Workout of the Day
Four sets of:
Bulgarian Split Squat x 6-8 reps each leg @ 30X0
Rest 60 seconds
Plank Hold x 60 seconds
Rest 60 seconds;
Five rounds for time of:
Unweighted Walking Lunge x 20 steps
Double-Unders x 40 reps
Four sets of:
Single Arm Waiter’s Carry Walking Lunge x 10 steps each leg
Rest 45 seconds
Ring Rows x 10-12 reps @ 2111
Rest 45 seconds
Ball Slams x 15 reps
Rest 45 seconds;
Row 2000 Meters
I am a coach but that does not define who I am.
I am an athlete but that does not define who I am.
I am a cook but that does not define who I am.
I am creative but that does not define who I am.
I am hilarious (you better not be laughing right now) but that does not define who I am.
I am a woman but that does not define who I am.
I am a daughter but that does not define who I am.
I am a sister but that does not define who I am.
I am a friend but that does not define who I am.
All of these things make up who I am but not a single one defines me as a person and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Even as a kid, I remember being bothered by how it seemed that people were categorized as one thing (usually their profession) when describing themselves or being introduced. To me, it indicated a lack of balance in their lives or, maybe, an issue with how society views individuals and their roles and I wondered, is there anything I can do to stop that happening from me? I mean, how can you be defined by only one thing?
I am often reminded of this when I see people dive head first into a new endeavor, career, or path in life and I think about how important it is to keep hold and allot proper attention to everything we, as individuals, are about. Think about this. How many lawyers are out there? Ok. Now,how many lawyer, elephant trainer, pastry chef, volunteer special advocate, blood donor, co-ed softball champ, adoptive parent, flame swallowers are out there? Much fewer which is what makes us individual. Having that many identifying traits makes us individual; and focusing a little bit on each of them is what makes us balanced.
When I think about how people would describe me to a stranger, I hope they’d include all the above statements, and more (the coach, athlete, sister ones not the elephant trainer, lawyer, flame swallower ones). That is how I see myself. And that is how I know I’m balanced. How would people describe you? How would you describe yourself? If you have the feeling that people only see you as one thing, think about why. Is that what you are portraying? Are you placing too much focus on one particular aspect of your life and ignoring everything else that is important to you? Is your life out of balance?
You might be trying to come up with a resolution for the new year, which is great. Think about what I have said as you enter the holiday season and the new year. Instead of adding something new to the list, consider making a list of how you would like to be described. Then, write down a percentage of how much time you spend in each of those areas. Does everything look the way it should? If yes, rock on! If no, time to think up some resolutions on how to better prioritize.