20 Min AMRAP
5 Pull ups
10 Push Ups
compare to Sept 20/17Aug 27/16, April 14/16,
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On the last day of the Take 30 Nutrition Challenge the focus was habits and “why power.” If we rely solely on willpower to eat eat well, we can set ourselves up for burn out our failure. Instead, we want to focus on “why power.”
Your personal “why power” can be identified using the “5 WHYS” method which is a system originally used by the Toyota Motor Corporation. It’s very simple and really cuts to the core of why we want something.When you want to accomplish something (or if something goes wrong), you ask one why. Why do I want to accomplish this? Then, with whatever answer you come up with, you ask why to that first answer. And so on, five times.
Here's an example from a Vitality Coaching client:
Client goal: "I want to lose weight."
1. Why do I want to lose weight? Because I want to fit into a smaller size of pants.
2. But why do I want to fit into a smaller size of pants? Because when I’m wearing smaller pants, I think I’ll look better.
3. But why do I want to look better? Because when I look good, I feel good about myself.
4. But why do I want to feel good about myself? Because when I feel good about myself, I’m more assertive and confident.
5. But why do I want to be more assertive and confident? Because when I’m more assertive and confident, I’m in control and better able to get what I want out of life.
Wow. That’s a lot of insight for a few little questions. For this client, losing weight really meant being in charge of her life. She's not just looking for a smaller pair of pants (or a lower weight on the scale). She also wants to feel a certain way at the end of the process. More confident. More assertive. More in control. For this client in particular, losing weight was just the surface level.
Understanding her “why” allowed her to make decisions from a more meaningful place. It isn’t as motivating to say “I am going to do improve my nutrition habits because I want to look good in my jeans” compared to “I am going to improve my nutrition habits because it gives me the confidence and assertiveness to take control of the things that truly matter in my life.” The pants are just a way to get there!
Our “why” for nutrition is similar to our “why” for doing CrossFit. We do CrossFit to see results but the results are not just about looking better on the beach, moving more weight, and doing more pull-ups. We do CrossFit to improve our health and energy, live for a long time, or maybe even to watch your kids or grandkids grow up and to be able to play with them. Similarly, our motivation to change our nutrition habits is to lead long, healthy, and productive lives. Fitting into our jeans, looking great on the beach, and moving around heavy weights happens to be an awesome side-effect!