Am I training for a race? What race? You must be training for something because you increased your training from four to six days. Are you training for the Tour de France? Aren’t you a little old for the Tour de France? I will admit I am training for something! What?
Why do I need to increase my training anyway? I am in good shape, my weight is fine and I am in good health. One of the reasons might be my age or is it my new assignment? Middle school students are different from high school students, but it doesn’t require increased stamina. I increased my training because I was testing myself physically. I wanted to see if the increase in training would make a difference physically. What was my training plan?
Usually I set goals to achieve a particular outcome or goal. This time, I wanted to see how much I could improve through aerobic exercise (riding my bike for 90 minutes) and anaerobic exercise (weight lifting). As I get older, I find that it takes more effort to achieve the same results. Recently, I added some stretching exercises to make me more flexible. It is a reminder that I am not as flexible because I am old(er). Feeling good physically adds to my confidence and mental well being. I think my training program was working!
I did not stop at just my physical well being this summer. In July, I took a class in Geometry to brush up on my math skills. I am preparing to take a math credential test sometime next year. Why? This Spring I went through a very difficult time. Teaching is normally a fairly stable career, however state budget cuts has changed education. That is a whole story in its own. Adding an additional credential will keep me safe from any cuts.
Normally, I spend so much time on the internet reading blogs, articles and so much more. Do I really need to read some books too? During July and August I read about twenty-five (25) books. About twenty (20) were part of a series of one character by one author. It was the first time I ever did something like this and it was really enjoyable to see the characters grow over time. The reading and class gave me a pretty good mental workout. Keeping your mind active is important too!
At the end of June, I reflected on my progress toward my goals (New Year’s Resolutions) and realized I needed to step it up. One of my goals for this year was pretty aggressive and I needed to step it up! Summer was an excellent time to put more effort into my blog because I was out of school. When I was not riding, working out or reading, I spent a lot of time writing, commenting and reading other blogs. Was it worth the effort? Stay tuned for my progress report for the third quarter on October 1st. I am starting to realize this is not a race, but a marathon!
I have written about a lot of things financial, career and lifestyle that relates to goals, goal setting, motivation and success. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about “Successful vs. Unsuccessful People” which discusses the various traits of both kinds of people. My writing is intended to get you to think about various subjects, a little thought provoking and engage you in different viewpoints. So why did I tell you how I spent my summer vacation? Was it a school assignment or just a reason to create an article? None of the above! Are you prepared to handle everything you need to do?
I decided to share what I did to illustrate how much someone can do, if motivated! In addition, I still spent time with my wife, children, and friends. I went to the movies, went out to dinner every week, beach and other fun stuff too. Two months later I am in the best physical shape of my life, mentally sharper and writing better. You will have to wait to see if my blog statistics are better. Will this make me more successful? I think I am better prepared to take on more. Success encourages more success! What are you doing to prepare yourself? Am I training for a race?
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