Pandemic Fitness Tips #8

Living a healthy, fit life is about good habits that positively impact your body, your mind and your spirit. When a global pandemic hits and forces us out of our daily routines we have to make some changes and be even more deliberate about taking care of our fitness. I am going to start sharing some of my new fitness habits that are taking shape during this trying time. I hope that some of my new habits can help you keep your own fitness goals moving in the right direction.

Tip #8: stay connected. Social connection is a critical piece of your overall health and wellness. Don’t let this time of physical separation cause you to not keep connected with friends and family. Send a note, send a text, setup a video chat or just make a phone call to connect. Check in on how your friends are doing and maybe even have a virtual happy hour with them.

I know life is different right now and almost every one of us is struggling to find our new “normal.” With some good daily habits this new “normal” can still be a fit life. Good luck and get out there and live your best life. Let’s defeat this virus together!

Read all of my Pandemic Fitness Tips in my Operation Melt blog at https://www.operationmelt.com/category/pandemic-fitness-tips/

Pandemic Fitness Tips #7

Living a healthy, fit life is about good habits that positively impact your body, your mind and your spirit. When a global pandemic hits and forces us out of our daily routines we have to make some changes and be even more deliberate about taking care of our fitness. I am going to start sharing some of my new fitness habits that are taking shape during this trying time. I hope that some of my new habits can help you keep your own fitness goals moving in the right direction.

Tip #7: online workouts. Our gyms are closed, our races are cancelled and our options to get a solid workout in are very limited. Well our gyms and fitness professionals are stepping up to help get us through it. Many gyms and others are posting online at-home workouts every day to help us keep moving while stuck at home.
Pro tip: Not sure where to go for a good online workout? Just follow @fitnessloftcolumbus for good home workouts.

I know life is different right now and almost every one of us is struggling to find our new “normal.” With some good daily habits this new “normal” can still be a fit life. Good luck and get out there and live your best life. Let’s defeat this virus together!

Read all of my Pandemic Fitness Tips in my Operation Melt blog at https://www.operationmelt.com/category/pandemic-fitness-tips/

Pandemic Fitness Tips #6

Living a healthy, fit life is about good habits that positively impact your body, your mind and your spirit. When a global pandemic hits and forces us out of our daily routines we have to make some changes and be even more deliberate about taking care of our fitness. I am going to start sharing some of my new fitness habits that are taking shape during this trying time. I hope that some of my new habits can help you keep your own fitness goals moving in the right direction.

Tip #6: stick to your routine. I have read several posts from people who are using the pandemic as a time to stay up super late, sleep in daily and nap all day long. As much as I love sleep and as important as it is to our bodies I don’t think trying to sleep through the pandemic is the healthiest choice. It is way healthier to try to stick to your pre-pandemic routine wherever you can and your bedtime and wake-up time are a spot where you can maintain normalcy. Remember that this temporary disruption WILL come to an end and you don’t want that to be a massive shock.

I know life is different right now and almost every one of us is struggling to find our new “normal.” With some good daily habits this new “normal” can still be a fit life. Good luck and get out there and live your best life. Let’s defeat this virus together!

Read all of my Pandemic Fitness Tips in my Operation Melt blog at https://www.operationmelt.com/category/pandemic-fitness-tips/

Pandemic Thoughts & Best of Operation Melt: Part 4

This was week 144 of my Operation Melt journey that started with my goal to escape obesity and lose over 100 pounds in under a year. I launched the Operation Melt blog as a way to share my journey to both keep myself accountable and to help you as you work to crush your own goals. My hope is that something that I am doing will inspire you to try, will motivate you to keep going and will equip you to succeed in your own journey.

Pandemic Thoughts

Most of us are over a week into the new, temporary “normal” of social distancing to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Like many people most of my favorite places are closed (restaurants, gyms) and I am working from home. Nearly every aspect of my life has been impacted in some way. In full transparency it really sucks!

But the impacts of the pandemic have really caused me to pause and think. I have decided that I am not going to just be a victim. I am going to step up and do what I can to help in my own unique ways.

Doing my part. First of all I am trying to shop at my favorite local businesses whenever possible. I am doing carryout and still supporting them where I can. Similarly I am working to find ways to support my server and bartender friends who have been displaced by the forced closure of, well, everything. Plus I immediately offered up my project management skills to local businesses who need help pivoting their business models and encouraged other project managers to do the same.

Staying positive. One morning this week I was about to post a rant to Facebook about something that was frustrating me but I made a different decision. I started a new routine focused on maintaining my positivity and want to encourage you to try the same. It is something I am calling a Pandemic of Gratitude (#PandemicOfGratitude).

First thing every morning, before reading the news or checking email, I start the day by thinking about AT LEAST one thing I am grateful for from the prior day. Then I share that thing (usually multiples) on social media and ask others to do the same. I even do this on my companies Slack board as well by suggestion from our CEO.

The response has been amazing and so rewarding. People have been sharing their own list of things they are grateful for and one person has even requested that I be her “positivity sponsor” – I am deeply honored by this request.

Fitness Tips. I also started one other daily habit associated with fitness. I decided not to let the social distancing to negatively impact my own fitness or that of others. I have learned that  a global pandemic forcing us out of our daily routines means that we have to make some changes and be even more deliberate about fitness. So I started sharing some of my new fitness habits that have taken shape during this trying time. My hope is that sharing my habits can help others keep their fitness goals moving in the right direction.

To view my daily Pandemic Fitness Tips make sure to follow me on social media at @OperationMelt or access them on the Operation Melt Blog at https://www.operationmelt.com/category/pandemic-fitness-tips/

Throughout this rough time I plan to continue looking for every opportunity to help others and to stay positive myself. Hopefully this leadership helps others get through this time as happy, healthy and productive as possible.

How are you navigating our new social distancing world? Share you tips, ideas and strategies with me on social media or via the Contact Me link above.

Best of Operation Melt: Part 4

As I wrote in my end of February post I am taking the season of Lent as a time to rest, reflect, refocus and reinvigorate my Operation Melt blog and related things. So I am not writing any new posts during this time.

Instead of writing new posts I am sharing the Best of Operation Melt. I am looking back at some of my favorite posts from the past 144 weeks. There is some good stuff in some of these old posts and I don’t want them to be lost forever.

This month should mark the start of the 2020 racing season and I already ran my first 5k of the year. But now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of my upcoming races have been cancelled or postponed. Yes I can, and do, still run on my own but it is not the same. So this week’s Best of Operation Melt post is a look back to my first ever organized race.

In June of 2018 I celebrated the first anniversary of starting my fitness journey by hosting my own 5k. This was going to be my first organized race and I decided to do it my way. Plus that was the morning that I wrote the poem that I used as the introduction to my book Operation Melt: How I Used Life-changing Project Management to Lose Over 100 Pounds in Under a Year.

Please click through and read my 6/16/2018 post: Milestone Moment: One Year of Melting at https://www.operationmelt.com/2018/06/16/milestone-moment-one-year-of-melting/

Pandemic Fitness Tips #5

Living a healthy, fit life is about good habits that positively impact your body, your mind and your spirit. When a global pandemic hits and forces us out of our daily routines we have to make some changes and be even more deliberate about taking care of our fitness. I am going to start sharing some of my new fitness habits that are taking shape during this trying time. I hope that some of my new habits can help you keep your own fitness goals moving in the right direction.

Tip #5: drink heavily. Ok, not like THAT, though you may already be doing that. I mean drink plenty of water. Hydration is critical for your body, your health and your fitness. But you may be off your hydration game because your work and workout routines are disrupted. You may need to be a bit more deliberate about filling that water bottle and drinking up.

Pro tip #1: you are taking frequent breaks, right (see previous tip). Use each of these breaks as a time to refill your water bottle and make sure you are emptying it in between.

Pro tip #2: to help make your you are getting plenty of water treat it like your food (see previous tip) and track it. Use your food journal or an app to set your target and track your consumption to make sure you are getting there.

I know life is different right now and almost every one of us is struggling to find our new “normal.” With some good daily habits this new “normal” can still be a fit life. Good luck and get out there and live your best life. Let’s defeat this virus together!

Read all of my Pandemic Fitness Tips in my Operation Melt blog at https://www.operationmelt.com/category/pandemic-fitness-tips/