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Day 34-Where inspiration meets reality

Thursday, January 03, 2013

First day with the trainer since the Christmas vacation! We sat down and went over the game plan for what it will take for me to reach my fitness goals. I showed him fitness photos of bodies similar to my shape but much more fit. So we mapped it out. I have a schedule of activity for the week. It's great I have direction.

Okay now to the workout today...it actually felt really good but was challenging. I do like working out hard even though I cuss a little throughout. LOL

During one of the harder sets I thought to myself "It's easy to pick out photos and talk about how you would like to look or how much weight you want to lose or how many races you want to run but you definitely have to put in the work." My trainer held my inspiration photo in front of me while I did the hardest exercises then he said "This is where inspiration meets reality". He is exactly right. In those moments you want to stop or give up, that's when you find out how much you want it and the level of effort you are willing to put in. That's when you put up or shut up:-)

And I knew this but it became even more real today. This is why everyone is not in shape. It takes work just like anything that is worth having or to be a step or two above average. Not everyone is willing to put in the effort. That is what separates mediocre from great.

Here is a quote I love and keep it on the fridge and read when life is changing or I'm out of my comfort zone:

"You must believe that the change is for the better, and that it will not always be as difficult as it is now. You must endure the discomfort until your burden becomes your blessing"

(I apologize. I do not know who originally wrote it)
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COXBETH 1/3/2013 11:34PM

    i love the quote! that's awesome!

and i had the same feeling at the gym earlier this week. i wanted to give up on one of my exercises and i pushed through it by thinking "you don't get stronger doing the easy stuff. the parts where you really grow muscle are on the last set and the last rep, when you don't know if you can give it one more and then you do." it was CRAZY how much better i did by thinking positively about the discomfort (thinking of it as making me strong) instead of complaining to myself about how much it hurt.

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