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The Summer Struggle Bus

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The Summer Struggle Bus

A couple weeks ago our male guinea pig had 5 baby guinea pigs.  And that’s because I naively believed the lady who passed Mrs. Fluffy along to my boys was fully capable of determining the male-ness of said guinea pig.  That was my first mistake.  My second mistake was purchasing another male guinea pig to keep the “Mister” company.  And since the mister was actually a missus, a large family ensued.

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No, I’m not writing this to find homes for baby guinea pigs.  This is a story about rolling with things and figuring life out as it happens.  And it’s a story about figuring out you’re on the struggle bus and coming to terms with the fact that it’s never too late to do things better and get healthier.  I won’t lie; summer is an ugly season for me…what with the sweat, and well, pretty much just ALL the sweat.

For most people, this is a time of fun in the sun, hikes, bike rides, and pool visits.  However, if you happen to be on the same struggle bus I’m on, you KNOW the challenges of summertime all too well.  Instead of hibernating through the winter, I hibernate through the summer, and here’s why:

  • Sweat.
  • Bugs.
  • Sun.
  • Scant clothing.
  • Grass and other itchy things.
  • Oh mah heavens, the heat.

I am on the summer struggle bus, BUT, I just read a very interesting LINE that affected me.  One line on Eat to Perform—and sometimes that’s what it takes.  Here it is:

“A goal without a plan is a wish.”

Well, hell.  I have a goal.  My goal is to reach a much better weight and be healthy, but the problem is I have NO plan, which means I’m hibernating and WISHING for something to happen.  And how often does the Fitness Fairy just drop by and wave her wand without us having to do any work?  Um, not often.  Leave it to Eat to Perform to make me realize another error of my ways.

From Struggle Bus to Plan

So if you’re on the Struggle Bus with me, I’ve come up with a plan.  Don’t get too excited.  It’s not much.  But I figure at this point, anything is better than nothing.  These are things I already know to do, because I’ve been taught by some very smart coaches at CrossFit Cerberus.  Although I know to do them, I haven’t been the best at them, and thus begins the plan.  If you’re on the Struggle Bus with me—or even if you’ve let a few tried-and-true things slide—do these with me:

  • Get enough rest.   Don’t just do this for a week and then stop.  Do this all the time in order to help your body rest and recover.
  • Eat good food. Cut the crap.  Seriously, not just for the first trip to the grocery store or until you run out of the good stuff.  Throw the crap away so it’s not there to fall back on when you run out of the good stuff.  If you don’t have unhealthy food to turn to, you’ll have to get off your butt and go to the store.
  • Eat enough food.   A work meeting is not an excuse.  Running late is not an excuse.  Fuel yourself to perform effectively and efficiently.  Your body will thank you.  It doesn’t have to be 5-star meal, but it does have to happen.  Help yourself out by preparing foods ahead of time and utilizing leftovers.
  • Do work.  It’s hard and it’s not always fun.  But it’s rewarding, and it helps you get to your goal.  So put on a damned sweat band, get an Underboob (yeah, it’s a real thing…click the link) suck it up, Buttercup…and work.
  • Surround yourself with positive influences.   I’m a reader, so whenever I can read inspiring or energizing stories that will spur me along, I need to.  It helps to keep me on track.  Surround yourself with like-minded people who are on a mission to attain goals similar to your own.
  • Forgive yourself.   I suck at this.  I’ll beat myself up so much that no one else has to.  But here’s the thing; that gets me nowhere.  It’s time to forgive and forget.  Move on.  Make today better.  Make it better than yesterday.  Make yourself stronger than you were yesterday.

There’s still a fair share of summertime left, so whatever season floats your boat, get a plan, find your motivation, and get moving.  Remember, good things come to those who sweat!

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