STSS 5: Macronutrients & The Role of Glucose

 

Carbs, fats, and proteins. Mmmm!

 

How does your body use the food you consume? How does it take what you eat and turn that into running, jumping, swimming, and thinking?

The 8 Reasons You Should Train For More Than Your Health

Everyone knows how important it is to work out, stay in shape, be healthy, lose weight.

Tone up, trim down. Whatever terminology you use doesn’t really matter.

And, for somewhere like Athlete On Fire that truly believes that everyone is an athlete even if it is buried deep down, we would never use that terminology. You should be moving your body for far better reasons.  You should be training for something bigger.

Those things that the industry and magazines and pop culture use for you should be thrown out the window because if you train for something more than just your health, the byproduct will be what you have been looking for all along.

The why…

This thought is not new but it has been more and more apparent.  I have been getting in front of people fairly often lately and speaking on health and fitness, my career path, running efficiency, and goals.  I’ve had these ideas about training for things being the glue that keeps people accountable forever.  It’s how I work with clients, reverse engineering their goals from a specific goal to where they are today and moving forward. I wanted to know how much experience I really had.  12,000 sessions. At the low end I had put my clients and athletes through at least 12,000 one on one sessions.  The ones that failed.  They were the ones that came in and slogged.

They only thought about what their doctor told them they had to do “or else”.

Lose 50 lbs. or your blood pressure will be out of control.

I need to see you BMI under 25.

You are at risk for osteoporosis, get to the gym.

What?  Well those are all important but have you ever been more bored or scared in your life.  The stress alone would paralyze the most well intentioned.

These are just the extreme cases.  If you are reading you know what it feels like to desperately want to lose the extra belly fat, or finally build some definition in your arms.  These aren’t goals.  They are byproducts of an active, goal filled life.

Pretty early on, I started attaching big goals to my clients.  As long as they were healthy enough to reach for a goal, I would force them to find one.  These are typically people who would never see themselves as athletes to “train” for something.

Here are some of the goals they came up with:

  • Do an Ironman
  • Hike up a 14er
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a 5k
  • Do a sprint triathlon
  • Train to play in a hockey league
  • Do a pullup

There are a tons of others but they weren’t all “events”.  Some were just personal goals they really wanted to be able to do.

The recent inspiration…

Two women I have been working with are probably the biggest inspiration for this post and podcast.  In one day last week I had both of them, one with cerebral palsy and mastocytosis, the other with MS and a recent 150 lb weight loss, sign up for events.  The ramp up to a stable place where signing up for something was reasonable was over.  They threw their hat in the ring and now, I have no doubt, will learn more about themselves then they ever thought possible.

Now for you…

So what are you training for?  Why?

Don’t go slog on a treadmill.  Train for a 5k.

Don’t lose weight. Get more efficient climbing that wall at the obstacle course race you just signed up for.

Don’t stress about your fitness, have fun moving.

The byproduct of a life of moving is a life worth living.  In my humble opinion!

And yes, there are 8 reasons we put together in the podcast.  You can listen to it below but to honor the title, I’ll list them here:

  1. Your training has meaning
  2. You coach or training plan has purpose
  3. It’s measurable
  4. You learn new skills
  5. You get out of your comfort zone
  6. There is no guarantee of success
  7. The accountability is built in
  8. It’s more FUN

The audio (AOF:152) dives a bit more into every one of these.  Get out there and train!


Everyone truly is an athlete.

Everyone truly is an athlete.

Scott Jones is the founder of Athlete On Fire and still trains a handful of clients one on one in his hometown in Colorado and virtually. Athlete On Fire was founded to inspire 1000’s every hour instead of just one every hour! Reach out, always. scott (at) athleteonfire (dot) com

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When in doubt move….more than your body.

We have all been there.  Doubt creeps in.  Should I be here?  Doing this?
Have I wasted the last 5 years, months, weeks, hours doing this thing?  There are so many others doing it so well already, why should I even try.
 
It could be for a sport, a business, or a relationship.  The thought that we have invested time that we will never get back is scary.  This singular thought has paralyzed us often.  And it’s funny.  The fear of losing time to a thing causes us to freeze up and inevitably lose more of that time.
 
This website and podcast has created that doubt more than once.  Actually, more than 20 times.  Daily sometimes.  The passion that this thing that was created from the heart doesn’t fade but the confidence that it will turn into my vision does. It happens with runners.  It happens with athletes from every sport.  The doubt at the free throw line.  The lost confidence in a hitter in a slump.
 
Businesses change and pivot and figure it out. So do athletes.
 
Every day I wake up I know of 5 things that could make Athlete On Fire better.  The resources and media, the angles I haven’t taken yet. Marketing in certain ways.  I’ve been handcuffed from the fear of NOT failure.  It’s the fear of success.  This post will address this fear from this point on in less words than you have already read.  The fear of failure isn’t the thing.  The fear of SUCCESS is rooted in the subconscious.
 
Really think.   The fear of success might look like some of these thoughts, buried deep.

The Fear Of:

  • Being different(or seeming different) than family and friends you’ve been connected to forever.
  • The attention you just aren’t comfortable with for doing something great.
  • The work that comes with success.  Once you have something successful, it needs your attention.
  • Knowing you’ll have to lead, you have to lead as you grow.
  • Getting comfortable with the work. If you haven’t made it, it’s probably because the work hasn’t been done yet.

Here is the fix.

Move.

Write an article.

Sharing your thoughts on how to make it helps yourself and hopefully, others.

Do that thing that scares the hell out of you.

Sign up for a race.

Produce some videos.  The things in your gut you’ve wanted to do every day that you KNOW will help. Do them.

And do the small things.

They build your confidence by building a base of skill and character. Then again, you can just do what you have always done, settle in and be ordinary.  You ALWAYS have a choice.

 


When not trying to get others to move, Scott is moving with his young family, ideally in the mountains.

When not trying to get others to move, Scott is moving with his young family, ideally in the mountains.

Scott founded Athlete On Fire and knows a thing or two about getting people to move. With over 12,000 training sessions under his belt with people from all walks you get to see the fear of success and failure. This piece was an observation as much as a self reflection everyone should go through occasionally.

HELENE DUMAIS – The “120lbs Devil’s Double”: the destroyer of endurance mileage.

When it comes to endurance, few people can boast a resume quite like Helene.

First female finisher of Fuego Y Agua, Spartan Race Ultra Beast podium finisher, plus various endurance runs across American states including an arduous 8 days run across volcanic Hawaiian mountains, she’s been there, seen it and despite having done it all, she’s still thirsty for more.

Taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to Cookie of Team SISU, one of the most criminally underrated athletes of today explains what makes her tick and how to go about destroying an event that takes days to accomplish.

For more information about Helene, visit her website here.

And be sure to check out her report of Fuego here

Challenging Routine

Although I don’t like to admit it, I’m a big ‘rules’ person. I like structure.
We’re all like this to some degree. It’s hard to deny that routine is comfortable!

 

This semester I’m trying to challenge myself to be more aware of the rules that govern my life.
The little things that I, and ‘society,’ as it were, have installed somewhere in my mind to keep order and routine in my life.

 

So, what am I talking about?

 

As an example, here are a few of the ‘rules’ I’ve noticed in my life:
– When noon hits, I’m ready for lunch whether I’m hungry or not.
– If I’m wearing anything other than ‘running clothes,’ I can’t run.
– As a woman, I often feel the need to apologize for the way I feel.
– In a classroom, even if I feel like standing, I sit down.

 

You get it.
I’m not saying that these ‘rules’ are inherently bad, but I think it’s beneficial to acknowledge that I’ve made a place for them in my life. I see them as rules, even though they really aren’t.

 

Something to think about. Breaking these little self- or society- imposed ‘rules’ can be extremely uncomfortable, but it can also be empowering!

 

Challenge: Try it out! Take note of a few of the little rules that govern your daily routine. They’re often so ingrained that they’re not always easy to see! Whether you challenge the rule or not is up to you — but allow yourself the opportunity to acknowledge that these tiny rules exist. Once you find them, you might start to question the logic behind their existence.