A Missed Workout

This is not the article I intended to write today.

Last night after work and going to the gym, I came home to type my blog post, and ended up writing 2,000 words on a subject that was more about life and less about health and fitness.  I decided it wasn’t a great fit for this site (in its current state), so I put it in the drafts folder, and started writing another article.  2,000 words into my second article, I realized that I didn’t love it.

I woke up early this morning to finish, and came to the realization that I couldn’t get it done in time with the level of polish and professionalism that you, the Nerd Fitness reader, deserve.  For the first time in quite a while, I don’t have a big-time article for you to read on Thursday.  I equate it to a missed workout in the gym.  I can blame it on my scatter-brained mind, lack of free time between my real life and my day job, need for sleep, whatever.  Excuses, everybody has ’em.

I’d like to reference Wedding Crashers and the quote “Rule #76. No excuses, play like a champion.”  Sorry, but that’s bullsh*t.  You know what?  Life gets in the way sometimes.  Last night was one of those days, and it wasn’t from lack of effort.  I went to the gym, I tried to better myself, and I wrote close to four-thousands words for the site.  They just weren’t good enough.  I’d rather not post an article than post something I’m not proud of.

What does this have to do with fitness?

We’re all human.

None of us are perfect.

Life happens. Sh*t happens.

So you ate like a pig on Super Bowl Sunday.  You skipped a workout to go watch your kids basketball game.  Maybe you skipped a run because you wanted to play Halo with your roommates.  Honestly, who cares?  Do NOT beat yourself up over it.  It happens to the best of us – it doesn’t make you a failure, or a bad person, or a slacker.   You’re not alone.

I do the best I can with the hand I’m dealt, I try to live my life to the best of my ability, and I try to have some fun every once a while.  I hope you do the same.  If you miss a workout, if you go eat a 2,000 calorie awesome blossom at Outback, if you sleep in on Saturday and decide to not run, it doesn’t mean you don’t care about yourself.  It just means that you’re human!  Like the rest of us.

Just make sure not taking care of yourself doesn’t become a routine.  I don’t plan on making a habit out of missing my self-imposed deadlines, so I’ll see you with a regularly scheduled, kick-ass post on Monday.

Thanks for listening.

-Steve

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  • JFreedom

    This is actually exactly what I needed to hear today man. I screwed up big time this morning and have been kicking my self for it. Thanks for reminding us it's ok not to be perfect, I feel a little better now 🙂

  • http://www.265andfalling.com Steve

    G.R.E.A.T. Post!!!! Whether it was intended or not.

    It can be very easy to beat yourself up when you miss a goal or deadline for yourself, especially when you've been on a roll and are trying to keep the momentum going. But hey, sh*t happens.

  • http://www.ronbarker.ca/ Ron

    I echo the sentiment of this being an awesome post.

    One day isn't going to kill you (unless that's the day you're scheduled to die) and even then, as long as it's not a prolonged pattern… you're still good!

    –Ron

  • Jacob Lee

    My problem has been the frequency of “lazy” nights. I want to blame it on the weather; I really don't wanna go outside if it's 37 and drizzling.

    For some reason, I've really been wanting to jog lately, and not do my body-weight routine. I know it's better, but I can't feel any motivation. Maybe it's cuz of goal-setting, or cuz friends also run, so I have something to compete against. I blame it on feeling hibernatory, but I don't think that has a sound scientific backing 😛

    So, I end up jogging/walking 2 times a week, and trying to talk myself into doing the weight routine once or twice. Part of it is i'm not getting invigorated by the routine; not feeling sweaty and broken. maybe cuz i'm watching tv at the same time, and don't go as fast?

  • shannongeorge69

    I try not to beat myself up either. Lots of high cal food and beverages on Super Bowl Sunday… intended to make it to the gym Monday and Tuesday. Didn't happen. But had great workouts yesterday and today. Peeled myself out of my warm bed at 5:15am to hit the gym in the dark before my early morning appointments. So proud of myself. It's easier to give in and sleep that extra 1.5 hours then go get on the cold elliptical.

  • dfused

    yeah… I like this. reality sucks, get over it. do the best you can but be sure to not forget to LIVE.

  • javarama

    Thank you so much for this post. I had to miss my workout today because my car BLEW THE HELL UP on my way to the gym. So now I not only feel lazy but very poor. Thanks for helping me feel slightly better (about the lazy part anyway!)

  • NerdFitness

    Hey Joe,

    Dude, life is too short. No use in crying over spilled milk. Just pick yourself up and move on.

    -NF Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Hey other Steve,

    Thanks man. Yeah, I hate to use a golf analogy, especially because I'm as guilt as anybody else at this, but you can't worry about the shot you just hit because this is ZERO you can do about it. All you can do is plan ahead and deal with the next issue.

    -NF Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Hahaha, well if that's the day you're scheduled to die and you skip it, it definitely won't kill you!

    -Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Jacob,

    Some people don't like lifting weights, some people hate running…find what works for you. If you're doing the body weight workouts, I can see how it would get boring…find a way to spice it up.

    Due your pushups differently, do the lunges with a step back instead of a step forward…or set a stop watch and see how quickly you can get through the routine (with good form).

    -Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Hey Shannon,

    Congrats on getting up at 5:15 to hit the gym, that is amazing and super ambitious. Sleeping in is definitely much easier, but I bet you feel much better about your day after getting out of that gym.

    -Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Great call dfused. Everybody has stuff they're going through, and life sucks at one point or another for everybody. Just pick yourself up and roll with it.

    -Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Thanks Javarama,

    Sorry to hear about your car, but that's a pretty solid excuse for skipping the gym. I can't help ya with the poor, but I'm glad this makes you feel less lazy.

    -Steve

  • Jacob Lee

    Timing would probly help a lot. When I started them, I was timing, and hitting lap on each cycle, but I've stopped doing that, and just did them… I'll bring that back.
    Thanks Steve!

  • http://www.fithacks.com/ Brandon

    haha, there seems to be a lot of this going around. last night I skipped the gym AND procrastinated on a blog post as well. This sunday is my half-marathon though so I figure it should all balance out, right? 🙂

  • shannongeorge69

    Thank you Steve for the response- I feel great and will not feel as guilty
    if I have a cocktail tonight to wrap up a busy work day!  Thank you for
    your site and Tweets, I really enjoy them! 

    – Fellow Nerd Fitness junkie

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    -Steve

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  • toddhelmkamp

    Good stuff. Steve, I really respect your integrity in not publishing a post that you aren't proud of. I actually think this was a good thing. This impromptu post seems to have encouraged a lot of people, and isn't that what this blog is about?

  • http://www.designtoimprovelife.com EuroPorter

    I really like the honesty of this post. Full of integrity. I agree with everybody — we all have these moments, and it's just nice when I'm not the one who has to lead the way in admitting to them. 🙂 Thanks for going first, Steve!

  • http://www.andrewisgettingfit.com/ AndrewENZ

    Way to turn a problem into a great post!

  • NerdFitness

    Good luck on your half-marathon! Let us know how it goes.

    -NF Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Thanks Todd. I was really seconds from hitting post, and I didn't have enough sources or solid information to back up my words. Just didn't seem like the smart thing to do.

    Yeah, I'm really inspired and flattered with all of these comments and support.

    -Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Thanks Porter.

    We're all human! Glad to go first.

    -Steve

  • Endorphin_Dude

    I gained 15 pounds over the holidays and on my trip to Vietnam. I got complacent and lazy. When I returned to the running scene, I performed miserably on my first half marathon back from being on hiatus. I ran another one 3 weeks later and did a little better. I expect to do even better in three weeks when I run the next half. I am slowly getting back into the shape I was in when I hit my personal record. I just keep working at it. It's been six weeks since my return from Vietnam, and I lost half the weight I gained. It's ok to fall off the wagon. It's not ok to sit there on the curb and watch that wagon roll down the hill without you. I chased after that wagon. I'm still hanging on the side, but I am confident to get fully back on by the next race. On another note, NerdFitness, your blog is what gets me through the rough spots, and this last entry truly exemplifies why you are a muse to me.

  • trippcrosby

    I haven't run in 4 days, I'm supposed to run a 10k saturday. Are skates allowed?

  • NerdFitness

    Get some of those wheelie shoes, and pray for lots of downhills.

  • NerdFitness

    Tony!

    You still finished the race man. The thought of running a half marathon scares teh crap out of me, so don't beat yourself up too much. Just get better each time out. Channel the superhero!

    -Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Thanks Andrew, definitely had an “oh sh**” moment this morning when it hit me that what i was writing wasn't awesome.

    -Steve

  • Suse

    nice post. I like that you are human and come with all the failings 🙂 We all need to remember that even the superheroes have their weak moments.

  • Den

    You may have inadvertently written one of the best phrases I've ever read on the blogosphere: “Last night was one of those days.”

    Don't sweat it, dude. You made the right choice by withholding anything that wasn't your best. Quality trumps quantity, whether you're writing or doing pushups.

  • NerdFitness

    hahaha, thanks Den. Yeah, definitely did NOT plan that. That's what happens when you don't edit.

    🙂

    -Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Thanks Suse!

    -Steve

  • NerdFitness

    hahaha, thanks Den. Yeah, definitely did NOT plan that. That's what happens when you don't edit.

    🙂

    -Steve

  • NerdFitness

    Thanks Suse!

    -Steve

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