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David Nurse

NBA Life Optimization Coach

Nothing is 24 Hours

Nothing is 24 Hours We tend to look at our days in 24 hour blocks. Understandably so, that’s of course the amount of hours in a day. Why wouldn’t we look at it that way? However, there is no magic ‘stop’ button at midnight that signals the body and the mind to erase everything from the day before and start new. Twenty four hours is our human need to put each day in a box. And yes, it definitely has it benefits. There is no denying that. But, what if we look at our nutrition lifestyle without the restrictions of the 24 hours? Think about this, when we overeat we feel horrible and we usually feel horrible about ourselves. But instead of thinking, ‘ok I lost that day,’ we can make it up the next day. There is no magic calculator saying we can only eat 2,000 calories each day. If we eat 2,5000 we can balance it out the next day with 1,500 or even better scale it out the next two days with 1,750 per day. I’m just giving caloric numbers as an example, but you get the point. Same thing with any decision that we beat ourselves up for. If it’s not spending enough time with our wife and kids one day because we had to work late. Make it up the next day and take off work earlier. Or, if you don’t have this luxury; instead of spending a weekend on the golf course after a long week of work, spend it on a complete weekend retreat with your family – a camping vacation, camping in the backyard, camping in the living room. As you can see we don’t have to beat ourselves up just because we had an off day. Off days happen to everyone, trust me! We are not production machines 24/7. But we have the understanding that we can make it up the next day, or if needed in some cases scale it down the next day. This is one of the most freeing mindsets you can have. Fully grasping that nothing is truly 24 hours based will keep you from a lot of future beating yourself up. Yiannis Kouros is hands down the greatest 24+ hour ultramarathoner in history. He holds the records for the 24 hour, the 48 hour, and the six-day races. But if he ate the same way every day his performance would be greatly diminished. During a six-day race from Sydney to Melbourne, Kouros’ intake was monitored. He was said to have managed to take in 15,000 calories the first day, 12,000 the next, and 7,000 the third day. He targeted to get to around 35,000 calories in the first three days. Now Yiannis got to enjoy himself a little bit too, considering he was burning so many calories, he consumed half of his calories as Greek sweets, eating every 20 minutes, and enjoying baklava, fresh creamy custard, and honey cookies. He says he doesn’t eat too much fat, using mostly carbohydrates and only loses weight in races if he wants to, even gaining weight in some. (https://www.runnersworld.com/advanced/a20843753/on-the-trail-with-yiannis-kouros/) No let’s say he ate like that everyday, probably wouldn’t be a great athlete. But what Yiannis fully understands: nothing is 24 hours. Yiannis harnesses this power to be arguably the greatest runner of all time, but we can use it under the same principal – whatever decision we feel like beating ourselves up for within a 24 hour time block, don’t. Let it go. We are the sum of our next choice.

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