Lose and still win

12 August 2021
12 August 2021

Lose and still win

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been watching the Olympics with great interest. It took me quite a few hours at night, but in the end I watched some great matches. Now that the games are over, we are mainly talking about the medals that the Netherlands has won. The hockey ladies, track cycling, the heptathlon or the men in the relay. All beautiful titles that we will talk about for a long time.

Still, there were two moments that stuck with me the most. Abdi Nageeye took the silver medal for the Netherlands at the marathon and personally ensured that his Belgian training buddy crossed the finish line in third place. The waving gesture that he had to go through 100 meters before the finish has gone around the world. As a top athlete, if you take your training buddy into account at the end of the marathon and make sure that he also receives a prize, then you are a real winner.
The other moment is a moment in the women’s marathon. The name Mieke Gorissen probably means nothing to most people, but this Belgian lady finished 28th in the marathon in Tokyo. No medal, no prize and she ran a good time with 2 hours, 34 minutes and 24 seconds. Yet it was seven minutes slower than the winner from Kenya. What makes her moment so special? Mieke only started running three years ago. In three years from nothing to 28th place in an Olympic marathon. She deserves a big compliment. It also indicates that you can achieve something that you now think, I will never succeed. The term ‘perseverance’ certainly fits here. For the enthusiasts, google her name and watch the video that was made directly to her finish. Mieke loses but wins on character. She has achieved her personal goal. This requires discipline and perseverance.

My own health is important

So it is concerning your health. We are all enjoying vacation now. For some it is almost over, for others it has yet to begin. There will come a time when you say, “Well, now it’s over. I want to work on my health”. Then do it. Procrastination leads you nowhere.

Take notes

Write down what your most important goals are and also write down where you think you can get stuck. For example: my goals are better health, lose 5 kg in weight and exercise fanatically at least twice a week. My bottlenecks are: I know too little about my own health, I have no knowledge about the adjustments in my daily eating pattern and I work in night shifts. How can I exercise twice a week?
You can expand this further by writing down which opportunities there are and what they will bring you.

Together you are strong

Such an analysis is difficult to make for yourself. Once it’s on paper and you get the help you need, every goal can be achieved. In terms of health, work and also in sports. At ODS Vitaal, the knowledge is available to help you on your way and to support you. We are not doing the shopping for you, but you will receive a tailor-made program on how you can work on your health. The coach is ready for you to make a thorough plan of action together. With short, medium and long term objectives.

When do you start?

Below is one of my favorite recipes.


Work instruction:

  1. Cut the chicken breast into cubes.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a stockpot and fry the chicken for 2 minutes. Add the wok vegetables and fry for 1 minute.
  3. Add the coconut milk, water and the stock cube and bring to the boil. Let it cook gently for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the peas and noodles at the last minute and season the soup to taste with salt, pepper and lime juice.
  5. Place the noodles in a soup bowl and pour the soup over it.

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André Mostard is a sports nutrition coach and has been active in the sports world for more than 30 years. André regularly writes a blog for ODS Vitaal with good practical tips to feel good! Sportvoedingscoach André Mostard