Monday night was our last Paleo Posse meeting for the Fight Gone Paleo Challenge. The topic was personally my favorite, "How to Sustain Long Lasting Success with Paleo?"
The purpose of our Paleo challenge is to help lead, teach, and inspire those about the concepts and principles for the Paleo lifestyle. For those who have participated in the challenge before it is there to help ingrain these principles and even more to develop long term habits.
The participants of the challenge that 'bought into it' have seen some incredible physical, mental and emotional results. I feel a lot of that success is due to how the challenge is structured providing lots of education, support, accountability and focus. I think the biggest common thought/fear is if they can keep the healthy habits they have adopted or will they fall back into their old-unhealthy habits. I have written about this topic during the previous challenge. Below is the 2.0 version.
If I were to say lets go on a road trip to Taos. Let's jump in the car and go. No map, no plan, no itinerary let's just go. How long would it take? How far is Taos? Where the heck is Taos?!?! What if we take a wrong turn?
That is very similar to how we treat our lives. A goal with a plan is like a map for our lives. Goals are designed to give us direction, purpose and know where the heck we are going with our lives. Without a goal (map) we don't know where we are going, how long it will take, when we take a wrong turn, or if we are on track. With specific and structured goals you can literally direct exactly how your lives should go and simply follow the plan.
I have found there are three types of FITness goals.
Physical: Looking good is important to a lot of us and it should be.
Health: We heard about Prudence's success with removing her meds. What about you? What are some health goals you have? Family history of cholestorol, heart disease, etc.? What are you trying to reverse or prevent?
Performance: Everyone needs context to their training or it can easily become boring and stale.
If I were to pour 8oz of water into a 16oz glass and ask you, "Is the glass half FULL or half empty?" What would you answer?
Your perspective is going to keep you moving forward towards more success, keep you stagnate or move you backwards. You can look at Paleo and say to yourself about how you can't have this and can't have that. What do you think that will result in? If you continue thinking about all the things you can't have you will either drive yourself crazy or give into the foods you can't have because it is all you think about. Or you can take the glass half full approach and open yourself up to all the things you can have. All the foods that help you look better, feel better and perform better. You can start to view food as nutrients and as fuel. You can discover how great real clean food tastes. You can reap all the benefits with a positive focus.
Your friends and associations are one of the most powerful influences in your life. They are so powerful because they aren't very obvious. Everyday the people you surround yourself with are making an impression on you. As human beings we naturally adapt to our surroundings (whether we like to or not).
Do you ever notice how easy it is to eat healthy when the people around you are health conscious? How about the opposite?
If you want to be a millionaire? Hang around rich people.
If you want to be ripped? Hang around other FIT people.
CrossFit is so successful for a lot of us because it surrounds us with others that are just as motivated (or more), have similar goals, and want the best for themselves. It is way too easy to adapt to what the people around
you are doing.
Education is a very powerful tool for long lasting success. Just as working out and eating healthy will change your body and health. Education is training for the brain and emotions. The more will raise the level of our education the better apt we are to improving the success rate of our lives.
Here are a couple of reasons why:
Competence: As you become more learned you begin to adopt the traits of the successful. You become more efficient, more empowered and more confident.
Attention: While education helps raise your intelligence it also offers something else. As you are putting the time in to read, listen and watch you are constantly having this information on the front of your brain. While this is on the front of your brain it is on your attention. And the important thing about attention is, attention feeds habits. The more you educate yourself you not only learn more you end up behaving more in line because it is constantly on the front of your brain... AWESOME!
20 Goblet Squats (53/35)
100m walk with KB in front rack
20 Kettlebell Swings
100m walk with KB in Front Rack
*5 burpees everytime KB is put down