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.
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.
9 Power Cleans (85#)
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!