Combining March Madness basketball, the start of the college lacrosse and my 15 years experience coaching youth soccer, basketball and lacrosse has reminded me of some solid coach sayings. One of these in particular is now an official “Dad” saying. But how do these relate to healthy eating? It’s MoJo week 12.
Trust the Process
You hear this one a lot from the game commentators talking about the team that’s down during a timeout. It’s a message of resilience. “We are down, but the game’s not over. We can win this if we play our game. We need to execute.”
From an eating perspective, we compete every day against snacks that the office, fast food lunches and outside commitments that make it easy to get behind. This is incredibly relevant if you don’t have a healthy nutrition plan to begin with, and therefore, you don’t have a process to trust. Get a plan.
You’ve Put In The Time
Think about where you’ve come from, and how much effort and time you’ve put in to get to this point. You are here because you created a goal and a plan, and have worked nearly every day towards them. You deserve to win!
Whether you are trying to lose weight, trying to identify allergen issues, wanting more energy or just wanting to feel better, don’t let a small slip take you out of the game completely.
Defense Wins Championships
What is your defense when it comes to eating? Mine is the 85/15 plan. Eat at least 85% of my meals using real, whole foods and balance the “fun items” with exercise. If I want to lose weight, I need more like 90% plus. I know this works and it provides me with the confidence and know how to win the championship.
MoJo Update (week 12)
Honestly, I was nervous this week may not turn out as planned. However, I ate 20 out of 21 meals using real/whole ingredients (TimeChop Meals), basically 95%. I exercised 4 times, which nearly offset the 5 times I indulged in a treat. I even ran an extra 30 minutes because I knew I’d overindulged. I trusted the process, and put in the work; I didn’t give up. The result? I continue to slowly lose weight. I’ve a long way to go before the championship, but I keep winning games.
Monday Journal (MoJo) Background
I’m on a path of gradual weight loss, a continuation from a surprising 2017 realization about my relationship with food it’s impact on exercise, physical and emotional well-being. If my theory holds, I’ll see positive improvements in all categories and an overall improvement in my work performance.