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Tricking Yourself

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hooray! I am back on the Peak10 program! I seriously love these workouts, even though they intimidate me a bit. Since my stint in Sick Land, I kept hemming and hawing about jumping back into it. They are very challenging and I kept thinking to myself, "You might not be ready for that yet."

We are always our worst judges. Either we overestimate ourselves or (most commonly) underestimate ourselves. Sometimes we need to trick ourselves into getting around a roadblock. Well, I did just that when I did the Peak10 More Cardio Interval Burn to mix things up, telling myself, "It'll be hard, but you can just do 2 of the blocks and then the cool down." I never do just two. I am an extreme little lady. I either do it all or none at all, though that comforting promise got me into my workout clothes and into the workout. I just kept right on going!

This morning that little nagging voice said, "You're pretty wimpy. Maybe you shouldn't be doing the strength and cardio one." I slept in my workout clothes and had everything set out for me this morning and told that little voice, "Ok, we'll try it this time with some of my lightest weights." I did not stick with that at all. Totally used my heavier weights! =P

I also have an odd habit of judging how good a workout is by how much of a sweat I work up. Not the best way, but it's my way! I usually keep my bangs back a plastic headband, but I recently bought a sweat band and have been using it for every workout (I swear I wash it). I'll be doing my workouts and think to myself, "I'm barely sweating. Push harder!" Once I take the sweatband off, I realize where all that sweat went. Gross? Yes. My point is that I could have been pushing myself to do more, but my mind always told me that I was fine where I was at. It wasn't until I tricked myself into thinking that the workouts were easier than I thought that I was able to do more.

Our minds are our biggest obstacles, whether it is weight loss, maintenance, careers, relationships, whatever. We can all do more and deserve to push more. Knock that little voice out of your head telling you that you can't do it, or why bother. At the very least, trick it into being quiet. You might surprise yourself. =) I hope everyone has a blessed day!
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  • POPSY190
    It IS all in the mind. Great blog.
    1873 days ago
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