||[Sep. 24th, 2005|04:12 pm]
I commissioned a piece of jewelry! I love how it's turned out. pthalostars is a very creative artist, with extremely cool stuff! I am happy!!!
I've managed to misplace the book I've been reading, somewhere in the house. This would not be terribly noteworthy, but the book is Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, a book that weighs in at about 5 pounds. How the hell does one misplace a book the size of a paving stone?
I biked 24 miles today. I didn't want to go at all - this is the beginning of my "Saturdays off" schedule, and I've made rather a botch job of using it. The time is just slipping away like mercury and I can't seem to get a grasp of it. But I also really needed the exercise.
There is a trick to getting regular exercise - actually, there are several. Here are a few that I have been using with some success:
1. Immediately upon getting out of bed, put on your workout clothes. This is effective on weekdays, when I work out before I shower and get ready for work, and weekends, when the time for starting the workout is more amorphous. On weekdays I adomonish myself that, hell, I'm already ready. On weekends, it's that I need to do it so I can change for whatever activity we have going.
2. (For stationary machine exercise) The time you start your workout is inviolable; the time you end it can be subject to change. I need to be on the NordicTrack at 5am; if I decide to have a short workout because I have homework to finish or somesuch, then I can go only 20 minutes and then stop. If, however, I was to wait until 5:40 to get on the NordicTrack, then 20 minutes would be my only option, and somehow it doesn't seem worth the effort and I dont' workout at all. If, however, I am on the NordicTrack at 5am, at the end of 20 minutes whatever lame excuse I was giving myself seems less important and I generally do at least 40 minutes.
3. (For outdoor exercise) Fill your route with "ditch points." When I get on the bike, I am fully aware that I have the option of completing a loop in 5, 8, 12, and 17 miles. Some days telling myself that I can always loop back is the only thing that gets me started - like today. I went out the door telling myself that this was going to be about 12 miles. But the riding was beautiful and in the end it was 24.
4. Doing it at all is more important than doing it well. There are mornings when I cannot get my body going. I don't want anything to do with exercise. Those days, it is a triumph of the spirit to get my ass on a machine. Call it biorhythms, call it cycles, whatever. There are days when my NordicTracking consists of huffing and puffing and holding onto the stationary handles instead of using the arm part of the machine. But I know that I will feel beter the next day, and better about myself when I get done.
5. An occasional day off is healthy. Correllary: a missed day is not a disaster. Rest is important. Schedule it in. But life has a way of getting in the way as well, and sometimes your well-laid plans go astray. Don't let a missed day - or even a missed week - be an excuse for giving up. Right now I'm having a lot of trouble adjusting to the school year schedule. I keep tweaking, and getting in the workouts that I can. I'll probably have it perfected just in time for the whole schedule to change again.
6. Life conspires against your committment to fitness. If exercise is something you have to find time for, you won't do it. There's no time to be found. Exercise has to become a top priority - before food, before sex, before kids, before your job. Schedule your exercise first and make everything else fit around it.
7. Failure is a learning opportunity. We all stumble. Some of us fail spectacularly - believe me, there is nothing more frustrating than embarking on a diet plan and finding that after a month you weigh even more. But when you fail don't say, "I'm so stupid!" Say, "how can I do this better in the future?" Because that's the only question that will make a difference. Ferrett and I embarked on at least four different health-and-fitness routines - while getting fatter and more out of shape - before this one finally stuck.
8. Find ways to have fun. If exercise is nothing but misery, it's hard to enjoy it. Make a game of your workout. Jog or run or bike in pleasant places. Explore the world around you.
Any other bright ideas?