It’s winter, but winter on the Front Range in Colorado never truly feels like winter. You see, we’re spoiled here. It snows, but usually melts the next day. Ice doesn’t stay around long (ice storms are virtually unheard of here). The winter temperatures hover in the 40s usually.
This week it’s been cold — bitter cold. Negative degree temperatures at night. Single degree temperatures in the day.
So cold that picking up my CrossFit barbell in my insulated garage (useless in this cold of weather) gives me shudders. I don’t want to go anywhere. I don’t want to do anything. I just want to stay home with a cup of coffee (still waiting for Starbucks to figure out delivery), a cat on my lap, and a book in my hand.
WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM THE EXTREME COLD
The extreme cold prevents me from going over and above my normal exercise routine. I can’t go for an afternoon jog. Going to a HIIT workout class at night is out of the question. Spending prolonged periods in my garage is out of the question.
My life revolves around outdoor activities. Sitting around on a Friday night, asking the kids what they want to do this weekend, has led me to this conclusion. Everything I came up with (bike rides, hikes, swimming, visiting cool places) involved sunny weather. I like being outdoors, enjoying nature, and exploring. The extreme cold prevents all of this.
BENEFITS OF THE EXTREME COLD
I spend less money. Not leaving my home (despite the ubiquitous internet) means I spend less money.
I get valuable rest time I need. I am always at risk of overtraining since I find it hard to limit myself when it comes to exercising and CrossFit. Having a cold garage and icy roads keeps me from exercising. And I also get to sleep in, which I desperately need since I never get enough sleep.
I spend more time with my kids, hanging out doing nothing. This cannot be overemphasized, especially if you have teenagers. Getting them to talk about their days, their feelings, and their social interactions can be tough, but when you’re stuck at home on an ice, cold day, playing UNO or coloring, the conversations flows.
I have time to reflect. Most of our lives are pretty busy. Running kids around, work, play, exercise, and social functions in addition to household jobs such as cleaning, cooking, and sleeping, take up most of our days. When I’m not on-the-go, I can reflect more on where I’m heading in this world and where I want to go — and pivot if I need to.
I read more. This is probably a no-brainer but worth mentioning. When you’re stuck at home, more books that have been lying around the house get read.
As much as the extreme cold temperatures suck, take advantage of the downtime. Do those projects you’ve been meaning to do around the house. Spend time with your kids. Watch a movie together on Netflix or Amazon Prime. And rest up. Cause soon enough it will be go time once again!
No part of me wanted to deadlift. I had done a HIIT workout the day before, ran 3 miles, and was sore.
But I did it anyways.
It got me thinking, “What part of me does these things when I really don’t want to?”
Why You Don’t Do Things
People wait until they “feel” like doing something. Somewhere along the way, we’ve all bought into the idea — without consciously realizing it — that to be motivated and effective we need to feel like we want to take action. Yes, on some level you need to be committed to what you are doing — you need to want to see the project finished, or get healthier, or get an earlier start to your day. But you don’t need to feel like doing it. The solution: just do it.
Fear of failure. The unknown is fear of the things you can’t control. Focus on what you can control.
It’s hard. No one really wants to work. We all would rather spend out days, lying by the pool or reading a good book with a cat on our lap. Instead, set a deadline. If “such-and-such” happens, then I’ll….
Perfectionist. You have to fail and learn from your mistakes; waiting for the perfect moment will never happen.
Comparison. Stop comparing yourself to others. There will always be someone better than you. Let go of that fact and just do it anyways.
Stuck in a rut. We’ve all been there — the same ol’ every day. What has to change is the same ‘ol. Switch it up to get a new routine going.
Lack of planning. You must plan out your time or time will plan you, and before you know it, your life is over.
Seeking validation. Who cares what others think? Just keep moving.
Push through your mental blocks to accomplish your dreams; no one else will accomplish them for you.
Change, no matter how hard it may be, is usually good for you.
Humans are such creatures of habit that we resist change. Usually with all of our might. Because normal is comfortable. And we like being comfortable.
I’ve been needing a change to my CrossFit routine for a while now. But I’ve resisted it. Throw in my stomach issues and the like, and I’ve just felt blah for most of the year.
Luckily, God has decided for me.
NEW YEAR, NEW CROSSFIT BOX
My box where I was doing CrossFit has decided not to keep me on next year for coaching as they are moving in another direction. Since I work out primarily from home, I’m not going to continue to pay membership dues, which will go up to regular price.
Hence, I am looking for a new home. Nothing is official yet, but I am close to deciding. Price is a factor and hours as I work out early in the morning by myself for the most part.
I am also investigating a new routine — one to get me to the next level — since most of this year has been just about maintaining as my mental capacity for CrossFit had plateaued.
Although we may not like change, it’s good for us. And with the New Year right around the corner, the time is now.