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How being on a team changed my day.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sunday was my only off day this week. This happens because I'm blessed to work two jobs, one part-time, but both doing things I love and enjoy. No complaint, rather I'm blessed for two sources of income. However, during high school and college football season I frequently work my second job on Friday night then again on Saturday afternoon, leaving Sunday as my only off day.
Put simply, I did not feel like going to the gym on Sunday. I had a good cardio day on Saturday before going to my job, and was just plain tired on Sunday and enjoying watching football. Go to the gym, no, it won't hurt to take an extra day off, I'm eating well today so I can just pick up and get going again on Monday. I was enjoying listening to my Son practice his music, even our most crazy cat, Smokey, was in my lap purring up a storm. All was well, except that I was not doing anything to help me with exercise and health. Still, in the back of my mind I kept thinking about this 5% Challenge Team that I had just joined and I needed to report my exercise and water.
Sunday was just the second day of reporting and did I honestly want to show a ZERO for exercise and let down the team? Perhaps it is ego, but no I simply could not just do nothing, zero, zilch, zip on the second day of the challenge. Back and forth I struggled all day, go to the gym, stay home, go, stay, go, stay, ok late afternoon and I tugged on my gym clothing and headed out to the gym.
With this kind of an attitude how good of a work out was I going to get, well my thoughts were take it easy and get a few minutes in just so I do not report ZERO minutes. After my five minute warm up on a bike, I went to my first upper body station, a machine with a rowing motion that the user loads up with free weight plates. This is my heaviest station and I noticed that a number of plates were already on the machine. Awesome, except I did not notice that the plates were in the wrong peg for my station. So I sit right down, pull the weights back for rep number 1, and over the machine tips, sending me into the floor. Ouch, I was startled, hurt, and frustrated with myself for not checking the station. Still, it is a small gym, and I had the place to myself so no one was there to laugh at me. Once I got up, figured out what had happened and got everything back where it belonged, I heard the evil Steve voice telling me this was a sign to stop and go home.
However, my team needed the time and had I quit there my report would have been only 5 minutes. My blood was pumping from the accident, and it did not take me long to figure out that I was not hurt and frankly some anger was building up inside of me. Anger that I had made such a silly mistake, anger that I was about to let my team down, and anger that I was putting other silly stuff ahead of me becoming healthy. I went ahead and did my entire upper body work out, even adding a set on a couple of stations. My report for the team contained 30 minutes of exercise, and I felt pretty good about making the best decision for me. Had I not been part of a team, I'm not 100% certain that I would have even gone to the gym.
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    2650 days ago
    Good for you Steve. You will get stronger every day and soon you will look forward to those extra steps.


    2655 days ago
    Good for you that you pushed thru the roadblocks we all put in front of ourselves - do be careful not to push too hard or injure yourself
    2655 days ago
    I totally agree with you. This weekend would be sitting on a couch with a book for me, but I had to report something, so I had to get moving.
    2655 days ago
    Awesome ! We each get our motivation from where we need it !
    2655 days ago
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    Great job Steve!!!

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    2655 days ago
    Way to Go Steve! MOM (mind over matter) won today! Just a Spark and there you are! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2655 days ago
  • NHES220
    That is what is great about SP, keeping each other accountable.The other day, I might not have gone out for my run, but I told MSHEL7 I would if she would - she did her run so I want out and did my almost 3 mile run. That is what is great about SparkFriends and SparkChallenges.
    Way to go!
    2656 days ago
  • NEWSUE45
    That' great Steve. I know exactly what you are talking about. I would not get on Sparkpeople some days because of being too busy but once I created a team, even if I was busy I would still find the time to get on to check on everyone - it makes you more accountable. Thanks for sharing.

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    2656 days ago
    “There is no such thing as a self-made man.
    You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” ~George Shinn
    2656 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    I know exactly what you mean, I did not want to hit the treadmill yesterday either, my boys were gone, my hubby was home for once, we had time to the 2 of us, but I needed to log min. too. Finally got started walking and then didn't want to quit. I am so proud of you for getting back to the workout after all that happened. You could have easily let it slide after the accident but you didn't, well done!! Have a great day today and keep moving.
    2656 days ago
    Good for you for getting in a good workout. I also work 2 jobs. I try to get up and exercise first thing on my day off, so that I have the rest of the day to enjoy and get stuff done. I try not to give myself a choice about exercising, I just go and git 'er done. I also try to think of exercise as the reward "Yay, I get to go work out!" instead of a punishment. It takes a lot to keep that in mind some days, LOL. I'm glad you didn't get hurt. We all do those things from time-to-time. I had a little run-in with the assisted pull-down machine last spring. I was just learning how to use it and forgot how to get off properly. There wasn't anyone nearby to ask and I guessed wrong. so while trying to keep the weights from crashing I got some muscles that were very sore for the next week. Doh.
    2656 days ago
    emoticon Steve, that is fantastic. emoticon
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    emoticon Good for you.
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  • MJRVIC2000
    Make a difference in your life today! God Bless You! Vic.
    2656 days ago
    That's great! Good for you. Use anything and everything you've got for motivation!
    2656 days ago
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