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Just 420 Seconds

I know that I was going to do a series following the book Minimalism: live a meaningful life. I will pick that blog series back up next when I introduce something new on here as well.  For your reading pleasure today, I give you some fresh content after a few weeks off.

420 seconds. It’s as simple as that. Often times I lament setting aside time to workout, I don’t want to take time out of my day to workout and see the man I want to be. Just like the picture above, sometimes you just have to get on the bull and go for a ride. I found a terrific app for my phone called 7 minute.  The app uses HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to increase cardiovascular function and aid weight loss.  I have used it three times this week and after the end of the 8 minutes (an extra minute is due to the short rests between each workout) I am dripping sweat and breathing hard. More so tonight than previously because I pushed myself harder.

This week I have finally gotten back into working out after taking time off for a couple months due to injury.  A few months ago, I had randomly injured my right shoulder muscles, that limited my range of motion to very minimal. At this time my plantar fasciitis also kicked back in which deterred my ability to exercise even more.

The app recommends doing the circuit at least 3 times.  I am doing the circuit once currently, as I do it more and get my body back into the groove of exercising, then I will amp it up to 2-3 circuits.  After being off for a few months, I cannot just jump into the 3 circuits and re-injure my body, I have to ease into it.  But I had to jump on the bull into working out again and quit putting it off.

Seven minutes is all it takes, I am not working out for an hour, or running a mile; I am dripping sweat from seven minutes.  It is pretty simple, start off with jumping jacks to get the heart rate going, then move into wall sit, squats, push ups, crunches, box steps, plank, lunges, push up with rotation, high knees, tricep dips, and side planks. In between each work out is a 10 second rest.

That’s it, so simple and I feel great afterwards. The hardest part, most of the time, is overcoming that mental barrier we have set up in our minds to prevent us from exercising. In this case it really is mind over matter, or mind over situation. Do I want to work out and get into the best shape of my life or would I rather continue catching up on my favorite TV shows?  Those shows will still be online when I get done; however I will never get to my goal weight if I continue to sit on my duff.

How can I not work out when it is only eight minutes of my time? Anyone can find 8 minutes to do HIIT and start getting into their summer shape. If I ever want to see my abs and no long be the round shape I have been for most of my life then I have to continue to do this and push myself more each time.  On top of this I also have to keep my eating habits in check.

Another app I have added is called ImQuit, which uses a timer that continuously counts up for how long you have resisted temptation.  I currently have four timers, two are private and the other two are fast food and sweets. At the writing of this post I have avoided fast food for 1d:2h:40m and Sweets for 2h:41m.  Let’s keep those timers going and keep up the good work.

Go out and feel the burn today nerds and would love to hear from you as to what you are doing to eat right, work out, and all around get into shape.

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Igor, flip the switch!!

Young Frankenstein, a great movie and an instant classic.

“Roll, roll, roll in ze hay!!”  “Put ze candle back!”

Sorry I could quote the movie all day, but that won’t complete this post or even make it effective.  What does young frankenstein have to do with this post…nothing! I decided on the title while pondering what I was going to write today.  And that is triggers and switches that get us going or cause us to fail.  My biggest trigger for failure is food and/or comparing myself to others. Not to mention that it is REALLY easy for me to give up and not care. But I am praying and hoping that after today things are/will be permanently different.  I was reading today’s email from my favorite entrepreneur Dani Johnson about 9/11 (12 years ago today) and how when things get bad that they could always get worse.  And I thought about 9/11 and then my mind flashed to the movie Red Dawn where North Korea invades the west coast and that inner voice asked “What would you do if the enemy invaded America?”

Wow, what?!  What would I truly do?  In my  current state I would easily be killed.  I would be captured and put into a pen with the rest of us who didn’t follow rule #1 of Zombieland “Cardio!”  Kidding, but that would mostly be the reason for my failure; lack of dedication, pour health and no physical skills.  And finally, my lovely state of Colorado decided to descend into fall temperatures and rain and I think, finally, hopefully, that switch, that trigger was flicked.  I need to change who I am, I know I have said this DOZENS of times, but if our country were really to be invaded by North Korea or some other enemy country would I be able to survive?  If we transcended into a post-apocalyptic world would i live past a week?  And the true answer, by myself is “Haha Sucker!” If I got together with adventurous, outdoorsy people it would be longer, but not enough.  So something has got to change and that has to be with the skills I have, or lack thereof.  

It didn’t help that in my church I am one of four people capable of dancing in our production of Fiddler on the Roof which means I get to do the Russian Dance. (take a couple minutes and see for yourself what I have to learn to do) And in my current physical strength and weight most of this dance and the other dances are going to be physically impossible for me.  So that was another switch that went off, that I have to change, I have no choice, that i have to be able to perform the dances for the show and not to mention I am a perfectionist haha!

It was one of my goals to become proficient at archery this year, and when my ‘sister’ comes home from South Korea we are planning on taking archery lessons.  And then I can put the skills of Alec Lightwood in Archery (minus the gay part no offense anyone) into my bag and move onto knife skills, sword skills, gun lessons and as I get to my goal weight, Parkour (SO AMAZING!!).   Maybe I should just become a Shadowhunter Assassin?! Either way it is time to become a person who is capable of surviving if we were invaded or our country were to collapse.  And I need to remind myself, continually, that it is going to be a day by day thing and no matter how much I wish, hope and pray that it is never going to be instanteous results.  I am going to have to work hard at it and daily and diligently!  And eventually I will become that Parkour, bow & arrow wielding, Shadowhunter Assassin!

Ask yourself this question, if we were to be invaded by North Korea and had to fight for survival, would you survive? I would love to hear your comments and thoughts on this question!

Go out and feel the Burn today Nerds and Nerdettes and get working towards your RPG Class!