Accountability, in the kitchen

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Thursday’s Workout (CAP)
3 Rounds, for time
100m Farmers Carry – left arm (55/40)
100m Farmers Carry – right arm
20 Renegade Rows (45/30)
10 Turkish Get-ups (45/30)

…and coming Friday (NO CAP)
For time
10 Burpees
20 Box Jumps (24/20)
30 1-arm KB Thrusters (24/16)
40 Hand-to-hand Kettlebell Swings (24/16)
50 Walking Lunges
40 Hand-to-hand Kettlebell Swings
30 1-arm KB Thrusters (24/16)
20 Box Jumps (24/20)
10 BurpeesI had a conversation with Andy the other day about experiencing the Whole Life Challenge the third time around. Both of us had been having really similar experiences around food and saying “no.” He told me that his wife was making mac and cheese last weekend and in the past he wouldn’t have thought twice about eating it all. And he would have been fine with that. Last weekend, being in the middle of the challenge, he said “no” and wondered “am I better off for having done that?” I had the same experience over cake on Tuesday night for a friend’s birthday. I said “no” and KNEW that if I had eaten the cake, my body wouldn’t have suffered that much. But that is not what “no” was about. The challenge informs the “no.” It is a powerful, intentional “no.” Not the “no!” that we might be used to, the one that resembles scolding a child. Not the “no” that comes because you’re not free to say “yes.”

“No” in this case was not about a single instance. Because you all know that “once” isn’t the breakdown. If it’s for this time, you can easily say “yes” next time. Saying “no” is claiming something for yourself. We are, by default, creatures of habit and reaction. We see or feel something and then do something else, as a reaction. That is who you will be without any kind of training or practice. It’s not bad, just the way we are programmed to interact with the world.

“No” is a training. “No” is being accountable for the results. “No” as a building block of something you created for yourself, a future you are working to fulfill, is power. It doesn’t have to be a mean “no” or a no-fun “no.” It’s simply an acknowledgment that you are up to something bigger than that mac and cheese or that piece of cake. And when you do have it, you are having it as an event, one that supports sustaining your commitment, not ignoring it.

There’s never been anything wrong with saying “yes.” It only doesn’t work when it comes at the expense of what matters to you. Saying “no” in this case is saying “yes” to what you created. A piece of cake vs. your personal commitment. Which would you like to say “yes” to?

So no, if we are talking about the body, neither Andy nor I were probably demonstrably better of for having said “no.” But if you are talking about becoming the kind of person who is trained to have what they want, saying “no” was a small, powerful step in the direction of “it’s all up to me,” in the direction of being 100% the only one who says how my life is going to show up.




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