Episode 5 – And Rest…

by The Shrinking Man on January 16, 2011 · 6 comments

in Check In

Checking in again for this week. I’ve hit a new milestone in my weight loss, but I’m also feeling the fatigue of working out week after week. Fortunately, I have a plan.

This week’s promo is for Season 4 of The Secret World Chronicles.

Also in the news, The Shrinking Man Project is now available at Podcast Alley!

Enjoy the show. See you next week!

Show notes included below.

Show Notes:

  • Welcome!
  • Off to the scales…
  • Promo – The Secret World Chronicles
  • Weigh in
  • Week in review
    • Still have Tech problems, but I haven’t been investing a lot of time in them.
    • All exercises done, but feeling the fatigue.
    • Taking a rest week.
    • My food has been good. With this week’s loss I’ve lost another point off of my daily total, so that is another small adjustment to make in my schedule.
    • Do Nothing Weekend. This has given me a big block of time to get stuff done around the house without interruption. I’ve been able to take things at my own pace without rushing.
    • Lessons learned. Feeling like I am back on track after the holidays. Don’t let changes in schedule upset you, just focus on getting back into the plan, even if it takes a while. In the long run, it’s just a bump in the road.
    • Moving forward. Rest for this week. Keep on target. Work ahead as much as I can.
  • Feedback!
  • Sign off
    • Comments on the blog at http://theshrinkingmanproject.com
    • E-mail at Doc@theshrinkingmanproject.com
    • Voice mail at (240) 745-5022
    • Look for the Fans of the Shrinking Man Project group on Facebook.
    • If you have a podcast, send me your promos!
    • Leave a review on iTunes.
    • Tell your friends about the podcast.
    • Have a good week!
  • End credits

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

imjustlori January 19, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Congrats on the milestone! I’ve been dancing with one of those, and am still on the higher side of it. Thanks for keeping me honest with myself, and keep on podcasting!


Doc Coleman January 19, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Thanks for listening! And keep dancing! It is excellent exercise, and I’m sure you’ll eventually find a step to help you reach that milestone!



BigJohn January 19, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Great episode. Good advice on getting rest. For me, resuming is always the hard part, though. 🙁 Also, congratulations on breaking the 300 barrier! That’s simply fantastic. 🙂

One other thing I wanted to mention: you said earlier that you forgot your workout shirt, and that kinda bounced your plan around a little. I thought I’d share with you my similar experience where I kept forgetting to pack the right stuff, and I used it as an excuse to skip the workout. I finally got around it by keeping a spare set of clothes always in the car, in addition to my workout clothes, just in case.

And finally, I love the outtakes at the end of your ‘cast. Keep it coming, and keep up the great work!


Doc Coleman January 19, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Thanks, BigJohn!

If it is hard for you to get back to exercising after a week off, you may want to consider a different kind of exercise. Or it might be a time management issue. Do you find that during your week off something else takes over your exercise time? And then afterwards that new thing refuses to be dislodged?

I used to keep a spare set of clothes in my trunk, just in case I get stuck somewhere. I kind of stopped that when I realized that I wasn’t rotating my spare set of clothes to make sure they still fit. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, it just kind of happened. I may have to see about packing a change of clothes again.

Glad you like the bloopers! I include them as my way of showing that I’m still human, even if I try to do a polished podcast. And they are funny. And laughter is good for you, eh?

Talk to you later!



BigJohn January 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Everyone needs laughter in their life. 🙂 You’re probably right – the type of exercise was pretty boring. Plus I enjoy working out with other people I know, and i was mostly going by myself. The workout itself was really, really good, and i KNOW that it helped. It just seemed as though i would find some excuse to skip that was pretty weak, but then i’d get hit back-to-back with legitimate work-related conflicts for my workout time.

Plus, my workout is attached to my job (or has been) so i didn’t work out on weekends. I guess what you can say is that I have a pretty weak will. 😛


Doc Coleman January 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

I wouldn’t say that you’ve got a weak will, just that you probably need a more diverse workout strategy. It is good to have a number of potential workout activities that you can do so that you can deal with changing situations and vary your routine enough that you don’t get bored. I walk while listening to podcasts. The podcasts keep me entertained so I don’t get bored and walking is easy and almost always available. If you prefer activities with others, by all means pursue them, but also have a few solo activities so that your workout doesn’t get killed by someone else’s schedule.

If you’re really pressed for time, work out in 10 minute chunks. Squeeze in what you can. Going for a brisk 10 minute walk or run will help clear your head and let you work better when you get back.

In a real crunch, turn what you’re doing anyway into exercise. Last year we got snowed in, so for exercise, I cleaned house. Got a work out and a lot done at the same time. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you keep up the level of effort.

Work-related conflicts are probably a main reason why most people work out in the morning. If they get up a little earlier they can get some exercise in, then if work slams them and they have no energy at the end of the day, they’ve already done their workout.

Just some thoughts…



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