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Fair Winning Pumpkins are For Everyone

Coach Nancy , Mindset , Nutrition , Uncategorized , weight loss

"Just one pumpkin", that is what I read recently in a book. The author was talking about growing an prize winning pumpkin. You know the huge kind that take up an entire back of a pick up truck and have to be lifted there by a crane. HUGE.

As I was reading that I immediately thought how could I apply that principle to my nutrition?

The author went on to say it could be just one pound that separates the grand prize from all the rest but that one pound was the key. 

I was hooked by then. My brain was racing. Of course this applies to eating and health and nutrition and building habits. All I needed to do was to find my 'pumpkin'. What did I want to increase in my life so that it shined. I wanted that prize winning pumpkin. 

Well I don't really want to add weight onto my body. That certainly wasn't what I was going to focus on. I did want to increase my strength. Could I do that? Of course, I needed to focus on picking up heavier weights in training with good form. CHECK

That 'pumpkin' didn't really sit well with me. I always try to increase my workload while in the gym. I wanted to win a prize mentally. I want to do something that I find difficult. I wanted to lose body fat while getting stronger. Now that really strikes a cord inside me. I want to be totally happy with how I look for me. This was going to be my 'pumpkin'.

Now back to growing an actual award winning pumpkin. After the farmer finds the pumpkin (my body composition change) he puts all his energy and focus into making that one pumpkin prize winning. He develops and executes his plan.

In other words, as the farmer of my pumpkin, I am going to create a plan, prepare, and focus daily on changing my body composition. I gave myself four weeks of focus time. I was going to do one thing each day to make myself reach that goal. I was going to mentally achieve and physically strive towards losing body fat. 

Here's my plan: Daily I am going to eat Protein, Produce, and water at each meal. (PPW). I am choosing to leave everything else off of my plate if it doesn't fit that criteria. My new mantra: PPW only. 

Here is what you can do:

Linus welcomes the great pumpkin

  1. Look inside or out for your prize winning pumpkin. Remember it needs to sit well with you and your values. What do you really want to win a prize at doing/being?
  2. Cultivate that pumpkin. Develop a plan that you can execute daily in order to reach your goal. Remember your goal is to grow your pumpkin so your plan is the actions you'll consistently do to get there. 
  3. Daily deliver your plan to your pumpkin. Getting side tracked won't help your focus so do  one thing and do it really Really REALLY well
  4. The growing season doesn't last forever. Give yourself a time frame when you'll measure and obtain that prize. 
  5. Seek help and get some accountability. The best farmers have already asked others for their advice and done loads of research. You too need to develop a plan that will help you best. Find a coach. (pssst..... that is what I do best- ask me)

I plan on winning my mental prize this time around. I don't just hope to win, I'm planning on it. I know its going to take work. I know if I miss a day, it will set me back but I am choosing not to let a setback stunt my pumpkin patch from winning.

What is your pumpkin? How are you going to make it a prize winner?

To your best health,

Coach Nancy


Back To School

Coach Nancy , Mindset

In my school days I was pretty much on cruise control.

I didn’t study.  I was proficient at cramming. Nose in the book 15 minutes before test time and wow, a fairly good grade was the outcome.

My motto in school was to enjoy life. I had more important things to do than be stuck in a library studying.

Even with that laid back attitude I still kept my 3.5 through high  school and in college a 3.65 (just shy of what Dean achieved). 

Schools don’t really require you to learn to be disciplined.

You can get by and do just fine.

However – personal health and fitness are another story.

Try going through the motions in a sport practice and you’ll never see the field in  a game.

Fail to perform for a couple of weeks and someone else gets your position.

Sports/Fitness training require the same type of discipline that a long healthy life requires.

You can’t just squeak by. You have to push and push hard. You have to be spot on with your skills and dedication. You have to eat to ensure the best performance in practice so your coach notices and puts you in the line up for the big game. ‘Slacking off’ is not in an athlete’s vocabulary.

So what does that mean for you and me?

Lets apply that to our overall health and well being. How do you want your life to be? Would you like to sit on the sidelines and watch things happen or do you want to make it happen? Each training day a challenge. A challenge to push harder, lift more, be faster.

What about our eating and nutrition? Sure you can go for a while eating sugar and fast food. It will catch up with you. That is the danger. Our bodies are so good at handling toxic substance that the wear and tear and mushroom top doesn’t show up right away. We’ve formed bad habits and we don’t see the pain immediately.

Here is where you need to realize food is fuel. Give your body everything it needs to perform at peak performance and you’ll be rewarded. But the old saying applies, “garbage in, garbage out”.

What are you training for? What are you eating for? For me I am training to live and live well.

No guarantees, but I am doing my best to stack the odds in my favor.

You coming with me?

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

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