Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Here is a quote of the healthy reflection that came in my inbox not too long ago.
"Many of us use our "limitations" as a stop sign for reaching our goals. While knowing our limits can safeguard us against injury and embarrassment, too often we use them as avoidance methods in our lives. What is holding you back from reaching your goals? How can you push beyond your comfort zone in a healthy way? Many dieters experience such limitations in on their weight loss journeys. Our bodies and minds are capable of overcoming much more than we could ever imagine if we just try. Today set new goals that may push you a little. Overcoming your personal hang-ups and fears may be one of the most rewarding choices you'll ever make!"
I do this A LOT. Everyday, in every situation I let my "personal stop signs" hold me back from accomplishing the things I want to do. For example, every morning, I wake up feeling amazing and refreshed. I'm always ready to get the day started. Some mornings I mentally am ready to exercise, but I don't allow my body to go through with it. I let myself talk me out of exercising. I reason with myself that I haven't gone to do my blood testing yet and something could be seriously wrong, I haven't gotten a doctor's OK, my room isn't clean enough, I'll wake my mom or my son, my mom will be mad I'm bumping around over top of her room while she's trying to sleep, I don't have the right equipment, "nevermind, I want to go back to sleep for a little while", I have to do something else first, etc. I create my own barriers. I make up a ton of reasons to not do something that can only HELP majority of the reasons I gave myself.
My worst personal stop sign is this: I go through my mental repertoire of exercise moments, and I bring back the worst feelings of fatigue, ache, wheezing, tingling, day-after-muscle-pains ever. My favorite feeling to bring back is that moment when my body is just starting to warm up to the exercise, and I get this unbearable full body itching tingle spasm. It's so unbearable I smack myself on the spots that I feel it the worst. It feels like an internal fire on the worst areas (my face, neck, chest, and back). I can always remember stopping every time that feelings starts. It even got so bad as to where when I was walking, if I walked to quickly (anything faster than turtle pace) I would feel it all the time, not just when exercising.
Ever since then I've been afraid to exercise. (It's been a good couple of months.)
I need to learn to confront this and get over this hurdle. (Though I do realize I really NEED to go get my bloodwork done.) Tomorrow morning (technically later today since it is 2:11am-ish) I am going to face this fear of my body warming up. I am going to exercise for at least 20 minutes, no longer than 45.
Wish me luck!