Archive for April, 2017

Waking Up With A Foot In My Face

April 19, 2017

Should I Have Just Given Up

Every night I lay down with my son until he falls asleep, and then I go into my daughter’s room and lay down with her until she falls asleep. Some nights I fall asleep as well and wake up wondering where I am and why is there a foot in my face.

Two weeks ago, on a Sunday, I laid down with my daughter Logan, not expecting to fall asleep but the next thing I knew it was 2am.  I walked into my bedroom and fell back to sleep.

The next morning I woke up and realized that I had skipped a day of meditation practice.  Up to that Sunday I had strung together 45 consecutive days of 10-minutes per day of meditation.

I was frustrated that I didn’t take time earlier in the day on Sunday to meditate and kicked myself for breaking the momentum I had created.

I knew I had two choices;

  • I could start again on that Monday
  • Or, I could sulk about not being consistent, screwing up, backsliding, not following through, etc.. and throw in the towel.

I chose to start the practice again.  As of writing this I have 15 days consecutive of meditation.

I am not writing this message to tell you to meditate, even though it wouldn’t hurt, I am writing this message to say it is okay to fall short of our goals as long as we begin moving again to achieve what we want.

When we let something or someone interrupt our forward progress, do we commit to NOT letting it happen again and take action to ensure we begin again?

Or, do we get stuck in the downward spiral of self-pity, excuses, feeling sorry for ourselves, and not taking responsibility for our actions?

I know I have been guilty of staying in the latter category for far too long on some things in life, but I knew in this particular instance without starting again I would not receive the benefits of a few moments of quiet each hectic day.

Going through this little experience got me thinking that my clients probably also experience this same feeling when they miss a training session or two, or a week or a month or more.

I also know from personal experience if I stay inactive and do not recommit and take action sooner than later it only gets harder and nearly impossible to start back up again. 

Is there a goal that you have quit striving for because you missed the mark, took a day, week, month or year off and think it is too late in the game to get started again? 

It is never too late to start again.  Sometimes the goal isn’t even the thing we need. Sometimes it is the process of reaching the goal that is what we need.

Start as small as you need to so that you get started. 

  • If you have been out of the gym for too long let us know and we can help you get started again.
  • If your nutrition habits are not where you want them to be let us know and we can help you get on a better path. 
  • If you need to set a new goal or re-commit to a goal and need an accountability partner we can help.

Pinnacle is more than just a place to “workout”.  We are here to help you do life better!  If we can help let us know.

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Don’t Wait for Things to be Just Right

April 5, 2017

I was at a Leadership Corpus Christi application (talk to me if you are interested in applying) function two weeks ago and was introduced as a personal trainer to one of the applicants.  She immediately told me she that she needed to start doing more “fasted cardio”. 

My first thought was, “why is she telling me this”? 

When introduced to a financial advisor I don’t immediately tell them I need to deposit more money into my Roth IRA, but she and many other people I meet feel the need to immediately tell me these things when they find out what I do for a living. 

My second thought was, “why was she waiting to fast before doing cardio”? I know some of the research about fasted cardio but I was more interested in WHY she wasn’t just getting the cardio done, fasted or not. (This is how my crazy mind works!) 

Why not get the cardio done, regardless of how much she ate or didn’t eat?

Why do we need to wait for things to be “just so” before we start or continue with what we have set out to do?

When we wait for things to be “just right” we usually wait too long and miss the opportunity and we suffer. Sometimes we suffer mentally (anxiety and frustration) and other times we suffer physically (health and quality of life).

Getting started doesn’t need to be a huge leap into the unknown. Getting started can look like:

  • Research
  • A Phone call
  • A Walk
  • Showing up to Your Next Scheduled Training Session
  • Throwing Out the Junk Food in Your Pantry and Refrigerator
  • Pouring the Sodas down the Drain or into the Garbage Can Outside.
  • Packing Your Lunch
  • Prepping a Meal or Two for the Week
  • Scheduling and Sitting down for a Success Session/Assessment
  • Waking up Early
  • Going to Bed on Time
  • Writing out Goals

Don’t wait for things to be perfect before you begin.  Otherwise you may never start!

Committed to Your Success,

Adam

Waiting for “That Feeling”

April 3, 2017

Why do we wait for the “feeling”?  It is funny, that the only way we can get that feeling is by doing the work.  The feeling comes through doing the work.

You know that feeling you get after a good tough workout.  There is no other way to get that “feeling” except pushing yourself and going through the workout.

It is the same thing with everything else. We never get that “feeling” unless we have done the work.  Get started despite the feeling!

Do the Work!

Committed to Your Success,

Adam