If you’re like me, you have this perception of what the new year will feel like, or maybe it’s expectations. You know… these—> working on balancing life, shifting your focus towards all things purposeful, being productive, and so on and so. Am I right ? Oh my, those are some high (right off the bat) expectations.
And if you’re like me, 2 weeks into the year you’ve already let it slip a wee bit. In fact, you may need to iron out the kinks in areas of your life.
Yes it’s true. I’m going to need a good hot iron to smooth out these slip ups.
Marriage slip ups (an over reactive Sherpa wife and a hardheaded triathlete don’t make for great week haha),
Well being slip ups
Nutritional slip ups
Training slip ups.
Thank goodness we know how to use that iron, and quite often I might add. Hey, we are human ya know?
But do we just expect things to smooth out in their own? Nope, we have to take action. For us, it means we needed to sit down and chat about things.
Ironing out the kinks:
Marriage kinks (get your mind out of gutter) -we need to communicate more, and more, and more, etc. Boy does that help!
Training kinks –we needed to utilize our day better in order to fit everything in. And usually that takes team effort! Especially when it comes to making sure the kiwi (and myself) get the proper fuel, meals, recovery, etc. When your athletic performance is your livelihood, proper recovery is key. Whoa.
Well being wise– For me, I still need to let go of a few busy things and learn to say no. I also need to stop putting off my well-being “treatments.” And by treatments, I mean MFR (Myofascial release). My friend Amy is a brilliant MFR therapist. It does wonders for my allergies (inner ear problems) and my body. But more that later.
Nutrition Kinks- we just really need to ONE UP it and maximize our nutrients.
Like post workout nutrient intake. I’ve got the protein covered for later. But we need to make sure we’re getting enough carbs and vital nutrients after high intensity workouts. My friend Dean posted an awesome recipe on instagram here. This would be great for post workout.
I also think adding in an extra smoothie (as mini meal or snack) later in the day would help boost our iron intake. I’ve add vitamin C (the kwi fruit and berries) to this green protein smoothie to help with non heme (plant based iron sources) absorption.
one kiwi fruit and ½ cup berries
10oz. cup almond milk
Vegan Protein (I tried our TwinLab new CleanSeries Veggie Protein. It’s NSF approved and uses yellow pea and sprouted brown rice protein. Sprouted is great for digestion.)
1 handful spinach
Raw honey or maple syrup if needed
If you are lacking in iron, consider the source and if you are absorbing it all. Animal sources of iron (heme) are absorbed more. Plant based (non heme) sources of iron need a little more work. Here’s a great little article to follow up on that.
Now that’s all said and done, I feel quite marvelous and ready for the week. Phew!
I know we’ll always have things in life to “iron out,” but it’s nice to know we’re human and all it takes is a little effort and plan of action to help smooth it out, yes? What do you need to IRON out?
Another delicious smoothie recipe to try: