Long days

Good afternoon Streakers!

Well, it’s been a busy day and I almost did not get a chance to write this post.  I had to go into work early today and that through my schedule off.  I managed to keep my two fitness streaks alive and that’s a good thing! I’ve also had one of those days when I sort of lose focus and can’t seem to get anything done.  Some days are like that.  Today, I got nothing.  However, I can get some sense of accomplishment from completing my run and doing my burpees.  I also did all of my work for today and am ready for tomorrow so I will rest easy on that and go to the library today after work.

Until tomorrow, happy streaking!

Ken

Running on empty

Good morning Streakers!

I hope your day got off to a great start. I know mine did because I kept my streak alive for just one more day. It’s a nice feeling to know that I am building on a foundation of not just one but two fitness streaks. This morning I did not want to get moving. My legs and arms felt like lead weights and each movement to get out of bed deserved a cheer from the crowd. I was ready to call-in sick. I didn’t. Instead, I forced myself up and went for my run first. Normally, I do my burpees and other exercises first but today I needed to get my blood flowing and running is the best way for me to do that. When I got back, I did my burpees and other exercises, thereby keeping my streaks alive. I also kept my job alive by going in today.

Long term fitness.

Yesterday, I chatted with a woman who said she was 71 years old. When I first met her, I thought she was in her early 60s so when she said she was 71, it surprised me. Then we talked a little more and I learned she walks 3-4 miles a day. (That sounds like a fitness streak to me.) She also trains for, and runs, something called a Marathon and a Half, which is when a person runs a full marathon one day and then a half-marathon the very next day! I was pretty impressed! As noted previously, I ran the San Diego Rock-n-Roll Marathon in 2009 and won’t run another one any time soon. The marathon itself was fun but training for it was not! Running 16, 18, then eventually 20 miles without supporters with water and energy gels is not fun.

Anyway, in the B.S. era, talking with her and learning what she does to stay fit would discourage me and I would wallow in self-pity about how I wasn’t able to accomplish those things. Today, in 1 Streaking Era (S.E.), her story inspires me to continue with my fitness streaks. Her story reinforced what I learned about myself which is to focus on what I can do each day to help stay fit. For me, it means keeping my streaks alive and challenging myself in different ways. I’m going to keep doing that.

I hope you all have an awesome day and happy streaking!

Ken

P.s. If you want to start and fitness streak and would like some moral support, put a comment in the comment section and we’ll track our streaks together.

My Streaks:

Run at least 1-mile, per day. Started 30 March 2017 and still going strong.

Do at least 14 burpees per day for at least 60 days. Started 10 May 2018 and counting.

Streaking and nosebleeds

Good morning Streakers!

I hope you started a streak and keep it alive today! Lola feeling the streaking vibe too! She has a lifelong streak of keeping it chill and chasing her booda ball. My streaks are alive and well. In fact, for this morning I did two extra burpees to push myself just touch. I want to highlight that for those of you who might be concerned about setting your sights too high. That’s a legitimate concern. What I do is set a minimum, a low, low bar, that I feel I can do comfortably and confidently for the stated period of time, also a low, low bar. For my burpee streak, I set 14 burpees a day for 60 days. Some days I feel like I can do more than 14 burpees, so I do. Some days, I stop and number 14 and thank God I got through them. So set a low bar at first, then for your next streak, raise the bar. When I do this, I start to feel better about myself and get a sense of accomplishment.

Nosebleeds

Since I was born, I had a problem with random nose bleeds. This problem created some good times for me as you can imagine. Once while in elementary school, my nose starting bleeding while I was chatting with my friends in the lunch line. Blood just starting pouring out of my nose. Very cool! The chicks dug it! Ha ha. Another time, I was in La Paz, Bolivia, and my nose started bleeding. The team doctor had a quite a sense of humor, and rigged up two tongue depressors and a rubber band with some gauze and put this on my nose. I looked ridiculous and best of all, this contraption of his did not work. Today, as I ran my standard loop, my nose started bleeding. In the B.S. years (Before Streaking), I probably would have run straight home and stop the bleeding but I hadn’t run my streak distance yet so I pressed on. Blood poured out of my nose like water of Niagra and when I would exhale, my breath splattered blood all over the front of my shirt. It looked like I killed someone and was running from the scene of the crime. I finished my distance however, stopped the nose bleed, and moved on to my burpees. I put a towel down over the rug in case my nose started to bleed again, fortunately it did not and life is good today.

How to stop a nose bleed

Once, while at work, my nose started to bleed and a co-worker, a former paramedic, told me to wad up some toilet paper and put it under my top lip. This would put pressure on the blood vessels that supply the nose and allow the blood to coagulate. This technique looks far less ridiculous than the tongue depressor-rubber band technique and it works. That’s how I stop my nosebleeds these days.

I hope this helps someone out there. Enjoy the rest of your day and happy streaking!

Ken

Motivation Part Five – Incentive

Good morning streakers!

Lola is taking things a little slower today but I’ve got two fitness streaks to keep alive! It’s day two of adding at least 14 burpees per day for at least 2 months to my current streak of running at least 1 mile-a-day for at least another year. I completed my first year of running at least 1 mile-a-day on 30 March, 2018 and I’m keeping that streak alive. I appreciate you all reading theses posts as they help keep me motivated.

Incentive

Now, I don’t think, in my case, running in and of itself will turn into a money making proposition for me. It might and I won’t turn down money that comes my way for it but I’m just not that kind of runner that will break world records or run in multiple marathons a year, at least not this year.

That being said, I can use financial incentives as a way to motivate myself. Some people will put money in a savings account for each mile they run or set of push-ups they do. I might consider that but for now, the financial incentive equates to fewer sick days for minor things like colds, which I get fewer since the streak began. The benefits also come in the form of being able to earn money for a longer period of my life. I don’t know if I will work a conventional job or explore other areas of interest as I get older and my priorities adjust and my life circumstances change. What I do know is that I increase my chances of keeping any traditional job if I keep my streak alive than if I let it pass. I also know that my chances of working in a non-traditional field grow if I keep my streak alive.

It is clear to me then, that my streak leads directly to some form of financial security and while I don’t want to make money for money’s sake, I recognize that money is the tool that helps me do the things in life I want to do. My daughter and son-in-law live in Denver and it takes some green to go visit them. My son and daughter-in-law have three children and I want to take them all places and do things with them. Often these activities cost money but not always. Nevertheless I have some real financial incentives to keep streaking!

If feel like starting a fitness streak, please put your goals in the comments section and we’ll keep together.

Happy streaking!

Ken

Motivation Part Four – Growth

Good morning Streakers!

Lola says it’s time to get moving and keep my fitness streak alive! She hopes you consider starting a fitness streak yourself. I recommend starting off small, say 5 burpees a day for five days, then add a burpee day for 6 days. Really, any exercise will work and I believe any streak no matter how long or short a period of time will show you the benefits of fitness streaking.

Growth

To continue the series on motivations as described on lifehack.org, today Ill talk about growth. The obvious motivation here, with regards to exercise, is muscle growth. I definitely noticed my muscles growing stronger and a bit larger but not much. Exercising the same muscle groups on a daily basis generally does not result in increased size. However, I found a significant increase in strength since I started my streak of running at least one mile a day.

The not so obvious benefit to fitness streaking is the growth in mental toughness or determination. I find I get a great deal of satisfaction knowing I have a streak of X number of days behind me and by running at least one mile today, I can add one more day to the streak. This thought helps me get up, get moving and get running.

I can even grow mental toughness (determination) through failures. I am trying to add strength exercises to my streak, specifically 14 burpees a day, but I can’t seem to keep that streak going for more than a month or so. I don’t know if is the nature of the muscle groups involved or the nature of the brain involved. I will continue to have this as my goal and will keep you updated.

As I write this I realize I need to practice what I preach so starting today, I will add at least 14 burpees to my daily routine and I will do it for at least 2 months! I’ll keep you all updated as I go along.

I want to thank you all for reading this post and helping me stay motivated. Have a great day and happy streaking!

Ken

Motivation Part Three – Social

Good morning Streakers!

Thank you all for reading, liking, and even following this blog! It’s amazing to me that even one person would read what I have to say but I’m glad more than one person does. Life is awesome that way!

Today, I want to continue my series on human motivations and how understanding these motivations helps me keep my fitness streak going. As I mentioned in the first part of this series, I pulled these categories from lifehack.org and should give them credit for the inspiration. I recommend their site as well.

Social.

This may seem odd coming from a guy who uses social motivations to keep my fitness streak alive but I do not go to the gym. I have a few reasons for this. First and foremost, I work indoors all day and I want to get outside and exercise outside as much as I can. I believe that exercising outdoors is more healthy than exercising in the gym. This is only my belief and I have to evidence to back it up but it works for me. Second, I get intimidated when I see these guys and gals pushing a lot of weight on the bench press or other equipment. Some people get motivated by this but not this guy. Finally, I really don’t like carrying around my gym clothes, changing in the locker room, showering there, etc. I am not a fan.

The good news is, I can still get motivated by other people and get motivated for other people. What do I mean by this? Let’s look at the first situation of getting motivated by other people. I should explain that I live in an area with a high percentage of older folks. Jane (my guitar) and I also play/sing at a local nursing home two Saturdays a month, so I see my fair share of older folks in a wide variety of physical condition. Some of them are in their 80s and seem to be in great health while others are in their 60s and seem to be falling apart. To be fair, some folks get dealt a better hand in life, they get good health, both mental and physical, from birth. They are born into healthy happy families and learn how to care for themselves from the beginning. Others did not and I understand that.

Overall, I think I got a pretty good deal, not as good as some but better than others. Often, I see these folks – the healthy and the sickly – and ask myself, what can I do to reduce the chances of me becoming sick and bed ridden and increase the chances of me staying healthy and active? The answer, without question, is for me to continue my fitness streak. Sometimes, in the morning, when I do not want to start the day, I think of those folks, and push myself to get out of bed and begin my routine. Since I started my streak more than a year ago, I find that once I start my routine, my body goes into autopilot. That’s a good thing for me.

Well, that’s all I have for today folks. I appreciate you reading this and when you decide to start your fitness streak, please post a comment letting us know the details. I find that telling others my goals helps me achieve them. Sounds like social motivation to me. 🙂

Happy streaking!

Ken

Motivation – Part 2: Power!

Good morning Streakers!
It’s ironic that I’m watching the Frontline special called Blackout in Puerto Rico and writing a blog post called Power! Nevertheless, I needed some power today to get moving Of course, I woke up earlier than I wanted to and stayed in bed longer than I should have. Eventually, I asked for help from a power much greater than me and I got moving.

Obviously, power comes in many forms, spiritual power, electrical power, solar power, physical power, and the list goes on and on. Today, I needed to remind myself that I need physical power to live the life I want to live. Beginning my day with an exercise routine gives me that power. Oddly, this morning, I changed my routine a bit, mostly the in order in which I do a series of exercises before going for my daily run. At the beginning, I started telling myself I would limit some of the other exercises and just go on my run but as my pulse quickened and my energy level increased my mood improved and I went ahead and did all my planned exercises; then headed out on my run.

Today, I used my https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JF9DWWU/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=daviskennethr-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00JF9DWWU&linkId=77a0e87f232a966b11527a2580b428c0. I don’s always run with it but today I needed some music and I find the Flipbelt the best way to bring a phone along with me as I run. I tried arm straps and just keeping the phone in my pocket but the phone just bounced around and bugged me throughout the run. The Flipbelt keeps the phone steady and snug against my waist and I just focus on my run.

My first fitness streaker is still out there and it might be you! so if you want to join this loosely formed group of fitness streakers, just post a comment to this post, or any of my posts. Be sure to include your first name (at least), the exercise you want to streak, like push-ups or squats, and the number of days you want to do this exercise consecutively. We’ll track our progress and motivate each other. If you run with a phone or other device, let me know what it is and how you keep it from crashing on the street. 🙂

Happy streaking!
Ken
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