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.
Ever since I was a kid, I was an athlete. My Dad is a big sports fan and he had both me any brother playing all types of sports from the very beginning. Growing up, it was all about baseball, soccer, and gymnastics. In high school, I was a receiver on the football team and a hurdler on the track. I thought about it once, and I think I've played about 13 sports competitively in my life. Though I know plenty of people who were much more successful in their athletic careers than me, I was always one of the first kids picked and always in great shape. I took all that for granted.
In college, though, a weird thing happened. I got fat. I was probably about 8% body fat going in to college, the rest of which was muscle. Even before winter break, the love handles made an appearance. For spring break, I went to Hawaii with my family and I was FAT. In about 6 months, I went from being proud of how I looked to being the guy on the beach with a t-shirt on.
Throughout college, I lost weight, gained it back, and lost it again, but I was pretty much chunky the whole time. Not severely obese or anything, but I was not in good shape, not confident, and physically lazy. I'll talk about it more in a later post, but to make a long story short, I did not have a lot of confidence upon graduating from college. My grades were not good, I lost my social confidence, I lived at home with no job, and I was fat. To sum it up, my life consisted of a bunch of bad habits and very little positive momentum. That's not good for a 23 year old.
I found CrossFit in the summer of 2009. I weighed about 220 pounds at the time and had previously tried running to shed some of the weight. It just wasn't working. I don't typically enjoy running and it's not easy when you are overweight. I'd heard my cousin was into CrossFit so I checked out their website. I was already hooked. I'm going to spare you a description of what CF is as many of you probably already know and the rest can easily find out. I'll suffice it to say that CF is an extremely challenging training regimen from both a physical and mental perspective. It doubles as a competitive sport and a social outlet. For those of you fellow CrossFitters out there, you know exactly what I mean. People don't just do CrossFit. They live, breathe, and eat it.