“We’re kind of flying the plane while we’re building it.” Max Ventilla
One of my favorite concepts to come out of the Silicone Valley, involves notion of getting to the market as soon as possible and making corrections along the way. This is a great mindset to have to avoid analysis paralysis. I am currently reading through the Renaissance Periodization Diet Book and am in the process of creating a spreadsheet with calculators and formulas to help create and curate a diet that works for me.
(Stay tuned, this spreadsheet will also be released on the blog once I work out all the formulas and how to make it look nice)
However, I have already started to implement small changes in my diet as I learn about them in my research. I haven’t fully created my nutritional program, however I am still able to use the tactics that are being covered in the book. This has come in the form of keeping a more focused mindset towards calorie consumption and macro composition. I haven’t yet calculated the final numbers or even the foods I need to eat, but I am being more aware of the choices I make and have implemented a simplified breakfast of three eggs and a small cup of vegetables. I have also started to include at least a small cup of extra vegetables with every main meal I eat.
Now is this the final plan or even an optimal version of eating? Probably not, but it is an improvement upon my previous laissez faire style of eating. Action taken today on an imperfect plan is a lot better than not taking action, whilst forever planning. This can be taken to an extreme and I definitely don’t mean that you should never plan and always take immediate action without any research. This is not the message I am trying to convey. My thesis for this short post is to put forward the idea that there becomes a point when deep down, we know we know enough about a topic and have enough information to take some sort of action, no matter how small the step, it’s a step in the right direction.
Even if you don’t know where to start with eating right, you probably already know what not to eat. Simply cutting out sugary drinks from your daily diet is a small step in the right direction. Cutting out visits to fast food restaurants is another good action you can take, while you research and read on what diet/nutrition plan will work best for you.
The same goes for exercising, simply walking for 10 minutes a day is better than not moving. Even if you walk for 30 minutes whilst listening to a podcast about how to workout will be infinitely better than sitting on the couch watching Netflix. It’s these small steps in the right direction and course correcting along the way that will help lay down the habit of action and reduce the possibility of procrastination.