In what would have been yesterday’s post, which I just posted today, I shared a fitness experience which if I didn’t understand it, or if I didn’t have a viable solution too, would have sidelined me and most people for many months.
But that’s not what happened in my case. I write this just 26 hours after the injury occurred.
Reeling in pain from a tweak in my lower back and unable to get up assisted while participating in the MBG Intensive which was due to my condition coming into the intensive (which I explained in my last post), I had a meet up with Jon Hinds about what was going to happen next.
Now normally, in my past when feeling that kind of pain, I would have ruminated for some time and gone the route most people would, which is rely on nothing but ice, or worse give up my power to needles, orthopedists and body workers of every sort before ever attempting to train again. All of which/whom have a place and may be part of the solution, but on their own are not the solution itself.
Jon and I sat down and within minutes we realized that the next steps included the pro active correction of the misalignment and strengthening my weaknesses.
Of course, there is no rush and progress is going to need to be what the situation calls for. For me, that calls for a renewed commitment to streamlining and simplifying my life ever further, and a strategic focus on the three core essentials of health and higher performance:
- Actively Managing and Recharging my Energy
- Eating Nutrient Rich foods
- Activating and strengthening my body
or what Jon calls in his is MBG 3 Training… eating, training, and restoration; and of course, commitment to developing a new story as I work towards a goal that really improves my situation which is hindered right now by an injured lower back.
Nothing is nearly as powerful for healing, health and performance than putting the right “core essential” practices for you in play in your life.
For me this means:
a) a commitment to under eating nutrient rich foods, which have a high nutrient per calorie ratio. But as anyone learns when eating a nutrient dense diet for a long period of time, as I have; it’s easy to over eat. You just don’t need that much food, and for me, I need to eat less than I have been.
b) a 90 day plan that leads to a new lifestyle routine: in my case, it’s including or “focusing” in my case on daily Eichens Yoga which is a form of yoga, rooted in restoring natural alignment and feedback. I am going to be practicing the Warrior Sequence -
Here are a few pictures from the sequence we did today Sunday at the MBG Intensive… after my injury!
c) a new goal that I set yesterday while unable to get up… and that is in 90 days being able to stand on my hands unassisted for 1 minute!
Yeah, you heard right. Thanks to Jonny Hinds who was thinking bigger than I was yesterday, that’s my new training goal.
I am skeptical and excited about this goal all at the same time given my schedule, and my obvious pain right now, but the good news is; I am already preparing for it and it is helping me heal my injury without wasting any time and with Jon’s help, I’m feeling like I can do it.
Now to do this, I am going to make it my objective to lose 25 lbs by under eating nutrient rich foods. By the way, under eating does not mean you won’t get enough calories, it simply means that you are eating less than you are used to, and because we are talking about nutrient rich foods, you can do this without every being hungry. I’ll share more with you on eating rutrient rich in another post, but suffice it to say right now, you know you are not overeating if you can forget you have a stomach.
I am also going to get very competent in the Warrior Sequence (high energy Eichens yoga routine) while here at the MBG Intensive. I discussed this with Jon, and I figure this. I know allot about training, and there is so much more to learn, but the reality is, for me, unless I get my body into alignment with some focus and strengthen my weaknesses ongoing, all other forms of training are going to get me in trouble like they did at the intensive on (my) day two.
So that’s my aim during my training time with Jonny Hinds this go round in Madison. It’s thinking big (as I always do, but starting small).
Right now, for me, small is big! I’m not fully participating in the intensive, but for me, I know what my needs are and I’m focused on that and that needs to be something that I get comfortable with… not trying to progress too fast like I have in the past.
Also, I’m going to need to do a better job at restoration during peak performance periods like I went through in the past 3 months that had me launching the new Nutrient Rich website, traveling to events in 3 states, including New Orleans, San Diego and Wisconsin and working on the launch of The Lifestyle Coaching Center.
It proves the point that it’s not what you know or what you do for a living that matters. It’s how you live that matters.
I have challenges going into the downward energy trend, like so many other people, and that’s why I began this work in performance lifestyle. I want to live in balance, with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving my most ambitious life goals, not having to exit my plans to deal with injury or health complications.
What’s the point of learning about health, energy and fitness… if not to help you function and perform better while in the game of your life and avoid having to get sidelined for significant periods of time. It’s very much how Jon Hinds is advising me forward.
Yesterday I wanted to hang it up for however long it took to get free of pain and then start exercising again. Today, I am doing the right kind of exercise at the right level to get free of pain and that means yoga.
Now that’s a performance lifestyle mindset.
I plan on keeping you posted daily on the challenge I have set for myself here on the Performance Lifestyle blog and at Jonny Hinds MBG 3 Training blog.
In 90 days I aim to be 25lbs lighter, free of pain in my lower back, feeling strong, and to be able to stand on my hands for 1 full minute unassisted.
I’m tired of old story of not getting the full benefits of what I know. Are you?
It will be great to have your support and maybe, just maybe you’ll participate with me, as my trainer Jon Hinds helps me create a new story and a new outcome.
As Jesse Venture said in the movie Predator. “I ain’t got time to bleed” meaning: I don’t have time to turn towards impotent solutions. I need to activate and strengthen my body, and turn what happened yesterday, and all the events leading up to it, into a new challenge; a training challenge that fits the needs of my real situation and helps me eat think and live better.