What Winning the Longest Tennis Match Can Teach You About Going Raw
Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal won Wimbledon this past Saturday.Â The scores were 6-3, 6-2 and 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, respectively, making it Williams' 4th Wimbledon win and Nadal's 2nd.
No one was really surprised by either win, thanks to the sheer athleticism, power, and track record of both players.Â But EVERYONE was dumbfounded by the match that began Tuesday, June 22, 2010 and finally ended Thursday, June 24, 2010.
When it was all said and done, American John Isner finally beat French player Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours and 5 minutes spread over 2 days.Â The score came to 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6 and 70-68!
That's a total of 183 games played!!!
I think there's a lot we can learn from John Isner and his glorious win.Â And you know I can relate it to a low fat raw food diet somehow! :D
*#1: Game Plan*
If you want to be a professional/expert in any field, you have to have a game plan.
In tennis, the goal is simple: WIN!Â But you must have a PLAN for winning.Â You have to know when it's the right time to serve big, to hit cross court, to slice, etc. Â You also have to know your own limitations.
And this plan will change based upon the opponent and the playing conditions (whether you're playing on clay or grass, if it's windy outside, etc.), not to mention the physical and mental condition of the athlete himself/herself.
Raw Food Related
When going raw, the game plan also seems simple: stay raw!Â But the details vary from person to person:
- What are my favorite fruits and greens?
- How much fruit do I need each day?
- Am I ready to give up salt?
- Do I want to go 100% raw?
All of these questions and more should be answered in your raw game plan.Â And it may even change depending upon the given situation, i.e. when you're traveling, at a restaurant, etc.
It all depends upon you and the dietary goals you set for yourself.
In order to stick to his game plan and win the match, Isner had to be incredibly focused.
If he wasn't, he would have been so easily distracted.Â There's the large and looming crowd, the cameras, the commentators.Â It's enough to make anyone lose their concentration and forget all about their game plan!
Raw Food Related
When going raw, you have to be focused too!
Sure, it's pretty easy to stay raw when you're in the comforts of your own home.Â It isn't quite the same when you're out and about, attending lunch and learns, going out to eat with friends, visiting family members during the food-frenzied holidays, etc.
That's when you have to bring your A-game and stay super focused on the game plan you created for yourself.Â A little index card with your raw reasons printed on it and slipped into your back pocket/purse to refer to is a big help here.
There's a reason athletes of all kinds play their sport of choice for multiple hours a day.Â This is how you put both your game plan and your mental focus into action and really hone your skills.
Not only that, but you start to form habits.Â Before the athlete knows it, he no longer has to think about watching the ball hit the racket or pronating when he serves.Â It becomes automatic.
Raw Food Related
When going raw, you actually have to GO RAW!Â I say that in all seriousness because so many people become inactive because of information overload.Â They read books upon books upon books about going raw, but just never get around to actually deciding on a program and doing it.
You can have all the knowledge about raw foods in the world, but it won't mean diddly squat if you don't actually put it to good use.
If you want to go raw, you have to take that first step.Â And it can be as tiny or as giant as you like.Â You may even find after giving a raw food diet a go that you need to adjust your game plan.
For instance, maybe you set the bar high with a plan to go 100% low fat raw vegan without any salt, spices, or condiments of any kind.Â After a few days, you realize this is a bit unrealistic for you and your current lifestyle so you decide to cut back to a 75% low fat raw vegan diet instead.
Once you stick to a game plan consistently for a bit of time, it will get easier and easier.Â Making a big banana smoothie for lunch or having your favorite juicy fruit followed by greens for dinner will just be automatic.
If you want to be a successful raw foodist, you have to:
- Set a raw game plan you can stick to
- Stay focused on your game plan
- Put your game plan and focus into practice
We can't all be tenacious tennis champs, but we can ALL be radiant raw foodists!
Go raw and be fit,