Monday, April 16, 2018
Daily Thought 2018
The Rituals of Activity and Recovery
The most important role of rituals is to insure an effective balance between energy expenditure and energy renewal in the service of full engagement. All great performers have rituals that optimize their ability to move rhythmically between stress and recovery. The more precise and effective our recovery rituals, the more quickly we can restore our energy reserves. Even 60-90 second breaks during the day have proven to significantly improve performance with executives that sit for long periods as part of their job. These breaks include: deep breathing, listening to your favorite song, talking with a friend or relative, a quick walk to get some “fresh air”, or even eating a healthy snack. The more scheduled and systematic these rituals become, the more renewal they provide. The more exacting the challenge, the more rigorous our rituals need to be. Build rituals that help your body recover to improve your ability to perform in the clutch.

“The sustaining power of rituals comes from the fact that they conserve energy”Dr. Jim Loehr
Read more…The Power of Full Engagement

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Keep a Log or Lose Your Command
One of the great keys to caring about your own life is to watch it. Keep track of it as if it mattered a lot, which it does. If you’re going to have a good life, a full life that you and others care about, it MUST be the examined life. That means writing stuff down, keep track of progress, and creating internal accountability. Once your write it down it becomes real in the world. Share your fitness journey with others so your reputation is at stake. Create the environment for you to succeed, without accountability it is not going to happen. Stay focused by journaling, tracking your progress with technology, and join a group that is up to what you want.
Spartan Workout of the Day:
Volume 2 Week 1 Day 1 WOD: Pulling

Nutrition Tip: The Timing of When You Eat
When you eat can have just as much impact as what you eat when it comes to your nutrition. Eat smart to start the day out is a core strategy, breakfast determines your energy for the day. A snack midmorning will take the hunger off so you can eat a sensible lunch. Midafternoon snack to make sure you have good focus at the end of the day. Eat light at night to keep the calories out of your stomach, so your body can burn them from your reserves while you sleep. If you go to bed satisfied your body will be digesting food during the night instead of burn off your excess fat. Wake up hungry in the morning and you are on your way to weight loss. It’s not that complicated. Eat a big breakfast, healthy snacks between meals, moderate lunch, and light dinner.
Read more…A long List of Good Things to Eat

”What determines whether a challenge will or will not be met? The answer is that this depends upon the presence or absence of initiative and of creative individuals with clarity of mind and energy of will capable of effective responses to new situations.” Will Durant