It takes a while to see change

I’ve been working on my diet since January, and my fitness routine since the middle of February. I now have people commenting on how skinny I look. Nice.

A Journey To One's Self

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Don’t let any one tell you can’t. Keep focus on your goals.

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Why music enhances your workout | MinnPost

Why music enhances your workout | MinnPost.

This is a great article on why workouts seem a little bit easier when listening to music.  It’s a short article with the “why” behind what many of us have already experienced.  I know my inner geek loves finding out why something works.

I’d love to know if you agree with this article.  Does your workout seem to go more smoothly, or can you push out a little more effort with the right tunes playing?

Before you break the rules, learn them!

RuleQuotePicasso“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” I have achieved this level of mastery with a few skill sets, and it’s a fun place to be. When you realize that you know something so well that you know when the rules are working, and more importantly, when they’re not. You have the foundation techniques to fall back on, but you have the feel, sensitivity and intuition to know when sticking with the rules 100% isn’t getting the desired result. The problem comes when people don’t bother to learn the basic technique first. They see people breaking the rules, and they think, “Well, why bother learning the rules at all?”

If you don’t bother learning the basic techniques, you don’t have the skills available to you that those techniques provide. For example, if you attempt to draw a face, but you never learn about perspective, shading, lighting, or proportions, the drawings you produce will never be truly life-like. You could always say, “Well, it’s art … I just meant to have it look flat and distorted.” But what if you didn’t? What if you really want someone to recognize themselves in what you draw, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t capture their likeness? That is when learning the techniques first would come in handy.

People point at Picasso to show someone who breaks the rules. Most people have only seen his cubist works … the paintings of figures that look like they are people made out of building blocks. What they don’t realize is that Picasso was painting near photo-realistic portraits of nobility in his teens and twenties. Picasso knew how to accurately reproduce what he was looking at FIRST, before he got bored with it and created Cubism.

I am seeing that evolution occurring in my own fitness journey. I am getting to the point where exercise is more of a habit, and less of something I have to remind myself to do every day. I am learning to listen to what my body is telling me, and figure out how to adapt to keep working out, while still giving my body the space it needs to heal and grow. I am learning how to trust these basic skills so that as I continue, I can build and create a truly fit life for myself.

Where have you mastered the basics in your life so well that you know you can break the rules? Where are you committed to learning the basics first? Share with us your journey on the road to mastery.

Exercise: It just keeps going, and going…

Am I done yet? I’ve been at this for a month already. Shouldn’t I be able to put a check mark on this exercise task and call it ‘DONE’?

Yet, it doesn’t seem to work that way. I know what everybody tells me … exercise is a life-long journey. Seriously? That’s for other people. The die-hard, ultra marathoner, triathletes that have made exercise a part of who they are …

“A part of who they are …” Wait a minute. What’s happening here? I’ve made it past the 30-day mark. I didn’t quit. I didn’t quit even over the shift to Daylight Savings Time, which meant my morning workout time was an even earlier wake-up call. I managed to re-injure my shoulder not once, but twice while starting out. That STILL didn’t stop me.

So what’s happening? As a part of creating this community, and working to get as many people on this planet to start getting active, and create a support network for all of us getting started, I gave exercise a try, and wound up discovering my own relationship to fitness. Just like smiles, and sleep, and coffee, exercise is becoming a part of my day that I don’t want to do without. If I can feel this way about exercise, there just might be hope for us getting more people up and moving.

Do you relate? Have you found the exercise habit creeping up on you? I’d love to hear how your journey is going.