Monday, April 2, 2018
Daily Thought 2018

The Ultimate Balance
Psychologist James Hillman suggests that we must ultimately find a balance between self-acceptance and an ongoing commitment to change those aspects of ourselves that are destructive. Can you accept your faults as they are even while working to improve them? They do not define you; they are simply part of you, and you have the power to change them if you choose, or understand they exist and adapt. You define who you are by your values, not by your human frailties. Choose to focus on the things you do well, while making a commitment to improve the things about you that you do not. Life is a process of continual improvement. Each day is a new opportunity to do it better than you did yesterday.

“Love not what you are, but what you may become.” Miguel De Cervantes

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Going Hard for Fitness?
After you have built your aerobic base with your slow and long workouts to increase endurance, you will now want to speed things up a bit and get on to some bigger goals. Getting up into the upper HR zones increases fitness and performance at exercise. This will jump your metabolism up for bigger weight loss or sports performance depending on your specific goals. Either way, this training will challenge you to greater heights. Training higher up your anaerobic threshold delivers big benefits for your health, but you are going to have to work for it. Going hard enough to get out of breath will reveal your threshold. Zone 4 & 5 will produce the increased fitness you need to get to the next level. The increase in oxygen and greater heart strength will improve your ability to use more and more aerobic power during your workouts. Burn the fat to get leaner, burn the sugar in short spurts to get fitter and stronger. ??

Read more…Going Hard For Fitness

Spartan SGX Training Tip: Workout of the Day (WOD)
Week 12 Day 1 WOD: Race Week
Spartan WOD: Long Easy Run
Take today and do your last long run before Saturday’s Spartan race in Charlotte. Try and run 4-6 miles in zone 2-3 (125-140 bpm). Concentrate on your breathing and technique, make it trail running if you can. Make your duration 60 to 90 minutes if possible.

Nutrition Tip: Do all your eating at a table
No, a desk is not a table. If we eat while we’re working, or while watching TV or driving, we eat mindlessly—and as a result eat a lot more than we would if we were eating at a table, paying attention to what we’re doing. This phenomenon can be tested (and put to good use): Place a child in front of a television set and place a bowl of fresh vegetables in front of him or her. The child will eat everything in the bowl, often even vegetables he or she doesn’t ordinarily touch, without noticing what’s going on. Which suggests an exception to the rule: When eating somewhere other than at a table, stick to fruits and vegetables.
Read more…64 Food Rules by Michael Pollan

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” Nathaniel Branden