The -ING Process and Successful Nutrition
Definition: ING is a suffix added to the end of a verb to denominate that it is an action being done in the present participle. We use it hundreds of times everyday in normal conversation about lives, and even our friends' lives.
I'm going to crush the gym later. Today is deadlift day and definitely going to be listening to the new Adam Lambert album.
Joe is douching out on me and skipping the gym. Looks like he'll be missing the gainz train.
When describing our health, fitness, and nutrition regiments I believe it is absolutely imperative to speak in terms of actions that are occuring in the present tense. While most would assume this act is standard grammatical practice (which it should be), the act of taking ownership and committing oneself to actions is also critical to the oh-so-finnicky sport of mind games.
1. Committing to DOING an action is far better practice than asking a question, or pondering whether or not you should, or shouldn't do it
2. There is an empowerment that occurs when you take ownership of your life and the events within. You either do things, or you dont.
3. Associate the use of a word of ownership with actively adding the event, or action, into your schedule. Make an event, set a reminder, and make that phone turn into a jackhammer when it is time to do it. Say you'll do it, schedule it, do it.
Nutrition and Preparation
Preparation is the number one factor in nutrition success. Conversely, lacking preparation is a sure-fire way to undercut the foundation you are trying to build, and slip-up.
Obviously, nutritional intelligence, access to healthy foods, and scheduling can all impact one's ability to eat well on a regular basis. Yet, for 99% of the people in this nation preparation is the key to unlocking the next level of nutritional adherence.
The key to preparation in terms of nutrition is to set aside a block of time in one's schedule that is non-negotiable, and use it to complete all tasks related to weekly nutrition.
Personally, I believe it is best, especially during the summer months, to set aside time on two days, and choose which one works for you on a week-by-week basis.
For example, cookout season is upon us, and thus you may find yourself heading over to a good friend's party on a Saturday instead of going shopping and cooking. That's ok...live your life...but make sure you do all of your preparation Saturday AM, or Sunday.
Objectively look at your week, figure out what challenges you'll face, and prepare accordingly.
What are the INGs?
In order are the ING's that should be treated as one large action, and are not meant to be done individually, but as a specific set of guidelines.
Planning the grocery list
Shopping for the groceries
Buying and transporting the groceries home to the kitchen
Storing all groceries
Preparing the cutting board, oven, stove-top, and utensils
Cutting all fruits and vegetables into servings
Dividing meats, vegetables, and fruits into meals and saving in tupperware
Storing additional vegetables (pre-cut) for use in omelets, stir fries, and salads
Dicing a selection of meats for use in omelets, stir fries, and salads
Cleaning the kitchen and moving on.
Dice up your vegetables into smaller bits and store them until you are ready to cook them. That way you'll have fresh vegetables with minimal day-of effort.
Complete these actions in order and you will find that you have successful prepared for whatever your week will throw at you in terms of nutrition. Your meals are ready, and you have additional meats and vegetables for those awkward spaces that will still come up in your schedule!
Other tasks such as work outs and sleep?
Now, take a moment and sit down and plan out your exercise schedule for the week. Make these dates and times non-negotiable. Find a friend, hire a trainer, take a group class, or have someone like myself design you a program and hold you accountable from a far.
As far as sleep goes...set a time that you will be in bed every night. Do your best to not deviate from this time more than fifteen minutes. No technology within the last half hour of being awake; at the very least. Aim to get at least seven hours of sleep a night, but steal an extra hour or two whenever you can.
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail" as they say. Take the time to commit to your fitness journey, commit to the actiosn within, and ensure that you do the neccessary preparatory measures to ensure that you don't find yourself in a Wendy's drivethru on a Thursday night because you "have no food at home".
Your health and wellness is a product of your willingness to commit to the neccessary actions. Don't say you'll do something. Do it.