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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Preparation - Execution - Resolution

There's a pretty simple 3 step process to success in nearly every task, undertaking or physical process in life.

Accomplishing anything could probably be broken down into many steps but for the most part you can accomplish anything with the following 3 steps:
  1. Preparation - Sounds pretty simple but it goes beyond just the lining up of mind, body, spirit or in the case of a project - Manpower, Machinery and Materials.  In almost every case of preparation, there has to be some research and study on the How, What and Why of Preparation.  In the case of preparing for the next day, the next workout or for a long term healthy lifestyle, I am convinced that the best preparation starts the day before and the night before - with a great Paleo meal like this pan grilled Wild Sockeye Salmon fillet and Eggplant with a Super Salad of Basil, carrots, radishes, heirloom tomatoes, red bell and jalapeno peppers and blackberries.  Drizzled with EVOO and balsamic and dusted with Salt and Pepper and TJ's 21 Season Salute, this meal provides all the nutrition and building blocks to restore the mind, body and spirit from the rigorous day.  The 2nd part of preparation for the next day is a good solid 7 - 9 hours of sleep.  Put these 2 together and your next day will likely be a success.

2.  Execution - Once you've prepared for that next day of work or the next workout, it's time to focus and concentrate on the tasks at hand.  Break down each part of the day's challenge into bite size pieces / steps and work up a goal and strategy for each part.  For the strength section of this workout I knew I wanted to work up slowly to 135# for the 5 strict presses on my 5th set.  For the WOD itself, I knew I was strong in the shoulders, arms and chest and set a goal for myself of 8 rounds in the 12 min AMRAP.  I figured on 3 very deep controlled breaths and some stretches between each movement of each round to allow a short term relaxation and recovery.  This strategy worked perfectly as I met the 8 round goal.

3.  Resolution - This is the period for Rest, Recuperation, Reflection and Realization.  For Resolution following a strenuous workout, i.e. the post-workout period, that means getting at least 30 - 50g of lean protein with some good carbs and fat as soon as possible,  preferably within 30 minutes of the last exercise.  I accomplished this today with 6 oz of deboned roasted chicken thigh seasoned with salt, pepper, curry powder - garam masala - allspice and cumin and reheated in a hot cast iron skillet with 5 oz of wild Ahi tuna steak right next to it - 2 minutes on each side.

This will be sided with a plethora of fresh veggies.

Add some fresh mango on the top and look at this Paleo Plate of Pleasure from any angle....

And all you get is the assurance that you are doing everything you can to make your body better for the next challenge Life sends your way.

Better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow!

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