I was reading something in The Lair of the Ice Dog about how a kid wanted to increase the size of his back, and then Christian boldy replied, “Just find a routine and stick with it for crying out loud” - not his exact words, but you get what I mean (CT, I’m not busting on you, just using it as my example).
I started thinking about how frustrated the poor kid must be and then I began to think of how I feel the same way. I bounce from routine to routine quite frequently myself. I don’t know if it’s because I get bored easily or if it’s because I read a new article online tonight promising better results with this program for this reason etc. And then I continue reading all of these great threads, but once again get frustrated because “I took 1/2 teaspoon more glutamine than I should have and now I can kiss any hopes of losing that .23458 of an inch of flab I have off my belly”. God forbid you do any cardio for the sake of just keeping healthy. Or should I break up my sleep to get in some protein? What if I take this multivitamin as opposed to this one… will I lose the 10lbs of muscle I claimed to have gained in the last 2 weeks? To be honest, it’s all quite overwhelming.
What happened to just lifting for the simple reason that you enjoy it? Yesterday, I went to the track to enjoy the first day of great weather in God knows how many months. I didn’t go thinking I was going to do anything in particular, just that I wanted to run a few miles and do some sprints. And that’s exactly what I did. And you know what? I had a great time! I went because I wanted to and I enjoyed it.
Basically what I’m trying to say is this: I think we get way too caught up in the details of it all and for many of us, it’s downright frustrating. I wake up in the morning thinking if I forget to take a teaspoon of Flax Oil, my day is ruined. I should get up being pysched that I’m going to lift today and that I’m going to have fun! Some things are certain; consistency is important, progress is crucial and diet is key. But if you feel like doing cardio after a workout just for the sake of doing it, then by all means go for it. If you’re reading this website, you’re probably in this sport for life, so you might as well enjoy it!
Ok, now that’s off my chest…