Sick. So sick. But didn’t break the chain…

Chain_LinkI posted yesterday that I am going to try and exercise for 20 minutes everyday and try not to break the chain. Today I stayed home from work because I spent most of the night lying awake sweating to death (Nice visual, eh?)…

But I wasn’t going to let that stop me…

Around mid day I had taken enough meds to feel 1/2 human, and I decided to walk around my neighbourhood with my kids. I was dressed like the Michelin Man, but I pulled it off…

Day 2 was a laboured success…

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Happy New Year! Time to get healthy again!

2012 was a hard year for me. I rode my mountain bike less than I ever have, and after having my third son in March, I found very little time to get out and exercise.

 

Exercise Mat
Exercise Mat (Photo credit: mattechi)

 

I’ve always enjoyed getting out a couple of times a week for a two hour ride. But the reality is that I’m lucky if I can get out once a week. In 2012 I sometimes would go a month or more without getting out for a ride. Not good for my physical and mental health…

 

So, I’ve got to do things different. Starting today…

 

I’m starting a new habit. Daily exercise. Not much. Just 20 minutes a day. That’s it. And I used to think that meant hard cardiovascular, but I’m not going to be so rigid.

 

I’ve read before that one technique people try is to not break the chain. Today is the first link in the chain. I tried this a couple of years ago with some good success, but now I have to do it.

 

I’m probably in the worst shape I’ve ever been in, and if I wait until I can get out for 2 hour rides, it’s never going to happen!

 

Wish me luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lifehacker Workout – Easy to follow, and stick to…

Exercise instructor, counting down to 2
Image by Ed Yourdon via Flickr

I got back on the running bandwagon this week after reading and sharing this blog post at Zen Habits. Tonight I went for a 20 minute run, along with 5 minutes of breathing exercises. I’m attempting to make some permanent changes to the way I exercise. I tend to push myself to go faster, or longer, and end up plateauing and getting frustrated. I get in shape, then slowly loose it, get pissed that I’m not as fit as I want to be, and start up a regiment again.

For anyone that reads my blog, here is another exercise program that may help keep you on track to better health!

Extreme exercise programs like P90X, CrossFit, and Insanity will without a doubt kick you into the best shape of your life in a very short amount of time—but only if you stick with their crazy-for-most routines. The majority of people (trainers I’ve spoken with say something like 9 out of 10) give up on these workouts because they’re really intense and require an hour almost every day to do them.

We’ve created a workout that borrows a few of the best ideas from these popular, though extreme, fitness programs, but tailored the workout to be easier for the average person to stick with, and we’ve plugged it into Fleetly, a group exercising webapp and iPhone app, so we can all work towards a shared goal of getting fit. It’s equipment-free, it’s something anyone can incorporate in their day regardless of their current fitness level, but it’s still about incorporating fitness in your life. This is The Lifehacker Workout.

via The Lifehacker Workout – Lifehacker stories – Lifehacker.

» How I Changed My Life, In Four Lines :zenhabits

Me Running
Image via Wikipedia

Today I was reading through my Google Reader feeds and came across an article that I just have to share with you.

Earlier in the year, I wrote about how I had decided to try out exercising every day as a parallel challenge to my PostaDay2011 Challenge that I am a part of. I kept it up for a while, but eventually gave up. It’s has bugged me that I stopped my daily exercise.

With a baby coming up in the New Year, I have to come up with a better plan to maintain my health, whether it be my physical or mental health. Exercise is key to me feeling my best. So I decided to put on my runners tonight and go out for a short run. It was only 4km, but that’s the point. I don’t need to have a long distance goal, just the goal to put on my runners and get out the door.

If you are at all looking to make some changes is your life, I recommend reading the Zen Habits article and see if it can help you.

Changing your life can seem an incredibly tough and complicated thing, especially if you’ve failed a great number of times like I did, found it too hard, and resigned yourself to not changing.But I found a way to change.And I’m not any better than anyone else, not more disciplined, not more motivated. I just learned a few simple principles that changed my life.I’ve written about them many times, but realized they’re spread out all over the site.Here is how I changed my life, in a nutshell.

via » How I Changed My Life, In Four Lines :zenhabits.

Today I realized that my memories are old and stale

View on Vancouver on October 1, 2005
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Today we were driving through some of my old neighbourhoods I used to frequent when I lived in Vancouver. At one point I had a small epiphany. My memories of the area are old. They really aren’t to be trusted.

I was reading a book on Buddhism a while ago as I’ve mentioned here before. One concept that struck me as odd was the part on always living in the now, and not really trusting our memories. They lie.

Today I really noticed that. I saw buildings that had aged over the 16-17 years since I’ve lived nearby. They looked different. Like they had aged like a human does, yet I recognized them like I would a person I haven’t seen in 20 years. Familiar yet different. The buildings had moved on since our last encounter, yet my brain had not. My brain was stuck in the past.

That was until the moment I saw them again. Now I have a new impression of them that is far more accurate. The closer I get to seeing the buildings now, the greater the possibility of seeing reality, and less likely that my memory will deceive me.

This all makes sense when it comes to buildings, but what else do we hang on to that is simply an in-accurate memory? A memory that we think is reality? I remember people and places that I’ve met and been to. How much of it really happened? Luckily for me, I think most of what I recall is a fairly accurate interpretation of events.But as I age, the more I need to realize that my recollection of events will become more and more skewed.

One of my challenges, if I choose to accept it, is to live more in the now, and less on the events of my past.

I think I have more reading to do…

Photo of the day – Light as a feather

I was going to write about my thoughts on September 11th today, however I have nothing new to add to the commentary. The entire day has been filled with heroic and tearful stories.

So, instead I thought I would share with you a feather. Sometimes the world comes crashing down on you and the weight of the world is on your shoulders. I have felt like that as of late.

The majority of the problem for me is the heat of summer. This is a time of the year that my exercise goes to hell in a hand basket. I can’t ride in 30 degree heat, and I can’t wait for the changing colours of the leaves. Cooler weather usually brings with it perfect trail conditions, and for me a healthy body and mind.

I have to confess that when I don’t exercise, the stress of everyday life starts to build.

I read a Buddhism book recently and though I had a hard time with accepting some of the concepts, one of the things stuck with me…

All that stress. All that worry. All that emotion. It’s all in our heads. One of the things that I want to achieve mentally is to have my every day problems weigh on me like a feather.

Tonight, after a fun time at the beach, I tucked my boys to bed, and went on a run in the dark. It was still quite warm out, but at the end, I felt good. I decided to sit down and live in the moment and do some breathing exercises(some people call it meditation). Ten minutes past in no time. I felt rested, alive, and light as a feather.

I must remember this the next time I feel like I have too much weighing on my shoulders…

 

Back to the Basics where exercise is concerned

Javier con comba. Javier with skipping rope.
Image by Xosé Castro via Flickr

Today I bought a skip rope. A simple $7.95 skip rope. It sounds so easy. Do a bit of skipping to ramp up your ‘mountain biking‘ cardio and conditioning. I fell for it…

I learned a very tough lesson today. Skipping is damn hard! Nothing like the ‘Skip-a-thons’ I did in elementary school. That was a long time ago for me. lol. I felt so tired, uncoordinated, and out of shape.

I went for an hour ride at my favourite mountain but due to some residual snow, I didn’t get in a full ride. So, I thought I’d just replace the lost 30 minutes with my snazzy new skip rope! Easy right? I was so very wrong. Continue reading “Back to the Basics where exercise is concerned”