The Golden Mean
Wednesday’s Workout (NO CAP)
Push or Split Jerk 3-3-3
As many rounds as possible in 15 min:
10 Hollow Rocks
10 Arch Rocks
10 Push ups
30 Double Unders
… and coming Thursday (CAP)
As many rounds as possible in 20 min:
10 Pull ups
20 DB Push Press (45/25)
300m RunSometimes it’s fun to go to extremes. It’s fun to be super-structured and intentional about your food or training for a while, and see what lessons you come away with. It’s also fun to eat everything in sight…until the next morning. I find going to extremes to be most enjoyable when it is truly intentional. I am making a decision to be a bit off the charts momentarily, one way or the other.
But during the holidays not going to extremes can sometimes be challenging and we end up doing it unintentionally. We eat because of family pressures, or exhaustion, or nostalgia. Or we don’t eat because we’re afraid if we do we’ll slide down a slippery-slope. We exercise compulsively or we exercise not at all. We find it hard to find an in-between that we feel good about.
In the long run, which is what I think most of us are in this for, following a golden mean is the most healthy physically and emotionally. We can think of this on every level – daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. Thinking about things in a longer term perspective sometimes allows us to be kinder to ourselves. Now, I’m not saying to tell yourself, “Well, I’ve got twenty years to work off this pie, so I’m going to eat an extra piece.” But rather think more in terms of an 80/20 type of plan. And rather than call them “cheats” or “failures” have what you would have formerly called a transgression be an intentional part of your plan.
Allow yourself a little breathing room, and see how it feels – it may indeed feel like you can breath a little deeper and experience more enjoyment.