Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Daily Thought 2018

Key Behaviors
There are several key elements in building effective energy-management rituals but none so important as specificity of timing and the precision of behavior during the thirty-to-sixty day acquisition period. Our lives are so busy at times that we often feel we just don’t have time to connect with the ones that are most important to us. In reality it is that we don’t commit to time with our loved ones because many times we are just too distracted by things that really aren’t very important. One of the most effective rituals for energy-management is exercise. We annually make the commitment to exercise, and for whatever reason it falls by the wayside as soon as the demands of everyday life crowd it out again. It really is more a matter of commitment than it is about being busy. We have the time we need we just don’t allocate the time and stay committed to it no matter what. Whatever the key behavior change you feel you need to make, make the commitment and defend it no matter what. The changes you desire are obtainable if you are prepared to commit fully to it. Start by committing to yourself with daily exercise.
 
“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do. Not that the nature of the thing itself has changed but our power to do it is increased.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Interval Training
Interval Training is how you will apply the Zone 4-5 efforts for greater fitness. These typically short but intense efforts that challenge you will increase your fitness most effectively. Vary the duration and intensity for the best results, keep your body guessing but go hard each time, no matter the duration. You’ll be amazed when you find out what your body is capable of doing if you just try. The benefits of being very fit are worth the effort. Go big or go home as the saying goes. Don’t wait for the body you want, go get it!

Read more…Interval Training

Spartan SGX Training Tip: Workout of the Day (WOD)
Week 12 Day 2 WOD: Mind
Tonight’s OCR WOD: Yoga/Foam Roller/Stretching

Nutrition Tip: Pay More, Eat Less
With food, as with so many things, you get what you pay for. There is also a trade-off between quality and quantity, and a person’s “food experience”—a meal’s duration or quotient of pleasure—does not necessarily correlate with the number of calories consumed. The American food system has for many years devoted its energies to increasing quantity and reducing price rather than to improving quality. There’s no escaping the fact that better food—measured by taste or nutritional quality (which often correspond)—costs more, because it has been grown or raised less intensively and with more care. Not everyone can afford to eat well in America, which is a literal shame, but most of us can: Americans spend less than 10 percent of their income on food, less than the citizens of any other nation. As the cost of food in America has declined, in terms of both price and the effort required to put it on the table, we have been eating much more (and spending more on health care). If you spend more for better food, you’ll probably eat less of it, and treat it with more care. And if that higher-quality food tastes better, you “will need less of it to feel satisfied”. Choose quality over quantity, food experience over mere calories. Or as grandmothers used to say, “Better to pay the grocer than the doctor.”
 
Read more…64 Food Rules by Michael Pollan

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind.” William James, Psychologist