On My Butt...

That’s where I spent the last 72 hours…

I went to bed Thursday night feeling great, woke up in the middle of the night to a monster inside of me, and was bed-ridden until Monday morning.

I’m not sure if it was the flu, some GI thing, or what, but man, I was down for the count.

It was so bad that Megan actually packed up her bags and took Kaden to her moms house for the weekend so they didn’t get it….

She would come back once a day to make sure I was still alive, dressed like a character out of Breaking Bad, disinfect everything, and then leave again.

I don’t get sick often, but when I do, man o’ man, I seem to get the worst of the worst.

As always, I had a few lessons from the experience…

One, the scale still sucks.

We drive home the point that the scale is one of the worst ways to measure results, as it never tells us the full picture of what’s going on, and there are so many things that can throw it off.

In a matter of 72 hours, I had a 13 pound “weight loss” according to scale.

Now obviously that’s largely water weight and me not eating for 72 hours, something that we know is not realistic in our normal routine.

It just goes to show you how much the scale can change on hydration level alone, let alone all the other factors that skew it.

Not really fitness related, but a lesson on sometimes “1% Better” is just getting through the day.

For me to lay in bed for a day and do nothing is about the most torturous thing ever, let alone having to do that for three days.

It was a good lesson on what’s actually important in the moment.

Rest and recover.

The projects can wait, the e-mails can wait, it can all wait.

That wasn’t easy in the moment, but I kept trying to remind myself of that.

I think all of us can relate to some extent.

Sometimes we feel like we have to get 1,000 things done and it’s a “bad day” if we don’t get anything done, or if we miss the gym, or if we’re not as productive as we think we should be.

It’s a good lesson on 1% Better can sometimes mean taking some time for you, resting and recovering, because that’s what is actually going to get you better, not the list of things to do in your notebook.

So my take home?

We can’t control everything.

It may be your intent to get to the gym three times this week, but who knows you may get hit with this GI monster and not want to move for 72 hours.

I think the best example of "1% Better” is doing the best you can with what cards you were dealt that day.

As for me, I’m feeling 100% and back at it.

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling