Wednesday, September 16, 2015

3 P's...

Recognize your progress. Acknowledge and own the changes you have made! Don't just be looking for more and better all the time

Measured this little meal out, 1.5 ounces of good prosciutto de parma in a pan to get crispy, 2 egg whites + 1 egg whisked, .5 ounces shredded parmesan, 3 oz roasted mini yukon potatoes, fresh herbs and then 1/2 TB of organic sour cream. Voila! Also made some homemade banana bread...with roasted/ caramelized bananas and browned butter....
To do big batch items like baked goods or chili etc. you must account for the TOTAL fat, carb and protein in the batch. Then divide for the serving size. I saved this after I ddi the math as K's banana bread so that I can keep in my app should I make it again. Definitely a little advanced if you are just starting Macros, but totally doable!


Back on Fish oil! Me AND the kids! Great for reducing inflammation and also counter acting the Omega 6's in so much of what we are eating. Meal two this week was some of the leftover potatoes and pan seared Turbot in a little Ghee butter with steamed green beans from the farmers market. Olivia and Markus LOVED it too!


As we are underway with the G60 challenge, I will make sure some of these blogs have tangible helpful tips for macros and health eating. However, I think that all of the facts and logistics in the world are useless without considering the philosophical side of ourselves and without digging into those a bit...so, with that...

Today I was thinking of 3 crucial areas to consider in our day to day:
Patience, personal responsibility and perspective (I actually sort of hate that they all start with P...sounds like some sort of motivational speaker's "The 3 P's!"). 

Patience
Today one of our athletes made a passing comment about coming to the workout eager to get her double unders. She is new to CrossFit, in her first month, and is already very close to getting this skill. I smiled and thought about how we all want to be masters of everything immediately. However, it is so often the process where the true value is. I find myself in this position with Yoga. Today I had to remind myself that it literally didn't matter if I did 1 round of full wheel (backbend) or none or all 3. Whether I put my hand on a block or the ground would have zero impact in my day and certainly whether I am ever going to be limber enough to put my face on the floor in front of me...

For this challenge and for whatever 'your' challenge is, be patient! Spend time mastering something and dealing with the moment you are in vs looking ahead to where you think you should be or expect to be. It also extends into the busy pace we all keep. I am absolutely guilty of this with the kids. There's always a sense of urgency. Working on slowing down and having patience with their process or anyone's for that matter is equally important. It is important to recognize that we are all on very different timelines and paces in our day to day, patience is required to accept that.

Personal Responsibility
This one deserves it's own blog...
The gist of this is simple: own your shit. Well, perhaps it's a 2-part 'gist'. Part 2 would be: Do the right thing. It is too easy to make excuses and blame others or 'things'/ situations in our lives for our issues. Of course, there are external factors that influence us and may have a negative impact. However, focusing on those versus ourselves will get us no where. 

The tie in with Part 2 is to do the right thing regardless of who is looking or of your 'desire'. It's so easy to veer from what we know is right - it's tempting as shit - and sometimes we do. But at that point we need to take personal responsibility for it, look ourselves in the eye and not make an excuse about it. How the hell will you be a better person if you never take on that process? 

If you want to avoid personal responsibility, it's very easy. And, you will even find people in your life who will encourage it. Surround yourself with the right people who might support your process to own your shit. They are the ones to value.

Perspective
I was reminded yesterday of such a simple quote that has such tremendous power: "Your perception is your reality". It is one I could stand to say aloud every day. Two people go outside today, one says "It's so hot out here, that sun is beating down on us", while the other says "It's such a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky". So simple.

You can choose the reality of ease or struggle. And, as per the personal responsibility point, you can find people to support either perspective. But ultimately, what you say, do, think, is true because it is your reality. To bring it back to this challenge, you can say every day and at every meal how challenging it is, how difficult the app is to figure out, how few carbs/ fat/ protein you have, etc etc. Or you can just tell yourself it's easy, and fun, and will lead to achieving goals you never thought possible. 

We talk about CrossFit being life changing and special in what it does for us outside of the walls of the gym. Think about CrossFit and these areas of focus in across your whole life, not just a challenge or a workout. Break down the compartmentalization that we do in our day to day - be you across the board. 

Bring patience, personal responsibility and perspective to your work, your kids, your relationships, and yes, to your health. 



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