Manly Monday Week 2 – and you didn’t think it would last one week without the mommy blogger pulling the plug. This week I’d like to touch on something everyone, but I think particularly men, should take pride in – yourself. Nothing shows that you have passion, motivation, determination, and a whole bunch of other good stuff in you than investing hard work in yourself. This week I’m focused on the body.
Pushing myself through grueling training for the Chicago Marathon this year for the second time has sometimes left me wondering if I have the good sense to stop. That sense of accomplishment when finishing the race, though, is there for a reason. It’s the primeval drive for self improvement that gets displayed for everyone. And it’s also no coincidence that other people find people who work out more attractive. Yes, like LMFAO, I work out. It doesn’t have to be running marathons, but I think everyone should have some area of physical activity that they are passionate about that drives them beyond what they thought were their limits. Find your limit, break through it, achieve more than you thought were possible, and carry that newfound confidence into other areas of your life.
Working smarter is more important that working harder. While I’m burning thousands of calories during a workout, I honestly find feeding myself like a garbage disposal. Here’s a tip learned the hard way…you don’t get to eat whatever you want just because you work out, even when running marathons. I had to find something healthy and agreeable to eat since I’m eating myself out of house and home. Samantha found Bob’s Red Mill products advertising a “Train with Grain” promotion last year and I’ve been using their products since.
Recently I’ve tried the following:
Becky Shattuck says
I love running, but I’m not exactly running marathons. Well, to be fair, I ran a half marathon, but that was pre-children. Haha.
I always feel pride when I can run a 5k without walking. I haven’t gotten back into running regularly since having our second child 9 months ago, but we’re finally getting enough sleep in our household that I can start to go out for little jogs more often.
Congrats in advance on the marathon!