Let’s Go Streaking!

Let’s Go Streaking!

Challenges, Competitions, Exercise Deep Dive, Exercise Ideas, Making Change
Recently, I embarked on a different kind of streaking adventure – one that involves putting on a bunch of extra clothes as opposed to the other. Inspired by an Instagram challenge, I joined a group on Strava (a fitness tracker/social media app, for the uninitiated) to run every day in December. The mission? Simple: hit at least one mile daily. Never having attempted a run streak before, I saw it as an intriguing test. There’s a lot to gain from such a commitment: consistency, discipline, and a blend of mental and physical challenge. Plus, it’s a real test of daily recovery when it’s an exercise streak. Week One: Dodging the ‘Too Busy’ Bullet My biggest fear initially was actually just getting busy and forgetting to go. There were a couple…
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Avoid the Quick Fix Trap

Goal Setting, Making Change
There's a quote I sometimes use now and then that you may have heard from me, “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.” I was never really able to find a reliable source for the quote, but I like it a lot.  I feel like it takes so much of the pressure off for establishing changes to our lives.   For example, “Lose 20 lbs of body fat in just 8 WEEKS!”  As opposed to a moderate, controlled caloric deficit that will result in 20 lbs of body fat lost in 4 months.  It will take you twice as long doing it the second way, however, the weekly pressure to lose is much less.  What might you say if I told you it was a plan that…
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Afraid to Move Part 2

From the Land of Iron and Miles, Goal Setting
How do I know which exercise is best?   The other version I hear of this is, “Does (insert exercise program) actually work or is it BS?” This is part 2 of a little series of drawing ideas I had about those county fair type facehole boards you put your head into to take a silly picture.  If you haven't read part 1 go here for the whole explanation.   You might not even know until you try them Essentially, I interpret these sorts of questions as I’m a busy person and I don’t want to waste my time doing something that won’t get me to my goals.  This is usually because my answer to the above question is, “Well, what’s your goal?”  Unless you know what that is, it’s pretty hard…
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Afraid to Move

From the Land of Iron and Miles
I had this idea of a drawing where a guy is walking past those facehole boards that make you look like a pirate or a bear riding a tricycle.  Each ‘board’ would pose a separate reason people might be hesitant to start a workout program.  The idea was the character would be faced with say four or five different ones and the underlying question would be something like, “If you're hesitant to begin an exercise program, would you find yourself choosing one of these to identify with and stand behind?”  As you can see, that's super wordy so I shelved the idea for a while and re-thought about it.I continued drawing out each board though, and since fitting all of them into one piece was going to be way to…
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Setting Up a New Routine

Exercise Deep Dive, Goal Setting, Making Change
Micro-task your way to a new routine! Incorporating a lifestyle change means that it has to find a place inside your daily life.  There are only so many hours in a day and everything that needs doing already has it’s place.  That can be a major problem when it comes to making a lifestyle change.  Since everything we are already doing has a spot on the schedule, something has to give.     Essentially, your time is already routinized and so what you’re trying to do is steer that ship onto a new heading.  In order to do that and be effective long term it might help to follow a few principles.  Be specific on what you’re goal is.  “I want to start an exercise routine,” is not specific enough.  Instead,…
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