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Motivation level climbing

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wow, it is amazing how hard you can make a short workout. Last night I spent 20 minutes on the treadmill to warm up then hit the recumbent bike for my HIIT workout. So, I am not sure if I am doing the right thing, but I start with a really hard level and work my way down. The bike has 25 levels for resistance settings. So, I had been going to level 20 for 1:15 seconds on the first interval and then the 2nd dropping to level 19 but adding 5 seconds. Last night I upped the level to level 21 for 1:00 then level 20 for 1:05 and down to level 16, and man were my legs shaky. Actually the whole body was shaking some after that one. Holy smoke that was a tough one!

So, I will do this one and up the time by 5 seconds for each interval over the next 2 weeks, then up the level again. Tonight will be a nice easy spin though. I will keep the heart rate sort of low and maybe push a little but not much. Trying to make sure I keep doing this right.

The good news is I am finally getting my mind back in the game I think. I have to re-travel a bit of ground to get back where I was, and get through and past that, but I finally feel like making the right choices isn’t a bad thing. Which is a big step for me. I am working and clawing my way back and not letting this period completely derail me. I can feel my motivation level rising again.

One thing I keep reminding myself is that it isn’t an all or nothing approach. It is okay to make not so good choices one day or one meal and then make good choices at the next one. I know this, and yet I still get sucked into thinking one bad choice blows a whole day of work so why bother anymore. That is probably the most frustrating part, is when you know something is true, but still can’t convince yourself of it.

Ah well, I am making good choice and exercising hard and hopefully smart. Now if I could just get my mind out of my own way and do this thing, all would be good.
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    It sounds like you are getting ahead of the mind game. Honestly, that's the biggest hurdle we face.
    1401 days ago
    It's called 5-HTP. In my area Costco has the best price. I felt a difference after about 5 days. And there is no problem if you forget to take it. I pick up the CD from the post office this afternoon.
    1401 days ago
    Exactly. Let me know how that CD works. Sounds interesting. So far your other suggestions have helped with the supplements. Although which was the one for seretonin?
    1401 days ago
    I suffer from the all or nothing thinking too, but it helps so much when you can say to yourself no that's not the truth. One meal, or one day does not break my progress!
    1401 days ago
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