Went on a few walks today to clear my head of work. It's been one of those days and I needed some freshly polluted Atlanta air to get me back on track. I need to wash the Vibrams tonight since I have worn them for about 10 straight days. It's amazing the way people look at them, look at you, look at them and shake their head in either wonderment or disbelief. I really don't care anymore about their reactions but it pains me to see that if you don't fit into a little box of whats cool or hip then you're seen as the weird guy. Oh well. I usually just say, "Crazy aren't they?" or "These are the most comfortable shoes ever". Again this throws them off and they just walk away with that confused look on their faces.
Tonight we're having a few friends over for a late dinner. I got a call yesterday and my neighbors wanted to know what we were doing to stay in good shape. I explained a little about how I try to mesh the PB lifestyle with my own methods (good ol' Army). This of course led to silence on their end so I invited them to have dinner so they can see how we eat and how we've set up our home to be one big gym. The wife and I are both former college athletes so we'll always be in decent shape, its a mentality we'll never shake. We've ensured this by putting up a pull-up bar downstairs in the bathroom doorway in the hall by the kitchen. By having this where it is we see it everytime we walk around so we knock out 4-5 pull-ups randomly through the day with my goal being 50-60 per day, the wife's is about 15-20. I do variations like circular pull-ups, pull-ups with different grips (hands facing different directions, etc). I also have some bands downstairs, the perfect push-up things and a 20 lb curl bar and I almost forgot the medicine ball we sit on. I want to explain to them that getting in shape is so much simpler and cheaper than paying $100 bucks a month at a gym with a bunch of people who only go there for the social aspect. I mean who specifically puts on Make-up to work out? And why do you need to look at yourself in the mirror in a speedo flexing. I am as vain as the next person but have some respect for those around you. The gym is a place where you're supposed to work hard and bust your ass not put on a beauty pageant or wear a banana hammock.
Sorry about the rant but back to the lecture at hand (thx Snoop)...I am going to explain to my neighbors that fitness is a continuous state of mind where everything falls on you and what your goals are. It is a realistic mindset, worse person to lie to is yourself, that says I will be prepared for anything whether its combat, a pick-up basketball game or you get a last second call to play in a softball league. It's about being prepared mentally and physically for anything that comes your way. Fitness should be fun but challenging. It should be something that you look forward to and if you don't feel like it then hold off until you do. Even when I am sick I stil get in a little workout to get the blood flowing, to release the endorphins, etc. I don't claim to be a fitness expert but the results show for themselves. I love the way I look but more importantly how I feel. I feel alive and energy is never in short supply. When i see my co-workers going for their 3rd or 4th cup of coffee before 11 AM I just wonder what the hell they eat or why they're so tired. They often wonder why their blood pressure is high and why they can't lose those last 10-15 lbs. It's all about the choices you make.
I wake up every morning excited about what will take place. I see life now as an experience, a challenge that you can enjoy or hate and I've been through depression when I got back home from overseas and its not fun. At some point in your life you need to take a long look in the mirror and take control of your own existence. That was probably the most round about way of explaining my mindset/mentality to my neighbors. Crazy to think I am actually pretty organized in everything besides my own blog. Oh well, I enjoy it.
Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.