Tiger, bear, or in the interest of complete discloser, even a really slow zombie!
November Accountability Update:
My husband and I have started sprint training together. The secret to sprint training is, you're supposed to give each sprint 100% of YOUR effort, as if you're really running for your life. Unsettling revelation... If I ever REALLY needed to run for my life, I would probably die!
During our first sprinting session, I couldn't stop laughing. It felt like I was running in slow motion, like Pamela Anderson in the opening scenes of Baywatch. I'm telling myself that I'm really not that slow. It just feels that way, because my husband is SO fast.
Sprinting is supposed to have amazing health benefits, so we've committed to a 10 week trial. We've only done it four times, so far, but I LOVE it! My speed seems to be improving with each new session, but if at the end of this trial, I still feel slow, I won't worry too much about it. When my body's fight-or-flight response is triggered, my natural inclination has always been to fight.
At the end of a recent Primal Potential blog post, Elizabeth Benton asked, "What's your definition of a warrior?" This definition resonates with me, "A warrior is someone who pushes themselves to the very brink of what they can handle, and chooses to keep going; because warriors know the inner purity of what is calling them forward."
"Going in one more round when you don't think you can -- that's what makes all the difference n your life." Rocky Balboa
Our flight-or-fight response is primal; and I'm discovering how to use the power of my primal potential to fight to achieve what I want most, to live inspired, and to create my best life. I am working for what I want. I am no longer afraid to be uncomfortable. I am no longer afraid to do things that others might not understand. I am no longer afraid to let go of concepts and attachments that do not serve me. I am strong. I am focused. I have the courage to choose what I want for myself. I will embrace each new challenge. I will not run from my life. I will fight for my best life; and I will enjoy the journey. I am not a martyr. "No matter what has or hasn't happened in my past, I will be the hero of my own story." I am a warrior.
The Biggest Loser Challenge ends Wednesday! I was extremely lucky to be part of the incredible Black Panthers team. The team leaders and my teammates were all amazing. I'm grateful for all the new friends that I made. It was my first BLC experience and I've decided that it will also be my last. I've realized that since my goal is to achieve fat loss and freedom from dieting, weight loss driven challenges are now counterproductive for me. Throughout the challenge, I found myself struggling against "diet" mentality.
"Dieting teaches us that there should be this linear consistent trajectory of a couple of pounds a week and we measure our success against that, and it's crap. It's absolute crap. The deal is this, our progress is going to ebb and flow. We will have detours. We will have hard months. It may take us months to tackle a particularly difficult habit, and that's ok. Does losing a steady two pounds a week reflect true habit adoption and change? No! There is no ideal rate of fat loss or rate of progress and there shouldn't be." -- Elizabeth Benton
The competition aspect of the challenge did not motivate me. It triggered some of my old self-destructive behaviors... over exercising, self-doubt, allowing the scale to define my success, comparison, etc. I know where that old path leads. I've been down that road too many times before. It leads to temporary weight loss (includes muscle & water) not fat loss. It leads to stress and unhappiness, not to permanent success and joy. I'm DONE doing the same things over and over again. I have the courage to choose what I want for myself; and I have chosen a new path.
So, with only 6 weeks left until 2016, I will....
Chase consistency, not perfection
Get 8 - 9 hours sleep as often as possible
Eat foods I love that love me back
Track what I eat, how much, when, and how I feel before and after
Drink lots of purified water
Do LESS cardio
Slow deliberate movement daily
TA's Meta & rebounder workouts. I LOVE how feel afterward.
Sprint train with my husband, once a week.
The old me would have been fearful, stressed, and obsessed with being too weak to say no to all the temptations that the upcoming holiday season holds. This year, I'm excited. Bring it on! Holiday feasts and parties, family gatherings and celebrations will be opportunities to practice my new habits, while making new memories with our family and friends. I've already started testing primal & paleo versions of some traditional dishes to bring to Thanksgiving and Christmas. The only thing anyone will notice about them, is that they are delicious!
"Try not. Do or do not. There is no try." -- "Control, control, you must learn control." Yoda
I've said goodbye to using the word TRYING. I realized that using it was my way of providing myself with an out and allowed me to remain uncommitted. I've replaced it with LEARNING. When you're learning a new skill, there's no expectations of perfection, only expectations of commitment and effort. Plus there's an added bonus of an automatic willingness to be patient during the learning process.
"What is your choice? You make it each day. You choose in each and every moment. The blessing of this realization is that you can choose differently in each and every moment." Steve Rice
What's your choice?