The Problems. Yesterday I was feeling shitty. I have had too many Free Days. I haven’t exercised. I didn’t weigh-in. I have no motivation. All in all it’s been a crappy week.
Examining my thoughts, it seems like I have three major problems:
- I was home from work.
- I was not sleeping well.
- I do not have a defined workout plan leading toward a goal.
The Explanation. The problem with being home is that I am around bad food and my willpower is insufficient to stay the course.
Being at work, I have set up an environment where it is easy for me to just work straight through, not eat anything other than maybe some broth, and to successfully fast from bedtime the night before until about 4 or 5 the next day.
I am glad my family is well again. Not the least benefit of which is that I am able to go back to work on Monday and get back in the fasting groove.
During the illness as it swept through my family, I was waking up several times each night to tend to my kids or my dear wife. I don’t think I got 4 hours consecutive sleep for three nights in a row.
I know that’s not the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, much less anyone else, but that’s not the point: the point is that it contributed to my problems finding the gumption to eat right and go workout.
Finally, the lack of plan for working out is a bit troublesome.
I have things to do. I have a set of actions I want to accomplish each time I work out: 100 push-ups (or a smaller number of a variation); 200 squats (ditto); my sit-ups and pull-ups sets.
The problems is that there’s no end to this. It’s just an open-ended “do this” with no reward sense of accomplishment at the end.
I am goal-oriented. I like to have a mission and get it done. I enjoy working toward the finish line and reaching it. This kind of “just do these things until you’re tired” exercise is pointless to me in a very real way.
[Interrupt: gotta go help with the kids. More on this later.]
Plan for Week 44. Back to basics with one exception: somewhere in there this week I will go out for an SCD lunch with my friends.
Red = a negative deviation | Green = a positive deviation | Blue = a note