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Get off the Hamster Wheel!

30 Jan

Are you stuck in a rut?

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for different results.”  –Albert Einstein

Hmm.  This has been my story on so many different levels, during various seasons of my life.  I have been in ruts in many areas: exercise, food habits, friendships, parenting, etc.  It turns out that I easily become a slave to my easy/lazy habits, almost mindlessly going through the same motions over and over–just, hoping something will change.

I have found out something about hoping.  It doesn’t change anything in the here and now.  It is an emotion, it just nags.  It is exhausting.   It has no direct effect on our results.  Then we feel bad about ourselves, carry guilt, or  even become desperate.

Think about the rut, then find an area you can make a specific change.  Just one.   We have this mindset that if we cannot have it all fixed at once, then why bother?  In fact, small changes will impact your goals very quickly.  A very, tiny, modest amount of discipline goes a long way.  This is true for doing pull-ups, eating vegetables, spending habits, doting on our spouse and children, and even improving spiritual strength.

What does this look like in the real world?  Regarding exercise, make one change to your routine.  Just one.  If it is food, renovate one meal in your day.  Just one.  If it is in your relationships or parenting, look around, and take one step in a different direction that day.  Read just a few verses of scripture.

There is a lie going around that keeps us from change:  the change would be impractically difficult, because there is just way too much to do to make any difference.  Another lie:  you must have it ALL together… perfect success, right here, right now.  That, friends, is the insanity.

Don’t let the mountain intimidate you.  Maybe it is very large or steep, even dangerous.  But you don’t climb a mountain in one giant leap.  You take one step in the right direction.  What is your one step?

Enjoy the journey,

a telling sweat-angel

25 Jan

I tweaked my back today.

On my 5th set of ten deadlifts I felt a pull…so, I dropped the bar 2/3 of the way through the round.  (Maybe I should have pushed through…?!)   I went on to complete the last of the kettlebell swings in some pain, then I fell to my back on the floor in the obligatory “thank-goodness-its-over-I-think-I-might-blackout” position.

I kept thinking:  Crap!  What am I going to do now if I can’t workout!!?  I love this stuff, this is what I do!  I need it!!  I muddled there for a minute.  Then, a thought gripped me– I would feel horrible if it all ended just like that, with some flukey injury.  Am I this dependent on my circumstances?  Ouch.

This barbell has demanded a lot of time, blood, sweat & tears.  And it’s been an awesome journey.  It matters; but, nothing should unravel me if it all came to a screeching halt.  I have been given great health and capacity and opportunity.  But I need to see it that way, and then move on.

When I got off the floor of the garage, I left behind a rather timely image:

Awesome.  So, during the pity party, I was actually wearing the T-shirt that should give me accurate perspective on all this!  A lot of people would love to be where I am right now, sore back or not.  Any workout may be my last; moreover, any workout is a good one.

Enjoy YOUR journey,

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