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Day 10 - crash and regroup


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

I call it crash and regroup rather than crash and burn because having difficulties is not final, it's only us that makes it final. I was doing fantastic up to about Tuesday. My stride and momentum, unstoppable. Unfortunately the faster you go, more likely a slight trip will upset the apple cart. The day before was simply great. I had it in beast mode pretty much all day.

Got to my workout an hour early to put in some treadmill time then killed it in my workout with Kurt. My intensity was off the charts. Even when I was pretty much gassed at the end of a set, from somewhere I got some intense focus and rallied, pushed hard and even surprised my trainer. Later, we discussed it and I told him that my mind would go back to when I was very obese and how much of my life had been robbed, or should I say surrendered without much of a fight and something would rise up almost to the point of choking up with tears and I would push hard.

Every rep was my soul screaming NO MORE!

It takes alot to impress him and he was impressed.

Later that day I went on to help a friend cut and split wood and these were BIG pieces of Yellow Birch and Maple. Talk about a workout, I loved it. It was primal baby and the heavy lifting, tossing, grunting, and sweating turned me into this Paleo rage monster and you couldn't work me hard enough.

Later that night I was craving more so I cobbled together a simple circuit of running .25 miles, kettlebell swings for 1 minute, then stair climbing for 1 minute as fast as I could muster carrying the kettlebell I just swung. did that circuit 4 times through, twice with my 40lb, 1x with the 55lb and 1x with the 80lb. I finished with an ooorah.

Unfortunately that set the stage for not being able to sleep, which almost made me late for work and the crazy rush of trying to make it there. There was a crisis at work that I had to handle, with lots of upper management involved and i was half in the bag to start with. Fortunately I had lots of help but a poor start to my day really set the tone. Tile by tile, my day started falling like Domino's and by the end when I shut off the light, everything was in a pile around my ankles. Eating, exercise...gone. Goals? huh?. Even my trainer could take a look at me and know that things weren't right. He sent me home and rescheduled. I didn't ask to, he could read me like a book and knew that I was in no shape to lift.

It is in moments like that, that I found that sometimes you need to acknowledge that you messed up, that you let the enemy sucker punch you and that the day is a total wash. It is also in that moment that I also had a choice, to continue to stay down or roll with it and use what remaining time I had left in the day to try to set myself up for success, to stop the crash before it becomes a vicious cycle. It doesn't change how I feel at the moment but it does keep me from becoming my own worst enemy as bad choices repeat themselves, driving me deeper.

Even in the fighting arts, you accept that the opponent is going to land some blows, that's why they call it a fight. It's in how you roll with the blow that determines how much damage is done, then set yourself up to put the haymaker on him next round.

So here we are, in the ring, waiting for the ding ding. Yesterday hurt and I got pounded, but that does not determine today, only I can do that.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/10/2013 5:53PM

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WHITEANGEL4 10/8/2013 11:33PM

    Just kick the day to the side and jump into a new one

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GEORGE815 10/5/2013 10:45AM

    Keep it going!

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OFFICECHIK 10/4/2013 9:41AM

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LIVEDAILY 10/3/2013 5:14PM

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Take each day as it comes; plan for the next, but be open to change. Be flexible in your plans. Every day can't be at the height of physicalness; you need to schedule some downtime too. Stay healthy; get your sleep!

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LOGOULD 10/2/2013 10:01PM

    The epitome of the saying, "You can't keep a good man down!!!"


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RENE176 10/1/2013 10:04PM

    Crash and re-group instead of crash and burn. I like that!

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FOXXSMITH1964 10/1/2013 1:30PM

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CATIATM 10/1/2013 12:56PM

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SPARKYOMA 9/30/2013 8:49AM

    Great post, thanks for sharing. I know dealing with arthritis I have had to learn to listen to my body. It is a fine line between stiff and score. When stiff, I must move, when score, I must rest. Brilliant comment "That does not determine today. Only I can do that." After a bad day just pick yourself and keep going! emoticon

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GALINAZ 9/30/2013 12:26AM

    wise observation

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KATHIC2 9/29/2013 7:59PM

  One challenging day can lead to one great week!

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JERICHO1991 9/28/2013 8:20PM

    Let's win this round!

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HMJ5053 9/28/2013 7:00PM

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I like your attitude. One little hiccup (or even a day full of them) will not derail you as long as you jump right back on that locomotive that was chugging along the day before.

Enjoyed reading this & I'll come back to hear more from you!

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ELSAT137 9/28/2013 2:39PM

    Great Blog- Thanks for sharing!

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JOANNHUNT 9/28/2013 11:33AM

    YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR OVER EXERSION OF YOU BODY AND MUSCLES AND ARE WILLING TO MOVE ON UP THE LADDER TO OOORAH. NOT TO GIVE UP. OH YA! AWESOME! LOVE YOURSELF AND CONQUE. YOU CAN DO IT AND WILL DO IT.

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GEORGE815 9/28/2013 11:31AM

    Keep going for it!

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KATESQUEST 9/28/2013 11:17AM

    Thanks so much for this post! It was exactly what I needed to read today. AS one who has had to learn how to regroup quite a bit in my life, this really resonated with me. It also got me off my butt and into my work-out clothes! I will hit the gym with your brand of determination today! I think I'll skip the wood splitting and late night work-out though! Thanks for a terrific blog-- I know you will come out swinging!!!

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SIMONEKP 9/28/2013 8:13AM

    Have a better day

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SJKENT1 9/28/2013 7:36AM

    Love this quote, because it is so real "So here we are, in the ring, waiting for the ding ding. Yesterday hurt and I got pounded, but that does not determine today, only I can do that."

Robert, you are determining your life. And you are helping others come to that realization also.

You CAN do it!

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COOKIE_AT_51 9/28/2013 5:23AM

    It's great that you have become so self aware. Step by step to better health and amazing you! emoticon emoticon

Cookie :)

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CM_GARDNER78 9/28/2013 1:50AM

    Amazing. "That does not determine today. Only I can do that." Holy crap...words to LIVE by!!! I love this! :-) I always get something amazing out of your blogs! :-)

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MARYJEANSL 9/28/2013 12:07AM

  Sorry for the bad day, but you're right - you can just pick up and attack the day tomorrow.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/27/2013 11:01PM

    Every fighter takes a hit . The real winners shake it off and keep going--and YOU are a winner!!!

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JAMER123 9/27/2013 10:33PM

    emoticon Hang in there and you will be fine!! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 9/27/2013 6:20PM

    Hey--hang in there. Tomorrow IS a new day--and you'll be back at it!

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JSEATTLE 9/27/2013 5:39PM

  Yay!! No pain no gain!! Great to hear this, it feels so good!!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/27/2013 5:39PM

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CHARTHESTAR 9/27/2013 4:30PM

    you are such as positive inspiration!
Thank you.

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SUSIEMT 9/27/2013 2:48PM

    Understanding yourself is key in many situations. Practice makes perfect Robert! Keep up the good work and great insight!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/27/2013 2:09PM

  I'm sure you know this, but you really have a talent for writing. You really make your stories interesting in so many ways.

I do believe when we go over the top, our energy and excitement.... is a set up for sleep problems. Sometimes I wonder if doing all that extra can set us up for the " tripping"
( fall down ). Anyhow it is a learning process.Obviously to attempt such feats, one has to push, push, beyond.

However, we have to balance the rest of our lives.

It's easy to see why that messed up the rest of your day. I've had a few times I didn't sleep well, and it made me in automode, which can lead to problems. Once I took something out of the oven without a potholder. Talking about stupid. Or finding food in the microwave that didn't get served. Hopefully, my dumb story makes you feel better.

Now when I don't sleep well, I take a natural supplement, once in awhile.

I hope you can go into this field someday, or at least write a book. Maybe your blogs could be this book, with some additions. emoticon

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NONNAOF2 9/27/2013 2:03PM

  You are awesome! You able to see your needs and then continue on. Good job! :-)

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NEWTINK 9/27/2013 10:21AM

    We could share horror stories ... every time I read one of your blogs I think how does he know how i feel ... you made the right choices just hang in there it gets better

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HAPPYMENOW58 9/27/2013 10:17AM

    Very well said! Thanks for the honest blog.....You have a great attitude and mindset.....Thanks for being a leader and setting an example for all of us! Happy Friday!

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DJSHIP46 9/27/2013 10:06AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CICELY360 9/27/2013 9:54AM

  Good blog

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LCRUMLEY81 9/27/2013 9:52AM

  great post

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MIMIDOT 9/27/2013 8:21AM

    Great blog! You're right! Just keep getting up and don't quit.

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