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Still working on my attitude...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I want shoulders. I need shoulders.
....and arms. My arms and shoulders are my new focus for some reason. I have no muscles. My thighs are looking and feeling great from the running, but the upper body is needing some attention.

I realize that I take better care of things that are valuable than I take of things that are worthless or things I don't like.
I've decided to love my arms...
...just as they are...
...floppy skin and all...

My arms are taking me closer and closer to doing that chin up of which I dream.
My grip is pretty strong.
Using my arms correctly improves my running.
Even though there is a lot of skin and fat in the way, I can feel those muscles underneath. I can feel their shape and their strength.
My arms are not overly or underly hairy - just a happy macho medium.
These are good arms. They deserve some appreciation and love.

My old way was to either think that my arms were too far gone and not worth the time to work on them, or to work on them because they were awful and I needed to make them into something worthwhile. Neither of those ways have been working.

The new approach is to appreciate them, value them, and see my time spent on them as my way of expressing that appreciation. I've said it for years - attitude is everything.

I replaced my attitude of, "I gotta clean this damn house!" with an attitude of "I'm going to bless this house." That made a world of difference. Now, I'm going to replace my strength training "Arm Loathing Time" with "Arm Loving Time".

A little update - I recently blogged about a helpful training tool, the MITT or Mobile Interval Training Timer. I've been using it for a bit now and it is just what I needed. I've used it for running, TRX work, HIIT, and weight lifting. I tried jumping rope with it and it was great for that, but I'm not a rope jumper so I won't be doing that again (my knees can't handle it right now). I used it for static stretching and it was great. It made me slow down and stretch better.
I used up the free trial and went ahead and bought the full version (about 15 bucks) and it's the best money I've spent on gear in quite a while.

My program is now undergoing the largest change ever. I thought my goal was going to be long distance running, but I found out I'm quite happy with 2 or 3 miles at a time. I really don't have the desire to go farther. Since I do have the desire to build bigger muscles, it wouldn't be a good idea for me to run long distances anyway. It's time for me to turn some attention toward strength training.
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    I have to focus on strength traiing too. I'm ok with my cardio, I like doing my dvd's and treadmill. I just can't get myself to go to the gym!!

    I like your attitude!! Keep it up!! You will be at goal soon!!
    2830 days ago
    Nothing like a new attitude to get you going.....
    Hum, I need one right about now.......
    2833 days ago
    Everyone likes to invest in a winning team!!!!

    When we despise ourselves, or certain parts thereof, you said it, we just can't get on board with respect.

    I love your new attitude!!!!

    My arms are in need of a little appreciation too. They have served me well and now I can return the favor.

    2833 days ago
    I am cheering you on, Rocky... you can totally do it!

    And, yes, I find that sending love to the things we tend to resist or loathe does seem to change things around. Isn't that amazing? emoticon
    2833 days ago
    good for you!!! You can do it Michael. What can you do? Anything you set that mind to. Maybe you need to do a tri with the middle leg on the unicycle. :)
    2834 days ago
    A day at a time, my friend! A year from now, who knows what you'll be doing! I've stopped trying to predict my future, because I just can't imagine it. Setting small goals, however, takes you step by step toward a better future.
    2834 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    I replaced my attitude of, "I gotta clean this damn house!" with an attitude of "I'm going to bless this house."

    I can relate to this, and plan to use it as my housekeeping mantra. It might get me out of my housekeeping slump. :-)

    You are doing great. There are some good upper body videos on Sparkpeople, and I also know of this:


    It is an old manual, but I know friends who find it a real help, and I am in the process of incorporating some of the exercises from it into my strength training. My muscles are about non-existent, so I have my work cut out. LOL
    Lex xxx
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    2834 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/18/2010 6:44:53 PM
    I love my ST!!! Makes me feel good about my self!
    2834 days ago
    Hi, Michael! I love how you evolve... how you adjust to your own growth... no appologies, no recrimination, no moaning... just loving yourself better all of the time. It soothes the restlessness and anxiety I feel at the pressure to be otherwise. Thank you for that.

    I also can't help but get excited when someone decides to focus on strength training.... and I just want to share some resources you might like:

    * Lou Schulers book "New Rules of Lifiting for Women" (no insult intended here... her believes women should lift like men, and he does a better job at explaining/teaching in the women's book than he does in the men's)

    * FLEXCHEF (he's a really knowledgeable Spark... people working with him are getting AMAZING results... you can link from my page)

    *The Spark Calorie Cycling team... specifically the 'GREAT Tips, Links & Info' thread... I have the link saved in my favourites for quick access... help yourself! :)

    May your every day be all you need it to be. May an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted. I pray that faith enters a new height in you, that your territory be enlarged, and that fulfillment is just one step closer. AMEN.

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
    2834 days ago
    I needed to hear that just about now. Thanks, guy! TOBY
    2834 days ago
  • BONNIE627
    great reminder.. I tend to focus on the cardio and forgo the strength training which is what I really need.. thanks for the reminder.. emoticon
    2834 days ago
    Evolving fitness plan. I like it. Thanks for the positive reinforcement for attitude. It really makes the difference. Like you said, just changing the sentence in your head makes a HUGE difference in the quality of our lives. I can't wait to see the future photos of the "guns" as they evolve. You have some great goals. I'm here to cheer you on! Have a great Saturday!
    2834 days ago
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