I mentioned previously that training for the beast is good motivation for me to pull myself out of bed each morning to get myself moving. It is best to move the body first thing in the morning, if possible. It gets the body jumpstarted and sets the metabolism at a higher rate for the whole day which helps with maintaining ideal body weight.
I have to confess that there are some mornings when I just want to roll over and skip the workout. My secret? I force myself to get up… unless I’m sick or injured of course. On those mornings when I got plenty of sleep and feel like I just don’t have the juice to get going… I just go slow! I’m not trying to break any records. I may even reduce my workout a little if I have to… just remember, something is better than nothing! It’s so important to stick to a routine because the body loves routine. I may even find that when I’m having “one of those days,” I may have more energy and feel so much better after my workout… even if I had to half-ass it a little.
This is real life people… I just can’t make this s_ _t up! My nephew had a Garden of Gethsemane moment on Holy Thursday evening of all nights, asking if it was possible to let this cup pass. It turns out that his brother-in-law, a seasoned Spartan warrior and the instigator of our Beast Quest, is not going to be able to make it to Big Fork, MT to join us in attacking The Beast. My nephew called and tempted me with the prospect of postponing The Beast for some other time and that he and the fam could just come visit us in Helena for the first time. After all, he said, “Montana can be cold and nasty the first weekend in May!”
I have to confess the offer was quite tempting! I thought about how we could go for burgers at the Old Salt Outpost, drink beers at Blackfoot River Brewery and play a few games of Catan! However, after a few short moments contemplating what fun we could have, I just couldn’t do it! I explained to him, “I just went public about The Beast on my new blog and I’ve been telling everyone I know that I’m doing this thing.” While the suggestion was made that blog postings can be deleted, he ultimately asked my grand-nephew, a 15 y/o gymnast, what he wanted to do… and he said “Let’s Do It!”
Yeah baby! That’s what I’m talking about! That’s commitment! We are really going to do this thing! Life happens. Situations change. It is so important to keep your word to yourself and stay committed to your goals. There will always be temptations to pull you off course. The bottom line? It is possible to do it all. We Will Do The Beast AND we will still have a little time to hang out, enjoy some Blackfoot growlers, and perhaps play some Catan. Oorah!
Ok, so I’ve been training for this thing called the Beast… it’s a Spartan 21K Race with 3500’ of gain and 30 obstacles to negotiate. Yes, Spartan as in Sparta… the ancient Greek city-state that was a dominant military power and was known for its rigorous training.
Why would I want to subject myself to such rigors when I’m already well into my 50s? Afterall, I’m the Slow Life Doc, right? However, living slow doesn’t mean I can’t challenge myself now and then to push my limits… slowly of course!
Fitness has always been important to me but the fact of the matter is that my nephew talked me into joining him and my grand-nephew who is a 15 y/o gymnast. Family is a top priority of mine… and heck, I guess you could say we are planning to just have some clean, family fun! Oorah! It’s also a good motivator for me to drag myself out of bed each morning to get myself moving. Everybody knows that if you want to increase your odds of living a longer life… you have to be a moving target!