If You Want The Internet To Laugh At You, Tell It Your Plans

I managed to do six days in a row of exercise as part of my “Just Shut Up And Do It” fitness program. The key has been doing it first thing in the morning. I did a half-hour a day, and I decided earlier in the week that I was going to start taking Saturdays off, so today’s the end of my week. But I pick up again on Sunday, and when I do I’m going to be doing 45 minutes a day. Then the following week, I’m going to start spending an hour a day on my first thing in the morning exercise routine. My tools this week were the treadmill, and the Sirius satellite radio app, especially the Area channel. I’m going to start integrating some Wii stuff next week.

Johnny and I are trying to get the Question The Rules course in a state to show friends and affiliates either today or tomorrow. We’re working with The Caffeinated Elf herself, the lovely and talented Rachael Acklin, on the site’s design and we’ve had big voiced announcer talent Jeff Straub start cutting intros for the different audio “chapters” of the course.

I’ve also been working on a new website, and spent a lot of the day yesterday making basic design decisions. It’s my first serious crack at starting an online magazine style site, and like a lot of the things that I do at this point I’m trying to figure out workflow that is sustainable. I will have more details soon.

I’ve also been working on the upcoming seminars I have planned, and I’ll probably have a lot more to say about that on Monday.

Chop Wood, Walk On Treadmill

My little morning routine continues to work. So I guess I’ll leave it at that.

One thing that I thought about all yet is a really cool new product that I’m doing what is my pal Johnny B. Truant bets going to be called Question The Rules. Johnny’s been talking about it for a few weeks now, but people actually read his blog, so it’s probably okay that I haven’t mentioned it much here. But it’s been a really great experience working on it and as we get close to releasing it under your excited about it. For one thing, I’ve been able to talk to release some outstandingly interesting people while creating it . And Johnny has been a total pleasure to work with. I’m sure a lot more to say about this soon.

Trifecta

Yes, I did my time on the treadmill today. I really think the key is not allowing myself to get on my desktop computer before I get on the treadmill. My iPod touch is read by my bedside, which allows me to do a quick check of e-mail and news just to make sure I’m not missing anything vital. I can also check my Bank of America and PayPal balances using iPod apps, which even allow me to do money transfers all without be drawn into the venus fly trap of my office.

And It Don’t Stop

Gee whiz! Look at me blogging two days in a row like a big boy. Or journaling, really, I guess.

Went into Albuquerque with the family yesterday afternoon for “shopping in the big city”. Got some fresh bread from House of Bread and some nice vegetables and cheese from the co-op. I had some ribs marinating in Shiner Bock and V-8 juice for about 36 hours and so I smoked them on the grill last night. After dinner and Breaking Bad, I started to feel distinctly unwell. I thought it was going to do some work last night, but I ended up just feeling too bad to do anything.

This morning, I thought was feeling better. So I went down, and did a half-hour on the treadmill. Now I’m sitting here writing this, and I’ve cleared out my e-mail, but you know what? I still feel pretty badly. I have stuff to do with any to call in sick for about an hour or two.

The Turnaround

The first thing I did today — before I checked my e-mail, Twitter or Facebook – was to go downstairs and get on the treadmill for a half hour. As I have written previously, one of my goals for this year has been to take better care of myself physically, and I realized that I don’t do it first thing in the morning, it’s just not going to get done. There are 1000 excuses for me not to go exercise. And apparently I mean this literally, because somehow I’ve managed to go for weeks at a time without any exercise at all.

Little side note here; for me, this is certainly one of the hazards of working at home. When your commute is about 15 feet long, you can sort of get away with about 300 feet of walking a day combined with strenuous bouts of sitting in a chair and the exertion of Internet surfing.

So now I’ve had one day in a row of hitting the treadmill for a half hour combined with a small smidgen of free weights , and I’m proud of myself, because it’s a start. Then I had a shower, did a quick check of e-mail and social media, returned a business call that had come in while I was exercising and now — look at me go! — here I am doing an actual honest to god blog post because posting here on this site more often is another one of my goals.

One thing that I think helped is a course I’m taking with Naomi Dunford and Ashley Sinclair about money. The course started last Thursday and it wasn’t what I expected; they began by doing some visualization and neurolinguistic programming type of exercises — the kind of thing meant to hit you in the subconscious and not your “rational” mind. (You know the rational mind; it’s that thing that delivers excuses, rationalizations, overly optimistic projections, overly pessimistic projections, and other random meaningless thoughts that seem really really important at the time.)

So, the first week of the course surprised me in a good way. For example, I learned that my “money age” — the age that I deal with money — is 23. And I even figured out why. But all the NLP stuff that Naomi and Ashley were talking about also had an immediate effect in other areas of our life. And then this morning I was on the treadmill. So, yay them.