Some days are better than others

Good morning Streakers!

Today is another great day to keep your streak alive, or start one, or even add another streak to the one(s) you’ve got going on. If you want to get some moral encouragement or even just get some recognition for your streak, put a comment in the comments section below and we’ll cheer you on as we streak together.

Those tough mornings.

A few days ago, I started to feel a cold coming on and so I have been taking some cold medication to fight it off.  Unfortunately, that makes waking up in the morning a little rough.  In the B.S. era (That’s Before Streaking), I would not respond well to these kinds of mornings.  I would either not run or exercise at all or I would delay and fight my brain, which kept telling me to “stay in bed”, “call-in sick”, and most often, “don’t even try”.  I would ruminate on this until it was too late to start my run and had to go to work.  Then at the end of the day, I would be too tired – or so I told myself – to go run.  I recognize these thoughts and behaviors as signs of depression so I started treating them by streaking!  Fitness streaking, that is.

Now that I am in year 1 A.S. (I’ll let you figure that acronym out.) I still have tough mornings but I use a variety of techniques to motivate myself to go for my run.  The biggest help for me is to not worry about time or other exercises to include in my workout; I simply focus on keeping my streak alive.  Often, after I do my run and, these days, my burpees, I feel good enough to do more exercise.  Other times, I don’t and I don’t worry about it.  Today was one of those days that I did not feel like doing more exercise and I am not worried about it.  I kept my streak alive and that is what is important for today!

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

Ken

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

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

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 (continued)

Good morning Streakers!

Well, another day of keeping my streak alive! I hope that you are keeping a fitness streak alive as well. In previous posts, I mentioned that I started my running streak after hearing a story on the radio about streaking runners, not the naked kind but the consistent kind. Prior to hearing this story, I participated in a streak of a different sort, doing 22 push-ups for 22 days to bring awareness to Veteran’s who struggle with depression and sometimes, unfortunately, commit suicide. This helped me a lot because I too struggle with depression and exercise keeps my depression manageable. I am lucky that I do not have to take medication to treat my depression.

Social (continued)

This prelude leads me into using social motivation or exercising for others as a way to get myself moving in the morning and on my run. I know that my exercise routine, however strenuous or easy it may be, helps keep the negative thoughts away and helps bring positive thoughts in. I share this experience with my children and other family members and now I am sharing this with you. If you struggle with depression, maybe a fitness streak is one way to help you overcome it.

Additionally, I know that if I want to spend as much time on this planet with those that I love, my children, grandchildren, mother, siblings, etc., then I need to take the best care of myself as possible. An exercise routine is part of that and the most effective routine I have ever used is a fitness streak. I have never been so consistent in exercising nor have I felt this good regarding my mood and outlook on life. My fitness streak makes the difference between a good day and a bad day.

Well, I’m done preaching. I hope you can pull some useful ideas from this post and if you’re interested in starting a fitness streak and want some support from social media, just post it in the comments section and we’ll help you meet your goals. This can be any kind of exercise, at least 22 push-ups for 22 days for example or at least 10 minutes of yoga a day, etc. I say at least because, in my experience, as the streak continued I found the strength, power, and motivation to do more than the self-identified minimum.

Well, I hope you all have a great day and happy streaking!

Ken