Shoulders back and down. Shoulders back and down. I’m saying this like a mantra, a silent repetition in between other thoughts. I am fighting years of bad posture.
If I pull my shoulders back as if thrusting out my chest, and then lower them down so that I’m not halfway into a shrugging motion, this is better for my overall body. So far, I feel all these little muscles that are tense from wanting me to hunch forward. Sometimes, I feel a twinge down the muscles nearest my spine. The one that’s doing the most twinging is called the rhomboid.
When I started my fitness and nutrition efforts, I wanted to lose weight. I figured that getting in shape meant losing 100 pounds. As pounds started to fall off, I realized that I was no longer just interested in weight loss. I wanted to be more fit. Now, fifty pounds in, I’m working up to a challenge.
The premise behind Mark Verstegen’s CORE PERFORMANCE is that fitness is a far more holistic experience than what is being pitched to the average person today. Gone are the ideas that you should stretch, work a few body parts, and do some cardio. Instead, everything in the book points towards full-body exercises, the kind that blur the lines between stretching, cardio, and weight training. In fact, he doesn’t much like most of those terms. He believes we should be after power and strength, and that words like “weight training” and “cardio” are out. I buy it.
My wife threw me a surprise birthday party last night. I was FLOORED. Didn’t have a clue. But I have a mini story that runs throughout the night that I find very pertinent to my fitness and self-improvement efforts.
We ate dinner at a local Chinese restaurant, which gave friends time to prepare our house for the surprise. I am not really one for spiritual things. I try, but they rarely take. My only exception? I believe fortune cookies. I wholeheartedly accept what they’re telling me.
As of today, I am officially back on the mental connection to my fitness and nutrition goals. I have been maintaining things fairly well, and I’ve been working out daily. But things haven’t really been there with me mentally. Today, the sunny weather, a great massage, and a new book have helped reboot me back into determination.
There’s no denying that many people react to good weather. I tended to think I was not one of them. Well, this year, I’m definitely reacting. I’m suddenly punching to get outdoors. I’m anxious to do lots of new things. We’re planning out the year’s vacation. It’s just generally amazing the way this year’s sunny weather is making me feel.
I have this recent thing about wanting to write serial stories. By serial, I mean they are doled out by installment. By write, I also include the idea of doing art, audio, and other things into the bargain. I’m thinking of creating a little multimedia experience and burning it to CD. It’d include text, art, audio, maybe even motion clips, as I have two different digital devices that shoot short clips.
I looked to see if serialbox.com was available, or serialbox.net . Not so lucky. Too bad, because I think the idea of the name is pretty fun. If you check out serialbox.net, it actually goes to lindasue.com. Odd blog. But then, aren’t they all?
I’ve changed the technology used to create [chrisbrogan.com]. In the old days, I used a Windows program called Trellix. It was an easy-to-use WYSIWYG software that made web design easy. I really enjoyed it, and used to get all kinds of compliments on the page. Mind you, it also took lots of effort, time for which I don’t exactly have these days.