Fun Friday – Random Thoughts II

Posted: April 5, 2013 by dannytwoguns in Fun Friday

The random thoughts thing seemed to go over well and got a lot of feedback last week so I figured I would go with it again…

Sleep

Whenever anyone asks about fitness, it mainly revolves around the training and dieting aspects. And while both vital and significant components, there is often one that is overlooked and that is sleep. Sleep is when your body recovers and lack of sleep seems to make it a lot harder for people to reach their goals, whatever they may be.

I had a few nights in a row where I couldn’t/didn’t sleep nearly enough as I normally do and it resulted in decreased energy throughout the day as well as low energy training sessions. Follow those nights with two consecutive nights of quality 7.5-8.5 hours of sleep nights and I was back to normal. It’s a small sample but it replays itself over and over again.

We’re all busy and getting 7-8 quality hours of sleep isn’t always possible but it should definitely be the goal to be getting that on a fairly regular basis. You’ll feel better and look better.

Goals

“Goals become the thing you talk about, rather than you thing you do.” I’m not sure who to give credit to for that quote but it goes along the same lines as the popular Dan John quote, “Your goal, is to keep the goal, the goal.”

Both quotes apply to fitness and really life in general. It is popular for everyone to make goals because they want to accomplish something they haven’t or get to a place they haven’t been in a while but very seldom take the repeated action steps needed to do so. I’m guilty of it, you’re guilty of it.

So what is the answer? Set out to do something, whether it’s lose a certain amount of fat, lift a certain amount of weight on a lift, look a certain way, lower your blood pressure, not be tired when you’re playing with your kids or to guarantee you see your grandchildren grow up, decide what you want.

Then here is the key, do it. Regardless of self-doubt, nerves or outside influences. 9 out of every 10 things you do should be conducive to that goal and pass the “Is this bringing me closer to my goal” test. This doesn’t mean don’t have any fun or you can’t have a drink or two or an unhealthy dinner with your significant other but stick to it and keep the goal, the goal. It is all about balance and moderation and that’s what the 1 out of 10 is for. Follow the 90% rule and crush your goal.

Do Something Impressive/You Thought You Couldn’t Do

This is along the same vein as the last thought but bears emphasis. I’ve never been content with being average. It isn’t out of the desire to impress others or negative reasons but if I was going to do something whether it was play sports, start/run a business, lift weights or whatever it may be, I was going to excel at it and be better than average just because I’m not content with being anything less. Average sucks.

I think a lot of times people do things just to do things and go through the motions, whether it’s lifting weights, their job or anything for that matter. It may be because they simply don’t care/are lazy, don’t want to excel, are afraid, don’t know how or they’ve been conditioned to think they can’t do things that they actually can with some effort.

Don’t let strangers, so called experts, friends, coworkers, even family members or anyone for that matter dictate the things you want to accomplish or what you think is possible. The average person is content with being average and prodding away at mediocrity and will only bring you down.

I have a 52 year old female client (at 130 pounds) who deadlifted 225 pounds, put it down then asked “is that good?” A 40 year old female client deadlifted 275 and would have locked out 295 had she been able to keep her grip. My 135 pound female lifting partner deadlifted 245 and had to be convinced it was impressive because she thinks she should be doin more. Yet you have females who think they can’t deadlift because it will hurt their back… I say none of this to impress you but rather impress UPON you that most, if not all of your limitations are in your head and you are far more capable than you think you are.

Henry Ford said, “It you believe you can or if you believe you can’t… you’re right.” And that is the truth. If your goal is to lose X amount of pounds, to obtain a certain level of strength, to excel at your given sport, you are only limited by what your mind tells you.

Im routinely told by clients that, “I never thought I’d be capable of doing/able to do something like this.” Don’t set limits on yourself or anyone else, just do it.

If you’re a client of mine, keep doing what you’re doing. If you aren’t, go do something impressive and/or something you didn’t think you’d be able to do.

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