50 days in. Wow! how time flies! I am halfway through my first 100 day cycle, and have really made strides in some life domains, but still continue to struggle in others. I do keep in mind though that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Getting to reset every 10 days is hugely helpful psychologically. At least it is for me. Here is an overview of where I am…
What I am, and what I am not…YET
So, I found out the hard way that I am not a runner yet, and wasn’t ready to go head-first into the “Couch to 5K” program. In fact, it was more like face-first. I did well with the first 2 weeks of the program, I did miss a day but made it up. Then the third week came, and with it came these 3-minute jogging “bursts”. And my body rejected this challenge. The minute bursts the first week were tough, especially when walking was the extent of my cardio up until this. Then the minute and a half bursts in week 2 were really hard. By the 90 second mark, my lungs were on fire and I my breath was heaving to get oxygen into my system. Then it doubled to 3 minutes in week 3. I barely made it past 2 minutes when I started struggling to keep going. I tried to find that “second wind,” but my body wasn’t having it. My left quad cramped up and shut that second wind back down. I tried to bend my leg and stretch the cramp, but lost my balance and ended up in the grass. Yes, I warmed up and stretched before starting, and yes I did laugh at myself for what would have had to have been amusing if anyone had seen it. I do plan to restart the program and repeat the first two weeks again though. Then I will see how that third week works out next round.
My morning routine is really dialed in. I won it for the past 9 days straight. It really does make a difference in how your day goes, and how I feel going into my day. I knock out most of my Daily 10 in the first hour of my day and love starting each day with a win. I feel really accomplished in that area and am trying to carry that into the rest of my day. I am now working on a better “work-day startup” ritual for the first 30 minutes I am at my office. Like a “pre-shot” warm-up to set up my day. I will let you know how that progresses in coming posts.
So How’s Work?
I am really excited about things coming down the pike with work, as well as the progress I am making on myself. It has been slow to come, or slower than I had hoped, but I feel like I am getting more and more back to my old self each day. It’s not the things at work that are getting me there so much, but the things that I do in other domains to build my mind (and even body) to get back to success. Plus the company that I get some of my contracts through gave us all a 10% raise effective August 1, which even further solidifies that I am where I need to be in that aspect. The insurance industry has been very good to me and will continue to be once I put in the work to give back to those I work with, both as clients and business partners.
After Action Review?
Normally this is where I talk about what I will “Keep, Start, and Stop” doing in the coming days, but I have something else on my mind. Plus, it’s really not any different than the last update. Seems like we are all going through so much right now. So much turmoil. So much disagreement amount so many different things. I can’t get on social media without seeing arguments over acceptable vernacular, proper protection for each other, politics, or whatever the cause may be. I see so many who are passionately taking their stances. I see those who are suffering because of others actions. I want everyone to think, no matter your stance on the different things going on in the world, the words below from John Tew: