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Old 02-03-12, 10:15 AM   #1
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Showing up is a success.

For all the people out there that started a fitness program after the holidays. Now is when many start dropping out. If you're beginning to dread your workout don't skip it. Just go in and try to do that first workout. If after a couple minutes you still don't feel like it, It's OK. You showed up. You succeeded.
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Same thing if you find yourself with a day or two of eating like crap. Stop, evaluate and get back on the saddle and give it another go. Dont feel ashamed of what you eat, learn from it. Why did you eat it? Were you hungry? Was it a trigger?
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Old 02-03-12, 11:24 AM   #3
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For all the people out there that started a fitness program after the holidays. Now is when many start dropping out. If you're beginning to dread your workout don't skip it. Just go in and try to do that first workout. If after a couple minutes you still don't feel like it, It's OK. You showed up. You succeeded.
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Great advice, guys. One of the things I learned very early on was that on those days I didn't feel like exercising, if I didn't go, I wound up wishing I had gone. The days I DID go, well, I never regretted that decision.
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I'd missed about 2 weeks of spin classes due to schedule conflicts and some, um, gastro-intestinal issues (January is bad for me in all kinds of ways), but finally got back there last night. It wasn't pleasant, but I'm glad I went and glad I stuck it out. Legs felt like lead, and had no snap in them at all, and I was getting a little winded just warming up. But it's OK - a couple of weeks and I'll be back where I was.
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When I don't feel like riding, I just remind myself how good it makes me feel when I'm done. Sometimes just the act of putting on my riding clothes and prepping the bike makes me eager to get out.

Weather has been mild here, so I've actually been getting out on the bike more than I expected. Also got a 200 lumen headlight the other day, so riding after dark isn't the issue it used to be. It does worry my wife, however.
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Actually, Jethro's post and the Good Chef's response both bring to mind something I've been thinking about a lot lately. It comes (to me, anyway) from a guitar instructional program I've been following, but I know it has its roots in self-help of all sorts: don't let perfect be the enemy of good.

While we all want to strive for excellence, we can't beat ourselves up when we inevitably fall short of that goal. It's so easy to think that since I've mis-stepped in some small way that there's no point in even trying (I only have time for 15 minutes of activity so what's the point, or I ate too much of the wrong thing this morning so my plan for sensible eating for the whole day is shot, etc.). If we can't have a picture-perfect day, we don't want to even try for a good day. And that's a huge mistake. You do what you can. Make a good-faith effort to do your best, and those little efforts will add up. And as you continue, you'll find yourself getting closer to those "ideal" goals every day.
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Well said CraigB!!!!

I posted this because this morning it's how I felt. I can't say I dreaded the idea of going in. It's just that I wasn't particularly psyched about it. Using the showing up is a success thinking I went in and did 3/4 of my planned workout. Feeling pretty good now. Like Sayre says I don't regret going in.
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I've been riding some fairly long rides, for me. This morning it was really windy and I just wasn't into it. So I ran a mile instead. Not much, but something, and I feel good about it. I showed up.
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This morning it was really windy and I just wasn't into it.
For me wind is worse than hills. I can see my objective and gauge my progress hammering up a hill. Although turning around and getting a tailwind to push me home is a great reward for pushing against it.
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Went out this morning with a group of friends for an 8 mile trail ride through the Pine Barrens.... Lord did it feel GOOD!!!!
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Actually, Jethro's post and the Good Chef's response both bring to mind something I've been thinking about a lot lately. It comes (to me, anyway) from a guitar instructional program I've been following, but I know it has its roots in self-help of all sorts: don't let perfect be the enemy of good.

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Great post. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good.
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Hardest part of going to the gym is going to the gym. Right now I'm lucky to get two workouts a week. Takes that long to recover. No, I'm not overdoing anything. I'm still recovering from a crash and back surgery barely 5 months ago.
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For me wind is worse than hills. I can see my objective and gauge my progress hammering up a hill.
Think of the wind's lack of a foreseeable end as a character-building exercise.
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