From Soul Crushing to Goal Crushing: 21 Day Fix day 11, Pilates Fix
There are people who are just born to love exercise. I’m not sure how that happens for people, but my hat’s off to them. Not everyone needs to lose weight. These people have been “fit” their whole lives. I am not one of those people. I never enjoyed exercise for the sake of exercise. When I was a kid, I liked to ride my bike and run around outside. I liked individual sports, like skiing in Colorado growing up (not that I was very good). But into college and young adulthood, I didn’t much see the point. Plus, getting onto your feet in this society takes a LOT of time and effort. Believe me, getting started in a career in aviation takes blood, sweat, tears, time, money, and a large chunk of your soul. But lately I’ve learned to love exercise for its benefits – not just losing weight, but other intangible benefits.
So why am I doing this healthy lifestyle?
I am working hard to exercise and life a healthy lifestyle and every time I remember why I am doing this it makes the “work” a little more pleasurable. I am doing this for me. I am doing this for my family. I am doing this for my life.
Yes, I’ve always wanted a six pack, sure. But I am also doing this to protect my aviation career. I have to stay healthy to maintain flying status. Watching some pilots who have been doing this longer than I have, I’ve seen what the eventual cost of this career does to your body. So this protects my career.
I also do this for a longer, fuller, happier life. Living a healthy lifestyle gives me more energy. More energy to play with my little girl. Better sleep. An increased level of positive attitude. Fit people have an easier time avoiding grumpiness. No, no one is immune to bad days, but think about it: When your body feels crummy it’s often the attitude that is the first to suffer. So being fit gives me a happier life.
I also do it, oddly, to feel better equipped to protect my girls. It could be an entirely separate topic, but today’s men in this country are often soft. We haven’t had to work tough jobs, outside, building muscle and callouses. I’m guilty. I fly an airplane in the civilian world. I basically sit for a living. I’m not ashamed of what I do – it’s actually a highly skilled and specialized career, which often tops the list for riskiest jobs in the country – but it has not made me physically strong. If I’m ever called upon to rescue my baby I WILL be ready. I can’t sit on the couch being soft and out of shape when I think that my efforts now might actually be the difference between life and death of my little girl. Maybe that’s excessive, but it’s part of being a man. Guys, you know what I mean. Protective instincts are real.
How did I pursue a healthy lifestyle today?
Well, today’s workout was the 21 Day Fix Pilates Fix. Certainly one of the lower impact workouts in the 21 Day Fix, but it’s definitely worth NOT skipping. Lots of strength moves which incorporate focused breathing. I’m all about a well-rounded workout routine, not only so I don’t skip anything important, but I ::thrive:: on variety. Don’t let me get bored. I’m not going to get bored with Beachbody.
Breakfast and lunch were on point. I had to rush to make dinner before church, so I made some concessions there. A little leftover beef roast and, *ahem* tater tots. Oh well. I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Every day is wins and losses and as long as I make more wins than losses – well, I’ll lose weight in the end!
She is my why. I’m excited to be living a healthy lifestyle, because it gives me more time (and more fulfilling time) with my little love. After my workout this afternoon, we definitely went outside for a pool party. She made up a silly little game that involved getting in and out of her toddler pool and me spraying her with the hose. This is everything.