I’m so excited my Silver Rush 50 mile training cycle started this week! I’ve been working hard the last 14 weeks to establish a strong base for 2016. I want to give myself the best opportunity to not only finish, but to set myself up to hit my time goal and for longer distances. I have set some difficult goals for myself and I have created a plan of action that will get me there. Due to the length and detail of my plan, I will spell it out over the next couple weeks.

My action plan for success:

  1. Eat like a champion
  2. Train like a professional athlete
  3. Never, Ever Give Up

Eat like a champion-

  1. Food is fuel- Eat Clean
    • I’ve said this before- food should be used to fuel your body and daily activities. If it weighs you down or is hard to digest, it’s probably not good for you. My eating plan is pretty simple. I can eat all the fruits, vegetables and salad I want. Stick to unprocessed meats; chicken, wild game, and fish. Cut out added sugar and alcohol. For my “treat” I get to keep peanut butter! (All natural, no added ingredient Peanut Butter, NOT JIF!!!)
  2. Shop right
    • My key to success is to refrain from buying it. I can abstain from buying it, but, I have ZERO self-control if it’s in the house. For Nikki, she is the exact opposite- she can buy it and never eat it… But we’re a team so she has agreed not to bring it in the house if I can’t have it.
    • I have found through the study of human habits and behaviors that if we see something, it tends to create consumption. It’s called a cue. Our brain is set up to complete a cycle once a cue has been initiated. All cues have a reward. Instead of fighting the habit, get rid of the cue. Just watch tv advertising, it is the best cue/reward example you can see every day. (#1 reason we dumped our tv subscription 3 years ago.)
  3. Limit alcohol
    • I’ll admit this is my weakness… I’m not a drunk or anything, but I do enjoy a good beer, nice glass of whiskey or wine. A couple problems with alcohol: lots of sugar, lots of useless calories and the way it affects our brain chemistry…
    • Like anything else, I am not cutting it out completely, that would be setting myself up for failure. However, I can’t keep it in the house because it gives me too many reasons to “cheat”. An “its ok it’s just one” turns into a habit that gets out of control. Simple rule- no drinking if I have a training session the next day. That limits me to a small amount on Sundays if I so choose.
  4. No excuses- Our “No Buy List”
    • This is a big key to success for us. I read a book on training and eating and there was a story about a professional athlete who shops before every meal. He (like me) has no self-control once the food is in his house. So he prepares his meal on paper, goes to the store and buys only the type and amount of food on his list, prepares it and throws away any leftovers. Don’t worry, I won’t be going this far, but it showed me the discipline needed to accomplish your goals.
    • If you know you have a weakness, fight it in the store, not when you have the munchies at 10pm at night and your willpower has been used for the day. Think about it, if you have to drive to the store to get a candy bar, you probably won’t. But if it’s in the pantry easily accessible, you’ll probably eat it with no regard of the consequences until it’s too late. (Studies show your willpower is like a muscle. It has to be trained, strengthened and is used throughout the day. Eventually you will run out and you have to be prepared to either get stronger or live with the consequences of your decisions once it’s depleted.)
    • A few items on our “No Buy List”- It may seem like we are deprived, but we have a substitute for almost everything on the list. We also threw away our excuse about letting kids be kids- if it isn’t good for us, it isn’t good for them. If we do decide we want something on the list, it can be consumed outside of our house so there is no temptation later to eat the leftovers. This allows us to take control and limit our consumption.
  • Pizza
  • Crackers
  • Tortilla Chips/Tortillas
  • Chocolate
  • Nachos
  • Pizza
  • Coffee Creamer
  • Ice cream-We have a great way to make “ice cream” with bananas!
  • Beer/Wine/Whiskey
  • Cheese
  • French Fries
  • Candy Bars
  • Garlic Bread
  • Pizza
  • Candy
  • Macaroni/Potato Salad
  • Gatorade
  • “Fruit” Juices- Apple, Orange etc (don’t be fooled by the “healthiness”)
  • Frosted Mini Wheats and other cereals
  • Pizza
  • Manufactured/Boxed Dinners

I hope you can take some ideas and apply them right away! I’m always happy to answer any questions you have! I’ll see you next week with my training plan/strategy for Silver Rush! Don’t forget the hit the “follow” button! It’s going to be an awesome year and I look forward to showing you nothing is impossible!

Also look for me on the DizRuns Podcast coming up! I’ll post a link!


Published by Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is a father, running, fitness, weight loss and personal development addict. Formally 400 pounds, Gary has naturally lost 200 pounds, created a coaching & speaking business and has become a 100 mile ultra-runner. Holding a degree in Psychology & Sociology, certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, mindset & behavioral modification coaching, a certification in DISC personality assessment coaching and he is a certified speaker, coach & mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Gary firmly believes, if we take One Step at a Time, nothing is impossible. He is determined to let his actions show people what is possible and hopes to help you shake up your thoughts, change your actions and create your future.

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