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So, my Dad is in hospital today having his gall bladder removed.

He’s a pretty tough dude my old man.

Farmer you see.

I remember as a kid seeing him stand on a upturned nail which went right into his foot.

He barely flinched.

Finished his jobs then drove himself to hospital for some stitches and a tetanus jab.

So when my sister rang me nearly two weeks ago to say he’d been taken into hospital and was bent over double, sweating, shaking and vomiting from the pain, I knew it must be rather unpleasant.

I get my pain threshold from him I think.

I’ve been told several times by medical people that people with lesser damage to their back and neck than me have been signed off work.

And the guy that treats / tortures my back seems to enjoy finally getting me to squirm with pain while saying things like “Ah, so you do feel pain” in his broad Polish accent.

I don’t think it’s a genetic thing though.

I just think growing up watching my Dad (and Grandpa) ‘just get on with it’ when in pain has instilled the same attitude in me.

And it’s the same with a lot of the ways we see things in this world.

A result of the attitudes that were instilled in us growing up.

Especially people’s relationships with food, exercise and general ‘healthy living’.

The way we see certain foods as a ‘treat’.

The way we see changing the way we eat as ‘a diet’ or restriction or cutting something out.

Seeing constantly jumping to the next fad diet as the answer.

Seeing exercise as painful, boring and something you have to make yourself do.

A lot of these opinions are hangovers from our upbringing.

Realising that is a great first step to changing it.

Accepting that these are just our opinions and that they are, to a great degree, influenced by the opinions of those around us as we grew up is empowering.

It will still require some effort to change it.

But it’s a start.

So – have a think.

About all the things you think about food, exercise and so on.

How much is fact and how much is opinion you’ve ‘inherited’.

Much love,


Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.