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MVP #059 – How to Stay Motivated When You’re Not Seeing Results – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast

  1. Identify the goal
  2. Make a plan
  3. Write it down
  4. Visualize your future self at that goal and describe it
  5. Describe the same qualities of yourself at your current state
  6. Make a plan to connect your current self to your future self at the targeted goal

Know the rules, and then play better than everyone else.

Mark
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MVP #058 – DISASTER! – Recovery When Everything Goes Wrong – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast
MVP #058 – DISASTER! - Recovery When Everything Goes Wrong – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast

Recovery from Disaster – Don’t Quit – Try Harder

Imagine the moment, your basketball team takes the court at another school. Wearing their bright blue uniforms smiling and excited for the game ahead. The first half is played aggressively with tons of energy. Your team is up almost twenty points at the half and spirits are extremely high. The other team is good, but your team is still in control of the game. In the second half, a series of events takes place that challenges all preparation and mental toughness. That’s the topic of this week’s conversation with Mark Phipps, age 12, regarding a recent basketball challenge never imagined.

Albert Einstein

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

– Albert Einstein

 

Mark
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@mochavegan

 

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MVP #057 – Energize Me! – How to Energize Friends and Teammates

Emotional

Emotionally, friends and teammates pick you up when you are down. They calm you when you are upset. A good friend will energize you when you need it most. When you get in a rut: between matches, between sets or even during a timeout that your team has to call.

Draw energy from your friends and teammates.

Why are some teammates real Debbie Downers and others always cheerful and supportive? What kind of support can you expect from your friends and teammates?

Fuel

Be aware that your body is like a leaking boat when it comes to fuel. Just sitting and reading this your body is burning fuel, consuming calories. When exercising or in competition, you are burning calories at a faster rate. Depending on your size you may burn between 8 and 12 calories every minute. Let’s make this specific to the fuel to energize volleyball girls. Assume an average calorie expenditure of 10 calories per minute. A 40 minute match could consume 400 calories of fuel. In tournaments where matches are occasionally back-to-back this could pose a problem. Imagine having a good breakfast, but walking into consecutive matches where you burn 800 calories that you didn’t expect to burn. How do you get that back?

Planning

Similar to trying to energize is hydration. Drinking the equivalent of a half liter bottle of water every match might keep up with your sweating. To stay energized and hydrated, you must plan ahead. Bring snacks for before matches, between sets and be prepared. Drink water regularly and know where the restroom is. Have your body fueled, hydrated and ready to perform at your top level.

Bring snacks for your friends. Sharing is caring, people! Energize yourself and each other.

Mark
mark@mochavegan.com
@mochavegan
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So you want to run a 6:00 mile or an 8:00 or 10:00 mile. You want to improve. YES! Identify your goal:

Let’s use the 6-Minute Mile.
One mile = 4 laps around the school track.
4 x 1:30 = 6:00
Half-lap pace would be 45 seconds or a quarter lap at 22.5 seconds.
You get the idea. Break down the goal into a small enough piece so that you can nail it! Then each week try to increase the number of times you can repeat this ‘miracle’ of new performance. Keep score, track your results and let me know how you do.
Running faster, lifting more weight, eating something better than a sleeve of Oreos when you get home. Performing any of these activities will require you to endure some pain. You have to train yourself to deal with some discomfort in order to enact change.
Habits are difficult to uproot. Try something fun and brush your teeth with the opposite hand or put on your pants with the other leg first.
Keep in mind that in order to change a habit, you must add in a replacement for that habit and practice it. Stick with in and you’ll be reporting that 6-Minute Mile in no time!
Mark
mark@mochavegan.com
@mochavegan

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Is eating meat the right thing to do? Some situations require it. Understood.
We make choices because we are able to. Underdeveloped countries and poorer communities don’t have the same advantage of being able to choose the fast food drive through as opposed to food from their own fields.
What better choices can we make for our health? Consider a stronger whole food diet.
Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.
Be thoughtful. Ask questions. Do good things. Help yourself and others live long and healthful lives.
Find community. Find support.

Vegan
veg•an
ˈvēɡən/
noun
1. a person who does not eat or use animal products.
“I’m a strict vegan”

A plant-based diet is one based on vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit, with little or no animal products (including dairy). It may refer to: Vegan diet: a plant-based diet with no food from animal sources.

Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.

MVP #044 – Podcast Update in 2015 and Scrum

TapouT XT going on right now in my house. My daughter and I are both in pursuit of the satisfaction that comes from 90 days for consistent effort towards any goal. We are both getting fitter and stronger through the process.

TapouT XT challenges your fitness, your resolve and, at a few times during each workout, becomes “How badly do you want it?” “To Quit DOES NOT EXIST!” The price has come way down now. You can buy the disks and other items for $80 OR you can get the streaming version and they give you the entire XT2 series for a total of $50! XT2 is a whole other animal with more extreme and lengthy workouts. This summer, after 2 rounds through the first series, I will be ready for XT2. Check it out.

http://tapoutxt.com/

Don’t gauge by your age. The only reason we really get old is because we choose to. Don’t put yourself out to pasture. Move your body, challenge the way things are. Consult your doctor and start something that will help you be around for those around you.

 

Changes to the Dietary Guidelines are coming out in 2015. Review what has been done, post your comments. Push for a more sustainable food chain. I vote #vegan but your choice is your own.

Here is an excerpt from the written reporting with a link to take you to the bulk of the materials:

http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/

Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Part D. Chapter 5: Food Sustainability and Safety- Continued

Sustainable Diets

Dietary Patterns and Sustainability

Question 1: What is the relationship between population-level dietary patterns and long-term food sustainability?


Source of Evidence:
 Modified NEL systematic review

Conclusion

Consistent evidence indicates that, in general, a dietary pattern that is higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact (GHG emissions and energy, land, and water use) than is the current average U.S. diet. A diet that is more environmentally sustainable than the average U.S. diet can be achieved without excluding any food groups. …

Implications

A moderate to strong evidence base supports recommendations that the U.S. population move toward dietary patterns that generally increase consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, while decreasing total calories and some animal-based foods.

Scrum

Scrum is a great alternative for a difficult to define problem. I think of it as an iterative process of trial and adjustment with heavy stakeholder input. It allows the customer to be involved in development so they can understand how the product is developing so it has the most possible value for efforts made to create it. There are great resources available to understand Scrum. Please see the following:

Introduction to Scrum – CollabNet Scrum Training Part 1

http://youtu.be/D8vT7G0WATM?list=PLRDT6kp_otSEv2-Cskt6SF-bg4FpJecp1

Tracking and evaluation of progress during the course of activity makes all the difference.

 

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Mobile Interview with Jeff Sanders.

Thank you, Jeff for being the first mobile interview for what has become the “Mobile” Vegan Podcast!

47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive

http://jeffsanders.com/how-productive-could-you-be/

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You have to get 47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive!

47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive

I will post my progress over the next few months as I try to improve my performance by becoming more productive the Jeff Sanders way!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Training in Phases

Cleveland Marathon

Training in Phases

Increased Load

Similar to training for your first 5K race, many marathoner trainers simply increase their load over time so that they reach a maximum distance in time for their race. By running several times during the week and having one ‘long’ run on the weekend, you see your long run distance slowly approach marathon distance.

3-Week Phases

Other thoughts include taking two steps forward and one step back where your mileage increases two weeks in a row, then steps back slightly on the third week. This works well at the beginning, when gains in duration and distance are at their maximum. However, this approach can be tedious over the many months of marathon preparation AND it does not provide large enough improvements in pace for me.

Speed Training

Improving your performance with speed training involves testing your limits. In order to go fast, you have to … go faster. It isn’t quite that simple, I agree. To run a faster marathon, you must run a faster half marathon. To run the faster half marathon, you must run a faster 10K. A faster 10K requires a faster 5K, 2 miler, 1 miler or lap around your high school track. You have to go to the shortest distance necessary to see improvements. Do these shorter, faster, intervals with appropriate breaks between and you will be on your way to that faster Boston Marathon Qualifier. Run, Forrest, Run.

Creating More Time

Blerk

Set your alarm, get up early, do good things

Habits – Making the most of the time that you have.

You are convinced that there is a lot of productive time left on the table each day. It seems like you just work, go to bed and repeat. What happens to those few elusive hours surrounding the work and sleep each day? It will require some tracking, a little analysis, to really figure things out.

This won’t take long. Get a note card or a small notebook and keep it with you. For one week (so you cover all the days and their different structures. Identify each element of your day that seems to be a time-waster or unproductive. WRITE IT DOWN. For example, “2o minutes have Facebook chat with my buddy” OR “30 minutes catching up on ____ (Facebook, Twitter, news websites, etc.”

Do this for a week. Be honest, if you watch four episodes of your favorite show with the family, great, but right it down. Most successful people watch an hour or less of television each day and focus their social media time. Identify your 3-hour-per-day TV habit or your propensity to chat on the phone for an innocent 30 minutes several times each day and you are on your way to a more productive self.

Turn that Frown Upside-Down

So you’ve made THE LIST of your time transgressions and can’t even set it down for fear that someone will read it and judge you. Let’s take that list and invert it. Take each poor habit and transition it into the opposite: For example: “Watched more than 2 hours of TV every day” BECOMES “Watch less than 90 minutes of TV each day”. Take each habit and describe what you think is a healthier version of that habit. Do it for everything.

 

The goal is not to change everything overnight. What you should strive for is performing one of these new, RICH, habits and celebrating your success. Make a note of your successes. Each positive habit served during your day or week will allow other desired activities into your schedule. Perhaps the garden you always wanted to plant, reading some inspirational material or a more regular exercise regimen. You get the idea?

Get out there and try it. Keep score for a week and create healthier versions of those habit as daily time-saving goals.

Good luck!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Eating Insects

Mmmm, tasty!???

Cricket

Seriously, did you expect me to talk about this? In this hypothetical journey into ‘oh, no, he didn’t’ I contemplate the impacts of people eating insects.

My recipe for Halloween Cricket Stir Fry

2 cups noodles of choice
1/4 cup sliced onions
2 cloves garlic
1 T chia seeds
1 t EVOO
1 1/2 cups of crickets, fresh

Improving Run Performance

My recipe for improving run performance

Speed training 2-3 times per week
Long Run for endurance once per week
Yoga once per week
Core 1 – 3 times per week

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Ever had that feeling, the feeling that you are at the end of your rope? Perhaps you aren’t sure if you can handle one more bad break.

Sometimes I need help, too.

I need to know what to do when I really don’t know what to do.

Tenacity

That’s where you will has to lead the way. Find something or someone to lean on and move away from the darkness and negative self talk in your mind. If you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, don’t give up, tie and knot and hang on.

Listen in.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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It is critical to be focused.

Intensity can add to your effectiveness. I believe you have to achieve focus and intensity in the right order to have an effective work session.

Focus and Intensity Ready to Pour

Intensity Ready to Pour

I can be intense for a variety of reasons.

Some days the coffee is a little too strong or I have a crazy morning workout and I feel energized and pumped up for the day ahead. Emotional anticipation of the results you expect can drive your intensity up as well.

Be careful with intensity.

Imagine accelerating quickly in a car without holding the steering wheel. Zero to sixty in the wrong direction!?!

You need control of direction, focus, to point your efforts in the right direction.

It reminds me of my first open water triathlon. An open water triathlon means that your swimming is not done in a pool with lanes lines, but out in a lake or bay of open water. I learned that without proper focus, my 750 meter swim easily became 1,200 meters from zigzagging around the 750 meter loop. It wasn’t the end of the world but I expended much more energy than I needed for a loop that many other swimmers followed closely and were out of the lake long before I was. I used the experience to practice sight swimming. When sight swimming, you look up periodically during a part of your effort to ensure you are going in the right direction. This allows for small course corrections more frequently and maintaining positive momentum instead of straying far off course before realigning with your goal. Your efforts in business and life should focus on the important task and then allow your intense effort to take you quickly to your goal. Stay tuned for more focus and coffee-fueled blog posts.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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