When I was in my 20’s I felt like I could work out as often as I wanted, for as long as I wanted at whatever intensity I chose that day. I could lift weights or run or go cycling. I could go heavy or go light, super set with little or no rest in-between, I could circuit train or take laps in between sets. Oh how I miss my twenties.
Now I am older and hopefully wiser and I have to plan ahead. I have to listen to my body and take what it will give me. I have to challenge my mind to go a little lighter for longer times. I walk instead of run, I wear braces when my body aches. I pay closer attention to the form and my range of motion when I work out. I combine walking with lifting soft weights strapped to my ankles to strengthen my legs and using soft dumb-bells to strengthen my arms. I am not the man I was when I was in my twenties. I have to be smarter about things.
When I was young, the more I would sweat the better. I could work on my feet and run to and from work. I would listen to music on my Walkman Tape Deck and had to change out the batteries every week, wait how old am I? Now I listen on my MP3 Player and I have to remember to recharge it once a week. When I was younger I had to count laps around the in-door track that I would run taking the stair in between laps. Now I have an iFit that does the counting for me. When I was in my Twenties, I would run for 30 to 45 minutes and pace myself to push through the wall of pain and like it. Now I walk until I hit 5,000 or 10,000 steps and then check my phone to make sure my blue-tooth link is still working.
I used to love working out. When I was young I thought I would live forever. Now I am little older and a little wiser. Every day is more precious and every work out is thought through a little better. When I was in my twenties, I would get up and workout and run from job to school and still go out at night; the weekends where a no stop blur. Now that I am a little older sometimes I think about working out on a Saturday but my body says, no today you will stay inside and relax.
When I was younger I would work all week and workout at night and then drag my musical equipment or DJ equipment out on the weekends and play a show or DJ a party and be on the move the whole time. Now I listen closely to the aches and pains of my body and I work through the pain in a slow and controlled manner, recovering from those nagging injuries. When I was younger I had nothing but time. Now I know that time is the great hunter and I have to fight against the dying of the light.
I used to love working out. Now get this straight. I still do. I have declared that I will be 21 forever. Call me crazy and tell me I need to grow up and be realistic. I will ask you one question; why? I will continue to learn how time affects my body. I will take what each day gives me and I will push for a little more. I will watch more closely how foods affect my workouts and my recovery, but I will not be held hostage by a fad diet. I will limit my caffeine and sugar in takes but I will not get into the protein vs carbohydrates debate. I now there is a fire in my belly that is the fuel for my workouts. Each drop of sweat comes at a higher price and it seems I need more Gatorade to quench my thirst.
I used to love working out and I still do. I am a little older and a little wiser and crazy enough to declare 21 forever. Against all odds, against all common sense; my mother used to tell me. “Keep on Living.” Now I tell it to her. I will keep on living. When I am Ninety Years old I intend to have Ten More good years before I slow down! You have to say it now, while you are young enough to still do something about it. No walkers for me, no strollers for me, no wheel chairs for me; I will continue to stay active and fight through the pain. I still love working out; I just have to be a little wiser about it.
I have seen my future and I was running.
Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. This is my pay forward good news motivational blog. I am not a famous author or athlete and I have not made millions of dollars yet. But one day, one day; alas lest I get side tracked, let me get to the point. I have seen my future and I was running.
I have seen my future and I was running. It was a good thing; I was not running from Zombies or from Cops and Robbers or for my life. I was running for the fun of it. I was running for the health of it. I was running and had some weighted soft gloves on, throwing punches like a prize fighter training for a title bout. It was a picture clear in my head.
Lately I have been power walking with 5 lbs. ankle weights, and I have been wearing 2.5 lbs. ankle weights when I walk at work and while shopping. I used to do leg extensions and leg curls with the ankle weights. I have been rehabbing my knees for the past 10 months. I would wear compression knee braces every day to get to and from work. I never missed a day. I have been growing stronger as I go. I have seen my future and I was running.
I have not run for a while. I would jog, lumber, and trudge to stay in shape. I also started using 3 lbs. and 5 lbs. soft dumb bells as I would cross train. I always have my trusty MP3 player and headphones. Yes, I want to lose a few pounds and stay young. Then I blew out one knee on an exercise bike, and made it worse on a treadmill. (Note, I have nothing against exercise bikes and treadmills, I just over did it.) Then I blew out another knee being stupid. (Note to self, control your anger and stress levels.) So here I am walking in pain with two bum knees with a choice to make. Get up or give in. No pain no gain, so pain train here I come. I have seen my future and I was running.
Never missed a day of work and never took any pain killers; I drive my wife crazy because I have to be on the second day of a headache before I will take an aspirin. (Note, I am not telling anyone to stop taking their meds it is just my thing.) So I would do my best to hide my limp and every now and then people would ask me if I was ok? I would stretch, power walk, and I would draw inspiration from people who were not letting injuries or physical challenge hold them back. I have seen my future and I was running.
Many times I have been told that I that I look like a rich (or formerly rich) famous (or infamous) boxer but I have never been a boxer, or famous, or rich with money (I feel I have a rich and rewarding life though regardless of my bills); but I feel like riches and fame are still on the table, but I need a story worth telling. So I am convinced that I can get stronger as I get older and that I can get myself in better physical condition then I was last year or the year before I blew out my knees. I have seen my future and I was running.
I like the story of Caleb: Joshua 14. I will take my mountain one day. Maybe I will not be fully healed and restored in a minute or an hour or a day, but I will be thankful every day and I will continue to work and get stronger until I take my mountain. I will be debt free and have the abundance of the promise, and I will be fully healed and fully restored in due season. (Now I am not sorry I went all Biblical on you.) I have seen my future and I was running. I was running and shadow boxing with soft weighted gloves on. So know in good faith, I am shopping for soft weighted gloves, and I am out their power walking almost everyday day. I will take my mountain!
Six Extra Pounds:
Two Soft Three Pound Weights; Six Extra Pounds to carry while power walking. It does not sound like much does it. Trust me; try it before you pass judgment. Today I say get out there and power walk while lifting light weights; I am going to call it Ultra Power Walking. Six Extra Pounds make all the difference in the world.
Crawl, walk then run. That is how we progress. Well lately I am happy to power walk to lose a few pounds and lower my blood pressure and cholesterol. So what exactly is Power Walking? Somewhere between Walking and Jogging is Power Walking. Walking with a purpose and a brisk pace, while I would power walk I would find myself stretching, raising my hands over my head or squeezing my hands together. So I decided the point of power walking is to burn as many calories as possible and have fun along the way. So why not get some hand grips and squeeze them while I Power Walk to increase my grip strength. I will call that Super Power Walking. I tried Super Power Walking a few times and found myself wanting more.
Six Extra Pounds; why not get some weights and work my arms and shoulders while I power walk? Because this is not my first rodeo, I knew not to underestimate how fast light weights can get heavy when you are doing lots of repetitions or carrying them for a long time. Six Extra Pounds, I found some Soft Three Pound Hand Weights and have taken them for a spin while Power Walking. Ultra Power Walking, walking while lifting weights. Now you may say that Three Pounds per hand, Six Extra Pounds does not seem like much; again I say, give it a try. Five or Six Simple exercises can be done while walking, I tried Bicep Curls, Over Head Lifts, Tricep-Extensions, Should Shrugs, Shoulder Flys and Light Shadow Boxing. 10, 20 or 30 Repetitions per exercise while walking. You really do not get a chance to rest, and you never let go of the weights. I found myself sweating in record time, making me believe I was burning more calories. I was not breaking any speed records with my Power Walking, but I could tell my heart was working harder than if I did not have those Six Extra Pounds. I could feel my shoulders could never quite relax. I had to continue to move through the different exercises biceps, triceps, shoulders and chest all in progression.
Six Extra Pounds, Ultra Power Walking; trust me, try it before you pass judgment.
I never thought I would be blogging about power-walking. I guess you should never say “Never.” Too much stress, being lazy and a nagging knee injury has led up to me being thankful for being able to Power Walk the last few days. Too much stress, being lazy and a nagging knee injury add up to a bunch of excuses. Here I am blogging about power walking. Today, I take what I can get.
I am thankful for my healing, so the knee injury can no longer be an excuse. I am thankful for another day that I can get up and stop being lazy. I know that I have a certain amount of control about the stress that I intake. So they are all just a bunch of excuses. One pound at a time I let my weight creep up. One day at a time, one cup of coffee at a time; I let my blood pressure get out of whack. So here I am blogging about power walking. Yeah I have to get my weight down, my endurance up and my blood pressure down; no more excuses.
So here I am blogging about power walking. So I will walk, and I will get back to where I need to be so I can run and workout and get back to the kind of fitness level that will instill a sense of pride in me. One day at a time and I am thankful for the days. I have heard all the success stories of people who are older than I am and in worse condition. I know that it takes faith, and patience and determination and time and I have each of these things. I have faith, I have patience, I can be determined and I will make the time.
So here I am blogging about power walking and I am telling you that whatever it is you need to do to reach your fitness goals; just do it. Nothing to extreme please, I am talking about stop making excuses and make time. Stop doubting and have faith. Make a plan be patient but be determined. Right now I just have to do what I can, soon it will be more. Soon it will be running and biking and lifting weights but for now it is power walking and maybe some calisthenics.
So here I am, blogging about power walking and just taking it one day at a time.
When running becomes jogging becomes power walking: It starts out simple. You are young and full of life and you say to yourself, “I am going for a run.” Then as you get older and still full of life it becomes, “I am going jogging.” Then one day you turn around and you realize you are out there Power Walking. Yes, it beats sitting on the couch doing nothing, but it is still a blow to the ego of a man not so young, but not so old that he is not still full of life.
Part of 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo is being true to my self. What good is what I blog about if I am lying to you and lying to my self? I say chase your dreams, so I have to chase mine. I say it only takes 15 minutes a day to change your life, so I need to be taking my 15 minutes. So for this 15 minutes I am going to tell you, Power Walking is a blow to the ego for me; but it is still a good thing to do. Power Walking is somewhere between Running, Jogging, Trudging, Walking and Sitting on the Couch. Power walking is walking with a purpose. Power walking is pushing your self not just a leisure stroll.
For 2 of the last 3 nights I have strapped on the headphones and pumped up the music while I went for a run, (strike that) – went jogging (nope) – went for a power walk. Yes it was enough to make me break a sweat. Yes, it was enough to make my body ach over the course of 3 miles. Yes it is good exercise, and yes it was a blow to my ego. I started out the year running, ok I started out the year jogging and trudging through the cold. I had and still have nothing but the best of intentions. I have put in my treadmill and workout time over the last 5 or 6 months, just not as much as I would like. When I ride an exercise bike, I can push myself pretty hard. I seem to lumber a bit on the treadmill, but I get the job done. But when I get outside, I want to feel young and strong and full of life. I do not want to feel not so young and not so strong and yet still full of life; so power walking is better than sitting on the couch.
I am going to build it back up. Now if you want to run, but you find yourself somewhere short of your goals; than you know what I am talking about. I love working out, but lately when I work out I am tragically reminded of all the work outs I have missed. I like to run, I like to feel strong and full of life. I don’t mind jogging, if I feel strong and full of life. So I have to accept the fact the Power Walking is part of my road to recovery. Too many missed days, too many extra pounds, too many cigarettes (I have not quit quitting – but I have my bad weeks, ex-smokers know what I am talking about) every step is a step in the right direction. One mile at time, one day at a time; Power walking will get me back in shape to jog again. Power walking will get me back in shape to run again. I can do it, and you can do it too.
Get up and get out there; run if you can, jog if you will, power walk if you must, but don’t spend another day on the couch doing nothing. I walk to and from lunch when I am at the office, I hit the treadmill and the bike when I am on the road. No excuses; each day is another chance, and each day is another choice. Let life get in the way or take the bull by the horns. (Sometimes I love those clichés) and I have made my choice. I choose to take the bull by the horns. You can’t do it for me, and I can’t do it for you. You have got to make your choice, I have got to be true to my choice; and I have got to be true to the 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo World. So if you see me out there power walking with my head phones on. Honk your horn and wave, it will get through.