So the past few cycles have been rough... I often find myself having to conciously force myself to keep my eyes open and focused. Because of this I was cutting the cycles in half, but that didn't seem to be doing too much for me. During this last one I decided to just push myself to complete some projects and see if it made a difference. As luck would have it, it made all the difference in the world. Just moving around and doing a few things made me feel almost as awake as yesterday.
As a result I'm going to push my nap forward to make up for those added naps. I'll feel better anyway. I'm still trying to decide on my final schedule. Right now I'm leaning towards 11, 3, 7. The main reason is because it would make it very easy to go out to clubs.
For some reason this time around feels a lot more different than my previous attempts. In a way it seems like I'm more in control. Before I always felt like it may get so bad that I would have to quit. Now I just feel like I may have to up my focus and effort, but that that anything thrown my way can be crushed.
I've just completed my eleventh day of my thirty day get-back-into-pickup challenge. No... I'm not going to beat myself up this time-- I'm going to talk about what I've (re)learned over this week and a half.
The interesting aspect to this whole process is that I'm not actually learning anything new. I've been through this before. But there's a difference between knowing that something is true, and actually knowing something to such a degree that your actions are guided by it. Following are some ideas that have begun to take hold.
The most important part of pickup is getting out there and doing it. Yesterday I had a headache and was underslept. I really didn't want to go out. But the idea of not going out every single day this month is inconceivable at this point, so I went anyway. And, of course, I was glad I went.
For those of you new to Man of the Couch, every Friday I am chronicling my journey from a skinny white boy to awesomely ripped Spartan. The first step on this journey, the gateway work out plan if you will, is the hundred push-up plan found here.
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I probably should have done this last week but I didn't... here's a "before" picture for the 100 push up challenge. Before you look at it though you may want to grab some sun glasses, I wasn't exaggerating my whiteness...
So far, I'm joined by my wife, my mom and dad, my sister, and my friend Mark Bars... (I'm not cutting off the rest of his last name for his privacy, just because it's weird and hard to spell). Here's what Mark sent me right when he started...