errors, or awkward phrasing. I focus on getting my content down. An imperfect post completed is better than a perfect post that goes unposted.



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Great ADHD education event!

Oct 17, 2017

Dr. McDonnell is one of my favorite people in the ADHD community here in Greater Boston. Please consider checking this out.
Great ADHD education event!

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