Motivated by Music

November 14, 2008 · 9 comments

Well so much for NaBloPoMo! My best intentions of posting every day this month went up in flames on Wednesday, then I had a decided lack of motivation yesterday after knowing that I won’t be hitting what I had hoped was a simple goal - writing every day this month. I also have not run every day this week like I had set out to. After doing cardio on Monday and Tuesday I took Wednesday off (although I did do a 4 mile walk around the lake with my wife) and then for the same reason that I didn’t write yesterday I also didn’t exercise.

But here it is Friday and I just knocked out a couple of miles on the treadmill and I had a whey protein shake for dinner. What got me motivated after a couple of days off from exercising?


I received a couple of packages today. The first was a replacement battery for an APC UPS that was croaking (is there anything more irritating than the beeping from a dying UPS?). Looking forward to getting that thing fixed. The second package was a care package from my friends at Sansa, who sent me a couple of cool new music players to try out.

One of the devices comes preloaded with workout music - the Sansa slotMusic bundle with the Don’t Quit card. I decided that it would be a pretty good excuse to hit the treadmill with my new music, and half an hour later I was covered in sweat and totally tired.

All thanks to some new music.

I’ll post a full review of the music player later, but for now I’ll say it’s a pretty cool little player with a lot of possibilities. It got me to workout tonight - that’s something!

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Angie November 14, 2008 at 10:49 pm

John, GOOD FOR YOU! Getting back into a routine, even after a small break, is half the battle. It is so easy to say “I’ll worry about it tomorrow” (Scarlett O’Hara has a running commentary in my head) but you broke the cycle and in such a positive way! Consistent workout vibes coming your way! November 14, 2008 at 11:30 pm

You seem to get free stuff to review all the time. Do they contact you or are you going after them?

Congrats on not letting that day off turn into a longer streak of non exercise. That has been a problem for me in the past.

My answer was so long I made it into a post: 4 Tips For Getting PR People To Send You Free Stuff

Fat Matt November 15, 2008 at 8:28 am

As they say: “Good music ain’t bad…” :)
Personally, I can’t imagine a good workout without music.

I’m glad to hear you’re still on track with the cardio.

Mr. Meltdown November 15, 2008 at 8:38 am

My music is my partner with my workouts. It keeps my mind active and my focus on the music not the workout. Don’t bust out laughing at me but I will let you in on a secret John. Shhhhh don’t tell nobody. I have the entire rocky album on my player when I am on the treadmill believe it or not. lol That is like my theme music dude! :o )

Whatever it takes! I can’t think of who sang the original Rocky theme. I know “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor was for a later one…

Sadie November 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm

There are a lot of things I couldn’t do without music. :) It’s my life-force.

Tanya November 15, 2008 at 5:36 pm

I can probably do weights without music - but definitely not cardio. Sansa makes some good reasonably priced mp3 players.

Cynthia November 16, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Gotta have the music!

asithi November 19, 2008 at 11:14 am

I posted up my review for the Don’t Quit Fitness Bundle from Sansa this week. It will be interesting to see if you have the same experience I had.

Andrew is getting fit December 5, 2008 at 1:20 am

Good on you John. I rarely go running or to the gym without my Ipod. ;)

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