Sunday, November 13, 2011
Confidence and poise are admirable. Arrogance is annoying. I was reminded of this during a tough yoga routine yesterday. A super tough routine. I overestimated my strength and was feeling cocky. The handstands blew some humility back into me.
I can't do that. I'm actually not even CLOSE to being able to do that. And I'm actually glad because it gives me a new goal. I like to be challenged. I like to see progress. I'm not looking for an end result. It's not like when I hit some number on the scale, I'll be done. This is a way of life. And I feel better day to day when I am active and strong.
There are about 7 weeks until 2012. That's when the "tourist season" begins at the gym. (And my guess is that it'll happen here on Spark too.) Here's a crazy stat: 80% of people that join a gym in January, quit by March. (That's what they said at my training clinic.) What a bummer. I think people do too much, too soon. They are looking for "Biggest Loser" results. Or they think that there is some end date. We need to convince people that this is a way of life.
Every. single. day.
For the next 7 weeks my focus is going to be on getting stronger. I know it's the nutrition piece that I should focus on to lose weight. But let's be honest, it's the holiday season and I like cookies. I'm going to practice moderation. But I'm not going to give myself an unrealistic weight loss goal. That's what crushes people. They don't see the results they want on the scale so they give up.
Yes, it's frustrating that I'm basically the same weight now as I was in July. BUT... I can run further and faster now. My yoga practice has improved dramatically. I can do a back bend. A back bend people! I couldn't do one when I was 8 and in gymnastics. But I can now and that's pretty flippin awesome.
Back to the goal. By 2012 I want to weigh 145. It's been my goal for a long time. It's 2 pounds. I can do that.
I want to do yesterday's yoga routine in 7 weeks and feel strong. I want to hold crow pose for a full 3 seconds.
Right now I can hold it for a half second. Maybe.
What's your plan to end this year STRONG?