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February 8, 2010

First Law, Warrior Frame of Mind and Podcasts

My fitness, or relative lack of it in the last few weeks, can be directly defined by Newton’s First Law.  I have great velocity, but am easily effected by the outside forces in my life.  When I started CrossFit I had friends there to do it with me, and had great results.  Even when I transitioned to working out at home, I was on a great roll and turned quite a few heads with my workouts at the Y.

Cut to the death march that was this project.  I’m just not motivated to work out after 15 hour days, I eat poorly because I can’t prep my food and my sleep is stressed and short.  It’s not an excuse, it’s just the truth. And to overcome this truth, I’ve tried to create another outside force on my current state.

So, I’ve improved the home gym (and have more on the list to be ordered with the tax refund), I’m back to eating paleo (Walking through Whole Foods truly makes me happy), I scheduled time for the gym on my calendar so that people can’t schedule time with me and I’m dedicated to engaging my brain as well as my body to focus on fitness and health at least once a day. 

Because today was a travel day I used the time to read and listen to podcasts.  On the reader I’ve found what appears to be an excellent companion to Dan Milman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior in Rudy ReyesHero Living.  It really is a different path up the same mountain as Socrates’.  Rudy’s experience with enlightenment was much more brutal, but no less revealing and motivating than Dan’s.  His point of view is ringing clearly with me right now and I’m going to have to reread it and take notes, but for now I’m just ‘listening’ to the what he has to say.

I’ve dumped the tech podcasts from my iPod for the immediate and am focusing on my health (mental and physical).  I’m listening to both CrossFit Radio, as well as the Science2Health podacast (which used to be the “Fitness Rocks” podcast) and while I have a couple more on there, these two are mostly complimentary so I’m just sticking with two messages for now.  I got through two of each of the podcasts as well as another forty or so pages of the book during my travels today, and they helped me to think and focus on a couple of things that have been bugging me mentally lately, including how I go about goal setting and how much I really am focused on being healthy not just for me, but for my kids. 

This isn’t about resolutions or weight loss, it’s about my frame of mind and squaring it with the reality of my chosen profession and it’s subsequent lifestyle. 

Links:
 - Newton’s First Law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton%27s_laws_of_motion)
 - Way of the Peacefule Warrior, Dan Milman (http://www.amazon.com/Way-Peaceful-Warrior-Changes-Lives/dp/1932073256)
 - Hero Living, Rudy Reyes (http://www.amazon.com/Hero-Living-Strides-Awaken-Infinite/dp/0451228103)
 - CrossFit Radio 99 (http://journal.crossfit.com/2009/12/crossfit-radio-episode-99.tpl)
 - CrossFit Radio 100 (http://journal.crossfit.com/2009/12/crossfit-radio-episode-100.tpl)
 - Science2Health 001 (http://science2health.org/2009/12/25/lifestyles-and-chronic-disease-rates/)
 - Science2Health 002 (http://science2health.org/2010/01/03/dietary-sugar-and-cardiovascular-health/)

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Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at February 8, 2010 11:22 PM
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