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Robot mode; Are my daily updates going to stop because my goals are changing?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

April
15
2009

Yesterday I was feeling a bit more motivated to workout than I was on Monday, but I still had to sort of resist the temptation to skip it. Thankfully this time there wasn’t a whole lot of hand-wringing involved. When it was time for my workout I simply shut out the option to skip it by entering a mindset that I call “robot mode”. This is a mental trick I sometimes use to stay on track when I’m feeling less than enthusiastic about training, or thinking about going off my planned diet. I know it sounds really dorky, but it helps to think of myself as a machine that has no choice in matters. Instead of weighing my choices, I just do what I’m “programmed” to do. Yeah, go ahead and laugh… it works for me!

I received a couple of concerned emails regarding something I said in yesterday’s update. Specifically, a few of you were wondering if my announcement that I would no longer be cutting and bulking in some way implied that daily updates to this site would also cease. Don’t worry: I love updating this site and talking about fitness, health, weight training and nutrition. I have absolutely no plans to stop updating this site each and every day. In fact, I see my new focus as a very cool opportunity to try new things and, hopefully, provide a nice fresh change from the usual cutting and bulking talk. For example, I might like to play around with adopting a 4 meal a day diet so that I don’t feel so tied to the kitchen. I’d love to put the “you must eat six meals a day” axiom to the test (I know others have, but I have to find out for myself). Will I be able to do something like that without compromising my health, strength and physique goals? There’s only one way to find out! Anyway, that’s just one of about a million embryonic ideas I have warming in the back of my mind right now.

Today’s a cardio-only day (HIIT), and I’m going to hit those all-out intervals as hard as I can. I’m really starting to feeling like I’m getting back in shape, and I want to keep the momentum going.

My breakfast is ready, so I’m going to sign off and go eat. I hope you have a great day!

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