Monday, May 1

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, saving ideas as they come to me, but trying to think of the overall theme that these things have in common.

I’m talking about nutrition and staying on track with our diet. And what I keep seeing are reasons to cheat or make poor food choices. I see these things on social media or hear about them in passing from people I know want to make changes to their nutrition and body composition.

Here are some quick examples of what I see almost every day:
– It’s nice out, let’s drink
– It’s cold out, need comfort food
– It’s late, just grab pizza
– I reached a goal/accomplished something so I’m treating myself
– It’s the weekend, time to go off the rails
– I worked out hard, I deserve a treat

I could go on, but here’s the thing – there’s nothing really wrong with any of these by themselves. It’s when all of these add up to multiple days each week of making choices that aren’t helping us reach our goals.

After thinking about this over the last few weeks I’ve realized that most of us use food and drink as a reward for our behavior or to make us feel better.

We just can’t wait to get to Friday and Saturday so we can indulge in all those things we’ve been resisting all week. What that means is that Sunday through Thursday we are miserable and just choking down enough broccoli to keep us alive until Friday.

This is the wrong approach. We need to find a healthy diet that we actually enjoy. Find foods that are both nutritious and enjoyable. There’s gotta be at least one vegetable you like.

There are other ways of rewarding ourselves or enjoying time with others that don’t include smashing all the food and drink you can handle.

Remember, there is nothing wrong with enjoying great food and drink, but don’t let it get in the way of your goals.

Workout for Monday, May 1
Deadlift – 3 Sec Pause at Mid Knee on Way Up and Down
10X1 @ 65% to 70%
Focus is on Practicing Mastering Position and Bracing
Bar is Controlled to Floor on Descent

5 Rounds for Time:
10 Clean and Jerks (95/65)
Run 1 Lap