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Making Time by Prioritizing Time

I am in the middle of a great series at church.  What makes my pastor an awesome pastor is how he can apply the words of the bible to everyday life.  The series is called Becoming…What got you here won’t get you there.  It makes perfect sense if you are in a rut.  The main point or tag line is “If you want to go somewhere you have never been before you must become someone you have never been before”.  I write this because he is describing me of about a year ago.  I was trying to be fit and eat right but, nothing I was doing was working.  I needed to change who I was.  For instance, I don’t like sitting at my desk.  So, for my lunch I would go and walk on a treadmill.  I “worked out” mostly everyday but, nothing was happening. I needed to work out to make myself better, not just because I hate sitting.  So, my intensity increased, my body changed, and I became addicted to working out and now have added morning workouts (I made time…workouts to me are more important than sleeping in).

I have always said the only way to have time is to make time.  On my way out of church we were discussing a book the pastor referenced.  It is about habits and how you form them.  Someone said that they had the book and that I could borrow it.  I said I didn’t have time to read it and I am happy with my habits right now.  I thought about what I said.  It’s not that I don’t have time.  It is the other things I do with my time I feel are more important than reading that book.  Right now I am happy with my family, my life, and my habits.  So, this book, although probably very interesting, held low priority in my time budget.  The owner of the book could not believe I didn’t have time.  I went thru my day with her and asked her what I should give up to spend time reading.  Workouts?  Work? Weekly/Daily yardwork?  Kids sport camps? Time with my wife and kids? Daily New Testament reading? My fun read (I am reading Happy, Happy Happy…a Duck Dynasty book)? Eating? Or Sleeping?  I am sure she didn’t get anything I was saying but, reading the habit book at this part of my life just wasn’t a priority.

I kind of branched off the path about the church series Becoming.  I used habits about a year ago to become a fitter person that I wanted to be.  The pastor also mentioned to use tools to help you become someone you have never been before.  Coaches were the tool he said to use.  WOW…he really was talking about me.  Not only did I change my habits but, I also have great Fit Coaches that helped me become a fitter person.

I just thought I would share this series at church that I have already lived but had no idea I was living.

I do like this quote:

“If you want to go somewhere you have never been before you must become someone you have never been before”

Creature of Habit

If anyone follows this blog you have heard me say that I am a creature of habit.  I guess that makes me pretty much a boring person.  I figured I would explain my weekly routine.  The only part of a schedule on the weekend is that my weekends are so chaotic that I consider them a habit of chaos.  At least I know it’s going to be chaos.

Monday through Friday I pretty much do the same thing.  This is so exciting I thought I would write about it so you can see the inner me.  I know scary, right?  Don’t fall asleep!

  • I wake up at 4:40.
  • Brush my teeth and splash water on my face.
  • Undress
  • Dress for Kettlebell workouts in the front room so, I don’t want to wake anyone else up.
    • Compression shorts
    • Outer shorts
    • Old shirt with my work logo (I don’t want to ruin good clothes and they don’t make cute workout clothes for guys and I doubt cute clothes would help this ugly mug)
    • Sweatshirt
    • Socks and Shoes
  • Drink my pre-workout drink at 4:55 on my way to my workout.
  • Swing, snatch, pull, squat, etc. a kettlebell from 5:15 to 6:00.
  • Back to home and throw matching clothes into the washer (darks or whites) and set the washer to wash in 8 hours.
  • Swallow some BCAA’s.
  • Shower, deodorant, body spray, and get dressed.
  • Fix my infamous Vanilla Latte with 2 scoops vanilla protein powder and coffee and another large travel mug of black coffee.
  • Grab my lunch from the garage fridge.
  • Head to work by 6:30.
  • 8:00 eat an egg.
  • 10:00 eat plain DRY old fashion oatmeal with a half scoop of vanilla protein and a small handful of flaxseeds.
  • 11:30 eat Lunch
    • Spinach or Spring Mix Salad
    • Tuna
    • Egg
    • Leftover veges and/or couscous or quinoa
    • Salad Dressing – lately it’s been Bolthouse Farms Chunky Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing.  Other times it’s Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Balsamic Vinaigrette.
    • Fruit

      Today's Salad!  Broccoli was my left over topping today.

      Today’s Salad! Broccoli was my left over topping today.

  • 1:15 pm workout at my office’s gym.
    • 20 minutes elliptical between 9 and 10 mph.
    • 20 minutes quick arms, chest, back, shoulders, or legs strength workout – rotate through the week.
    • Shower and dress again
    • (Sometimes I run for 45 to 50 minutes if it’s nice outside.)
  • Swallow some BCAA’s.
  • Back to my desk by 2:15.
  • Another infamous Vanilla Latte.  Only one scoop of Protein Powder.
  • 3:00 Fat free non-flavored Greek yogurt with frozen fruit.
  • 4:00 driving home while eating sunflower seeds.

Once I am home my schedule is a little less structured but, it is pretty much the same every night.  I put the laundry in the dryer.  I snack on way too many nuts until I eat whatever my wife makes for dinner.  It’s usually fish or chicken with vegetables and some sort of “good” carbs.  Then it is off to some sort of practice for the kids.  Back home again to fold the laundry, pack my lunch, put workout clothes in my car for work and set out clothes for the morning kettlebell workout.   Read my one year New Testament Bible.  (Yes, I am still doing my new year’s resolution.)  I am usually asleep by 10:00pm.

This is my daily week schedule in a long winded nutshell.  On the weekends I am horrible with my food choices.  I usually go to a Saturday Kettlebell class and try to get some sort of run in on Sunday of about 5 miles.  I am ok with my bad food choices on the weekends because I know my week schedule is only a couple of days away and my food choices are pretty good then.  So, now you know all of my dirty little daily secrets…Actually, they aren’t secret nor are they dirty but, I AM a creature of habit.

Kids

My schedule has been changed again. Today, is usually my cardio day during lunch. Since I ran about 5 miles yesterday, I will be ok with missing my Monday elliptical session. My number two kid is sick and we decided it to be best he stay home and rest. I drew the short straw and get to be his slave for the day. But speaking of kids, I went shopping for a swim suit over the weekend. After browsing in the Men’s Department at the over priced swim trunks, I decided to look in the Boys’ section.

I have always hated being small. Through high school, I was never taller than 5’6″ and never more than 140 pounds. I NEVER used it as an excuse it was more of a motivation, especially, playing sports. I was blessed with over average skills and a love for playing sports.  With the motivation of being the small guy, I was able to compete at a high level (as far as high school goes). Probably, even better was that when I went to college and played in the recreational leagues, more times than not, I would get the worst player guarding me. By the end of the game I would be matched with one of the other teams best players.

I digress, this is the happy part about being small. I was able to fit in a boys size XL swim suit. The prices are a lot cheaper and there was a bigger selection. Score one for the small old 41-year-old wearing boys sized clothes.

Swim Suit from Boys' section

Swim Suit from Boys’ section

Kettlebell Bootcamp

I am like most people, busy.  When you have a family with kids and sports and work and school and, well you get the picture, it’s hard finding time to exercise.   For me the only way to have time for exercise is to make time.  My made time has been at 4:00 in the morning before everyone including the sun wake up.  Also, I eat lunch while working at my desk, so I can spend my lunch hour in our exercise room at work.  That is my made time.   I am getting ready to start a new routine that starts at 5:15 am and not 4:00 am.

My wife accepted an invitation from her friend to attend a Kettlebell Bootcamp open gym on a Saturday morning.  She really liked it but,cannot make the times through the week so she pushed me to do it.  My wife is great.  Now I get to work out in the mornings while she gets the kids ready for school and herself ready for work (I get the better end of the stick here).  My work schedule is a little more flexible.  I will just have to stay a little longer in the evenings.

The schedule for Kettlebell Bootcamp is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:15 to 6:00 am.  Of course, I am excited and nervous.  I have been needing an extra kick in the butt to take me to the next level.  I am not sure what level I am looking for but, I just seem to be doing the same thing day after day.  I run 4-7 miles every morning and then do arms, back, shoulders, chest, or legs workout during lunch.  I am staying kind of healthy but, I am getting bored too.

So, my plan for October 1st to December 29th is to continue to eat like I am which is relatively “healthy” during the week but, go to a restaurant on the weekends without feeling guilty. My hope is that these high intensity yet short exercises will help me add muscle, define some abs, and lose some fat (kind of sounds like what everyone wants, huh?).  I may need to up my calories.  I am guessing the first few weeks of KB bootcamp will make me sore but, I am still going to try to do something in the exercise room at work.    For me this isn’t about losing weight, which is kind of why I started my blog, I mean look at the blog name.  I plan to post a picture (dead sexy) along with some measurements about every two weeks.  I think I will measure weight, right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg, waist and chest.  Anything else I should measure?  If I could I would do a real body fat percentage.  I have a read out on my scale but I am not sold on it.

I think this is about it.  I will post my first measurements sometime next week before I start my bootcamp.