Well, up here in Massachusetts we just got our first little snowstorm, just in time for Thanksgiving. That makes it a perfect time to write about my favorite pair of footwear. That, of course, is my pair of sandals! I am much happier when I’m wearing them. Seriously, just look at these things, they are awesome!
These bad boys are actually made for trail running. I have used them for hiking and mountain climbing. I have biked the trails down the cape in them. They are perfect for lifting and coaching. The best part is they are also great with formal attire. They go great with fancy clothes!
Ok, so why the hell am I talking about sandals? I just read this interesting article, “The Science of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear the Same Thing Every Day”
The writer talks about this idea of “decision fatigue.”
“This is a real psychological condition in which a person’s productivity suffers as a result of becoming mentally exhausted from making so many irrelevant decisions.”
I know this is definitely true of me. Just watch me try to buy laundry detergent or toothpaste. Why are there so many stinking options!?!? I become paralyzed and actually kinda pissed off.
Anyway, one of the big keys to success and happiness is to simplify. I didn’t always follow this. Back in my corporate days I had a shit ton of stuff. My apartment was filled with just random stuff…actually mostly dressers. I am happy to say I am now considered a Dresser-Free American. When I changed careers I began my quest to simplify my life. Initially I didn’t do this intentionally. I just figured I didn’t want to pay for a big apartment while I was making my transition. Then I learned all about the freedom that simplifying ones life offers. First I downsized the physical space I needed. Then down went my smart phone. I realized I really didn’t need to be connected while I am sleeping. Then down went cable. I don’t need that many channels nor do I need to make a decision about what to crappy show to watch. Plus those two expenses really add up. I am fortunate to work in a profession that allows me to wear shorts and a t-shirt and/or a sweatshirt everyday.That way I don’t need to think about what to wear when I wake up. Instead I get to decide how strong I want my coffee. Usually it’s wicked strong!
Anyway, this can be applied to your exercise and nutrition programs as well. I would go so far as to say the best athletes and the adults who are in the best shape lack variety in their training. One of our collegiate athletes who is home for her Thanksgiving break was at the gym yesterday. She didn’t know what to do at the gym. I told her to do some deadlifts and chin ups. Nothing complicated. A simple program of Squats, Lunges, Deadlifts, Chin ups, Push Ups, and Sprints are all anyone really needs to be in great shape and improve athletically.
Nutrition is just as simple. The folks who are in the best shape eat the same thing everyday. This is by no means perfect but my current typical day consists of:
Breakfast – 3-egg sandwich with Ezekiel English muffin
Lunch – Combination of ground beef, ground pork, and ground sausage with combo of veggies, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, butternut squash, carrots, onions, peppers, etc
Dinner – 6-egg omelet with salsa and whatever veggies I have.
This changes slightly over the weekend to contain a good steak (I like ribeye!!) and a stout or two.
Simplifying in this manner has allowed me to focus on the things that are really important in life.
“Life is complicated enough, don’t allow the little things to dictate your happiness. Simplify, simplify.”