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Are you at 110%?

Life has many components—the main ones being family, friends, health, career, God, and your passions.  To me, the goal of life to be actively giving all of these the attention and time they need.  If you do that, then you are living your life to the fullest, at 100% percent of your potential. I’ll be honest, I’m not.  I’d give myself 80%, at best. Whose fault is that?  Mine.  This post is not meant to be negative be any means, but rather a kick in the butt to me and anyone else who needs a little inspiration to get out and do more—to feel more alive!  Here’s where I’m struggling: Balance. Here was last week in numbers:

Swim: 10,050 yards

Bike: 8+ hours

Run: About 33 miles (missed one run)

Fun with friends: 0

Church: 0

Work: Plenty

Sleep: Not nearly enough!

Here’s an example of my lame weekend—go to bed way too late, wake up, train, eat, go back to bed for a nap, train, eat, go to bed way too late.  Repeat on Sunday.  Let’s see, were friends mentioned in there? Was going out and doing something fun mentioned?  (And no, my trip to Whole Foods doesn’t count).

Granted, I’ve had a hard time making a lot of new friends here in Tampa and that has been frustrating (if you live here, get at me!), but in the same vein, my attempts at making friends haven’t been overly abundant.  This is probably because I prioritize working out on my weekends, which is FINE to do, but only if I don’t go back to bed after!  As for family, I had a great time when they visited last week, but I definitely bailed out of a lunch my mom had planned so that I could go eat food I was comfortable with and then take a nap before I worked out in the afternoon.

Sob story right?  Na, this is my pledge, my vow to get my life to 110%!  Why not 100%?  Because that’s where I could be, but I want to reach above that, go beyond that—I want to find a way to not only improve my life, but improve the environment I am in.  To make other people happier, more successful, and help them reach their goals.  The best part about this is the reward it brings me and motivation to stay committed to my goals.  This also means volunteering and going to church—I spend a lot of time praying, but that’s not the same as taking the time to give God the time he deserves.

 

So what’s my plan to make this happen?

Action plan for 1/23 – 1/30:

  • Go to bed earlier.  Seriously, by 1 every night for this week
  • No wasting time drawing dinner out
  • Workout in the morning both days this weekend
    • Thus, due to going to bed earlier and working out in the morning…
  • Do at least 1 fun thing this weekend during the afternoon or night
    • There is a huge Gaspirilla Festival this weekend… which has something to with pirates—apparently it’s a big deal
  • Dominate my workouts
    • This includes eating right and including recovery after the workouts.

 

So Keep me honest!  We’ll review next week!

Last thing is that I’m going to be starting a podcast with a friend of mine, Max.  This is going to legit—we will be discussing health, nutrition, training, and interviewing some really cool (and famous) people.  We’ll also be answering any questions you have, so if you start to develop some, let me know and we’ll answer them each week!  Look for the first show to come out later this week where Max and I introduce ourselves a bit and discuss the purpose of the show!

Oh, and check out these awesome meatloaves I made- let me know if you want the recipe.

And check out this article! Does the guy in the picture look familiar?

  1. What is one thing you will change for a better this week?
  2. How much do you sleep every night?

Spin, stride, stroke, stretch... and my big announcement

A couple great days can make up for a rough week.  This past week I took way more days off than I had planned...1 because I needed to, but the rest we a failure in willpower undisciplined poor justification.  Getting more sleep would have combatted this, but that goes back to the last of discipline. It’s funny how I can be so disciplined in some aspects of my life and so not in others.

But anyways, Saturday and Sunday made up for this week!  Saturday I had a great workout:  It started with a 9.5 mile run worth of a hard intervals in 1:02:00 that went like this:

15 minute increasing speed warm up

6 minutes at 6:15 pace (9.6 mph)

1 minute recovery at 8.5 mph

5 minutes

4 minutes- 2 min at 6:15, 2 min at 6:10

3 minutes

3 minutes

Finish out rest of time as fast as possible

After this was 30 minutes elliptical intervals, 30 minute bike intervals, and a 2050m swim. Phew!

I was afraid I’d be too sore, but today, after 4 hours sleep (go figure) I met some buddies at hit up a long ride.  A few more miles would have been nice, but some of the guys wanted to make it to the Reds game. The wind was WICKED out today! This provided some great resistance and speed work though.  After the ride, I went straight into a run.  Wow- that wind was brutal; literally it almost knocked me over a few times.  The worst part was I finished :01 over the goal pace I wanted... Running with the wind I was hitting 6:20 pace miles easy, but against it I was at like 7:40. Came out to a 7:00 min/mile pace overall.  Damnit lol.  Finally, after burpees and push ups in the middle of the street, I shot over to the pool and banged out an awesome workout there.  Done and done!  Here’s what today’s brick looked like:

50 mile ride

7.5 mile run

2,600m swim

STRETCH

While the run off the bike was hard, it made me feel good about where I am with my training.  Going to crank it up big time this week and a half then prep for Wildflower!

I also realized that I can do what I put my mind to... and it is NOT dependent on my eating disordered compulsive tendencies.  These will seem really weird, but way to often they rule my life. To me, unless I do specific things, my workouts or my body won’t be right the next day. For example:

  • Chopping my vegetables up a certain number of times
  • Taking a specific number of steps
  • Stretching and foam rolling in an exact order
  • Saying my prayers in an exact way every night
  • Eating my food beginning in an exact order
  • Wearing certain clothes- or if I skip a workout while wearing certain workout clothes, not wearing that combo again

But wait, let's get rational: how can IN ANY WAY the order I foam roll and the specific number of times have any effect on how I will look the next day and whether or not I will work out? IT CAN’T!  That’s ridiculous and impossible.  I know this, yet its still a battle everyday.  However, this weekend is putting me in the right direction: that crap doesn’t matter- be real, live each day differently, and live life without worry.  My dad gave me an amazing talk the other night and left me with a crazy quote:

“Anxiety is just another form of atheism”

That hit me deep.  What is there to worry about when God has a plan for us?  Quit arguing it and live the way he has planned for us.  That is my goal this week- to live anxiety free and embrace God’s plan every day. I hope you can too.

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In the tough week that was this past week, I did get the chance to spend some time with friends. Thursday was a gorgeous day, and I literally just wanted to embrace life and friends.  There was a free concert at the zoo, and I literally got off the treadmill and decided I needed to be outside with people who were fun. Here were some shots of the fun lol.

I made an awesome new recipe last night- avocado potato puree!  I mixed 1 baked potato, 1/2 avocado, 2 tbsp almond milk, 1 Laughing cow, and seasonings.  Put these all in the Magic Bullet and whipped into a delicious, creamy, thick puree!

I would have taken a picture, but it looked a little gross so I thought I’d spare you even though it tasted amazing haha.  Tonight, after a long day, I wanted pizza. It tried at first to make my own crust, but it came out too small for me.  However, it made like an awesome flatbread, so I’m going to make a sandwich out of it tomorrow:

And now, my big announcement:

I’M MOVING TO TAMPA!!

Permanently! (For a little while anyways)  As I’ve mentioned before, I am in a Leadership Development Program in my company and for the past 2 years I’ve been rotating to a different department every 6 months.  Hence, why I am currently in Cincinnati working for 6 months.  I spent the previous 18 months in Virginia Beach.  Well, as the program comes to a close, I have been offered a permanent position and promotion working in Tampa!  I can’t wait- and talk about a great triathlon opportunity!  That being said, I LOVE Cincinnati and am very glad that I still have a few months here.

That’s all guys

  1. Have you done anything this week that totally made up for something that wasn't as good earlier in the week--like an amazing meal or experience?
  2. Try and put your life in God's hands this week and truly live his will and plan!