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Push Yourself

Thoughts of the week

“Push yourself”

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When was the last time you pushed yourself? Like really pushed yourself? To achieve something you’ve never done before? Get something finished you’ve been wanting to complete for ages? Finally hit that target you set yourself previously?

With the recent launch of our new website and revamp of our company we’ve experienced what this feels like and it’s good! In this instance the timeline from start to finish never stayed the same. Improvements and additions were always being made. This was challenging and frustrating. Lot’s of resetting, restarting and replanning, not to mention lots of long days and late nights!

Now that we are up and running that doesn’t mean that’s it. The minimum is in place that we are happy with and there is still so much more to come. Be prepared to never finish.

This can be applied to so many other things in life; relationships, training, hobbies, not to mention sport. Is there something you’ve been wanting to do for ages and it’s still far away from being achieved?

“Do hard stuff. Even if you fail, you’ll experience a feeling of growth. Growth, not accomplishment, is what makes people feel fulfilled”

The biggest hurdles often experienced are a) getting out of your own way and b) getting started. Once these two things are overcome you’ll be surprised what momentum you can gain.

Shorter periods of higher quality are better than longer periods of lower quality! For most people it is difficult to stay focused for longer than two hours at a time so have a physically and mental break, recharge then go again.

Elliminate distractions. Turn your phone off, silence your email, put your self in an environment where you will solely focus on the task in hand. It’s so easy to waste time rather than use it productively.

It’s possible to do alone, but much easier to do with help! The old saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved. Take control of the overall task in hand yourself but not pretend you’re an expert at everything. There may be someone else who can do a better job in a particular area and even be prepared to help you for nothing! People love to give advice so ask for it, you never no where this could lead.

Look at the month just gone, look at the month you’re in and look at the month ahead. What’s on your to do list that’s been there for a while now? Think about how you’d feel if you could tick that off you list and be proud of the achievement. Go ahead, push yourself…

Exercise of the week

Development | Strength | Lunge | Level 1 | A to E | Progressions
  • Lunge | Forward | Hands in front (A)
  • Lunge | Forward | Hand across shoulders (B)
  • Lunge | Forward | Hand behind head (C)
  • Lunge | Forward | Hands overhead (D)
  • Lunge | Forward | Plate (E1)
  • Lunge | Forward | Goblet (E2)
  • Lunge | Forward | Dumbbells (E3)
  • Lunge | Backward | Hands in front (A)
  • Lunge | Backward | Hand across shoulders (B)
  • Lunge | Backward | Hand behind head (C)
  • Lunge | Backward | Hands overhead (D)
  • Lunge | Backward | Plate (E1)
  • Lunge | Backward | Goblet (E2)
  • Lunge | Backward | Dumbbells (E3)
  • Lunge | Lateral | Hands in front (A)
  • Lunge | Lateral | Hand across shoulders (B)
  • Lunge | Lateral | Hand behind head (C)
  • Lunge | Lateral | Hands overhead (D)
  • Lunge | Lateral | Plate (E1)
  • Lunge | Lateral | Goblet (E2)
  • Lunge | Lateral | Dumbbells (E3)

Find out more about this program here

Recipe of the week

Greek salad with chickpeas, turkey & grilled mushrooms

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  • Drain chickpeas (the liquid from the chickpea can be used as a vegan egg substitute)
  • Rinse the chickpeas & pat dry
  • Spread the chickpeas evenly on a baking sheet & lightly coat with olive oil plus seasoning (paprika, ginger, cumin, tumeric plus pinch of salt & pepper)
  • Roast chickpeas in oven until crunchy
  • Chop tomato, cucumber, olives & feta
  • For the dressing mix fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, pepper & a drop of honey together in a small bowl
  • Slice mushrooms (we used cremini but portobellos are a good substitute for vegetarians) & season with olive oil, pepper, mixed herbs & balsamic vinegar then roast in oven until soft
  • Cube turkey & season (we used Moroccan)
  • Heat coconut oil and garlic in pan & add turkey until cooked through
  • Take chickpeas out of over to cool & mix all ingredients together

Find out more about our nutrition plans here

Training song of the week

Crazy – Friendliness, Dem Feels

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