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Make It A Running Habit! A #ThinkKit Prompt

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Today’s #ThinkKit prompt:
What habits did you start this year that you want to continue?

One of the main habits I continued this year is running. Last year, I ran 300-350 miles. This year, I’m on track to break 800 miles. A record for me. I don’t run everyday. I try to, but life gets in the way. Running is my therapy time. I feel so much better when I’m done. I have heard so many people say the same thing. To me, it’s one of the cheapest forms of exercise. You don’t have to run an organized 5k every month. Run for your own mental health. You don’t have to be fast, you just have to get off the couch.

I am motivated by two Facebook groups. One is a workout accountability group, Burn 2014. Members of the group post workouts completed, get advice, and provide encouragement. If you are looking to try something new, ask the group. If you’ve hit a road block, ask the group. One of the fun things we do is group challenges. We do plank challenges. Another challenge was to post a picture of what you see when you workout. They are meant to build community and be fun. I am also know as the Burn Bouncer and I motivate people. Or at least try to. The group gave me that name. I am encouraged by seeing members of the group exercise. This type of group really helps on the days you don’t feel like hitting the gym. After seeing some of your workout buddies hit the gym, how can you say no.

The other is a Facebook group Achieve Them Anyway You Can. This group sets monthly distance goals and you try to beat them. The current challenge is 125 Mile Dash for December. They don’t care how you get there, just get there, walk, row, bike, or run. Just do it. This group is filled with endurance athletes. They are hard core and I love it.

Accountability groups are one of the best ways to complete your goals. You are working with like minded people trying to do their best. Many members will push themselves to hit these goals, but they also want to help other people succeed. I know there is hesitation in joining a group because of the fear of failing and not wanting other people to laugh. Some months you hit the goal, some months you don’t. I have never been laughed at by a member of either group for failing to hit a goal. I have been laughed at for failing by losers who have never even attempted to exercise. I am ok with that. However, that’s life. Did you try your hardest to complete the goal, at all that matters.

Accountability groups are not for everyone. Find one that meets your need and is filled with people in your mindset. Make sure you are in your element. For more info on either of these groups, contact me.

Why do I exercise?
For my well being and to see my children’s children.

Take care,

LkM

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No Resolutions for 2014

Promise me one thing. You will not make a New Year Resolution.

Say. It. Out. Loud. NOW! Seriously, say it. Don’t make me throat punch you through this phone.

Did you make any last year? How far into 2013 did you make it. The fifth or sixth of January. Or are you going to call bullshit on me just because you made it to the middle of February.

I know you want to make a change in your life. Start now. Right now. You can donut. Make a plan. Start small. And do it.
Just start.

How To Be Involved In Your Community. A #ThinkKit Prompt

Today is day six of the Think Kit writing project. Yes, it’s a day late. The prompt asked how will you be involved in your community is 2014. Currently, there are two projects worth sharing with you. Both work to build smaller communities to make our community a better place.

The first one is the Kahuna Virtual 5k. This is a quarterly training program geared to get people off the couch and moving. Over the course of the next three months, participants train to run or walk a 5k, 3.1 miles. The beauty of this is it’s free to parcipate and you can do it from anywhere in the world. It doesn’t matter what a participant’s skill level is. Runner, non-runner, walker, or never walked more than the distance of a parking lot at work. Last year, forty people joined us. Some folks had never completed a 5k. Some were trying to set a personal record. Some joined for the socialization. The point is these folks got off the couch and got active while building an exercise community.

Beer and Crayons is a social group for dads. It started earlier this year. The focus is to meet up once a month and hang out with other dads. The primary goal is socialization. The second goal is positive parenting. Chances are any parenting issue you may be having is not that unique. A dad could reach out into this network and seek advice from other fathers who may have experienced similar issues. This group was formed this past summer. Beer and Crayons fills a social void in Indianapolis. I know of one other dads group. This social group helps dads become better parents by using the experiences of others to help them be successful parents. If you would like more information, check the page on Facebook.

This is part of the ThinkKit 31 Days of Blogging. Every day, bloggers in the challenge receive a writing prompt and blog about it. This program is to inspire daily writing. For more information, check out the ThinkKit website.

Take care, LKM

A Word To The Wise. Listening To Smart People. A #ThinkKit Post

Today’s #ThinkKit prompt was “What was the wisest decision you made this year?”

The wisest decision I made this year was at the advice of my friend Hazel Walker. Many people know how she is. Yes, that Hazel. She’s like Prince. You can say her first name and everyone know’s who you are talking about.

I ran into H at an event downtown. Just a chance crossing. Every so often, her path crosses my path. We were talking about the future of BgKahuna and where I should take it.I did not know where to go with it. Like all pieces of good advice, you don’t listen to it right away. Why, because we, as a species are very stupid. Even though someone, who has walked in your shoes, has been there we don’t hear the message. We can’t let ourselves listen to the truth. She gave me a lot things to think about. Most of these ideas I was working on at the time and Hazel confirmed them. I felt good because I was on the right track.

I went home and didn’t act on our discussion. Why, because sometimes I’m stupid and stubborn to listen to smart people. Yeah, it happens to all of us. After a couple months, I started thinking about my conversation with Hazel. Why a couple months, did I mention I was Irish and stubborn? Yeah, a great combination. I wasn’t just thinking about what we talked about, I started acting on it. I started down the path of positive living. Using this blog to help others find happiness and the mental strength to overcome anything. I mean ANYTHING. If you follow me on Twitter, you know we can donut!

I am still in the early stages of this transformation. I changed the design of the blog. I am writing and sharing more positive material. I am reading more about psychology and happiness to be able to share that as well. This change has made me a better person and parent. Even though I didn’t hear the advice of a smart person, I was listening to her. Believe it or not, what she said did sink into my thick skull. I just had to move on my terms and pace.

This is part of the ThinkKit 31 Days of Blogging. Every day, bloggers in the challenge receive a writing prompt and blog about it. This program is to inspire daily writing. For more information, check out the ThinkKit website.