I know the title of your article is supposed to be descriptive of what is in the article, but I didn’t make up that rule so … how do I make a smiley face with the tongue sticking out! I read a great motivational article today called “Arm Yourself Against Excuses – Winning the Fight Against Yourself”. I expected it to be the usual 7 steps or 6 ways starting with step 1. Put your clothes out the night before … blah, blah, blah! I’m getting very jaded aren’t I. The author instead described his morning struggle to get up early and run 5K in terms of a boxing match.
We all have a set of rules we follow in the back of our minds. I am the kind of person that would never do this and always do that. I have been trying with some success to add to those rules in order to improve my health and well-being. I added the “Just One Thing” rule and each day I have just one fitness goal to accomplish. Usually that goal is to get up at the usual time and get out the door to the gym. If I work on that rule long enough it becomes habit and part of how I define myself. I find I can’t work on too many rules at one time or on a rule that is too complex. I also have a rule that I do not miss sessions with my trainer. I have been very successful with that one although I think about cancelling often.
So today is known as “Blue Monday” the most depressing day of the year for people living in the northern hemisphere. This is the day that the accumulated effects of months of extra night plus holiday debt plus failure on resolutions results in the blues. Well I have to say that on Friday when I discovered there were racoons in my attic I was feeling pretty blue. I had my usual reaction of that’s it I’m moving. I can’t take this! I don’t have time for this! All is lost! I need to start dialing back the drama! The raccoons were having a party and kept me up much of the night. I called pest control and they patched up the hole in my soffit and put out traps. Apparently I will know and so will all my neighbours once we catch one of these guys. Hmm Great! You know it will happen at 2AM. So far no caged critters. These are city racoons they may know what’s what with the traps.
This evening I am working on my plan for maximum Thursday morning workout mojo. I have a trainer that kicks my butt Tuesday and Thursday morning and Thursday is always a little tougher because I am often already beaten up from Tuesday. So there is that feeling when you first see him of hell I already gave all I got for this week. Its’ particularly tough if he is waiting for me on the stairs (stair climbing anyone) or has the big mattress out in the gym (exercises while unstable are frustrating). On Tuesday I mocked my trainer and told him the weights were too light and then asked for extra exercises at the end. I barely stumbled out of that workout. My legs were jello. I was sure I was really going to suffer for that workout but the muscle pain hasn’t been bad at all. I did something I don’t normally do and put ice on my knees after that workout. Gee maybe this ice thing works! I think I better do a study on this over the next few weeks. Wouldn’t that suck if the cure to my aches and pains was the ice everybody has been … Continue reading
No more messin’ around! I have not written a single article in December unbelievable! Yeah! Yeah! I have lots of excuses one of which is biting me in the back right now, but that is not a good enough reason to be neglecting my blog. So what have I learned in December… Hmmmm. Well sitting around feeling sorry for yourself doesn’t get you anyplace. That is one of my go to comfortable places. Somehow I have it stuck in my mind that when you are in trouble if you just hide in your cave and don’t move it can’t get any worse. The reality for me is that I need to drag myself over to the pool and move. Clears out the garbage rolling around in my brain and gets the physical parts working. At least I didn’t eat too much junk and actually I did get to the pool some. I have some good friends that kicked my arse repeatedly. Thanks guys! Still working on it!
Logically I know that I have problems with stress and anxiety. Emotionally? Illogically? Psychotically? Living in stress is a place I know, I understand and I feel comfortable. When I have a deadline buzz going on I am focused and racing and in the moment and producing. I enjoy the adrenaline and testing of my abilities right up until I realize I will not meet the deadline or the project is finished and now what.
Hey everybody! Therese agreed to write another article for my blog! Therese is that gal who’s voice usually rings out loud and clear when you are pussy footing around a problem and getting no place. She just cuts right through all the baloney and says “Why don’t you just …?” And I say “Oh … yeah that will work.” Solutions with no drama! Feel free to use that one on your business card Therese. The Art of Conversation According to Therese Lane I am finding out for probably the first time in my life, that contrary to my belief, people can actually converse, listen, laugh and tolerate me without any ulterior motives. I in turn am learning that (a), I basically like most people and (b) it is okay to ask for…almost anything really. So did I think that there was a school that taught this “fine art”? Obviously I did! I have noticed that there are no actual rules or regulations and that it is quite painless to just be myself. There is a saying that “You believe you are what you are told you are” so if like myself you grew up being told you’re useless and worthless, then … Continue reading
Hey there folks! Getting my second wind under my sails! Yeah! Maybe that morning coffee has finally kicked in. Had a major mid-day energy dip. Can’t imagine why! I was given permission, no ordered if you want to know the truth to brag today on my blog about my amazing performance this morning! Uh Huh! Thanks Fredelle! This “I can do a little more rule” is really powerful stuff. Last week my trainer suggested that the reason I have been kicking butt lately was that I had two weeks of 7AM sessions with him instead of 6AM. Back to 6AM sessions this morning so when I met him I immediately threw down the challenge. “Let’s see if it’s the time or my awesomeness that has made the difference”. Well I had to do my best after that arrogance! We had a couple hiccups when I got distracted or let a negative thought roll through my brain. My trainer got me back on course by reminding me to focus. Well when it was all over we both agreed that was my best workout since I was injured a year ago. What was the difference? I knew I could do it! I … Continue reading