30 March 2011

The way it's been

One thing that makes me absolutely batsh*t crazy is when something is done because that's the way it's always been done. It's fine if there is a good reason to do something a certain way, but to do it just because that's the way it's always been done?!?!?!?! Please, get your head out of your butt.

Yesterday I was looking for something and stumbled across some blogs I have not read in a long time.   A loooonng time.  One of these folks were heavily involved in triathlon.  They did all kinds of stuff, lots of training and racing and were very, very active in the sport.  They had set a goal for themselves and worked long and hard to achieve it.  It was awesome and inspirational to "watch".  Once they achieved that goal though, they stopped. Just stopped.  Which is fine, if you set a goal and reach it, it's perfectly acceptable to move on to something else. I get it.  What I don't get is that sponsors and such continue to support this person.  How can you be part of a triathlon team of any kind when you haven't done a triathlon in 4 years?? How can you be part of any kind of sport team when you have basically stopped training and racing??  I don't get it.  It's not that I have anything against this person, not at all, it's just a situation and a mindset I don't understand. 

We have a lot of that mindset here in Hawaii and it just drives me crazy.  Try to find out why something is done and you get - 'Well, that's the way we've always done it.'  That is not an answer folks.  What that answer means is that we are too damn lazy to figure out a better and/or different way so we are just leaving it the way it is.  Stupid!!! Stupid, stupid, stupid!!!! 

Part of this rant is directed at myself.  I have certain dreams and goals and yet I'm failing to reach them.  Why?  Because I'm stuck doing somethings the way I've always done them.  And that's not working for me anymore.  I keep saying to myself, I know what works, but I don't think that's completely true anymore.  I'm now over 50, my body has changed and I think trying to lose weight and get fit like I did in my 30's and 40's is just not working for me anymore.  Yet I continue to try and I continue to fail.  So maybe it's time to try something new.  Maybe it's time to really work WW instead of doing my version of it.  Maybe it's time to just work on being more active instead of trying to burn 1000 calories in one workout.  Maybe it's time to just move more, eat less, and go slow.  Clearly doing what I've always done is not working for me anymore.

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