Well holy crap, it's been over a month since my last post and so much has happened! I've moved into my new gym space, settling down and building it up surprisingly quickly. I've brought a small team to a weightlifting event and have another one coming up in two weeks, and then another in March. I've sort of got back into some of my old (GOOD) training habits, meeting up with my long time training partner today and getting two crazy workouts in. I've been squatting at least 400# for at least one rep every day for 33 days now! The gym is coming together like crazy. Our first of a regular yoga class was tonight, starting next week we will have the best masseuse (in my humble opinion) ever running sessions out of the gym, and we are getting a few new faces in the gym every single week! I could not be happier about all the goings-on.
With all the stress of moving gyms and all the crazy reasons why, the beginning planning of my wedding, and getting settled into a new house in California, a few things have fallen to the lower end of my importance list: regular workouts, eating cleanly (not sure why these two happen at all, it's kind of backwards), and blogging. Well, the workouts are coming back, and now that I have a house, I can really settle back into cooking my own meals on a regular basis. plus, I have found Caveman Bowls, which are helping so much in supplementing my work schedule and need for good calories. I have been hit with a few waves of really good blog post ideas, but when I sit down to write, nothing seems to come out. And now, with the daily posting of my squat, I sort of use that as an excuse to not write on this one anymore. Well, that ends today people! I'm not going to force myself to a set schedule, but I am going to focus much more on getting so many of these thoughts and ideas in my head down on paper and sharing them all with everyone. So let's get a few thoughts down now. Let's talk something cliche. Let's talk about the New Year!
I have rarely seen anyone really take their New Years resolutions seriously enough to continue with them past the month of January. One of my big things when people ask me about resolutions is to to always keep things small and simple. So, rather than writing out a page of goals involving taking over your company, getting a professional contract, gaining 10 pounds of muscle and achieving 4% body fat as the top resolutions, but then having about 6-40 more. No, you should focus on one or two. And you should pick ones that you KNOW you can do. Here's why.
New Years is just another day. It's not some special day where magic happens and all of a sudden your brain stops craving crap food and weights become so much lighter, and BAM, you have abs. No, it's just another day like all others. The significance of the day is that it represents a new beginning. So it can mark a start time for us to make changes if we feel things are not going the way we planned. But it is still up to US to make that change. To be a little blunt (and I do this all the time), a lot of us tend to not really want to put the effort into doing things that will really help ourselves live healthier, better lives. We like wine too much, or cookies too much, watching TV too much, or being negative too much. Making that those changes are actually pretty damn hard to do (this is generally why we don't do them, or put it off until Jan. 1).
But as mentioned above, Jan. 1 is not going to make these changes for you. So why would you all of a sudden be able to change everything about your life? Well, if you do, god bless you, and I've known a couple people who have done such incredible things. But chances are you're like most people and after a couple weeks you convince yourself to have those drinks, to have those cookies, and to stay up too late watching TV and being negative about everything. Then, pretty quickly, all those awesome resolutions you made become an afterthought as you return back to the normal, not so healthy, not so happy, not so better you.
Make change easier on yourself by starting small. This will lead to a greater chance of that whole snowball effect taking place. If you can make one good goal stick, then it will be easier to comprehend another. Then another, and another until maybe by the end of the new year you have achieved becoming that happy, heathy, better you!
Remember, it has taken you as many years as you are alive to create the negative qualities you feel you have. You can't expect to just erase those in a day. You CAN change, you CAN do so, so much good for yourself and those around you. Just recognize that it will take a little time. Change is an awesome thing, the process is where you learn so much about how you and the world works. Embrace that process and you might just begin enjoying it. And when you enjoy it, it becomes so much easier to set new goals and achieve them regularly.
Happy New Year everyone!!
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