By know you have all been on a journey. A ride through life, career moves, relationships, personal goals – and we sit here today knowing we’ve accomplished a lot in our years on this earth. But when we look back, are we happy or even content with how we got here?
I’m super guilty of this, I know I want to achieve a certain goal, so I go balls-to-the-wall and push myself until I get there! I plow over friends who want to help because they aren’t moving fast enough or maybe I just want to do it my own way DAMMIT! We do this with exercise sometimes.
“I want to lose that last 10-15lbs, so I’m going to do the most intense work outs and run five miles a day until I get there!” So how long does that last eh? You start Monday with a 20-minute routine of burpees, pull ups, jump lunges and sprints. Probably not very long before you injure yourself or get exhausted because you are falling under the caloric intake you need to be doing super intense activities.
Take a breath (yes, I breath a lot in blogs)
You are not alone, many of us have a drive to hurry up and get to the end result. When we do that, we gloss over the learning opportunities, the points where we are vulnerable and could really use an extra minute to examine that. So when you exercise for the first time in a while and your legs just won’t move and your push-ups look more like a baby horse trying to stand for the first time, you feel poopy -Or maybe you realized Nickelback isn’t the best choice for music motivation (watch the video link and that will make sense) –
You say to yourself “why can’t I do this?! I used to be able to do 20 push-ups or I used to be able to run a mile and not stop”
Step 1: Stop the negative self-talk. Just because you are at a different place in your fitness goals does NOT make you a bad person. But we go there right? Some people actually think they are horrible at life sometimes because we can’t do what we label as simple. So the next time you are comparing yourself to your old self or even someone else, do me a favor, and lift your head up. Seriously, take a break from reading this amazing tale and lift your chin up and roll your shoulders down and back. Hard to say hurtful or bad phrases to yourself when you stand like you do when you have confidence in yourself. –
Step 2: Enjoy your journey. So what if you can’t do a single push-up?! Start one step back. Maybe you do push-ups on your knees or elevated on a chair or wall? Ace 10-15 of those and then move through the next options. When you see yourself progress over the weeks, you will only fill that flask of confidence (yes, you need a flask for your confidence).
Step 3: Learn to appreciate your journey. Instead of judging yourself for where you fall on the fitness spectrum, celebrate when you advance through an exercise with small modifications or increasing the number of repetitions or amount of time you do a certain exercise. Celebrate that you are feeling better about yourself when you take time for YOU. And share your story with your friends and loved ones so you have accountability partners to support you on your journey.
*Special note! Free workout videos coming in December!*
Love and baby colts,