New Focus

I want to thank some people for their comments over twitter about my latest blog. Your comments rang true–I really can be too hard on myself. I need to take myself a little less seriously and to accept that mishaps are going to happen, even with the best of intentions. I work in a job that is busy–I am a manager of a big box store. I put in lots of hours and the store is a fixer-upper, so I spend more time than I should at times, at the store. This promotion to General Manager has had an affect on my ability to workout–I have less time to do so and it tires me out, so it’s even more of an accomplishment to fit in my 5 workouts a week. Some weeks I win at my goal of 5, other weeks, I don’t.

That being said, I met with one of my trainers this week, Frances, to discuss me training for a Tough Mudder in 2013. So right now the plan is to increase my conditioning–which means I will be doing more cardio in my workouts to get my endurance up. So I am going to start going to shadow boxing classes and MMA classes. My workout times are going to change but the goal is to get me to a point where I can do cardio for long periods of time. From there I am hoping to train myself how to run.

I do not plan to stop working out with weights at all, as an FYI–I am going to need my strength building for doing pull ups during the Mudder, among other things.

I could have started this training at the beginning of 2013 as a New Year’s resolution, but I want to start earlier because I believe I need to. Also, I think having a New Year’s resolution is silly. But the idea is that I really want to transition from body goals (weight, clothing sizes) to what I can do. If I train for TM, the weight should take care of itself. And for me, I think that is best mentally.

So that is where I am at! Please weigh in on this, I always love feedback 🙂