My morning ritual was a bit fractured this morning. I was up at my usually 3:30 am like the clock work it has become. I did my Bible reading and prayer, but then I got back in bed! It wasn't that I was tired or overly sore. It is just that I am currently in the process of developing a new workout routine. I have the first few days of the week pretty much set, but this morning I really didn't know what I was going to do. I opted to go back to bed. In hindsight it would have probably been better had I pressed on with my ususal morning ritual anyway.
I got up again at about 5 am and started my morning kung fu work almost a full hour behind my normal schedule. The easy kung fu practice did help me come up with a good routine for Thursdays, but my fractured morning routine seemed to ripple throughout my day. I was half way to the gym when I realized that I left my gym bag at home. I've had to turn around once before because I left my iPod. Now I carry two mp3 players and two sets of head phones, but that does no good if I leave the gym bag in the house. So I went back home to get my gear.
I've come to take my morning ritual for granted. It really does set the tone for my whole day. Sitting across a bench doing pullover's while looking at the brick wall in front of me, Proverb 14:1 suddenly came to mind "The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down." What I came to realize is that each of us have desires we want to achieve. Achieving our desire is very much like building a house. The house of our desire is built by our daily habits. One brick at a time. The wise women has good habits that actually build her house, while the foolish woman has habits that are completely contrary with what she desires. So by her own hands she tears down her house. You will see little progress if half of your time you are like the wise woman, and the other half of the time you are like the foolish woman. This add a brick, throw a brick lifestyle will make your progress slow, make you static, or leave you worst.
Do not underestimate the importance of your daily habits. They either help you or hurt you. Take some time to think about your worst habit. What if you swapped it for a better one that you are not currently doing? Give yourself 30 days to work on eliminating a negative, and creating a positive. Do this and you will be like the wise woman. You can build it if you take it one brick at a time.
Concept 2 Rowing Machine: 20 minutes (level 10) Most of this year I haven't done more that 10 minutes of cardio at a time. I don't know why I've been on the cardio kick lately, but this is my third cardio session of the week. After the 100 squads the rowing machine just pain hurt. I got on it with the intention of doing 30 minutes at a steady pace. After about 2 minutes my legs, back, and butt hurt so bad it was all a could do to just keep going. I did get 20 minutes, but it was a total exercise in developing my pain tolerance.
Total Workout Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Workout Quality: A1. Another beautiful brick in the wall baby!