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Friday, October 24, 2014

2014-10-24 Finding New Roads

Too much time has gone by since my last post so I will explain.

First off it should be pointed out that  some wise and successful people have already said that success is essentially equivalent to suffering. Think about that if you will for a moment...achieving something you deem worthwhile requires sacrifice, plain and simple. You cannot achieve anything meaningful while you're sitting around drinking beer on the couch. And just because you suffer doesn't mean you're necessarily achieving anything either- you need to sacrifice intelligently. And if someone just handed you the achievement then it wouldn't have much meaning. It's why the majority of lottery winners piss away their winnings and end up depressed, pissed off, lonely, or sometimes dead.

So in the past few weeks I've been cleaning up and organizing my house; and specifically cleaning out and organizing my garage. I quit my job a few weeks ago and began a new position much closer to home. Unfortunately I'll be quite busy and even though I'm spending a lot less time in the car, I'm still not home much. After I pick up the baby from daycare and get home it's almost 6:00pm. He goes to bed at 7:00pm and by then I'm exhausted and hungry. Not in any kind of spirit to workout. And at the new job I don't really have the option of training like I did before during lunch. I needed to find a new road.

Take a guess what my only other real option was? Yep- early morning. Consider that my son usually gets up at 6:00am. That means I need to get up, do my workout, shower, get dressed, eat, prep lunch, take care of feeding the animals, clean the kitchen, and help a bit getting the kid ready for daycare all before 7:00am when I need to leave for work. In reality, not much can be done after he wakes up, so I try to do most of those things before 6:00am. So at age 45 I find myself waking up at 4:00am in order to have the time necessary to even come close to making any kind of progress in my calisthenics journey. And if I'm waking up at 4:00am then you can guess that I'm not staying up very late. I try to get into bed by 9:00pm or just after. Otherwise you're shooting yourself in the foot and too tired to exercise that early.

So the secret to waking up early? The secret Holy Grail I have searched for my whole life? Well, I'm still not sure completely because they say that as you get older getting up early becomes easier. Therefore I will say this: to get up early you need motivation. Real motivation. When my son was an infant it became quite easy after a while for me to get very little sleep. My motivation at that point was him crying and me wanting to come to his side. Now my motivation beyond that is not wanting to turn into a soft, cushy, weak little person that I see so many people become. With that in mind, I also have no desire to spend my evenings alone in some gym during the only time I have to spend with my son after work. I'm not willing to sacrifice that time with him. I will find another way. And I have. This is why I wake up so early now. And if you doubt that it's mostly all in your head, consider those mornings years ago perhaps when you knew you were getting up for a really exciting vacation, or even earlier when you got up on Christmas morning as a child. It's just a mental game and if you want to win it then you need to feel that motivation deep somehow. You can't fake it for long.

The good news is that I'm only rising super early a few times a week. Weekends afford some more daytime options for training...like normal people.

Keep moving.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014-10-15 Still Here...

I've been taking some time off and reorganizing my house before I start a new job. I'l need to completely rethink my workouts because my time constraints will be different. Keep moving my friends! I've got some good stuff coming down the line.