Alison North London Personal TrainerI am presuming that you have read last week’s article on procrastination and are ready to talk about choices.  Ultimately we are responsible for each and every choice we make whether it is to eat something ‘naughty’ or healthy.

If you have made a decision about achieving a goal whether it is weight loss or an event such as a triathlon then the choices you make must help you towards you goal.  Saying that though it is very easy to get distracted by other options and believe their hype.

Whether your goal is weight loss or an event I have very similar advice and suggestions.  Nutrition is back to the caveman style, if you can catch it or pick it then you can eat it.  If the only way you can get it is by reaching for it at the supermarket then it is not a great choice.

I am not a great fan of fad diets that require you only to eat their products…which generally come in packaging and can only be bought in a supermarket or similar outlet.  They are not part of the catch it or pick style of my nutrition guidelines.
I’m not a fan of hydration drinks that are more hydrating than water……..Really?  Are they?  They why aren’t all the plants and animals given these drinks, surely they need great hydration too.  All the media hype and trigger words such as ‘better than water’ start the process of doubting what you know to be true.

Water is the best thing for you.
And then there are the press releases that alcohol is bad for you and then a couple of days later a glass or two of red wine per day is okay.  Really?  By my nutritional guidelines there would need to be wine trees that grew bottles of wine ready to be picked and drank and they would be seasonal too!  But unfortunately no!  And deep inside you too know that wine every day is not good for you….socially acceptable as it is.  I’ve said before that I like a good party and celebration but I choose to save my wine for then.

What I am trying to say here is, make sure your choices help you to achieve your goal in the quickest and easiest possible way.  Even when marathon training and now triathlon training I am aware of what I am eating and drinking and how that will affect my chosen goal.

As a guide here are the choices I am making for my triathlon training.

  1. Eat regularly
  2. Eat a majority of fresh vegetables and quality protein
  3. Water water everywhere……and make sure I drink regularly throughout the day.
  4. Sleep, get as close to eight hours sleep each night and going to bed as early as possible.
  5. To turn up for my training even when I don’t feel like it
  6. Stay positive in knowing that when I have completed my triathlon there will be no better feeling.

Every day we get to make our own choices……….make yours the best for you!  It’s only too late if you don’t start now.