I worked out with a 8 foot piece of pipe in Pickens. I left my workout bands in Charleston and needed to get some sort of workout in Saturday. I used what I had available! I did bicep curls, squats, and shoulder presses with this 80 pound piece of metal. I did some chores around my in-laws property and got a good workout in to boot.
It made me think how I/we often do not make the best use of the things we have around us. Far too often I am looking for something when I have something I could use right in front of me. I will open the fridge and think I have nothing there to eat when I could quickly whip up a nice meal with the right combination of ingredients from the fridge and cupboard. maybe throw together a couple of eggs, some Black Bean Salsa, and some jalapeños to make a nice spicy omelet. Low cal, nutritious, and easy all in one.
Or how often do I look for someone to help me or direct me when the answers are typically close at hand. A short prayer, some self reflection, a conversation with my wife, parent, brother, or friend almost always get me pointed in the right direction.
These thoughts always bring me back to a conversation I had with my dad in my mid twenties. I was over at his house discussing management theory and a class I was taking with International Management Council. We talked about different styles and perspectives for a little while and then he told me you need to remember the KISS method when thinking about all of this information. I had no idea what he was talking about. He went on to tell me Keep It Simple Stupid; or as many people say Keep It Short & Simple. This message has stuck with me all these years. When I, in my infinite wisdom, start to complicate things, I can hear my dad telling a green manager remember KISS. I have always worked to apply this during my careers and now I work to apply it to my life and journey. I know I have talked about KISS recently, but it is crucial to any success I have on my journey to health and fitness.
Note to ME and YOU: Take a look at what you have in hand before you start a hunt for something you may not need!
Living, Loving, Losing, Laughing!
The Fat Guy