Posts Tagged ‘improvement’

Run The Rock: Time to Train

When my friend Charlie asked me if I would like to run the Dallas White Rock Half Marathon in December I couldn’t imagine saying no. I have always enjoyed running, even the days that I barely forced myself to put running shoes on I took them off feeling invigorated. A half marathon would be a great reason to start training again, and with fourteen weeks to train I would have plenty of time for a good program. So I had him sign me up and began searching the internet for a suitable training schedule.

After just two weeks of procrastination, as I began to fear that I might not finish the race and receive my 13.1 sticker, I began training on September 12th. Having spent hours over two weeks trying to decide on the best way to train and how to schedule my runs, two minutes is all that it took to find a basic training program online. Continue reading

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Webster In A Week: A lesson in procrastination

    After procrastinating for the entire week I was in a rush on Sunday to land a webster and complete this weeks endeavor. Unfortunately, as I learned in school, waiting until the last-minute and rushing to be done returns half-assed results. So, as you can see in yesterdays post, and video, I had not completed a webster in the good-looking fashion that I had hoped.

    When I went back out yesterday evening I viewed it as one last opportunity to land a smooth webster before the end of the week. After a few more attempts on flat ground I was still landing in a squatted position which doesn’t have the aesthetic appeal that I am looking for. Walking through the park behind my house I was hoping to find a small ledge or hill that I could flip off of. This would add some extra height and time to rotate allowing me to land in a standing position. Continue reading

One Workout Every Hour: The first day filled with exercise.

Last week was severely disappointing, for the first time I completed a week and feel like I have failed. Over seven days I spent more than three-hour attempting to meditate and was not able to concentrate. The practice continued to frustrate and disinterest me. Despite this I held out and completed the week, but found no real benefit from doing so. Because of the high praises that I continue to hear about meditation it is possible that I will revisit this challenge in the future, but not until I have gained new insight on the practice. In the meantime I have returned to a physical challenge for this week’s endeavor.

From the time I woke up this morning, to the time I go to sleep Sunday night I will have completed more than 100 workouts. My goal is to complete one workout for ever hour that I am awake for an entire week. Continue reading

One Week No Seat: Built to stand.

    At the end of my second day of standing I am both exhausted and restless. My body knows that it is time to sleep, but at the same time my mind is still going full speed. I didn’t realize how much I depend on sitting down to relax. Over the past 2 days I have done my best to stay busy; cooking, cleaning, disc golf, soccer, anything I could find to keep me from wanting to sit. Even while writing this I continue to catch myself fidgeting and pacing. If I ignore the desire long enough I might forget about sitting, or I might have to sell my couch.

    Check out this infographic from Medical Billing and Coding.
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One Week No Seat: Can I stand it?

No need for a chair

Broken Lawn Chair

    For many years I worked as a full-time waiter, spending hundreds of 8 to 10 hour shifts on my feet. While working this job I was thankful for any opportunity to sit for a minute and rest. When I began working a nine to five desk job I was excited to sit while working, surely it must be easier than constantly walking in circles. Although, it didn’t take long to realize how uncomfortable eight hours of sitting could become. Continue reading

Weekly Endeavor: A new adventure starts every monday.

       Welcome to Weekly Endeavor, where you are invited to follow along as I push myself to complete weekly challenges. At the beginning of each week I will introduce a new challenge, go over the rules, and cover any thoughts or concerns I have regarding the task. You can expect regular updates which will include my progress, whether positive or negative, as well as any information or new insight I have about the current endeavor. These tasks will include learning new skills, others will challenge me to endure one week without giving up.

       This idea came about when I was told of a stand up computer desk and decided to try it out. I used an old night stand to elevate my monitor at work and was determined to last one 8 hour day without sitting. Continue reading