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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making positive changes in 20 steps

I came across this great post over at The Daily Zen on how to make small amendments to your daily habits to effect positive changes in your life.

I’ve been working on changing some of my emotional and mental triggers that make me think negative thoughts or simply become irritable. With a gazillion children, a busy life, and no time for fun with my wife or friends, it’s easy to go into a negative spiral and blame everyone around you.

One thing that I’ve been playing with is a daily question that I have automatically texted to myself. It asks me at around 9pm every night, “Am I in a better mood than yesterday?” If I notice a few days in a row where the answer is No, I need to change something. If I have a few days where the answer is Yes, I think about what I’ve been doing differently to make for a better mood. In many instances, it is one of the 20 things listed below…

Change doesn’t need to be big all at once. It can be little things. The following post is a nice way to ease into better habits… Continue reading “Making positive changes in 20 steps”