I’m flying out to Portugal early tomorrow morning and believe a 2:30am pickup is just a little too early to squeeze in my workout before. I added my planned Thursday Workout to today’s workout.
Warrior Warmup Level 1
Challenge Workout # 5 — The Pull-up/ Pushup/Squat Challenge
Warrior Abs Level 2
Tomorrow will be unpredictable, early flight with a young child, largely dictated by how my daughter copes with the disruption to her routine. Thought it best to get the workout done early and any additional work tomorrow is a bonus.
Substituted Strap rows for Pull ups, the workout was killer and gives me a baseline for my progress when I complete in the future. The workout is deceiving, it sounds simple until you do it. As many reps in 1 minute is a great challenge.
I woke before my alarm went off this morning, I went to the bathroom and when I went to check the time again I realised there was no power. I went downstairs and checked the circuit breakers, no trip, and looking outside I could see the power was out in the street. Damn
Without any thought, my brain began to formulate a plan on how I could complete my workout with no power. My laptop was fully charged, I could play the follow along videos. My daughter had a lamp/torch toy I could use for some added light. I could take a shower in work.
While I was changing the batteries in the lamp, the power came back on. I turned on the lights, did my workouts, had a shower and headed to work. Had I not woken early I may have slept in as my alarm wouldn’t have went off. Hooray for the early morning rise habit having taken.
I didn’t realise until I sat down to right today that the thought of skipping the workout because the power was out never crossed my mind. When a situation arose, my mind created a solution. Workout by lamp light. This is a huge change from the person I was a few months ago, who probably would have slept in and used it as an excuse not to workout today. Only working out when the conditions were perfect and it felt right.
If you want to be healthy, you’ve got to do whatever it takes. You have to work every day at it; you have to look at all aspects of your health, nutrition, training, quality of sleep and reducing stress. This is a full time occupation that requires consistent and persistent effort. You’ve got to turn up every day.
You can decide to be healthy; something changes in your mind which drives you to be healthier. It’s a simple choice, but a hard choice. When you decide to change, you don’t suddenly become a fit, nutritionally compliant, a deep sleeper and a stress free monk. These all take time to improve. If you put in the work, whatever is required, you’ll see a gradual improvement over time and the effects will accumulate.
To get fit you need to train effectively and mindfully. Your goals will be unique to you but each person will want to improve their physical condition while preventing injury. There is no secret, only hard work will bring you closer to the level of fitness you desire. Go do the work.
Modern junk foods (sorry edible products) make nutritional compliance very difficult. They highjack your brain and body, you crave these foods in more regular and larger quantities. Your brain has been fooled into believing it needs these foods. If you cut them out you may experience withdrawal, these negative symptoms can be difficult but not impossible to overcome. If you want to eat healthy and ditch the junk food, do it! It will be hard; you will doubt your resolve and want to give in. You can do it. Go do the work.
I read that each hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after. What’s stopping your from getting to bed early? Do you really need to watch TV for hours each night? Would you be willing to sacrifice watching TV for better sleep which will contribute to a healthier you? Go do the work.
Stress reduction can be difficult, each person reacts differently to a situation and once we realise we are in control of our reactions we gain a great tool to reduce the stress in our lives. We do not have to get involved in trivial pursuits; we do not need to join in the negative, destructive conversations and practices of our peers. We do not need to get angry, disappointed and regretful for our past failures or lack of action. Our results are the product of the event and more importantly our reaction to it. Be mindful of your reactions, take a step back and check your reaction is appropriate. It’s easier said than done. Go do the work.
You can choose a better life for yourself, but it has to be your decision. When you make this choice, you have to take action. Working doggedly every day will cultivate a “whatever it takes” attitude. You won’t just want to do it, you’ll have to. Now go do the work.