Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fell Off the Core/Pushup Wagon


Generally, I have no shame. In fact, I might have agreed to a Aquaphor & Running Kilt competition on twitter (look for the pictures shortly).  But, I will admit that this is a post that I’m not super excited about posting.  You see, I have officially fallen off of the pushup & core wagon.  It took 3 weeks of consistent work at it to form the habit and only a bad head cold to kill it.  Truth be told, as I assume is the case for the people who all of a sudden wake up in the gutter with a needle in one arm and Lindsey Lohan in the other, it didn’t take a lot.

Ok, I might be being a  LITTLE hard on myself.  So, far, I’ve missed 3 sessions of each in a row.  Not a ton, but when you’re doing them every other day that adds up to a week of failing.  FAILING!  There is no way that I’d let the people I coach get away with not running for more than a week and I shouldn’t let myself get away with this either.   Today (tonight) the failing stops.

I’m convinced that if only I would have been doing pushups, I could look like this:
Ok, this MIGHT be David Beckham – or it could be future Adam. We may never know unless I get my ass in gear


Funny Kittys? Blog hit count GOLD!
For the most part, I use the “don’t cry over spilt milk” approach to slacking off for a few days.  That is, if you miss a few days of antibiotics, you double down on the vodka to make sure your system is clear, but you don’t take 5 days worth of pills in one shot. So, just like a quarterback has to forget his last bonehead play, I must forget my bonehead slacking and not let it ruin next week or the week after.  Little good ever comes from jamming too many high intensity run days together and little good will come from stressing out over missed workouts.

So, tonight I crunch, pushup, and plank.  But, more importantly, two days from now, I’ll ALSO crunch, pushup, and plank – and will work to continue that as long as possible.

Do you let small failures totally ruin perfectly good goals?

16 comments:

Runners Fuel said...

It's ok to fall of every once in a while. Just get back it and enjoy the progress you've made!

Losing Lindy said...

The tattoos are a good look for you ;)

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

My lesbian lover Jillian Michaels once said on her radio show "when you get a flat tire do you get out and slash the other three tires?"

Jason said...

Why is it so easy to skip the core workout but nothing else? Thankfully you fell off the wagon to remind me to stay on mine and do it again tomorrow. I'm at one month straight of remembering this workout and loving it.

RunRob said...

I agree with Jason on that one. I'm fairly certain though that picture is of me and not David Beckham...maybe they originally photoshoped Beckham on my body!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Yeah probably. Right now I'm already in the negative points for WW for eating this week and the week aint over yet! So it's been a huge suckage.

Jamoosh said...

You are weak! You should be ashamed of yourself. Now drop and give me twenty then hold a plank for two minutes you girly man!

Jen said...

You need to reframe it. This isn't a failure. It's a setback. If I let setbacks get me down, hold me back or "f" up my bigger goals I'd still be 236 pounds.

Setbacks happen. It's not about the fall, it's about the comeback. Stop referring to it as a failure - every bump in the road is an opportunity to reassess, learn something new and come back stronger.

Katie said...

your arms look super tiny in that picture. weird.

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

I wish I could say I don't let little failures stop me but I do! I try to only spend a day or two wallowing and just get back into it.

Sarah said...

The blog community has led me to realize that "real runners" (that I previously didn't consider myself one of) have bad runs, miss run days, etc. Before I started reading running blogs, I would miss a few runs, be generally unmotivated, so I would think, "I guess I'm not a runner after all. NEXT!" By watching how people who do it successfully do it (basically, by starting over after falling off the wagon, etc.) I've learned that I actually am a runner.

Char said...

If I let small failures get in the way of perfectly good goals I'd never get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes I feel a little guilty missing out on a run but if I eat enough chocolate the running guilt disappears ... and is replaced with chocolate guilt.

Shannon said...

Weird. Are you following the same Fab Ab challenge I got sucked into? Probably not, but it's also all about sit-ups, push-ups, and planks. Being a complete WIMP, these are proving a bit difficult, but I am trying to muddle through. Thanks for the encouragement - in a roundabout way - to keep at it!

More Later... said...

Sh*t happens. People get sick. You're not a failure!

The Sean said...

You've publicly scorned yourself- that should be enough to get off your butt tonight... or on your butt... you know what I mean.

Shannon (IronTexasMommy) said...

No more whining... you have to look good in that half top and kilt! Pictures will be up for judging on my site. Get at it! Can't have Mike showing you up with his fancy kilt. :)