Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Tired or Excuse?

I am a big fan of listening to your body. I think when you are too tired to exercise, you shouldn’t.

I was writing a quick blog post, right now, about that very thing. I was going to post one of my match-ups (I’m a bit behind), and I was explaining about how tired I was and how I felt I should take a rest day today.

And then… even though it’s already 8:45 at night… I just had a mini-epiphany.

Am I really THAT tired, or am I just a little tired and using it as an excuse?

I still don’t know. I do think I’m tired, but I know that if I go to bed at 9, I’ll just play on my iPad until 10:30. Or, I could put on my sneakers, strap on the heart rate monitor, exercise for an hour in my living room, take a shower, and be in bed by 10:00ish with a good thirty minutes of time to spend some time with Tina (and my iPad) before 10:30.

Maybe I am tired. Maybe I’ll be so useless when I start working out that I’ll realize I should have taken a rest day.

Or more likely, I’ll start, forget why I thought I was tired, and at 10:30 when I turn off the lights to go to sleep, I’ll be happy that I made this choice.

I can’t use being tired as an excuse. When Moon Pie gets here, I know I’ll have even less time, but because I want to be the healthiest dad I can for him or her, I have to make time.

Today, I am making the time. I am exercising. For an hour, I will better myself.

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Vlog 2: A Breakthrough

I would have come up with a witty title, but something so big happened today, I can’t. It just is what it is, and it’s huge.

Basically, I had a significant breakthrough in my “dieting” viewpoint.

If you are in a place where you can’t watch the vlog, this is it in a nutshell. (And would you watch it for me later? Please?)

Basically, I shot my calorie budget for the day early. By noon. Ordinarily, on days when I eat too much, I just view the day as lost, don’t exercise, and I plan to start over tomorrow.

Except today… I didn’t.

Even though my calories were shot, I still exercised. I exercised hard.

I don’t even know if I can express my excitement at this breakthrough. Some of you are probably saying, “Yeah, so what?” Well, for me… this is huge. Gargantuan. Life changing, even.

I’m very proud of myself right now.

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Good Rule #2 – Think Through the Workout

I have a match-up of videos to share about, but I’ll do that tomorrow. Instead, I had a burst of knowledge appear in my head today, and I have to share it. It helped me out immensely today; I hope it will help me out in the future, and if it helped me out, it might help someone else out, too.

The new rule I’ve found?

Think through the workout.

I came home from work exhausted. Not mentally but physically.

Mentally I was fine, but I was tired.

I came very close to just counting my calories for the day, sitting at my desk and working on my homework, and going to bed. No exercise.

But then I stopped and thought, “Imagine how good you will feel on Monday if you step on the scale and it shows another two pound loss.”

“Imagine how good you would feel if you just decided to put on your sneakers, strap on your heart rate monitor, and worked out for an hour.”

I thought through my workout.

By which I mean… I ignored the workout itself, and I focused on the good that would come from it.

The first five minutes were a little tough, but before I knew it, fifty minutes had passed, I completed one of my bracket’s videos, and my exercise for the day was finished.

Next time I am struggling to get the motivation to workout, I’m going to focus on the small immediate good that will come from my workout.

Picturing myself thin at 180 doesn’t always work. That’s too far away, and I’ve never been there, so I can’t visualize it.

But picturing myself standing on the scale Monday morning and seeing a 2 pound loss… that’s easy. I’ve done that before.

And with today’s workout done, I’m one step closer to doing it again.

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Benchmark set…

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First time I’ve ever used a “good” heart rate monitor.  I worked out pretty hard today.  Just a quick workout before date night.  I really thought I would have burned more calories, but that’s okay.

I’ll burn more tomorrow.

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It’s About Time Weigh-In

If you have been reading Stellar Path for any length of time at all, you know that I am very fickle about the day I weigh in. For various reasons, things come up and I change my weigh-in day. Right now, I have VERY busy work weeks, and at the time, Fridays don’t fit in at all. I am at work, grading papers and preparing for the next week’s lessons, and at the end of the day, I am just not always mentally with it for writing a blog post.

So for now, I am going to switch to Wednesdays. It isn’t that they are any less stressful or busy, but I think I’ll be more inclined to post on Wednesday than Friday.

So, without further ado… this is an It’s About Time Weigh-In!

February 8, 2012
Weight: 370.8
Change from Last Week: -2.2 pounds
Change from All-Time Highest: -32.0 pounds

I am about to break out of the 370s! Woo hoo!

What did I do different this week?

Not a dad-blamed thing.

Still eating well.

Still watching my points.

Still emphasizing fruits, veggies, and lean proteins.

Still exercising.

This week, my body decides to reward me with a loss.

The ONLY thing I have done differently this week?

I’ve drank more water.

I’m not sure if I can accept that THAT is why I upped my loss this week, but if it is…

Well, rest assured, my Nalgene bottle will be emptied four times a day next week, too.

Fingers crossed, next Wednesday, I will hit the 360s!

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