Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Free-Tip Tuesday XLIV: What Gets Measured Gets Managed

Piggybacking off of last week's tip, 'Make it Better', the only way you can be certain you are - is to measure your progress. Progress in training. Progress with nutritional choices. Or simply progress in adherence to the plan you have set out for either.

So how do you go about this?

In terms of training, keep a training journal or log tracking your strength increases and volume on each of your exercises. We have so much going on in our lives we don't need anything else we have to remember right? Make it simple and write it down. It's hard to know where you are going if you don't know where you came from, not to mention the sense of accomplishment when you glance down and see how strong you have become over time!

In terms of nutrition, occasionally take a 3 or 5 day inventory of everything you put in your mouth. Many people are surprised at how much more they eat than they previously realized. This also makes a nutrition coach's task much easier by identifying good and bad patterns in your choices to create an individualized plan of attack with suggestions that are also much more tangible in nature.

Additionally, it never hurts to occasionally measure your food to revisit what a portion size really is to prevent our eyes from becoming larger than our stomachs. While doing so consistently on a regular basis is impractical and unnecessary, an occasional review serves to keep us grounded in reality after they become distorted by restaurant portions

Finally, simply charting your adherence to a particular plan or goal is one of the hallmark reasons why the Precision Nutrition system at Pittsburgh Kettlebells is so successful. Seeing successful adherence promotes confidence in your ability to achieve your goals. Conversely, even observing a lack of adherence allows the coach and client to work together toward identifying another goal that is much more manageable, yet still takes you towards your desired goal!

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