Stay in your lane.
In the 1996 400m Olympic finals in Atlanta there were two races.
Based on his current times, performance that season, and being undefeated in over 46 finals coming into the Olympic 400m race, it was highly unlikely that you were beating Micheal Johnson on a bad day.
Those who tried to run for gold, or keep up with him died on the track.
Roger Black of Great Britain knew this. His goal was not to beat Johnson.
That day he was running for silver and he knew it. His current times and performance that season all indicated that he could do it.
He took an honest appraisal of the situation. Unlike all those who wanted to beat johnson and went up in flames in the second leg of the race, Roger aimed lower.
He stayed in his lane. Roger ran his race, cemented his place in history and achieved success on his terms.
Are you letting your ego get in the way of your success?
So I'm not going to pretend like these are really healthy. No, lets just keep it real here, these are indulgent chocolate chip oat cookies that are damn tasty. They are real simple to make and take about 20 minutes from mixing to total cooking time (I kid you not). So lets get to it!
Ripe Banana x 2
1/2 Mug of brown sugar (optional)
1 Cup of all purpose flour
1 Cup of oats
60 grams dark chocoalte (75%+)
Cinnamon x 1 Teaspoon
Here's How To Make Them
Heat the oven to 180 - 190 degrees.
In a bowl mash the bannanas until a pulp using a fork. Stir in the sugar and the cinnamon.
Stir in the flour thoroughly, and then finally add the oats. If the consistency is too thick you can add a little coconut milk etc to moisten the mixture.
Break up the chocolate into small pieces and stir into the mixure. If you prefer your chocolate less rugged you can always but dark chocolate drops.
Now take that cookie dough and spoon into small round mounds on a lightly greased tray. Allow 1 - 2 cm between each dollop as it will spread. You may need to shape the cookie dough a little so that it resembles a round shape (or any shape you prefer!).
Place on the top shelf of the oven and cook for 14 - 16 minutes. The cookies should be golden but gooey.
You can chance it now and swipe a few off the tray but remember they are still hot and the chocolate will ooze out and may burn you in the process (I made that school boy error. Do I regeret it? No. No I don't!).
Leave to cool. Serve when you are ready.
Yes its been a while since I posted about tracking my HRV. Does that mean I've stopped stracking it? Well actually, no. There have been some life changing events, happening, alongside some brilliant opportunties which meant that blogging about it took a back seat for a while, but I still update via twitter (so you can always connect with me there).
So rather than the whole 3 week period! I'm giving you a snap shot of my HRV reading, take a look.
I'm sure you'll notice the red dip right? That's the day after I found out my friend Brtian Appiah Obeng died. I was in bits the day before and all through the night, until the final details of what happened became clear.
Not only was Brian a good friend, a superb photographer, and actor, he was also a internationally respected Parkour Coach. The Standard Newspaper did a good write up on him here. Tributes flooded in, and B will forever be in the hearts of those that he touched.
I managed to get my HRV to swing back by making sure that I had an outlet to release emotional tension, and a strategy to support myself mentally. This included conencting with friends, physical training, breath work (used the options onf the elite HRV app too) and making sure I was eathing the right kind of nutritious food that was rich in antioixdants, supported healthy mood and also myimmune system, when we are in a sympathetic state our immune system can become supressed making us more susceptable to illness.
This was not something I did as a one off intervention, but made sure I had it firmly in place in the coming days, as well as making sure that the sleep that I did get was quality (even if it was disrupted or reduced in hours).
The ability to use HRV tracking as an indicator for health struck home that week, especially as I was also preparing a talk for the staff of Sony Music UK on mysignature seminar, The 5 Pillars of Health. During that seminar we explored the difference between chronological age and your biological age, normative values for HRV and what that related to in terms of your current health status. We also explored what were the top 10 leading causes of death, highlighting the differences between high income and low income countries.
Then when we broke it down and looked at was killing people here in the UK, specifically by gender and then age group, peoples eyes were opened a great deal. The good news is that the majority of deaths are preventable and that HRV has a plart to play in that too.. But that's an article for another time!
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