My name is Thomas…

and I’m tired.

My day starts around 4am when my phone

sounds the alarm. I should spring to life and get ready for the day.

I’m out the door at 5am to catch my ride to the van that delivers me to Cherry Point at 6:30am.

And I’m there working until 3:30pm when I take the van home.

Usually, I’m walking into my house around 4:30 pm.

That’s a long day. Hence, my energy problem.

Getting motivated to go out for a run or head over to Infinite Yoga and Wellness for 2 hours of yoga isn’t easy, even if I start the day psyched for it.

Winter isn’t going to make things easier, either…

I have some flexibility in my work schedule that may allow me to run at lunch. Maybe that will energize for the rest of the day and into yoga?

So, I need your help. What works to keep you motivated and energized after long days?

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The Week That Was October 21 – October 28

It’s accountability time, my friends!

I’m a firm believer in reporting your plan and then your progress on a regular basis.

The Week That Was will be my regular reporting to you on how my week went. They’ll appear on Sundays and report the previous Sunday to Saturday.

Let’s dive in, yeah? Continue reading

Starting Again from the Beginning

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That was displayed on the scale yesterday. It’s not the heaviest I’ve ever been, but it’s darn close.

So, I’m starting over. Again. For the last time. Again.

Here are the rules:

I will record all food and drink into MyFitnessPal. I will stay within the daily calorie goal, not the daily calorie goal adjusted by activity. That’s going to be tough.

I started Couch to 5k yesterday and a vigorous yoga practice begins today with a 75 minute vinyasa class at Infinite Yoga and Wellness (if you want to stalk me, I’ll be there most week nights and Sunday mornings). I will also be taking daily lunchtime walks with a co-worker.

I will meditate twice a day to be focused and mentally strong.

I’m determined to get to a healthy weight and be a fit person.

0 to 50k in 16 Weeks – Week 2 Summary

Or the week that wasn’t. 

I ran 2 miles on Tuesday, per the plan, but the rest of the week was a wash. 

I was afflicted with a funk, as they say. 

Unfortunately, this wasn’t a mood funk that I’d be able to run my way out of as much as a respiratory funk. I couldn’t breathe well, or talk, from Wednesday until … Well, I’m still having a bit of trouble with deep breaths and coughing. 

I’m hoping by Tuesday to jog a couple miles. 

I’m considering changing the plan a bit. I’ve been thinking maybe training up to a 30 mile long run isn’t a great idea. 

A New Adventure …

…that really kind of scares the crap out of me. 

It’s October 1st…And I’m a sucker for using a beginning (of a week, month, or year) as the starting point for new things. 

Yesterday I signed up for the Southern Tour 50k. Yes, I’m skipping the marathon distance and going straight to ultra. I have been extremely lazy since April and I need a big, hairy-assed goal to motivate me into action.

It’s on January 30th, 2016. That gives me four months to prepare.
I have a plan that I think is workable for me (it’ll be detailed in another post). 

It’s going to be the biggest physical challenge of my life. 2016 is my year for big challenges. 

I can do this. 

The Week Ahead February 2-8, 2015

Here’s the week ahead:

  • Monday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 7 minute workout
  • Tuesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Wednesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 6 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Thursday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Friday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 5 minute workout
  • Saturday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Sunday:
    • Running – Long run of 7 miles.
    • Yoga

The last week and a half has been pretty terrible insofar as having motivation to run. I’ve got to kickstart myself and get back into a running way.

Training Tuesday: Developing a Daily Routine

If I’m going to get things done, I need a routine. This is especially true for me related to exercise, diet, and basic fitness. I could go 100 days of the exact same routine with the exact same food and activities. But if on day 17 the routine is fiddled with, I’m off the rails and there’s little hope that’ll get back on for at least a few days.

So I have to build a routine to keep my exercise plan on track.

One of the tools I’m going to use is the7 MWC as a daily morning workout. Every day, whether there’s a run workout or not.

At a minimum, I’ll have seven minutes of exercise daily. It’ll be strength and cardio, so that will help in my woefully underdeveloped biceps/triceps/pectoral muscle groups.

Maybe.

Probably not, but still…Every little bit, right?