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Love Yourself Enough to Work Harder

Friday, February 01, 2013

Sometimes it's difficult to love ourselves in spite of our own faults and weaknesses. My daughter has said more than once, "Mom, you're hard on people." And I always respond, "I'm never harder on anyone else than I am myself." I have high expectations for the people I love -- especially when I know they are capable of more. I never intend for it to be judgmental, but rather encouraging. I also have high expectations of myself.

Often times I'll have days when I exercise and feel like I've never accomplished more. I love that feeling after you've working out, where you almost break into a cold sweat but yet you a burst of energy. On those days I'll go home after a full day of work, and a workout, and accomplish even more around home.

Today my lunch time strength and core workout felt really tough. Even my 15 minutes of warm up on the Arc Trainer felt like a lot of work and I wasn't pushing, just warming up. My trainer was so encouraging. She could see how I was feeling, but she didn't give up on me and she also didn't give in to me. Her gentle voice, "Just push right through it, just keep pushing" got me through each time. It once again reminded me of how fortunate I am to have student trainers to work with again this semester. I wish everyone could have this kind of opportunity.

After my workout, I saw this quote and it sums it up, at least for me. It can be applied at any level.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AJDOVER1 2/3/2013 4:13PM

    I hadn't thought of it in this way at all. Thanks for this blog!

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WACFIT 2/3/2013 10:15AM

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 2/2/2013 9:17AM

    Great blog! I could definitely push myself harder!

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IOEINC 2/2/2013 8:36AM

    Great blog!! I have to push myself to get enough water too.


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SPARKABELLA13 2/2/2013 6:54AM

    I couldn't agree more, IMREITE. I'm not talking only about exercise. I have to push myself harder to drink enough water, get more rest, make better choices with how I fuel my body ... the list goes on and on.

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IMREITE 2/2/2013 2:38AM

    i have to push myself more in a smart way so i do not get injured.

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MARINEMAMA 2/1/2013 7:41PM

    Love it!!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/1/2013 3:38PM

    Thanks!! Right now I am so sore from my personal training session on Wednesday I can hardly walk and am suppose to run a 5K this eve. So, I expect it will be really hard. I'm going to try!! Thanks for the encouragement.

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HFAYE81 2/1/2013 3:07PM

    Awesome!!! I love when workouts give me pep in my step, but I know sometimes the whole workout will be hard. emoticon emoticon

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WEBEZE 2/1/2013 3:02PM

    Great Advice. Have been stuck for the past 3 months and at times feel like why am I even trying. I need to love myself enough to work harder and push through.
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