Good Morning from the Bitterroot Joes and Janes;
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get in better shape and lose weight. (Funny how those two usually go hand in hand). As part of this goal I decided to run in at least one 5K and one 10K race before the end of the year. Setting long and short term goals is important to achieving desires you have. I began training for a 5K run a week ago.
Now for some of you, I know this is an easy feat and may be old hat to you, but I hope you will read on as I make some spiritual applications to my experiences.
Having worked construction most of my life I have usually been in fairly good shape and kept my weight down. But over the last 3 or 4 years my work has been less physical and my muscle mass has had an inverse direction to my body weight. I set a goal to begin training in March and the week I had marked on the calendar was the week I came down to with a chest cold. It hung on and off for about 6 weeks. Every time I went outside in cold air I would start coughing. I would think I was better then it would be back. It would be easy to just give up on my goal of running a 5K; just change the goal to watching more TV or something easy. Read the rest of this entry
It’s Hard to Be a Prepared Couch Potato
I think many of us have an easier time of sitting and being entertained that getting up and performing an action; especially if you already had a long day at work. But being a couch potato isn’t very rewarding at the end of the day or week either. When you look back and all you can say is; “I spent 15 hours watching TV” or “I was on the computer 15 hours”, it doesn’t really give you the satisfaction like accomplishing a real goal.
I recently set a goal of running in a 5K race in June. I am also working on building up my upper body muscles. Now that the weather is getting a little better I have set some goals for getting out shooting more and doing some hikes.
None of these goals can be accomplished without setting a series of short term goals or steps to get to the ultimate destination. To be the most successful you need to make those steps realistic and achievable. If you don’t succeed at them you will get defeated and end up back on the couch.
It doesn’t help to have Bug-Out-Bags at the ready, guns and ammo stockpiled and lots of food stored up if you can’t;
- Lift the Bug-Out-Bag and carry it a few miles
- Shoot accurately and carry your weapons
- Move the food to another location if you need to.
None of us is Rambo; in fact even Sylvester Stallone could only do it in the movies, but getting up off the couch and getting moving will get you a lot farther than watching another of his movies.
If you don’t want to be that Couch Potato dropped into the fat fryer; you have to get up and act!
- Set some goals to get into physical shape
- Set some regular training time to practice shooting and other self-defense drills
- Set aside some time to be prepared for an emergency
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