The aftermath

Good morning Streakers!

It’s a great day for streaking! (The fitness kind, not the naked kind.). I hope you kept a streak going today or maybe decided to start one. I find my fitness streaks to be the most effective way for me to maintain my physical fitness. Even though I do generally the same exercises everyday, I create variations within the exercise itself. For example, some days I run farther than the minimum distance, or I add more push-ups to my burpees instead of just one. These variations push cardio vascular system and my muscles while keeping my streak alive!

Post-performance let down.

Yesterday, we performed a play for which I wrote songs and acted as the musical director for the final time. I wrote the songs in December of 2017 and we began a long and drawn out rehearsal schedule, 13 weeks! While rehearsing was tedious, in the end, we created a great show and the audiences loved it! The problem with all of this is that I feel a dramatic and depressing post-performance let down. My schedule/routine changes for the foreseeable future. Instead of going to rehearsal and working with others to reach a common goal. I’ll be at home trying to write out the next play or songs or, alternatively], letting my mind run wild with possible depressing thoughts.

I find this happens when I accomplish a fitness goal as well, like running a marathon or other distance races. In the B.S. era, I would dramatically alter my exercise schedule. Most commonly, the ‘alteration’ would be no exercise at all. Now that I am in year 1 A.S., I haven’t entered any races or other fitness events. I will enter at least one this year and after that I will run the next day and do my burpees. I have backpacked into and out of (thankfully) the Grand Canyon while maintaining my running streak. The day we hiked down, I got up earlier than my other hikers and ran a mile. The following day, after we hiked out of the canyon, I took off my pack, put on my running shoes and ran a mile. The next day, I ran a mile or more. (I can’t remember the exact distance for that day.) The point is, I kept my streak alive even after accomplishing an amazing feat, at least amazing in my eyes.

Anyway, I have to wrap this up and get to work. I hope you have a great day and happy streaking!

Ken

Neighbors, dogs, and morning runs – 2

Good morning Streakers!

I have good news!  I kept my running streak and burpee streak alive today and that is awesome!  The good news, though, is that I saw my neighbor with the three dogs on a leash this morning!  I was glad he decided to follow the rules of my city.  I am also glad the citizens of my city mutually agreed upon these rules in a non-violent, democratic fashion and instituted mechanism to handle these kinds of situations without resorting to violence.  I hope he continues to follow the rules with regard to his dogs.  I also would like to say that I would not have said a word or made any complaint, if his dogs stayed on their side of the street and left me alone.  Unfortunately, they attacked me and I had to take action.

Irrational thoughts and overcoming fear.

Since the latest incident with my neighbor, I began to feel some fear of going out for my run.  I live in a state where a lot of people have guns and I began to wonder “what if this guy gets a gun and shoots me while I am running?”  This happened again this morning but I managed to overcome this irrational fear partly through the power of habit.  A few years back, I read a great book called “The Power of Habit” by ?????? and this book truly opened my eyes to how powerful a habit can be with regard to my behavior.  I knew I developed some very bad habits but I did not know how difficult it would be to stop those bad behaviors due to their power over me. I highly recommend this book.

About the same time, I heard the NPR story on the fitness streaker who, at that time, had a running streak of 9 and a half years and he was going to continue his streak.  Through these combined experiences and by talking with friends about my habits, I learned that I needed to replace my old habits with new ones.  Thus the idea of fitness streaking entered my brain. This morning, mostly through the power of habit and maintaining my fitness streaks, I got up out of bed and started my day with burpees and a 1.6 mile run.  I kept my streak alive and feel good about that.

The idea of doing other things on a regular basis also helps me replace bad habits with new ones in other areas as well.  Writing this blog is one such effort.  Normally at this time of day, I would needlessly worry about things which are out of my control.  Instead, I am writing this blog and clearing my mind in the process.  I am not all that concerned if someone else reads it but I am glad others seem find this information useful.

That’s all I have for today.  Happy streaking!

Ken

My fitness streaks:

Run at least one mile, each day, started 30 March 2017, ad infinitum. 🙂

Do at least 14 burpees each day, started 10 May 18, for at least 60-days

The exhausting aspect of rumination

Good morning Streakers!

It’s another wonderful day and I hope you keep your streak alive today!  I know I did.  However, I had a bit of an online altercation with a co-worker and I’ve been ruminating on it for a while now.  What’s ruminating?  Well, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), ruminating is mulling an issue over and over again.  The becomes a problem when someone can’t seem to resolve the issue nor let it go.  Ruminating to a high degree can impair decision making and affect mood.  Many people believe, there is a strong connection between rumination and depression.

Steps to address rumination

One of the steps the APA is take small steps to resolve the issue.  So I am going to have to figure out what I am willing to do and when I am willing to do it.  For example, I could put my ego aside and apologize to my co-worker.  (In this case, I am not going to do that; I can be stubborn and egotistical just like any other human.)  Another step, is to reappraise the negative perceptions of the event.  I can do this.  I can re-think what happened and chock it up to a misunderstanding between co-workers.  (This sounds more like a plan for me in this circumstance.)  Another step is to look for multiple sources of self-esteem.  Fortunately, I’m a fitness streaker so one of the other areas I get self-esteem from is by keeping my streaks alive.  Each day I add to my fitness streak by running at least one-mile a day and do at least 14 burpees, I get a stronger sense of accomplishment.  Also, today at work, I was very busy and presented valuable information to colleagues.  This helped keep my mind off of the issue.  Finally, writing this blog helped.  I appreciate you reading it.

The next step for me is to keep listening to classical music and read my book.  Meanwhile, all this ruminating and writing and streaking wears me out!  I’m exhausted and it’s the middle of the day.  I’ll have to get some rest tonight! That’s all I today, I hope this information helped and happy streaking!

Ken

p.s. Here’s a link to the APA article entitled “Probing the Rumination-Depression Link” http://www.apa.org/monitor/nov05/cycle.aspx

My Streaks!

Run at least one mile, each day, started 30 March 2017, ad infinitum. 🙂

Do at least 14 burpees each day, started 10 May 18, for at least 60-days

Neighbors, dogs, and morning runs

Good morning Streakers!

I hope you keep you streak(s) alive today.  I know I did.  Unfortunately, so did my neighbor.  I don’t how long his streak is running but I know what his streak is: walking his dogs without a leash, through a neighborhood in a city with a leash law.  This would not be a problem for me if his dogs stayed away from me but the don’t.  When they see me, the little one runs across a very wide street to attack me and the whole pack follows, including my neighbor.  In the past, this would result in a verbal altercation, but I bought a can of mace a while back and I sprayed those dogs with it.  I did not want to and I got no pleasure from it but I determined that was the best way, for now, to get those dogs to stop chasing me.  It worked!  They stopped running after me.  When I got home, I called the police and filed a report.  I hope this solves the issue.

Fear.

I realized the other day that I did not finish my six-part series from lifehack.org on motivations.  I left out one big motivator: fear.  Well, this morning, when my neighbor and his dogs started chasing me, I remembered fear. Fear is a powerful motivator.  I noticed I run much faster whenever these dogs chase me and especially if I get into an argument with my neighbor.  Obviously, fear which results in anger, gets my adrenaline pumping and I shave a minute or two off my standard time.  That shows me the power of that immediate fear to get me out of my comfort zone and run faster than I normally would have.

Fear of a more long-term nature can be a powerful motivator as well.  I live in an area with many retired people.  Some of them are not in the best of health.  I do not know their life circumstances but I know mine.  As of today, I know that for me, fitness streaking will reduce my chances of getting life-threatening, long-term, debilitating illnesses.  I can’t predict the future but I can’t safely predict that if I keep my streaks alive, my day will be a better day.

Well, I hope this helps you and if you want to get some moral support on your fitness streak, just put a comment in the comments section and we’ll track our streaks together.

I wish you all the best and happy streaking!

Ken

My fitness streaks:

Run at least one mile, each day, started 30 March 2017, ad infinitum. 🙂

Do at least 14 burpees each day, started 10 May 18, for at least 60-days

Writing things down

Good morning Streakers!

Today is going to be a great day, if for no other reason than I kept my fitness streaks alive for one more day!  Life is good. I hope you kept your fitness streak alive today or will before midnight! If you haven’t started a streak yet, fitness or otherwise, I recommend them.  I am amazed at the positive influence habits like fitness streaking have on my attitude and outlook on life. I also tend to learn a lot about myself and my broken brain.

Ye Olde Plume and Parchment

After starting this blog streak, I realized I needed to come up with at least 365 ideas to write about.  That’s a tall order so I knew I would have to just think of at least one idea per day and that idea made it more manageable.  However, there is something strange about my brain, when thinking of topics for this blog, I often find myself staring blankly at a my computer screen without a thought in my head.  Most people call this “writer’s bock”.

When this happens, I turn to my trusty pen and paper and begin writing out ideas, like a one-man brainstorming session.  Most of the time, magic happens, and ideas begin to flow out of my brain like lava out of Kilauea.  (I hope everyone stays safe in Hawaii.) A while back, I came to the realization that my brain is more creative when I am moving, writing with a pen or drawing with a pencil.  If this doesn’t work, I’ll take a break and do something else like clean the house, practice guitar, or keep my other streaks alive.  I find this gives the “Think of Blog Ideas” section of my brain a rest.  Eventually ideas start to come.  Solutions to other problems or even ideas for fun things to do come to me like this as well.

I hope you can find something useful in this blog today.  Have a great day and happy streaking!

Ken

By the way, if you want to start a streak and wants some moral support, post your exercise, numbers of days in a row you’ll want to do that exercise, and keep us posted on your status.

My fitness streaks:

Run at least one mile, each day, started 30 March 2017, ad infinitum. 🙂

Do at least 14 burpees each day, started 10 May 18, for at least 60-days

 

Streaking and Tracking

Good morning Streakers!
Today is a great day to start a fitness streak, if you haven’t started one already that is. I have two working right now. For more than a year now, I managed to run at least one mile a day, each day and for the past three days I completed at least 14 burpees each day. My official streak start date for the mile run is 30 March 2017 and my official start date for the burpees streak is 10 May 2018. For me, it’s important to keep these dates in my head otherwise, I’ll lose track which leads me to my next topic:

Tracking my streaks.

As I looked back and examined why I failed at previous attempts to run a mile each day for 365 days, I realized my tracking system had a major flaw: I could not see it.  Hear me out.  I tracked my runs in my journal and while I generally do not journal consistently, I recorded each day’s run in my journal for those several months. But I definitely felt my interest in keeping the streak alive fade away.  I also would not pay much attention to whether I ran that day or not and a few times, just before bed, I realized I had not run that day and went for my run late a night.  That is not the ideal time for me to run.

When I started my current running streak, I decided I would record it in a more visible place.  Now, I have to veer from the subject matter for moment.  I have an awesome family!  We have out trials and tribulations but for the most part, everyone is supportive and loves each other.  So shout out to awesome families.  My oldest sister makes a family calendar every year with our birthdays and anniversaries, etc.  She uses Shutterfly so if you’re looking to do something like that for your family, I recommend them.  Now, I;ll get back to tracking my streaks.

I now record my runs and burpees on this calendar and I use a Sharpie.  I started with a regular pen but the Sharpie really pops off the page.  Now, I can see clearly whether or not I have run that day and get running if I haven’t.  Sometimes I forget to record the run immediately. When this happens, I look at my watch for my time and if it’s different from the previous day’s time, I know I ran and I am good for the day.  If it’s the same, it’s time to lace up ‘ye olde running shew’ and hit the streets.

Thank you for reading this.  I hope you have a great day.

Happy streaking!

Ken

Inspiration

Good morning streakers!

I hope your day starts out as good as mine did. I kept my streak alive and that makes a big difference in my day. It’s a warm summer day here in Arizona.

Inspiration

Today, I want to talk about inspiration. One of the definitions of inspiration is to influence or impel an action. For a long time in my life, I never paid much attention to others and certainly did not choose others as a role model, regardless of their standing in society or effects on history. I have no idea why this was but lately, I’ve looked to others for inspiration and allowed their actions to impel me to do things I wouldn’t otherwise do, like write a blog.

The inspiration for this blog specifically comes from Chri Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future and Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days. (I recommend them both.). I listen to Chris’s podcast called SideHustle School on a regular basis and I appreciate the positive reinforcement and constructive advice he gives on his show. Listening to this podcast and reading his books help me stay motivated to step outside my comfort zone. I have starteda sidehustle yet, at least not one that makes much money but I apply the principles to other areas of my life.

The idea of consitently doing something on a regular basis helps me with learning the guitar. The idea that I can reach for the stars helped me write songs for a play, others sang these songs, on stage, in front of paid customers just this weekend! That is amazing to me. Nothing short of a miracle to me.

For me, life gets better when I keep a positive outlook on life and it gets worse when I dwell in the negativity and sit on my pity pot.

Thank you for reading this and I hope you found something useful here today.

Happy streaking!

Ken