I have my Altra shoes. I have equipment. Hell, I have a whole home gym with a treadmill, an elliptical, weights, access to Daily Burn and DDP Yoga and god knows whatever online workoutsthat are available; so to not exercise would be lazy.
Plus, I have a lifestyle I want to live. I don't want to drink water, eat lettuce, and call it a day. I want to eat fancy and healthy. I enjoy my wine and occasional martini. I like to watch TV, see movies, and play video games.
Also, as a best selling author, I spend a lot of time on my ass writing, researching, and editing my work.
So I have to exercise, if nothing more than to keep the continental drift of my gut at bay.
How many of you reading this have exercise equipment in a room, a closet or in your garage that you haven't touched. I'm actually laughing out loud as I type this because I used to be you too and ballooned up to 270 pounds. The ability to exercise was at my fingertips but I ignored it, just as I ignored long glances in the mirror that could have told me what I already knew. Plus, pictured don't lie.
Then came Afghanistan.
Then came a 60 pound weight loss.
|And this is me at 215 Pounds|
|This is me at 270 pounds|
And I'm back now. Or mostly. I've gained ten of the sixty pounds that I'd lost back. That's ten pounds in twenty six months, mostly the result of not exercising due to injuries. But now I'm hale and healthy. My legs and feet feel great. So it's time to kick it up a notch.
Goal 1: 9.5 minute mile. I ran a 15 minute mile in 2014. By the end of 2015 I'm at a 12 minute mile. I can do this.
Goal 2: Sirsisana-- headstand yoga pose. I want to do this.
Goal 3: Lose 20 pounds.
And how am I going to do it? The trick is to exercise every day.
"But I don't have time, Drill Sergeant Ochse."
No time, then TABATA! What is that? It's a four minute workout. Check it out here.
"But I'm traveling and don't have anything with me," you cry pathetically.
We'll just forget that pretty much every hotel that isn't Motel 6 has a workout room. If you're traveling, then TABATA. Or get your wifi cranking and go to Youtube and type in yoga or hotel room exercises. You'll be surprised at the shit ton of free workouts that all you have to do is follow. Now your laptop or tablet or phone is a piece of exercise equipment.
The trick is to do something. By doing something-- anything -- what it does is give a destination for your food. Instead of going to fat, it goes to repairing torn muscles and fibers or building new muscles and fibers. The trick is everything in moderation and switch it up.
"Wait! That's like three tricks you've mentioned," you snivel.
Yeah? So? Thank you Captain Obvious, now stop quibbling and do what I said -- Use it and Lose it.
What are your goals for the year? How are you going to make sure it happens? Do you have a tracking mechanism? Do you have an online support group? I'm curious to know.
Please note that I am an Altra Running Affiliate. The shoes below are ones I own and use all the time. From the Instincts I use indoors on the treadmill, to the Lone Peaks I use for hiking and trail running, to the Olympus which I use for street running, I use all of these. I wouldn't be pimping them if I didn't. If your arches hurt and if shoes feel too tight for you, these shoes are the ones for you.