Monday, May 21, 2012

Motivation, Accountability, Goals
Ever have one of those weeks where you just don't have the drive to hit the gym or workout? Lately, I have been trying to dig myself out of a rut. I am not writing this looking for a pity party or 'atta-boys' for work I have done in the past. The past is just that, the past. I am keeping myself accountable and letting you all know that I am human and I falter. This brings to mind the SNL sketch with the late Chris Farley and his 'I live in a van down by the river' motivational speeches. Cracks me up, but not what I need.

The last week for me has been terrible as far as me staying on top of working out. I had a great run on Monday and then my back got sore. Not sure if it was truly sore or if it was in my mind, but I stopped working out. Call it the easy way out, lack of motivation or just apathy, but I didn't feel like going. I didn't want to run the same circle at work for 45 minutes. I didn't want to go to the gym at 11:00 PM and usually by that time I was whooped and had already fallen asleep. I went home, spent time with my family and by 11:00 PM every night I was either passed out or trying to finish up some project.

When I got up this morning my belt felt a bit snug and I knew my apathy, not eating properly and self-imposed project stress had taken a toll. It wasn't over the top, but enough where I felt the swift kick of my fellow bowhunters telling me, 'Ok, you had an off week. Now suck it up, quit whining and get back after it!' Good motivation right there, but am going to ask for more assistance. I know that is what I need to do, but I thrive on working out with someone telling me to do more or push further.

Question of the Week: Are there any local bowhunters who have a membership to 24-Hour Fitness in Cypress, CA who want to train a couple times a week? My schedule is flexible and I could seriously use a partner for some weight training. I refuse to pay for a trainer when I know what I need to do, I am just NOT doing it. So if there are any of you out there locally that want to meet up a couple times a week, I am game. Looking to meet up at either 5:30 AM or in the evenings a couple times a week for some weight training. If you do want to train, shoot me an email and let's get this going! I am also game for an early Saturday meet up for a trail run or hike with some weighted backpacks. Accountability and support are going to be needed for this endeavor and I sure need some.

My goal is still to be down only ten more lbs of fat, slightly increase my muscle mass and keep my cardio level ever rising. When the Fall hunting seasons hit I want to be ready to hit the mountains in stride and feel positive about each day I am out there. Time for some oatmeal, water and a set a plan to stay focused on my goals.


  1. We all have those weeks, Al! Honestly, taking things too seriously and refusing to take a break is a recipe for disaster; at least for me it is anyway.

    When I have one of those weeks I listen to my body, and my mind, and I take a break. If I find that I am starting to get stuck in a "funk" then I change things up.

    Run a new route. Workout at a new time. Try a new activity. Something new will usually get the motor running again!

    Keep hammering!

  2. I've been going through a rut myself. Between deaths in the family and my wife and father going through sugery it is tough. I am working on getting the blog going my self.

  3. @Mark - Thanks for the good words. Was able to get out and run 3 miles on lunch today. Ran the opposite way, different music and didn't force myself through anything. Feels good and I still plan on hitting the weights tonight at the gym.

    @Daniel - I pray things start to look up for you. I hope your wife and father of recovering quickly. The blogging will come when the time is right. God bless!

  4. Al, we all have those days. Think of your 'break' as a power nap. A bit of time to refresh the sole.

    Now, you realized that you've had the time off, you just have to get motivated. Other people rarely motivate someone. Motivation comes from within. If you are still down, read some good stories on elk hunting, or any backcountry type hunt, and get the goal back not only in sight, but on the fore front of your mind. Then you motivate yourself with a clearly defined target!

    As for working out with you, I would love to, but that 16 hours of plane flights each day would require me to take a break! :)

  5. Al, I am planning to start an exercise regimen, soon...
    I must first get some other things in order.
    You are well on your way to your goal, so I salute you.