Daily Extras - Replace the 250 m row & 200 m run with a 500 m row and 400 m run respectively. Or you COULD replace them with very little respect at all. The row & run won't care.
Joy Is In the Journey
I found myself in the middle of a pretty depressing convo a while back. I've been thinking about it all weekend. These things drive me crazy.
A relative was telling me how excited she was to start getting back into shape. She said she's been out of shape for a while. Like, she claims it's been a couple of years since she worked out regularly. Don't want to judge, but I'm betting it's been a bit more than that. :)
I get excited when someone tells me they've started to workout. I was pumped for her. The trainer in me wanted to know more details. I pressed her for her plan, methods, diet, etc. As I did, she threw up her hands and was all, "Whoa, whoa! Back up cowboy! I'm just PLANNING on getting back in shape. Didn't say I was doing anything, yet!"
"My bad. Sorry." I said. "What's the plan then?"
"I'm going to start again in the beginning of next year!" She exclaimed proudly!
WTF? It's like, JULY dammit! The first of the year? Are you shitting me? - is what I wanted to say to her. But equal parts politeness and fear kept me from confronting her. She has, after all, beaten the hell out of me before. I mean, we were little back then, but you can't know, right?
Anyway my point is, I asked her, "Why not until the first of the year?" She gets all philosophical and quickly rattles off her secret to health and fitness, "Well, I don't want to start working out until I'm ready. I don't want to put all that time and effort in if I'm not going to GO ALL THE WAY and get fit. You know?"
You had to hear the way she said it. She kinda whined it, but there were reverberations of equal parts Oprah and Dr. Phil. Like, she KNEW she was chickening out, but also THOUGHT she was being super smart for waiting and had some notion that she would be HONORING (?) her body, mind & soul if she just put it off a little while.
I hope she didn't see the contempt in my eyes as I forced a smile and choked out an "Oh, that's cool!" then walked away muttering. Not sure I was even saying anything discernible, but if she'd have been inside my head she'd have heard a litany of swears and even spitting.
I just want her to be healthy. I love her dearly and I can't think of ONE SINGLE REASON to put something like your health off. Especially since I know that if one begins this process with ONLY the end in mind, they almost NEVER make it. The process of becoming fit and healthy demands much more from each of us than simple focus on the end means. It demands we learn to LOVE the process itself. It demands we learn to enjoy the journey. By doing so it teaches us one of the most meaningful lessons in life.
A couple quotes on this and I'll quit preaching.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination. For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin—real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. - Alfred D. Souza (writer, philosopher)
“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path." - Buddha
"That one last shot's a Permanent Vacation
And how high can you fly with broken wings?
Life's a journey not a destination
And I just can't tell just what tomorrow brings" - Aerosmith
Seems like we ought to have a ceremony to say goodbye to this dude. It was my first cable rope. I bought it in 2010. Had to duct tape it a couple of times, but apparently, there are things even a good taping won't fix. Goodbye old friend! You served me/us as well as any dog I've ever owned! :)