Enjoy the process - it’s the fun part!
Enjoy the process - it’s the fun part!
Bree’s LAST DAY OF WORK!!!
Bree: Thanks, T. I think this is an awesome time to remember that even though our jobs don’t define us, we spend at least 8 hours a day doing them (for most people) so they factor into our health and happiness in a HUGE way.
On the small end, it’s important to consider how what we do physically during the day affects us. Are we sitting at a desk staring at a computer screen all day? Are we interacting with people who energize us or deplete us? Do we take breaks?
The bigger picture includes questions like whether or not we feel fulfilled in our jobs, do we have a sense of contributing to society, creating a better future, etc? Or, are we a cog in one of many wheels in a bigger machine? There is nothing wrong with seeing a need and filling it and there is no shame in any job done well, BUT is your job working for you as much as you are working for it (or vice versa)?
I have been so lucky to have a variety of different types of jobs, from working with kids to working from home, customer service jobs, physically demanding jobs…and every one has reminded me that we often choose our challenges and we also have control over how we approach them.
If your job isn’t your dream job for whatever reason, that doesn’t mean it can’t serve to better you in so many ways. Paying the bills is always a good thing. Learning to communicate effectively - HUGE. Having time for school/family/hobbies - awesome. Having been a highschool teacher before moving, I now appreciate the free time I have outside of work that was once spent grading, lesson planning, stressing out. Now, I spend it working out, spending more time with family and friends, and doing whatever I happen to feel like.
Your job is not your life, but who you are at work says some important things about who you are in life. Maximize your time!
Tara: Last night on the track I had an athlete make a mistake on one interval out of 5. We were doing repeats of the start of the first 5 hurdles of the 400m hurdles (so about a 200m sprint).
As he walked back to the start I met him half way to see how he was feeling and what was going on… Not only did he FAIL a chemistry test (finals week is next week) but his girlfriend of 3 years (3 years?!) broke up with him.
Lucky for me he was wearing sunglasses so although I saw the tear streak down his cheeck his eyes were blocked from my stare. What does a coach tell her athlete when he is there for practice - supposed to be ready to focus and work hard but his mind is monopolized with all of the unfairness and disappointment of the day?
I find myself in that same spot constantly… at work, when I get bogged down with life and I’m not as “perfect” as I’d like to be, the list could go on and on.
What we decided (together) is: You can only do something about what’s in front of you right. now. So whatever it is you’re doing do it with all the passion and heart and anger with all the motivation and positive energy and happiness you can. Use what you have to do whatever you’re doing to your best. No excuses, no blame on someone else for your misfourtune.
Make yourself. Choose to be happy in every situation. It WILL rub off on others. Smile and look people in the eye - especially your worst enemy or your greatest fear and don’t back down. There is a right and good way to go about everything. All you can do is your best. I don’t think you’ll have regrets if that’s how you live.
I’m trying. Always trying.
Bree: Couldn’t have said it better. You’re the boss!
The core of any good exercise program should be built around the 6 basic compound lifts. These are the basis of weightlifting, the cornerstone of muscle building, the mecca of mass, the… well, you get the idea.
Must you do all of these? No. Nothing is a “must”. But instead of wasting countless…
Another great post by Dan! Great refresher that reminds me of some key points I had forgotten about.
This is a really good post.
I don’t agree with Rip all the time, and those from my old blog know my past issues with the “Spartan Warrior”. But to be honest, I don’t have issues with anyone on tumblr. As long as you’re doing your best to help people, who am I to say you’re wrong?
But if its good info imma put it out there. I would still recommend learning from a coach in person, for obvious reasons. But this is a really good layout of the basics.
Like most people, I have a weak spot for certain foods. For some, it’s sugar or specifically chocolate; others crave salt and spice, and still others greasy food, alcohol, complex carbs…and on and on. Some believe the addiction is physical while others argue an emotional coping mechanism is to blame. Whatever the case, I often read about or see on tv detox diets or cleanses claiming to reset your metabolism, clean-out your body and free you from cravings, not to mention help you lose weight, boost your energy and give you three wishes. Typically they involve drinking mass amounts of some incredibly vile beverage and eating no solid food. Supposedly, the juice/tea/creepy lemon-water is supposed to provide you with all the calories you need to feel more energetic than ever. Then, once you are magically cured of your cravings, you can incorporate real food back into your daily diet.
This makes no sense to me. The human body needs more than just calories to function – it needs nutrients. That (not addiction) is why we eat – in order to function. Why would I deprive myself of nutrients in order to function better? That would just make my cravings even more intense and make me one cranky girl. Not to mention, detoxing won’t take away any of the junk food that I’ve consumed before; whatever has been converted to fat is still going to be there and I am going to need energy to burn it off…which means I’ll need nutrients…and we’re back to square one.
Instead, slowly increasing the amount of nutritious food we consume while systematically reducing the foods we feel work to sabotage our desire to be fit and energetic makes more sense. If you like sweets (like I do) consider where you feed your need. Are you snacking on jelly beans at 8 a.m. or would blueberries in your oatmeal suffice? If you have to have fast food fries every time you have a beer or two, either you need to lay off the beer or consider what alternative might work – sweet potato fries, air-popped popcorn? Unless you are a nutritionist or dietitian, most of what you have to go on is common sense (although anyone can do some good old-fashioned research – but be careful what you believe). Common sense can take you far if you follow it. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know that a cup of green tea is better for you than a venti-caramel-machiatto with whip.
Then, once common sense has prevailed, you have to maintain (my issue!) Having a treat here and there works for some people, while other completely cut them out and others find it to be too slippery a slope. I have ranged from living on caffeine and sugar to craving healthy foods and back. It’s about maintenance and realizing that your body (though an awesome machine) can only compensate for your behavior for so long before you pay the price. Why not set it up for success?
The key to workout happiness…various shades of pink and purple.
“I will never, ever run again…after the marathon!”
Famous last words, my friends. Tara and I are signed up for a half in 9 weeks and I’ve got a 10K and a 5-mile in three weeks. We’re also doing the Race for the Cure 10K and another half in 13 weeks…and now my mom has thrown her hat in the ring with a 5K and a 10K!
I guess the point is…you never know what you can do until you decide to do it. For the last 6 weeks, I’ve been enjoying the fact that I don’t have a set schedule of mileage, but today I found myself writing up a training plan for the half – something to keep me focused. I am excited to see myself stick to the plan; fitness plans of any kind are such an awesome way to remind yourself that YOU ARE CAPABLE, and you are.
This is going to be so much fun! A goal to push for, a prize to go after. A welcomed distraction from the monotany and annoyances of work - which there are plenty of… Although there is snow on the ground today (stupid Montana!) we will soon be putting in the miles again tracking and training our little butts off!
I already know success is around the corner just because we’ll be taking this new springtime adventure on together :) We’re going to get better too!
Bree: As far as status checks go, I went to the gym last night, but Tabata was cancelled. Instead, I ran intervals and did some ab work - yea, me. Then I met friends for trivia, which we absolutely failed at.
This morning, I woke up with the back/neck of an arthritic senior citizen. I could barely get myself out of bed. No me gusta. So tonight, I am taking a night off and sitting in the hot tub. Tomorrow: good as new for the a.m. run with mom.
Day 2 –
Checking in with yesterday, I made it to morning Spinning and evening Tabata. I didn’t run 3 miles outside, but I did 2 miles on the treadmill, 15 minutes on the stepper and abs. This morning, I didn’t took the morning off and watched my mom do abs – so fun seeing her do things she thinks she can’t – it’s like role reversal from when I was a kid.
Tonight, I’ll hit Tabata and go to trivia. Last week, Tara and I contributed almost nothing to our trivia group, but I blame post-workout airheadedness.
Of note: I need to eat MORE and sleep MORE (and so does Tara!)