daily fitbattle #1143 (what does parking lot re-striping have to do with working out?)

22Jun10

I’ve been in battle for 1143 days. Here are my daily nutrition stats for Monday:

NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
calories 1498 1425 + 73
protein 156 grams 150 grams + 16 grams
carbs 141 grams 150 grams <9> grams
total fat 34 grams 25 grams + 9 grams

Here are my other stats for today:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout MORNING…stretching and spin class.
EVENING…plan is stretching, a quick warm up and upper body with Chris
Successes Much better nutrition day yesterday. Protein and carbs back in line.
Opportunities Slightly over in calories and fat. I should have skipped the cheese in my omelette.

Is it time to freshen up your workout routine or get your roots retouched? This morning my answer to both was yes and yes!

Has anyone else noticed that businesses all over town are having their parking lots re-striped (repainted)? This includes repainting the parking spaces and curbs.

I’m guessing most of you haven’t had time to notice this. That’s one of the benefits of being on a sabbatical…I have time to ponder important things like parking lot re-striping and find a life lesson in it.

It’s interesting you know? Most of us (probably all of us) don’t think “wow LVAC really needs to have the parking lot re-striped, the paint is dull”. But when I see a freshly painted parking lot I think “wow, what took them so long?”

Of course this got me thinking…how many other things in our own lives dull over time and we don’t notice? Two examples that come to mind are…my blonde hair and my cardio routine.

As I was getting my roots retouched this morning (I know, I know…some of you thought I was a real blonde…sorry to disappoint you) I realized that it’s similar to having the parking lot repainted. The dark roots are noticeable, but they appear gradually and they do not bother me. Some days I even like them. Once they are gone I think wow I hate the roots.

With my workout routine… I have days that I machine hop every 15 minutes or so. I know something’s not right but I just keep hopping from one machine to another until I get through the 45 minutes of cardio that I set out to do.

There are other days that I resist the temptation to machine hop and I find a way to power through counting every minute – shear torture! All of this reflection made me realize that it’s time for me to re-stripe (or freshen up) my cardio routine. How about you?

The fact that I refer to my cardio workout as routine should have been a dead giveaway that something is wrong. The definition of routine is… a regular course of procedure, habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure <the routine of factory work>, of a commonplace or repetitious character, ordinary <routine problems>. Hmm…

I don’t have to worry about my strength training because Chris has it covered. There’s nothing routine about the workouts he plans. No two weeks are the same and Chris switches up the overall approach to my strength training every two to three months. I think he does it so he won’t get bored (kidding).

Let’s take my analogy just a bit further. Let’s say you’ve started to slack off in your fitbattle and you’re thinking “well it’s too late now to get that bikini or speedo body that I wanted for summer”. NOT SO FAST! It’s never too late!!! It’s amazing the difference just two to three weeks can make. And summer just started.

Maybe it’s time to repaint your thoughts on working out and freshen up your efforts. One way to do this would be to revisit your fitness goals. Think about your fitness priorities. Do your original goals still motivate you? Have you made progress? Is it time to raise the bar on your goals? Are your fitness goals dull and lack a fresh outlook?

The last time you set fitness goals, were they with a deadline of “by summer”?  How about a new goal?  Yes, you’re in? Okay how about lose 3 pounds by the 4th of July. Definitely possible, if you start right now. All it takes is commitment! Now I’m off to take my own advice and dust off my cardio workout and goals.

Until tomorrow! Kathi



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