I’m In It To Win It
Day 12 of 21 days of the “Eating Clean Plan,” has brought out the best in me. It is as simple as a mental shift, and mine is defined and focused. This past Monday I decided that there is nothing to think about except what is on the Plan! The dark chocolate on the table, the wine in the fridge the Italian meatballs in the leftover container, all of it can wait! Every day that I keep my promise to myself and stick to the plan, has me seeing results and has me pushing a little harder, naturally.
Something to be said about following through to the end, or is it the fire in me? In either instance, today I got on the treadmill to do a set of interval runs. My mind usually starts out telling me I’m not sure I can hit the mark this time, and then I’ll wait for the minutes to pass, and then I’ll consider shortening my runs or slowing them down. Today was different, and the process resembled my past half marathon training where I would review my schedule and go out with my iPod, crank it UP and run. That’s it. Today: 10 x :60 in 30 minutes with a warm-up and cool-down and I felt it….the LACTIC ACID. Haven’t felt that in a while. I let the feeling come over me and I pushed through. It wasn’t my hardest ever run, but it certainly was the toughest I’ve had in a while.
WEB MD DESCRIBES LACTIC ACID LIKE THIS:
Most of lactic acid is made by muscle tissue and red blood cells. When the oxygen level in the body is normal, carbohydrate breaks down into water and carbon dioxide. When the oxygen level is low, carbohydrate breaks down for energy and makes lactic acid. Lactic acid levels get higher when strenuous exercise or other conditions-such as heart failure, a severe infection (sepsis), or shock-lower the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body. Lactic acid levels can also get higher when the liver is severely damaged or diseased, because the liver normally breaks down lactic acid.
ACCORDING TO A NEW YORK TIMES FITNESS AND NUTRITION COLUMN:
Coaches and personal trainers tell athletes and exercisers that they have to learn to work out at just below their “lactic threshold,” that point of diminishing returns when lactic acid starts to accumulate. Some athletes even have blood tests to find their personal lactic thresholds.
But that, it turns out, is all wrong. Lactic acid is actually a fuel, not a caustic waste product. Muscles make it deliberately, producing it from glucose, and they burn it to obtain energy. The reason trained athletes can perform so hard and so long is because their intense training causes their muscles to adapt so they more readily and efficiently absorb lactic acid.
NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO FEEL THIS…
But I do and when I do feel the lactic acid I know that I’m getting better. For 21 days I’m in it to win it! That’s the plan, I stick to the “Clean Plan,” for 21 days and then I’ll go from there.
MAKE YOUR PLAN AND STICK TO IT FOR RESULTS AND ENLIGHTENMENT!
Make a plan, one that you can follow, challenges you just enough to get better, follow it, stick to it and discover what YOU ARE MADE OF!