Year of Push 3.8 Don’t Preach, Practice

by | May 24, 2017 | Blog

There’s not a single person reading this post who couldn’t preach or teach about fat loss nutrition strategies, workout tips or the importance of mindset.

We all have tons of information in our heads about how to reach our goals and create our best lives.

However, most people are better at preaching (talking about it) than practicing (doing it).

One of the most powerful questions I ask myself is, “what does my practice look like? or “how can I practice today?

I’m not immune to negative thoughts & frustrations. I’m not immune to days where I don’t put in the work.

Positive people aren’t immune to negative thoughts, they just respond differently.

Whether it’s frustration with lack of results, desire for faster progress, unhappiness with the current state of your life or anything else, you’ve got to focus on your practice.

You must choose to bring your attention to what you can DO about it, not what you need to KNOW about it.

It’s not about what you know, it’s about what you do. Don’t preach. Practice.

When I catch my mind drifting to negative thoughts about my body, I remind myself that I can’t simply preach about seeing the good and focusing what I can do. I have to practice it.

I practice by redirecting my attention to what I appreciate about my body, what it is capable of, and to what I can do today to move in the direction of my goals.

When I catch my thoughts fixating on frustration in the gym, I remind myself that I can’t simply preach about getting excited about my potential, I must practice getting excited about my potential.

It’s not enough to think about it. It’s not enough to preach or listen to preachers.

Growth & change require practice.

Speaking of practice: today was Fran day!

Fran is a classic CrossFit benchmark workout and the pace of fran is: move your butt as fast as possible. Don’t think about it, don’t whine about it, don’t put the bar down, just get it done!

Every time I caught my mind drifting to thoughts of pacing, getting tired or wanting to rest, I redirected them to “Go! Go! You’re strong & capable! Do not quit on yourself!

It’s practicing what I preach & it’s powerful stuff! Practice is everything. 

Thrusters (95/65)

I scaled those pull-ups but was still super happy with my time and, most importantly, was super happy with my effort.

After the workout I spend about 20 minutes on the airdyne bike doing some intervals and then a good hour throughout the day doing mobility with a foam roller and lacrosse ball while reading and writing.

Yay for movement! The more I move my body and take care of my joints & muscles, the better I feel! It feels amazing to feel amazing and that won’t happen by accident!

On the food front:

I started the day with a bottle of butter coffee from Picnik and a cup of cold brew.

After my workout I was hot & hungry and decided to make a shake. I’m usually not much of a shake person but the warmer weather has me craving them. Here are two of my fave shake recipes – this one is mint and this one is chocolate nut.

I usually skip the protein powders in my shakes because I’m partial to whole foods for their increased bioavailability and fewer binders & fillers. I love using frozen cauliflower instead of ice (the flavor is so neutral you can’t taste it) and blended it with unsweetened almond milk, greek yogurt & vanilla extract. Delish!

Lunch was a cobb salad from Paleo Power Meals with a little extra avocado and dinner was steak frites (sweet potato) also from PPM.

If you decide to give Paleo Power Meals a try, listen to my review and be sure to use the coupon code ebprimal20 to save 20% on your first order!

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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