You can’t use that word in a post title or you get a lot of traffic and comments that … well. NO! So I’m reading an article by Rob Sulaver at Greatist.com called 6 Convincing Reasons to Start Working Out Immediately. Sounds good I have trouble convincing myself that there are rewards other than sore muscles for working out much of the time. Educate me Rob!
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.
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
In yesterday’s article about the magic fork Crabby McSlacker commented that “a hint to slow the heck down when eating would probably be helpful too.” To which I thought I’ve read them all and I am not chewing my meat 15 times until it is sawdust in my mouth. Then I couldn’t come up with any other rules for slowing down your eating, so I looked it up on the internet. Turns out, there was a couple ideas that I didn’t reject outright with an imperious sniff and downward pointing thumb.
Bah Humbug! I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I have found that I work best setting daily goals and assessing how I did as I wait to fall asleep each night. If I feel I came up short on a day then I try to push a little more the next day. If that doesn’t happen, I’m fine with it I just start fresh and forget the past. I know it seems like the slackers life plan but it works for me. I find even weekly goals are too far away and vacuous. Using visual representations for my goals like a gold star for each job completed or a monetary reward just doesn’t grab me. I can be a competitive person in the moment and that can help me in a tough workout but generally I don’t care who wins the race or gets the prize. Don’t think that didn’t drive some of my coaches crazy. My daily goal is just to stay in my healthy routine and once the routine is solid experiment with some additions or subtractions. When things got too far off the rails go back to the basics and get the routine running solid again.
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!
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
It’s Moanday!! I was enjoying the wonderful weather we are having, but then I was called into work early and missed a meet up with a friend and then the worst!! DUM! Dumb! DUMB! I ate chocolate! Why do I do this? I can’t digest chocolate! How many times do I need to learn this lesson? UGH! Yeah I poured two cups of coffee on top of that chocolate just to be certain I would feel sick! I am going direct you fine people to some lovely infographics over at Greatist.com while I deal with the results of my foolishness.