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more resolution stuff

This video is a good example of how people can get things done when it has meaning to them and they believe it can be done. The text in the video pointed out that his surgeons felt his abilities would be limited post surgery. When you have a deeply seated reason for doing something, you can go pretty far despite the naysayers.

This is why goals should be meaningful. There will be people who don't care about your goals or if you succeed. If your goals don't mean much, you will fail. When you care and believe in something, like in the guy in the video, you can accomplish great things. Not only did he recover to lift more than they thought, he got PRs in his lifts.

When something has meaning, I raise the "bar" on getting things done.  My expectations, my bar is raised so high, God gave it a spit shine. In the same vein, something is always being adjusted. That bar may move, or you may move. Smart instructors in college introduced me to the 80/20 rule. So, I understand …

resolutions

It's almost that time of year - New Year's Resolution. I'm not a fan of the resolution. The thought of New Year's Resolutions just gets me flustered. I have a lot of blogs drafts on this particular topic. There's so much I want to say, shouldn't say, and things I'm just too confused about to say. But I felt I should post something, so here's what I've sorted out.

If you want to make a change, you shouldn't wait. I don't think people need to "get ready" to start a change. Isn't that planning considered "starting?" Set yourself up for success and plan for struggles with implementing your change. Do you honestly think everyone will stop having birthday cake celebrations because you made a resolution to not eat sugary foods? You know struggle will be there, have a plan.

Do you truly believe that you will give it your all because a goal has a label of New Year's Resolution attached to it? Get deep. Find a real reason f…

programming my little heart out

I had programming on my mind lately. Aside from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I want my programming to prepare me to compete during a particular season. Thankfully, there have been tons of articles out to help guide me along my though process. All of them can be found at speedendurance.com.

The first thing that I think of when I try to program my year are my goals and desired outcomes. Jimson Lee talks about developing a programming philosophy based on knowledge of biomechanics and physiology. I couldn't agree more. This year, I wanted to do a triathlon. I had never did one, I couldn't swim. I looked at what was needed for me to have a "stellar" finish vs and "safe" finish. I opted for the goal of a safe finish. I was picking up a new skill in a new sport, that was plenty.Without thinking about biomechanics and physiology, it is easy to overshoot goals and misinterpret the learning process involved in an activity. Before figuring out what my programming …

anything = sexy?

Here's a picture from the December 16, 2010 WOD from the Crossfit.com main site. It's a pretty picture, nice view. The comments to the picture were interesting. A majority of comments related to how pretty the lady was. Other comments wanted to know about the front view. There were also comments about how the picture was distasteful, unwanted, unnecessary. Some comments stated that lady in the picture wasn't what a "real" woman looked liked. Interesting.

I've heard claims that the Crossfit community, and others as well, is all about leveraging functionality and strength. Muscles are required to be strong. There is not much definition in the back of this girl. That was the root of some comments. She was stereotypically pretty and not Crossfit pretty. I understand. My first reaction to the people raving about the "Strong = Sexy" Life as Rx tee, what you really meant to say was "Anything without a top = sexy." Don't get the two confused b…

I can't see!!!

I've been thinking a lot about visualization, mostly to take my mind of my aching belly from delicious cheats I had this weekend.

I took a trip down memory lane and remembered what my old pole vault coach told me “This is how you vault. See it. Feel it. Do it.” Right coach. 1 – See it. I have to perform the routine in my head. 2 – Feel it. Each muscle figures out what it has to do to make the picture in my head happen. 3 – Do it. No thinking, just go. Yeah. Sounds great and it works great if you can get it to happen. You see, I have this terrible affliction, it’s called a short attention span. Not too big of a problem, but it is keeping me from going pass the “see it” part in some of the things I’m trying to do.

There's an article on the Speed Endurance website that gives a lot of exercises to improve your visualization skills. If you're short in the attention span area like me, you'll need to remember to keep your sessions short. The purpose should be to have a focus…

blog about blogs

I have run into so many great blog posts lately, I don't know where to begin my responses. That's a lie. I know where I want to begin - with me!

I sent a question into my old Team in Training triathlon coach (Nicole) about training for both on- and off-road triathlons. For those of you who did the Xterra with me last season, you know it was a horrible experience...worth repeating! While I rocked the bike, I sucked at the swim and run. Nicole's response to my question bring about some great points about how all these events tie into one another for an off-road triathlon compared to an on-road triathlon. I had a great time doing both an on and off-road triathlon, so I want to be able to train to do either. She gave some solid advice about how I can have my cake and eat it too. I can't say it as good as she did, so hop on over to her coaching blog to read her post by clicking here.

I'm excited about the new layout of Robb Wolf's website. There's also a section…

Be Kind to Yourself and Another

Tis the season for merry making and cheer, right? Black Friday shopping lines and over-spending are not what I consider to be cheer though. You know what else I don't find cheerful? People saying I'm allowed to cheat on a diet at a particular time of the year. I do believe in cheating, but I'm sure cheating the entire "holiday season" is not a good thing. They're talking an entire season, not just a meal! Do not fall prey to these people, they do not have your health in mind.

How do you help yourself? Pick your cheats wisely, make it worth it. You're about to put your belly through hell, it better be delicious. Keep it limited though. Have cheat meals, not entire cheat days. Do not allow yourself to have cheat meals on consecutive days. That's how you start a routine of badness that can ignite a diet failure. If you decide to go for something only slightly off the Paleo path, be cautious. You may not get the typical gastric distress signals to stop ea…

"It's not you, it's me"

...that's what you should tell your diet. My diet/way of eating follows the Paleo Diet, Primal Blueprint, or whatever you want to call it diet. Here's a quick run down of some common points among these diets:







These guidelines are stated with more detail in books like The Paleo Solution and The Primal Blueprint. They're also posted on the associated websites for Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson. There's even the Metabolic Efficiency Diet that doesn't market itself with the caveman look, but is grounded in similar concepts of burning fat for better endurance performance. All great ideas from well educated people put out there to help the masses. We are the mass. They're here to help us...if we want it.

Help does not equal handholding.The last few podcasts on the Paleo Solution have included questions where people are so perplexed about why they aren't meeting weight loss or performance goals while following the dietary guidelines. Truth be told, when their diets/die…