Everything Affects Everything

Everything affects everything.

We can get real woo-woo with this, but I’m actually going to stay pretty practical with you today…

My recent headache debacle (read about it here) was a great reminder of this fact.

We’re so quick to look at symptoms without uncovering the underlying cause…

I mentioned how my nightmare 10-day headache was the result of work I’ve been doing to loosen up my psoas muscles – the psoas has a connection to the head, physically AND emotionally (woo-woo).

It was interesting when I was with the physical therapist how she was so interested in knowing about as many falls, breaks, bumps, accidents, and whatnot I’ve had over my lifetime.  As a very active kid who loved jumping bikes, dirtbikes, and skiing I had plenty of falls in my time!

I never really give them much thought anymore, but this was key information for her as she was putting me through all kinds of assessments.


Because everything affects everything…and it makes perfect sense.

Think about it…

You have a really bad fall that rattles your body pretty good.  It’s going to knock some things out of alignment.

Well, when you’re out of alignment your body has to compensate.  Muscles pull this way. Bones go that way. Compensatory movement and patterns develop.  And so on.

Clearly, that’s going to have an impact at some point…

Those symptoms might not occur for years or even decades so when they do come up we just focus on the symptoms we’re feeling TODAY instead of considering the underlying cause and seeing about fixing that.

For example, my debilitating headache that felt like there could be something seriously wrong (there were some scary thoughts/moments) resulted from addressing my psoas tightness, but what caused that tightness?

Could be the significant amount of time I sit at a desk.

Could be the really bad fall on my ass skiing (big jump gone wrong) in 2005.

Could be the gazillion crashes as a kid.

Could also be all the emotional stuff I’ve knowingly/unknowingly “suppressed” – woo-woo again.  ;-b

Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter.  The point is, we think things are done when they’re over…but they’re NOT.  They can have an impact later on. It’s kinda like the “butterfly effect.”

By the way, someone asked me, “Given what happened, will you keep working on your psoas?”


This woke me up to just how important tissue quality, mobility, and flexibility is.  We all need a reminder (aka, kick in the pants) now and again. ;-b

By the way, the reason I started doing all this psoas work in the first place was to improve my squats (I’ve got training goals), as well as address the curve in my lower spine (doesn’t bother me now, but I’m concerned with longevity).

Again, everything affects everything…

Let’s look at this whole concept of everything affects everything from one more perspective that I see A LOT when it comes to weight loss struggles.

And, let’s approach it from a non-physical structure standpoint…

Let’s look at STRESS.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worked with people who are under a lot of negative stress (divorce, raising teenagers, caring for aging parents, work stuff, social drama, etc.) who are seemingly doing things “right” to lose weight but can’t shed a pound…

I’ll save time and space by just saying there’s a number of things that happen internally when we’re under stress that brings fat loss to a screeching halt.

Everything affects everything.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you can’t lose weight if you’re dealing with a lot of stress, and I’m certainly not saying to just give up.  Quite the opposite actually…

We already know how important regular exercise and supportive nutrition is for dealing with stress.  Dumping those is just going to make everything worse!

I just want to bring awareness to the fact that weight loss, fitness, health in general, needs to be a holistic approach and we have to understand that we’re going to have times when we’re making great progress and there are going to be times when holding a plateau is great, too.

Everything affects everything.

When you embrace that you can take a more longterm (lifelong) approach to your health, fitness, and well-being.  You’ll also be able to have a lot more grace with yourself as you go through different seasons of life.

By the way, here’s a great visual of how success in pretty much anything happens:

What Success Really Looks Like


Because everything affects everything…


Justin Yule

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About the Author:

Husband. Dog Dad. Author. Coach. Entrepreneur. Transformation Specialist. Justin Yule is the founder, president, and chief transformation officer of The Transformation Club. In addition, he serves fitness professionals worldwide as a business coach and subject-matter expert. Justin is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Transformation Book, as well as the author of the fictional tale, The Transformation Path. He is also the co-host of The Transformation Show podcast. Justin has a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness and holds multiple specialty training certifications in fitness. He has been educating, motivating, and inspiring clients to become the best version of themselves since 1997.

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