Not Embarrassed

The warm-up at The Pit boxing gym is pretty intense:

  • Jumping Jacks x 30
  • Body Squats x 30
  • Arms out rotation x 50
  • Arms front rotation x 50
  • Chain breakers x 30
  • Close grip push-ups x 25
  • Reg grip push-ups x 25
  • Wide grip push-ups x 25
  • Burpee x 20

I went for my first session two weeks ago, got maybe 1/5 through the warmup, and had to lie down on the cold concrete floor because I was so dizzy. Something about all that plus going up and down for burpees gave me vertigo, and I was out of the action for probably 20 minutes.

I should have been mortified. Here I was, with a group of about a dozen guys and a twelve year old girl, who all went through the entire warm-up in half the time I only managed a fraction of it, and I was laid out on the ground. Fifteen years ago, I’d have wanted to hide my face for weeks, or crawl in a hole and die. But I didn’t find embarrassment, or not too much. Rather, lying on the ground after doing just a portion of the warm-up, I found motivation.

Everyone at The Pit is incredibly nice, non-judgmental, and inclusive. There were no sneers or judging glances at me, though several people checked to make sure I was OK. Their tone wasn’t derogatory in any way though. Later, one young man told me that he was puking the first two months at the gym, and I at least hadn’t done that. Boxing is generally a solo sport, but there’s a strong team atmosphere there, which is to the credit of the coach, Will Grover.

As it turns out, my dizziness was probably due to illness. The day after going to the gym, I came down with a wicked cold, and I didn’t leave the house for six days because I felt so bad. Then we traveled to Wisconsin and I missed a couple more workouts. But last night, I went back for my second session, and I completed the warm-up and never got dizzy.

Getting there almost 40 minutes early to give myself time to stretch and go slowly through it helped a lot. We do a warm-up, then a bunch of different boxing exercises, then a work-out that’s 2-3 times more intense than that warm-up. Newbies like me are only obligated to do half of the work-out, and I only managed about half of that, or a quarter what everyone else did. And again, they did it in a fraction of the time.

But I completed the warm-up. I did more last night than I did two weeks ago. The way I see it, I show up 2-3 times a week, do what they tell me for two hours, and I’ll get in better shape. And I really need it. I need to get my health under control. Since I started working at home, the pounds have been piling on, and it… “scares” might be too strong, but it does kind of scare me. I don’t want to be fat. I don’t want to be one of those IT guys who just gets more and more round and waddles around and has high cholesterol and heart problems in his 40s. Working out for two hours, three times a week, is a huge sacrifice of time for me, and it has already meant missing out on social activities I’d like to be part of. But I’ve got to get this health thing re-aligned.

I’m not embarrassed. Part of me feels like I ought to be, but internally, I look at that and think, “Let that embarrassment fuel harder work. Do better. Be better.” And that’s not hard, because I’m not on my own. I go to the gym and have a group of people who are going through the exact same thing, and they model it for me. I have people encouraging me, and guiding me, and correcting me, and telling me that I’m going to get there.

Two more weeks from now, I want to be able to complete the work-out. Maybe not quickly, but I’ll get there.

Introducing Meta-Manage, a new management blog

For around a year now, I’ve been thinking about starting a blog about management. I really enjoy studying project management and I’m loving my master’s program, and I feel like I have a lot of ideas to share, but I was lacking focus. A recent lunch with Jeremy Bartley of ThinkDigital.io really inspired me, though. There are a ton of resources written by project managers for other project managers, but what’s really lacking is helpful advice for regular workers, small business owners, and managers who don’t necessarily know all the jargon and particulars of project management. Helpful articles for those audiences would be a real boon.

The more I thought about it, the more excited I became. I love the idea of helping other people do for themselves. While I’m more than happy to be hired as a consultant, my goal is always to help people learn the principles and steps so they don’t need me anymore. If I can help people become self-sufficient, then mission accomplished. And more often than not, this goal leads to me having even more work and getting to do even more advanced and exciting things.

So I began thinking, and building, and writing. I decided to launch early and iterate often, so the site isn’t what I would call “done.” But it’s to a point where I can start sharing content, and I’ll expand and improve as I go.

If you would be so kind, please take a look. Re-share and point other people to the new blog if you think they might be interested. Submit suggestions and requests for articles. And let me know what other resources might be helpful for me as I write and develop. I’m particularly looking for book recommendations and people on Google+ and Twitter who share inspiring and fantastic thoughts.

Meta-Manage

Web | Google+ | Twitter

Starting a New Project

With a new blog, you have to have a first post. Years from now, you’ll forget what that first post was, but people will dive all the way back to the beginning of your archive to see where you began. With that in mind, I’ve decided to write about my process for starting this new project of Meta-Manage.

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The best thing about Starting Strength

A few weeks ago, I developed terrible pain in my left shoulder. I don’t know what brought it on, but the muscles tensed up so hard that it hurt as badly as when I broke my collarbone in 2008. Wondering at the cause, I searched online for chronic muscle tension, because this isn’t the first time my shoulders have hurt like this, just the worst it has ever been, and I discovered that this sort of tension is common for people like me who sit at a computer all day. The best remedy is exercise.

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Preaching on July 27th

Put it on your calendar: I get to preach again on July 27th. Currently planning on preaching a sermon I’ve been working on for a bit titled Claiming Victory, but God may change my mind between now and then.

If you want to join us, we start at 10:30 a.m. at 634 W Wall St in Springfield, MO. Learn more at http://springfieldvineyard.org

Family Vacation to Mt. Zion National Park in Utah

April and I have just returned from a vacation with her brothers, sister-in-law, and parents to Utah. We were there five nights, and it was the best vacation I’ve ever had. April’s family is wonderful, the scenery was beautiful, and despite some delays getting home, it was overall a relaxing and enjoyable trip.

I have a lot of photos in a Google+ gallery, but I wanted to write about the trip as well.

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