Losing It For The Family

Losing It For The Family

Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 158 The "Sweet Spot"

Good Monday evening all. I just got back from my last Quorum Court meeting as a spectator. Next go around, I am a the one making the calls! I am pretty excited about it too. Kathy went with me and that was nice. I like when she shows interest in my stuff.

So let me ask you this. Do you have little mental tricks to help you with your work outs? Is there a trick you use to help you maximize your potential? I have this thing. My coach always said finish strong in whatever you do. Don't give 100% for 90% of the game, then only finish at 80%. So, when I am walking or running or whatever exercise I am doing, I always have some preset point that I call the "Sweet Spot". When I hit the sweet spot, I turn it up a notch and give a little extra effort. For example, I usually to 10 laps around Wal Mart in the mornings before work. I go hard at it too. I get my heart rate up, my breathing is up, my muscles are feeling it by the time I am done. But, on lap 8, I make sure I am going at least as hard or harder than I did on lap 1. No slacking, no matter how tired and worn out I am. That technique has become more than a habit, it is an addiction now. I am unable to "cruise" during a workout. I even tried to today during my lunch walk. I was consciously trying to walk at a moderate pace cause I was feeling fatigued from this weekends walks and how hard I went this morning. I tried to walk slower, I did, but i would get off in my own little world and suddenly I would realize I was walking real fast again. So, I gave up even trying to dial it down, and just finished it out at full speed. Oh and I had a great ab workout today too! I really shredded those bad boys. I suspect tomorrow morning will hold some good soreness for me! Another strange thing about me, I really enjoy soreness, more than a person should I am pretty sure.

Uh, National Lampoon Christmas Vacation just showed up on my tv, see ya'll later!!



4 comments:

  1. Shane, your comments about your walks remind me of how I used to be when walking was my exercise. This is making me strongly consider adding walking back again.

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  2. Shane I do believe it is time for you to share new pics! Now open the door, it's cold out and I brought you a gift that is meowing in the box and some green jell-o with cat food sprinkles. ( Love National Lampoons!! Why did the crazy aunt have to be Bethanny??!!).

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  3. I think I just scream at myself. If I'm not dizzy, lightheaded, physically hurting in some way (like achy knees), or feel like I'm going to vomit, then I know I can give a little more exertion. This works pretty well for cardio, but I have to really listen to my body when I'm doing weights because that mindset can get me into a world of pain.

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  4. JW at http://simplyhealthyone.blogspot.com/2010/12/zen-where-are-you.html#comment-form had this great saying on her blog the other day:


    If you're going to do something, do it with gusto. Don't do anything half-heartedly. That dishonors the doing and the doer. So go for it. Hold nothing back. In life. Or love. Or anything at all.

    Seems fitting for you today.

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