Year of Push 2.26 Nil Sine Labore

What a weekend. I decided to more or less isolate myself for an almost 4-day fast. My last meal was post-workout early Thursday afternoon and I broke the fast this morning (Monday) before my workout.

Why isolate?

It’s best for everyone when I’m fasting 🙂 Just ask Ella.

I tried to use any stressful or difficult moments during this fast to take a walk outside, meditate or journal. I had a couple of great realizations during my fasted meditations that I’m looking forward to sharing with you guys sometime soon. I haven’t decided if I’ll share them on the podcast or if I’ll turn them into workshop ideas for this fall’s transformation weekend.

One of the things I really worked on during this fast was not resisting myself & my choices.

Sometimes, whether it’s fasting, working out or making fat loss friendly food choices, it feels like you’re fighting against yourself. Know what I mean?

You really want to do the hard work but there’s almost an internal battle raging.

Your better intentions versus your desire for “easy”.

During this fast, I tried to be really tuned in to the moments when I was resisting my best intentions or fighting against myself.

I’d take a few deep breaths and remind myself, “This isn’t a battle. There’s only one team here

I carried that attitude into today’s workout.

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t love to see running in my workouts. Every step feels like I’m running uphill through molasses in the winter.

Today, before the first step I reminded myself, “Hey. This isn’t a battle. You aren’t fighting against yourself. There’s just one you. Everything is in favor of progress & momentum. No battles.”

As I thought that, I looked up and noticed the writing on the back of an athlete’s shirt.

Nil sine labore.

Of course I immediately smiled. I was a Latin major before switching to nutrition, remember? I’m quite a geek & I’m proud of it.

Nothing without labor.

Nothing without effort.

Yes, the fast was hard. But, nothing without effort.

Yes, running is a challenge for me. But, nothing with effort.

If you want great things for your life, your health, your body, your finances, your career or your relationships – you will HAVE to show up & do the hard work.

Nil sine labore. Nothing without effort.

“Clean Slate”
5 Rounds:
9 Power Cleans (85#)
15 Push-ups
21 Squats
200m Run

Can we talk about how tough those push-ups got by just the 2nd round?

But, nothing without effort.

On the food front:

I broke my fast this morning with cauliflower soup. It’s light, fat loss friendly & I think it’s super delicious.

I planned to have that be my single meal before my workout but by the time I got to the gym I was feeling pretty hungry. My Paleo Power Meals had been delivered to the gym so I had enough time to chow down on 2 grilled chicken strips before the workout.

Around 4:30pm I had a big salad and, since I’m coming off a fast, that’s all I’ll have for today. No need to dive right into a bunch of large meals.

My salad was red & green cabbage, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, avocado and about a tablespoon of sunflower seeds.

Here’s to everyone making it a great day! Nil sine labore! 

PS: If you’re new to these posts, listen to this podcast episode to get the scoop on what changes I’m making in my life and you can start back at my first daily post here.


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