It's bound to happen at some point. The system you have been using for optimum performance stops working : It's time to mix it up.
The human body (and the mind) are highly adaptable. You can get into a non-optimal performance pattern with your training regimen, your sleep schedule, and even your diet. We are looking for a constant upward progression, no matter how small, and the first step toward assurance of success comes in two simple words. Let go.
Let's pretend everything in your life is exactly the same, but you aren’t performing at your physical or mental peak. Go to the gas tank first. What are you eating? What are you not eating? What have you let slowly slip into your diet that seemed so benign at first but is now firmly in the rotation and is stealing your thunder? Fix it. The simplest way to achieve this is to do a five day diary. For five days, (one weekend day and four weekdays) write down everything you eat and at exactly what time you are eating. A simple entry of “coffee” isn’t good enough - You even need to log the 1 oz of creamer (even if it's sugar free). Try it. I think you will be surprised what has gotten off track. It’s not easy to maintain the discipline of a healthy diet day in and day out. Unfortunately, it is easy to allow variations in your diet become standard. It's those standards that make or break your efforts toward optimum health.
What about your work out? You have it down….its totally predictable - you know exactly how long it will take and what level of fatigue you can expect to have (or not have) as the day progresses. Plus it’s brainless and automatic. Headphones on, brain off, magically its over and you didn’t even realize it. Time to let go. You need a new way to reach your destination, and it’s going to take some new thinking. Get outside. Go plyometric. Do something different. Whatever you do, mix it up. You body is dying for a new challenge.
If your sleep is suffering, take a look at your nightly rituals. Do you stop looking at your computer or phone a few hours before bed? Have you started the nasty habit of eating anything close to bedtime that can disrupt your sleep cycle? Are you so overtrained that you are restless during the night and tired in the morning? Never forget that you train in the gym and you grow and repair in bed. Maybe you need a few weeks of conscientious under-training. Sleep is a precious commodity essential to both body and brain function. Never sacrifice your sleep. Remember - alcohol can significantly disrupt your normal sleep cycle. Be honest about the reasons you aren’t resting. Fix it. And get some new pillows……you deserve it.
When you make an investment, you are looking for a return. When you invest in yourself, you should expect no less. If your time is not paying the dividends you should be getting based on your honest efforts, then revamp your routine and let go.
Fit In a Peanut Butter World is a blog created to provide information as it relates to skin, body and food health.