Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Morning Is King!

For years I had stuggled with finding the time to work out and practice regularly. After work, after I chased the kids around, after I had done the little jobs waiting for me at home, I hoped to have the will power and the energy to stay up and practice.

Sometimes I did and sometimes I didn't. I found the irregularity to be frustrating.

Then a year ago today, after talking about working out with a friend of mine, I decided that as much as I hated getting up any earlier than I really had to, I liked working out more. I began getting up 90 minutes earlier (5 AM) than I actually needed to to get ready for work.

Every morning during the week I get up, have my coffee, catch up on the news and email; then head downstairs to practice.

I leave myself 90 minutes. Sometimes I use all of it and sometimes not. By leaving that much time I don't feel like I have a deadline weighing over me. I can practice without the anxiety of having to rush.

It's not a LOT of time, but instead of improving through the brute force of repetitions, my plan is to advance by virtue of consistency.

I normally don't "practice" on the weekends, as my weekend projects give me enough of a work out, but I have found that I have been in the habit of always doing standing practice on the weekends, so it turns out that i work out every day.

In fact, before the last Advent Challenge, I began tracking some of my activities at and according to my records, today marks 243 days of working out in a row.

For anyone struggling with getting in their training, give the mornings a shot.

Morning is King!


Compass Strategist said...

I glad you finally took my suggestion. :)

Rick Matz said...

Actually it was a local friend of mine who had previously never worked out but started and lost 40 lbs.He was the last guy I thought would ever have the discipline to get up and work out everyday.

If he could do it,I could too.