Ace!

Just a quickie: I read an extract from Brad Gilbert’s new book on the weekend. Reading about sporty people can be incredibly inspiring; all that sacrifice and focus as they pursue their goals.

Mr Gilbert is a superstar tennis coach and is currently tending to Scotland’s great young hope, Andy Murray. The opening paragraph really leaped out and slapped me about the chops, speaking as One Who Has Obsessed About Numbers. I thought I’d share it for any fellow number junkies out there. Emphasis is mine.

"Can I get Andy Murray to No1 is what everybody wants to know. Here’s the truth: I didn’t know for sure that Andre Agassi or Andy Roddick would go to No1 when I started coaching them.

Nevertheless, here’s my 100% coaching principle with Andy Murray or anyone else: I don’t talk about numbers; I don’t obsess about rankings or results.

What I talk about are those specific things we need to do to keep getting better; to get closer to the maximum game out of the player. Do that and the ranking will take care of itself."

Dudes. I think the Brad Gilbert coaching principle could be a nifty way to approach lard-busting. Focusing hard on doing the healthy things that take you closer to being that healthier person, rather than obsessing about the numbers. I’ve changed my focus this year and while I’m hardly trotting off to Wimbledon, I’m a bazillion times happier and healthier.

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21 thoughts on “Ace!

  1. Sounds like a good idea. Not to worry about the numbers on the scale. I haven’t gotten to that place yet unfortunately.

    Sorry to hear about your shoe woes. They should have let you taken your shoes back….it wasn’t 5, I agree!

  2. ahh patty, would ya believe i took ’em back today and they were sold out of my size. you gotta laugh! 🙂

  3. He’s a smart cookie.

    When people are struggling with what the scales are teling them, my advice is always to just focus on the day to day things you know you have to do (i.e. eating your regular, healthy meals and doing your workouts). Those things you can control, and if you do, the results will automatically follow.

    I would probably have thrown said shoe through the window…. OK, maybe not, but I would have WANTED to.

  4. Shauny!

    Your posts are awesome — you always make me think 🙂 Because of that I’ve tagged you for a Thinking Blogger’s Award! Thanks for sharing your world and your thoughts with us. For details on this meme, check out my recent post,

    link to sunsetroses.blogspot.com

    Cheers,
    Ellen

  5. Poor service in shops and restaurants….aaaaaarghhh…it’s so annoying. And not being able to get across to them what is annoying you is even more annoying. You have my sympathies.

    I’ve written down the phrase:

    “Just do the things that I need to do to keep getting thinner and don’t worry about the numbers”

    and am taking it to work for my desk and and going to stick it on my fridge.

    Hope it works for the boy Murray, and hope he cheers up a bit!!

    Lesley x

  6. Good point Dietgirl. As soon as you start obsessing about the numbers on the scales, then you leave things open for . . . disappointment – the enemy of healthy life changes.

    Instead, concentrating on the positives – the good things you’re doing and the changes you have made, and then doing more of them – that’s the way forward.

  7. Sensational as usual DG! I think I’ll print it out and stick it up over my desk.
    As for your last post, I wish I’d read the bit about feeling my feelings instead of stuffing my face BEFORE I went on a scoff-rampage yesterday, oh well.

  8. You’ve done it again with those Scottish words – Crabbit – fantastic. I wonder how many people had no idea what your title was all about. So glad to hear that your residency finally came good. Had a very similar experience about 30 years ago – my first husband was an Aussie who married me over there but like you it all came good in the end.

  9. Interesting article in the Australian version of TIME mag this week on appetite. How it works, triggers etc.
    It also includes a small piece on the problems faced by some of the Biggest Loser contestants post show putting weight back on.

  10. That is awesome.

    Thanks stacks for sharing that pearler. I needed it.

    Thank you also for all your support lately.

    xox

  11. For me, the numbers still matter, but in saying that, I have taken a major step forward with my overall obsession… a healthy body/mind… so it’s all good!

  12. That is a great approach to anything in life. Instead of focussing on the nitty gritty, focus on each step. Love it. You always have such little gems of info for us.

  13. First – I would’ve been royally pissed about the shoe store closing as well. You are actually much nicer than I am, because I probably would’ve just stood there knocking on the door for 15 minutes, while I called them from my cell phone. Or that is what I would want to do, while I walked away fruming… 😉

    Second – I want to let you know that your blog is the one that inspired me to stop counting as well. I still get on the scale, because I like to check in, but I’m not counting calories anymore, and I’m so much happier (and losing weight faster than I was before) So thanks!

  14. First – I would’ve been royally pissed about the shoe store closing as well. You are actually much nicer than I am, because I probably would’ve just stood there knocking on the door for 15 minutes, while I called them from my cell phone. Or that is what I would want to do, while I walked away fuming… 😉

    Second – I want to let you know that your blog is the one that inspired me to stop counting as well. I still get on the scale, because I like to check in, but I’m not counting calories anymore, and I’m so much happier (and losing weight faster than I was before) So thanks!

  15. good stuff Shauna.

    Ask Dr.G if he’s noticed this phenomena.

    When Andy Murray is winning, he is British in print
    When he loses or as now is injured he is Scottish in print.

    I’ve been keeping an eye on this and it is pretty much 80% accurate.

    Also you look lovely so stop worrying what anyone says.

    Pol

  16. tis true pol. just like Russell Crowe was an Aussie when he won an Oscar but reverted to Kiwi when he clobbered someone with a telephone!