Thursday, January 26, 2012
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...
I wrote a blog about the ARC machine at Planet Fitness. I confirmed that it was brutal and even possibly evil. Placed here by the evil Lord Vader to torture all of us on a path to become fit.
Well, I tried the Arc again today. This time I used the *big boy* machine that uses the arms as well as the legs. I managed to do 25 minutes and it was every bit as torturous of a machine as the one without the arms was... and then some.
Somehow I survived the arc and live to tell about it. There were a few times that I had thought about cranking the intensity down or slowing way down but then I started having some visions of this little green guy with a cane and big hairy ears and he would hover in front of me and talk in a very peculiar way. He said, "Quit you will not, this exercise you must complete" and then some old guy in a brown robe popped up and muttered something about 'using the force'. What the heck were they all about???
Then I started talking myself into stopping. I kept saying that at least I tried, or I can try again another day. Then that green guy materialized again and said something that really stuck with me... "Do or do not, there is no try." That really seemed to register and with that it seemed like I had this extra burst of energy and it helped me finish the exercise.
When it comes down to it, Yoda was right. Either you do it or you don't. I can't allow myself to give in to the negative self talk that seems to plague me when things get tough. The "there's always tomorrow", and "at least I tried" can not and will not be uttered while I'm in the gym. I'll either succeed and do what I set out to do or I won't. Period. There's no gray area, nothing left for interpretation.
I hope you enjoyed my little spin on Star Wars, keep on moving.... and may the force be with you!