A Plane Ticket Level of Commitment, and Coffee!

September is nearly over, and I just remembered that I had set some September goals for last month.

Ha. Yeah, none of these got done.

Ugh, commitment. I have all these great ideas for goals, but it’s really, really hard for me to put them into practice. And it hurts because I love goals and I love progress. I guess I just don’t like hard work?

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I’ve been wanting to use that card for a while.

Anyway, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. Like, a lot. Because I commute 2-3 hours a day. Just recently I’ve been really getting into the Harder to Kill podcast by Steph Gaudreau, and my brain is practically exploding with information. Such good stuff, but one topic in particular was discussed in a recent episode with special guest Allegra Stein. She spoke about how commitment is like a plane ticket, which is an analogy I love. When you buy a plane ticket, you double- and triple-check your calendar. You call all your family and friends and make sure the dates work. When you book the ticket, almost nothing stops you from getting to the airport on time. Oversleeping, traffic, and other unforeseen delays all have a contingency plan. Barring serious illness, you make your flight. That’s commitment. Once you’ve set your goal, you make it with no excuses.

For me, I think of the plane ticket commitment as one step further. If you don’t want to get up and go to where the plane ticket is taking you, don’t buy the ticket. I only really stick with stuff that I’m all-in committed to. This is what I learned from numerous starts and fails on the Whole30. I am still not sure exactly what the catalyst is, but I need to somehow be very head-in-the-game, in-my-bones committed or it won’t happen. So when I set cute goals like “exercise every day!” I just don’t. Because I know I should, but I don’t really want to. But when I finally figure out a fitness goal I actually want to succeed on, it’ll get done.

Okay, now the real reason for this post. It’s National Coffee Day!

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Go drink a cup (or seven), and make it a great day!

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Snaps for September!

How can it be the last day of August already? I still think it’s June in my mind.

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(Side note: Calvin and Hobbes was the best part of my childhood. They practically raised me.)

I’m wrapping up my Whole30 this Friday (woot!) and now that the end of this challenge is in sights, I’m looking forward to the next one. Right now it feels good to be challenged, so I’m rolling with it. So for September, I’m going to get back to the gym and running again. What will be nice is having a whole week in Alaska that I can use to “reset” some habits. Do you use vacations or travel to try and adopt a new habit or mindset? I find that getting out of Dodge helps me to put things in perspective, and when I get back home I’m usually pretty recharged to tacking life again head-on. And it’ll totally be do-able to work out in Alaska given that we have no real plans or schedule yet. All I know is we’re flying into Anchorage, and if we don’t get eaten by wolves or bears or something we’ll fly home the following week. Real vacations don’t do plans.

I also want to knock out some goals for the month:

  1. Work out six days a week (one rest day in there)
  2. Do one pull-up (assisted somehow)
  3. Do a two minute plank
  4. Squat, deadlift, and bench 100# (this one might be tough for a month, but we’ll see)

Okay, now I feel really pumped and want to run like 10 miles now. But instead I’ll go to work and sit at a desk all day. That’s fun, too.

Go make it a great day!

July Goals! Let’s Get Started

Now that July is half over, I might as well start talking about the goals I set up for the month. Better late than never, right?

I used to do this all the time. At the beginning of the month, I would make up 3-4 goals to work towards for that month. I haven’t been doing that, and it would be fun to start again.  And I use the word “fun” like having a baby is fun or running a marathon is fun. As in, it sounds like a good idea until you’re committed and now you just try to get it over and done with while keeping your sanity.

Anyway, here is what I’ve been working on this month:

  1. Work out 5 days a week
  2. Drink 4 water bottles of water a day
  3. Get in to work by 8:00 am
  4. Start a Whole30

Work out 5 days a Week

Five seems to be the magic number for me, where I start seeing/feeling results but don’t get too burned out. The trick is to not plan rest days; they will happen to me when I travel or get too busy and the day slips away. So in my head I plan on working out every day, but if it doesn’t happen I just make darn sure to get to the gym tomorrow.

Drink 4 bottles of Water Daily

This is pretty much always a goal, but I’m never sure how good I am at achieving it. And you can’t improve what you don’t measure, so I’m (trying to) keep track this month how many times I refill my water bottle. Usually it’s a 20 oz bike bottle, but I also have a nice, large cup with a straw I use at home. As long as I drink 4 full drinking vessels in a day, I call it good.

Get to Work by 8:00 am

This one is hard for me for some reason. My work is pretty lax about working hours; you just show up and get your work done. Some come early, some stay late. But I know I’m at my best in the morning, so the earlier I get in the more I get done. But the snooze button is appealing, breakfast always takes longer to cook than I think it should, and more often than not I’m running late and miss my train. So I need to commit to getting to my train on time so I’m at work at a decent hour. The bonus is when I travel, I’m always at the office early for meetings, so it’s only a struggle when I’m at home.

Start a Whole30

Note that I didn’t say “do a Whole30” or “finish a Whole30.” But I wanted to start one this month. I did on Monday July 7, but that was a travel week followed by a weekend in Tahoe, so it was really hard to be complaint and I just sort of gave up. Plus, Hulk was going to do it with me, but then I found out he was still drinking his protein shakes and going to happy hour, so he wasn’t really committed. So I dropped the ball a few days, and am getting ready again for next week, so I have time to meal plan and prep over the weekend. If you don’t plan, it’s a million times harder to do it from my experience.

I’m tracking my goals in my notebook, giving myself green checks for days I did what I said I would do, and red checks for days that don’t count toward my goals. I’m by no means perfect, but at least it gets my head in the game.

How about you? Do you set monthly goals? Or do you think it’s stupid? What are your goals this July?

Time Zone Warp

Whyyy is it so early?!?

I’m on the east coast this week, meaning I’m 3 hours ahead where my body thinks I should be. I can wake up early for a workout normally with minimal difficulty, but when the alarm says 6:00 and your body thinks it’s 3:00, you have a bit of an, “are you serious?” rebellion brewing.

Whatever. We got it done.

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I’m in Pittsburgh, across from PNC Park where the Pittsburgh Pirates play. I forgot that it was the MLB season opener this week, meaning this usually dead part of the city is absolutely swarming with baseball fans. Like, my cab had a hard time driving to the hotel with all the partygoers flooding the streets. Oh, you got a win? Awesome, I’ve been traveling since 2am your time, lemme go to bed.

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On the bright side, I kind of took all the spinach at the hotel breakfast buffet.

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There are eggs under there, I swear.

In other news, it’s April Fools’ Day! I debated on texting Hulk that I’m pregnant, but that joke’s a bit bust. I should have saved the social medial announcement for today. That would have been awesome, in a sort of Andy Kaufman way.

But given that it is April 1st, I should roll out some goals for this month. You know, so I have something hanging over my head to give me additional anxiety to the average everyday pressures of life. Here’s what I’m doing:

April Goals!

  • No more candy/sweets. Just knock it off.
  • Pick a PMP certification training plan and register for the exam
  • Work out at least 4 days a week
  • Drink 4 water bottles a day

That may be a manageable list.

Time to get this party started. Go make it a great day, kids!

 

Lazy Weekend

What are weekends for if not chilling out with friends and family?

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My neighbor’s got a way cooler view.

Than you for all the well wishes on the new baby news! We are in a state of blissful disbelief about it all yet. I suppose when the morning sickness finally sets in it will be less blissful and just disbelief.

I haven’t been eating the best lately. This may come as a shock, (<– sarcasm font is needed here), but I don’t always put out everything that goes in my mouth. And what do you know, the junk food is most likely to get omitted over the healthy green stuff. Saturday was no exception.

I started out with the best intentions. Egg scramble with asparagus and a touch of parmesan.

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And a sliced apple, because Squish must have an apple every morning. Keeping a morning apple from him is like keeping the coffee from Hulk. Bad things happen.

We had an old friend visit us for lunch. Because it was raining cats and dogs and we’re huge weather wimps, we grabbed sandwiches at A.G. Ferrari’s next door. If you haven’t been, it’s a super good Italian deli and grocery. They sell all sorts of pastas, canned antipasti like artichoke and olives, pastries, and of course cured meats.

Squish and I split a turkey panini with sun dried tomato pesto, and some other good stuff I can’t remember.

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Squish loves a good panini. But who doesn’t?

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I spent most of the day being a lazy bum on the couch with Squish watching old Bugs Bunny classics. That’s the way to spend a rainy day.

I also got a good gym workout in, giving me a chance to finish up the first episode of “House of Cards.” About 5 people have told me to start watching it, so I decided to make it my next workout watching rotation. I’ve also decided to make dead hang dips on the captain’s chair my “thing” for the next 9 months. I can just crank out 10 right now, but I don’t dip down very far. How awesome will it be to have a big ol’ preggo belly and rocking dead hang bench dips? We’ll see how that goes. While pregnant with Squish I was hitting the gym decently until my third trimester, then I stuck to bodyweight exercises and long walks. I’m hoping my health holds out at least that well with this one, but we’ll see. Safety is always #1. Anyway, I did my bench dips and some planks and bridges since I’m awful about doing core work.

I’m currently listening to the Balanced Bites podcast with Jen Sinkler as a special guest. Have you checked out Lift Weights Faster? I’ve been hearing about it but haven’t looked into it yet. The podcast talks about a lot of cool advice for listening to your body and doing the types of exercises that work for you. Since your body changes from day to day with energy, flexibility, and overall how you’re feeling, some days might be better for certain exercises than others. I like that sort of philosophy, not that you should be like, “whoop, I am not feeling it. Guess it’s a rest day!” every other day, but if you’re feeling tight maybe trying to lift that extra 5 lbs isn’t what you need to do today. Or maybe you need to change up your technique and try a variation to give certain muscles a break. It’s interesting stuff that I can definitely see myself incorporating. I will probably go check out Jen’s after I’m done writing here.

Okay, go and enjoy your Sunday! What are you still doing in front of the screen? Okay, I guess that’s partly my fault. I’ll shut up now.