“…while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.”
On tap for now:
“Wabi Sabi for Writers” Richard R Powell
Posted in Exercise, Health and Fitness, Results, Time and effort, tagged BELIEF AND BEHAVIOUR, effort, exercise, health and fitness, Mindset, Work ethic, Workout on Friday, November 28, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Every so often I have an epiphany that is so simple, so obvious, so elementary that I get angry at myself for not seeing it sooner. Or at least not acknowledging that it is something that I know already… but I’m not practicing as I should.
Here’s an example:
“IF you want to get better at something (doesn’t matter what it is), the way to improve your performance is…
*ready for this?
… do whatever it is that you want to improve in.”
Yet how much time do we spend looking for a magic pill, a shortcut, some hocus-pocus that will make us better without putting in the hard work it takes to actually get better?
You say you want to be a better runner. Guess what, if you continue to run you will get better.
Want to get better at pull-ups? Do them
Want to get better at singing? then sing
Want to get better at playing an instrument? Then play
Intuitively we know this. Why are some people great at playing video games? Because they play them all the time. Why are athletes so good at the sport they do… because they do it all the time.
In order to get good at anything you have to invest time and hard work in doing it.
Let’s bring this home to everyone and make it real.
You say you want to lose weight? Guess what… it’s going to require time and effort. Period. The “gurus” out there are making a fortune selling illusions of quick fixes and shortcuts… but if you want to make it real, make it last and see real results then you have to invest time and effort in the process.
Yet in this culture of instant gratification we want results NOW, right now. We also quickly become bored with the effort and move on to something more shiny, more new and easier. We want the sculpted, supermodel body but we want it with only the couch potato effort. We will spend thousands of $$$ dollars buying meal plans, pills, shakes, gadgets and fads in order to lose weight and slim down… but we won’t spend that amount of time and hard work doing the same.
It is a journey, a lifelong journey. It requires your time and your hard work. It will not happen over night (so you can get that fantasy out of your head right now.). It is a game of inches. Results are in direct proportion to the time and effort you invest in doing whatever it is you want to improve in. (R = time+effort)
See, its so simple, so easy to say, so easy to gloss over… but sometimes it is the simple things that we trip over along the way.
Now, begin… do what you can do today… and increase that by a little bit more tomorrow… and don’t quit. The results will come I promise you. Just keep on and don’t stop.
*we now return you to your regularly scheduled life already in progress*
This past week we found out at work that our per-ordered uniform allowances from 2013 were processed wrong so we had 15 days to re order. I did (and for the first time in 8 years I used every single penny of the allowance)… but there is a catch.
As of this moment I’m in 42 pants. Now the smart thing to do would be order 42’s right? Well… no one has accused me of being smart so what did I do? I ordered 40s and 38s. So… now I have to keep at it in order to fit in my new clothing allowance.
So here is the real reason for the update.
**Now let me preface this with some disclaimers:
I know that to the purists, machine mileage is not the same as “real” or “on the road” mileage. I further concede that my times are s-l-o-w compared to real runners and people who are in a shape other than round.
I’m going to have to get a shirt or a hat that says, “I’m Getting There”
Anyway… that’s the update, we now return you to your regularly scheduled surfing and lurking.
Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Gym, Health and Fitness, Livable philosophy, Worldviews, tagged Attitude and Life, Battle of the Bulge, BELIEF AND BEHAVIOUR, exercise, health and fitness on Thursday, November 7, 2013| Leave a Comment »
AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!! We are down to only three Mistress Sadies! They did some equipment changes at my Y, leaving only (3) three Sadies on premise. What would I do without my Sadie?
But on a positive note… I had committed to making November Cardio month and concentrating on that. I also made one of my goals to get 5 miles on Sadie?
We-l-l-l-l… tonight Mistress Sadie was hard on the old man. She demanded a lot out of me… but I rose to the occasion. Tonight we went all the way again and I lasted a full five minutes at her maximum effort (level 20),
And if that was not enough, tonight …..drum roll please…….
5.02 miles in 65 minutes baby! (yes that’s 13 min miles) Pretty good for a fat guy who didn’t like to exercise I’d say. Now, I know what you are thinking… but that’s on a piece of equipment so that’s not really running. I’ll grant you that it’s not the same dynamic as running outdoors on the road or on a track but Sadie has her own dynamics that require a different set of muscles and training. A mile on Sadie is still a mile, and 65 minutes at multiple settings, up to and including the max resistance, is nothing to sneeze at. (a-n-d… it was a 1062 calorie burn on Sadie as well.)
I’ll take the trade off, my joints not taking the pounding on the road for the challenge of the open strider.
Oh and to top things off, I tried out one of the new treadmills. I walked an additional .98 miles in 20 minutes playing around with the inclines and the TV channels. (another 200+ calories for that) That’s a total of 6 miles tonight. That’s almost a 10k. Wooop-Wooop!
All in all, I’d say it was a bang up start to my 4 day weekend. 🙂
I have been -“Quitter” Quit Free- for 454 days now.
Posted in Comedy, Exercise, Fitness, Gym, Just Thinking, life, logorrea, lollapalooza, Thinking, tagged a big loser, BELIEF AND BEHAVIOUR, losing weight, Programming, thinking, waistline on Monday, September 23, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Last night I had two Poblamo peppers (out of the garden) stuffed with three cheeses. Cheddar, White cheese sauce and Pepper Jack… enough heat to get my nose to running. (of course lunch was sushi and wasabi mmmm, the wasabi and ginger brought tears to my eyes… it was soooo good) So, the peppers were merely to bookend an already spicy day.
Now, I thought that maybe being able to step out of the 44’s from the other night might have been wishful thinking on my part… Au contraire, mon frère. Yesterday afternoon I wanted to install an odometer on my bike but I was feeling lazy so I just threw on a pair of shorts without a belt. They are 46s and I wrestled with them all afternoon trying to keep them “up.”
(stay with me and I’ll tie those two random stories together)
So, all afternoon I had been wrestling with my pants because I was too lazy to get a belt and put it on. After much gyrating and “hiking” my shorts into position, I finally finished the odometer installation. A little later, I felt a twinge of hunger so I began fixing my dinner. Preparing dinner was a “Keystone Cops” process last night as I waddled back and forth between the computer and the oven, checking the time and the condition of the peppers and surfing the interwebz. I alternately looked like a hip-hop, saggy-pants, gangsta’ and “Dorf on Cooking.” I swear, one time I even looked like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins during the penguin scene.
Anyway, the peppers were finally done and I sat down to eat. Yes, they were very good! I “can” cook when I take a mind to. Afterwards, I cleared the table and put everything away in the sink. My nose was running just a little from the heat of the meal so I grabbed a paper towel and stepped into the utility room to blow my nose. I reached up with both hands and trumpeted a hearty Bb.
When I did…
…my (46) shorts fell straight down and landed on my feet around my ankles. Very glad I didn’t go blow my nose in the living room! So, there I was, with my pants on the floor …but my sinuses were clear.
Sometimes I crack myself up!
There’s no real moral to the story… I really just wanted to brag on my disappearing waistline. 🙂