Today was cardio only day. I was looking forward to this day because I get to spend some quality reflection time. A typical Saturday for me starts out like this.
I get up at 5 a.m. and hit the gym by 5:30 a.m. to avoid the crowds (hate crowds). I strap on my MP3 player and I either listen to a podcast or music and do a good 30 to 45 minutes of cardio. Since I'm doing PACE and it has been a few weeks, today I added 6 minutes to hit the 30 minute mark. I caught half of a podcast involving Dexter Jackson and Jay Cutler (two of my favorite body builders) discussing the next Mr. Olympia (2008), a show I am going to be attending when it occurs this September in Las Vegas. It was an interesting listen and I learned alot about Jay's attitude. He wins because he doesn't discount the abilities of his competitors. He knows that he has to be on his game or he can lose his title of Mr. Olympia. He came close to losing it this past year, but managed to pull things together enough to walk away with the victory. That's right, he was losing after the first night and managed to win it during the final posing.
I admire people with this attitude. Nothing is a guarantee in life. Hard work and dedication are required to maintain the progress we are all seeking. At times we get down, but we can't allow ourselves to fall off the horse. We have to keep riding ahead towards our goals. If, for some reason, the horse bucks us and we land on the ground, we pick ourselves back up, get back on the horse and continue riding. It is imperative that we be in charge of our own destiny. Jay Cutler clearly understands this. He will not rest on his laurels and neither will I.
I am at a new height of motivation today. I am ready to conquer new goals and new dreams. I am no longer willing to blindly stick to a goal I know wasn't for me in the first place. It is my destiny we are talking about and I am in control of it. I will not allow setbacks to slow me and I will not allow my own weaknesses to destroy me. I've learned this week that I have more will power than I ever imagined possible. I have learned that when I put my mind to something and give myself a good reason to accomplish that something, I can move mountains on my way to doing it. God has given me the strength to accomplish great things and I'm only now just realizing it.
As I think back to the start of this journey I am amazed. Mike Groom wasn't even on my radar and now I consider him one of my best online friends. Christy Murphy was recovering from an accident and couldn't walk without assistance and now she has a goal to run a marathon. Lilla have lost 20% of herself during this time period. Joni has dedicated herself to her goals and has been making incredible progress. Suzzette has been making huge changes in her appearance and her hard work is paying off. Lynda has gotten very focused and is also making progress. Debbie has made major physique changes and is motivating everyone else to do the same. I could name something about every single shredder, but the fact is that everyone has done great and wonderful things.
Today was a great realization for me. I am ready to conquer anything that is put in my way. Tomorrow I am going to get my website completed. It has been lingering for weeks. It needs to be done so that I can get my eBook out and selling. I can see now that there are people out there who need the information I have provided in this eBook. I believe we are all providing an awesome pool of inspiration to alot of unnamed people. Think of that the next time you think about quitting.
|Week Begins 4/20/2008|
|M1 *||5:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||3:30 a.m.||5:30 a.m.|
|M2 *||8:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|M3 *||11:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||11:30 a.m.|
|M4 *||2:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||2:30 p.m.|
|M5 *||5:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||3:30 p.m.||5:30 p.m.|
|M6 *||7:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||6:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.|
|Water *||264 oz||240 oz||264 oz||240 oz||264 oz||264 oz||240 oz|
|Post-workout nutrition *||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pre-sleep nutrition *||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cals within 5% (+/-) *||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Target Ratios (C/P/F)||10/60/30||10/60/30||10/60/30||60/30/10||10/60/30||10/60/30||10/60/30|
|Mission 2 Total Complete||1129||1144||1159||1174||1189||1204||1219|
|Mission 2 Total Possible||1155||1170||1185||1200||1215||1230||1245|
|* = Counts towards total|
|PACE Treadmill||30 minutes|
Thought for the Day:
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
Until tomorrow…GET BACK TO LIFTING!