I don't really feel like writing today. I've been working on the new version of my book all day, so writing's the last thing on my mind. Once I get going it's fine - it's just that picking a topic to write about and actually getting started are the hard part.
So I'll write about that.
For the past six months I've been doing Crossfit as I've mentioned many times. For the first four months I did it with a class that met three times a week. I never missed a single workout, even when I went up to Boston for christmas. I ran in the snow and did workouts in the basement with my sister.
For the past two months I've been following the workout of the day at www.crossfit.com, which ends up being 5.25 workouts a week. I missed one day. The details of that aren't really important... I had an excuse but it could have been done anyway.
So, while not perfect, this is a pretty good track record - 134/135 workouts were completed.
I haven't been super consistent with this blog (although I've been maintaining my 2 posts a week since I made that rule), but I have been writing at least a few times a month since the end of 2005.
I've been recording my daily output, excuses, and productivity on my forums for the past two months or so, only missing a few days while transitioning here in Panama.
I'm not a particularly disciplined person by nature. I used to always start things and then they'd fade away and I'd just stop doing them.
What has helped me tremendously is that I decided to just take the thinking and emotions out of each of these events. I'm not allowed to think about them, particularly whether I do them or not.
This blog is a good example. I didn't feel like writing today but it doesn't matter. I write every monday and wednesday, so I write today. If I left it to my emotions I'd skip it.
Same with my workout today. I'm tired because my sleep schedule has been screwed up, and the crossfit is 100 pullups, 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 squats. That's a lot.
But emotion doesn't play into the decision. I just do it regardless, unless it's physically impossible for me to do it.
It seems like everyone starts things and doesn't finish them. When people start blogs, diets, businesses, or other "I'm going to do X every Y days" habits, I just assume that it will last a month or so.
To me everything is an indicator of everything else. If you don't stick with one thing you're not going to stick with anything else, so what's the point? I try to stick to everything because I know that if I do that it's much more likely that I'll stick to other things in the future.
I guess that's all I have to say about this. I was going to offer more tips, but really I think the only one that's necessary is to cut out the emotion and just do it. When you catch yourself thinking "but I want to...", you know that you're making a useless excuse. Now it's time for me to do some crossfit.
He kind of talks about the same issue from an economics view, maybe more geared towards long term goals.
But every step is a step, and its an interesting extra layer to what you're talking about.
You have an answer for almost everything....and amazingly, its always the right answer. I am going to meet you in person someday.
You post is very inspirational. Especially the words about you trying to stick to everything because you know that if you do that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s much more likely that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll stick to other things in the future. Your style is a bit complicated, but the idea is just great. Really.
I'm not a a particularly disciplined person by nature too, so I use different helpers, like a PDA or a web-based planning tool. Here's what I use for organizing myself. The tool helps to get everything in one place and just never forget anything important. I hope it will help you too.
K: I just start writing. There's always something to write about, so I'll just sit there until I find it.
tman: You're right. Thanks for the tip
Excellent post. It really made sense. Just remove emotion.
Just a tip though, I saw you squatting in your Life Nomadic video. Those were just QUARTER squats dude. Since its body weight squat, don't be afraid to go DEEP. Ass to grass.
Good mentality. Sometimes i find it hard to write on my blog... so i dont.
my new blog allows others to write for me, thus giving me content with no need to think of stuff to write
I was going to respond here but it turned longer, so I posted on my blog: Do or do not. There is no try..
F*&king great post, just when I was going to consider giving my workout a miss today I read this, and guess what? I'm gonna workout!
Props on the crossfit, I did a similar thing this summer following the WOD for 2 months straight, was great but i dropped it as I didn't always have access to the equipment required.
Crossfit led me to discovering Evolutionary Fitness by Art Devany which changed my life to say the least. it goes nicely with crossfit.
Anyway take it easy bro and respect on the dope blog!!
With the vegan diet in full swing for six months now, something occurred to me. It doesn't make since to be eating a perfect diet (according to my understanding of food) if I'm not physically active.
In fact - if I'm going to be physically active, I should be doing the best exercise, right?
And so the Tynan research machine's gears started turning. Soon I realized that there was really only one option that fit into my idea of how to do things.
Today I finished Yoga X, and thus, since it is week 4, one month of P90X. Tomorrow is a rest/stretch day, so come Sunday, I'll be in phase 2.
So here are my thoughts after one phase. I have kept detailed notes almost every day, but this is more of a summation of my first 28 days.
First Week- The first week is the toughest, as everyone says. I could do about half of the first three workouts, but once Yoga X came around, I felt a lot better. My estimation of the first two workouts was that P90X is easier than crossfit.
Nights- I had been having this weird thing happen, almost like a panic attack or a histamine reaction, at nights after doing cardio. Before P90X, I had been running three times a week as my only exercise. I call it "night fever", it's where my body seems to get hot, my heart rate speeds to about 80-90, and my nostrils get kind of congested. Perhaps it is due to allergies, although I think I got it once up in Wisconsin during the winter. Either way, it happened a little on the first two nights, and then never again but like once barely randomly. Maybe it was all in my head, but I decided to breathe through it if it ever comes on or I feel it. Also, note that I started working out after sunset as opposed to before. If it's allergies, that would explain it.
Nutrition is Important- In addition to night fever, I get this weird shit where my heart rate goes up into 80-90 depending on my posture and what I've eaten and it feels like a switch has been turned on. Fuck that. I hate it. I had my worst bout about two months before starting P90X, after eating three appetizers from Applebees at 1 AM. Fuck that shit. I can't stress it enough, seriously damn that symptom to hell. I've pretty much stuck to the nutrition plan in P90X, but one time I deviated and ate a Whataburger Chop House Cheddar Burger at 1:30 AM. When I layed down at like 4, guess who showed up? That fucker did. I couldn't really sleep until it was much more digested. And the burger wasn't as good as I had remembered. Screw unhealthy food, I'm sticking with the good stuff.