Thursday 05.01.14

Paleo Challenge Starts Today!!! WHOOP WHOOP!!!

Paleo Challenge Starts Today!!! WHOOP WHOOP!!!

***Today is bring a friend day***

Milo and Otis
Teams of 2
Each partner completes 3 sets of
3 rounds:
12/10 Calorie Row
10 Burpees
Rest while partner works.

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Coaches Corner with Coach Heather

The Ben Bergeron Puppet
While I always preach about how I’m such a Ben Bergeron puppet (I do whatever the man tells me to do), it’s becoming clear to me that my obedience is really limited to strictly coaching situations: anything related to training, how to use the snow blower, sailing and all other boating related situations, etc.
But, when it comes to things seemingly unrelated to athletic coaching, the stubborn-I-don’t-need-to-change-my-ways side surfaces it’s ugly little head.  This is especially true regarding the CFNE Complaint Free World or the upcoming Paleo Challenge.

Just writing this is like therapy, though; I’m starting to realize that that is the exact approach to life I see in a lot of CFNE athletes that limits them and postpones the rate at which they see progress towards their goals.

Really.  I see it all the time.  People come in wanting to lean out, but they start the conversation with, “My diet is actually great.  I do NOT need to give up my cheese and wine.”  Or, they want to get really fit, but the concern is always, “I do NOT want to get bulky.”

I’m not judging any of these people, mostly because I used to be one of them.

Correction: to a certain extent, I am still one of them.

The very moment I got wind of the complaint-bracelet, I informed Ben I was NOT doing it.  I told him I was a very positive person, I never complain, and I was NOT wearing the white plastic band every day.  He didn’t say a word, he just looked at me with those eyes of almost-fatherly disappointment, tipped his head the perfect 3 degrees to the side, and I was a goner.  I knew this was going to be a rough ride.

And, it has been.  I’ve sadly come to terms with the fact that I am a big-time complainer: my ankles are swollen, I got no sleep last night, Jonah refuses to admit when he’s wrong, Maya won’t take shower, and Bode won’t stop throwing things.

Even with the Paleo Challenge, I’m putting up a fight.  I did strict Paleo for the month of February and didn’t love what I felt like on it.  I switched to The Zone for March, and loved the results.  So, the Paleo Challenge comes up for next month and I “inform” Ben that I am NOT on board.  I even caught myself saying the words, “My diet is actually great.  I do NOT need to give up half and half in my coffee, OR my the Ultima I use in every bottle of water I drink.”  Sound familiar?

I learn some things fast: driving directions, olympic lifting technique, handyman-ish tasks.  But, there are many, MANY lessons that take me a painfully long time to learn.

In this case, I am slowly learning and starting to really accept the fact that the more of these sorts of challenges I am willing to at least take a stab at, the better I am at the end of it…even if they’re little things that I “get better” at.

The complaining thing has, literally, changed a big part of my life.  I haven’t completely walked away from complaining, but I have gotten a little better at trimming it down…and, WAY better at knowing when I’m doing it in the first place.

While I know there are certain things I won’t give up on the Paleo Challenge (Ultima, half & half in my coffee, the white rice that I measure out and balance with the appropriate amount of protein), there are plenty of other little things that I do during the day that could get cleaned up (finishing Jonah’s occasional sandwich, the piece of chocolate I have every night before I go to bed, the trail mix I snack on in the middle of the afternoon).

I think we can all find those little areas in our lives where we can be willing to surrender to the idea that we’re not “quite” as good as we think we are.  We can all give in a little more and be willing to both acknowledge the areas in our lives that could use change…and, take the hard-to-take first steps towards being better.

Because the day I am totally satisfied with myself and unwilling to make any more changes, is the day I stop finding out just how good life can be.