I love nineteenth century writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson. In fact, teaching his literature, and that of his disciple, Henry David Thoreau, may actually be my favorite unit in the 10th grade curriculum. I agree with them on most issues, but after some thought today, I may disagree with one of their greatest beliefs.
Emerson said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall“. I get it. I really do. And I suppose, to some extent, I agree with it. I mean, one of the attributes that makes CrossFit so effective is that the workouts are “constantly varied”, thus causing muscle confusion, to put it simply. I also agree that it is good to break out of the norm every once in awhile, for if we do not, we’ll never gain new experiences.
But I love routine. And I think it also has it’s value.
I’ve been out of school for eight weeks. During these eight weeks, I was away from home almost four. Then their were weddings, brunches, parties, day trips to the beach and amusement parks (I’m really not trying to brag; well, maybe a little). What happens when we fall out of our routine?
It becomes easier to lose sight of some of our goals. Perhaps these goals are secular, religious, athletic, or family-related. For many, it’s a combination.
Today I went back to work. Now it’s time to flip the switch and become organized again. No excuses in my diet (“I didn’t wake up until eleven so I skip breakfast” or “I’m on vacation; I’ll have a pina colada for breakfast”.) No more excuses in my training (“I’m in a hotel, how can I lift heavily?”) The party is OVER, and perhaps this isn’t such a bad thing.
If your routine has been interrupted by summer, most likely this will be changing in the next two weeks. Stop with the “I feel off of the wagon and it’s too late and too hard to get back on” attitude.
Change it. Fall back into your healthy, productive routines and allow them to tame you.
Up a 5:30, breakfast at 7:25, snack at 9:03, lunch at 11:24 (and not a minute later), and ruled by a bell every 42 minutes may not be such a bad thing for this gym-crazed school teacher.
It’s time to jump back on that wagon! Perhaps the consistency isn’t so foolish after all?
All of the photos from Saturday’s competition that I took are available on the Shoreline CrossFit Facebook page.