Thursday, July 27, 2017
Pursuing Our Best Self
In a world that is constantly demanding our time and energy in increasing levels we may want to shrink back and try to recover, to retreat to our comfort zone when things get hard. This is normal primal human reaction to challenge, sometimes it’s even warranted when we need to recover from a particularly difficult period of time. We must resist staying there in that comfortable space, it feels good, but it does not produce growth. We all have dreams of who we want to be and what we want to do with our lives, but these dreams are not served when we are comfortable. By challenging ourselves to reach just a little bit higher, and play a little bit bigger we have a chance to do something special. To have a life that really matters we will have to take the risk that we might fail, and we will fail at times. As we pick ourselves back up and go again we can realize that there is way more power deep down inside us than we previously thought. This understanding that we all have greatness within us, that we can be the ones in the world that make a difference, that we can change the world for the better. It is going to take some real work to do it, and it is going to take the best we have to do it. The pursuit of our best self is very difficult, and at times we will want to quit. We can’t do that our families are counting on us, our communities are counting on us, and our world needs more leaders to step up and be the ones to fight for what is right. We have to pursue our best self because it is up to us, we can’t wait, we have to go now. What really gets revealed is that when we live a life that matters, we find out that we are the ones who can create great things, that we are much more powerful in this world that we could have imagined. I see others do great things and think, I can do great things too, one step at a time, every single day until it builds into something that really matters. The next time it all gets to be too much, step back and catch your breath, and then jump right back in because you matter, and what you do with your life matters, to you and those around you that are counting on you. Be your best self, and find in the struggle it takes to be great you will find your voice and others will join you. If it is to be it is up to me!
“It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life, and if you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct then your life will be safe, expedient, and thin.” Katherine Butler Hathaway
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: The Pulse of Life
Nature itself has a pulse, a rhythmic, wavelike movement between activity and rest. Think of the ebb and flow of the tides, the movement between seasons, and the daily rising and setting of the sun. So too, human beings are guided by rhythms, both those dedicated by nature and those encoded in our genes. When we ignore the rhythms of our bodies like sleep and nutrition or stress levels our bodies begin to breakdown. Sometimes we try and make up for the activity and rest cycles with stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, or other drugs). Listen to your body when it tells you to rest and recover to maintain the balance between the two that allow a high performance lifestyle.
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Nutrition Tip: Energy Balance
Energy balance is the ability to counter calories taken in daily with calories expended during activity or exercise session. Understanding this balance is the key to successful weight loss and long term weight management. There are several ways to determine your energy balance, first determine your basal metabolic rate (daily calorie consumption at rest). A good rule of thumb is taking your current weight and adding a zero for a basic idea of your BMR. Resting metabolic testing can give you a more exact determination and involves a ten-minute resting test. Polar Loop activity tracker can measure your BMR accurately each day. Once you have determined your BMR, you now need to know your calories expended during exercise. This can be done by observing the calorie count on the cardio machines if you workout on cardio equipment. You can also estimate your calorie expenditure by using online calculators. Using a HR monitor is the most accurate measure, and can be used in any setting. Record your workouts and upload them to a FREE website to track your energy balance each week to ensure weight loss/management success.
“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” Henry David Thoreau
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