I love a challenge.
Tonight was my night to do crunches and dumbbell bench presses as well as walk on the treadmill.
I saw a video blog a month or so ago and the person in the video was doing a plank.
Have you done the plank before?
Quite frankly, it looked easy.
It looks like a push-up except that you're on your forearms:
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It looks easy but...
I was expecting that could do it for...oh... 2 minutes maybe.
At least 1 minute.
I was SURE I could do 1 minute.
It's just one minute.
It's not even a push-up.
Haha... Silly me.
That's how long I could hold the plank position.
After 3 seconds or so the big hand of reality gave me a good smack and I thought to myself "wow... this is quite difficult"... or something along those lines.
At 12 seconds I was done.
Recognize that I'm ABSOLUTELY NOT beating myself up here.
I don't do that.
It is counter-productive to add a self-defeating attitude atop my obesity.
So I CHOOSE not to do that.
Do you UNDERSTAND what I'm saying here?
I CHOOSE NOT to create a bunch of drama in my head about my obesity.
I CHOOSE NOT to attach negativity to my reality.
I CHOOSE NOT to allow an attitude of inadequacy or defeat to reside in my brain.
You see, I RECOGNIZE that a 12 second plank isn't spectacular.
But it is a starting point.
And I can improve on this.
I am a FIRM BELIEVER in the idea that:
MY BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES about real things - events in my life and situations - effect (that, is "bring about") my thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
So if I fill my head with a bunch of crap attitudes about where I am, all it does is bring about bad thoughts, crappy emotions and poor behaviors.
Maybe that is where YOU are right now.
Being able to differentiate between an event and your beliefs and attitudes about that event is KEY.
Because they are distinctly separate.
Events are reality.
Your beliefs and attitudes about events are like FILTERS that you apply to events.
Like filters on a camera lens or filters on a photo editing program.
For example, I COULD take the position that a 12 second plank is horrible.
I could BELIEVE that it is evidence of the futility of my weight loss attempt.
Having that attitude and belief about a 12 second plank would make me create a lot of other thoughts about how I'm a failure.
And it would bring about a sea of emotions about being a failure and the utter hopelessness of my obesity.
And it would also cause me to do things which are counter-productive to weight loss, fitness and improved health.
Such as throwing in the towel, perhaps.
Or binge eating or seeking out unsafe, unwise "solutions" to my weight loss.
Or something else destructive.
The mind is capable of bringing about positive change in one's life.
But it is also capable of holding someone back.
And twisting one's view of reality in ways that are unhealthy.
I CHOOSE to view a 12 second plank as my current reality.
I CHOOSE to work on my plank, knowing that it will take work.
I CHOOSE to be positive and recognize that I can improve.
And I CHOOSE to focus my mind on becoming stronger both mentally and physically.
Because a strong mind and a strong body go hand-in-hand.
How about YOU?
The 12 second plank I did is a START.
It does NOT define who I am or where I can go.
And it does NOT pull me down.
My mind is strong and focused.
How is yours?
So today's accomplishment - yes, it IS an accomplishment - is a 12 second plank.
Next time my plank might be 15 seconds.
Or maybe 16 seconds.
We'll see what I can accomplish next time when I do the plank.
If it is only 12 seconds again, I trust that it will improve soon enough.
I'm looking forward to it!
Maybe your thing isn't the plank.
Maybe it is something else.
Whatever it is, I want to encourage you to focus your BELIEFS and ATTITUDES about that thing on the REALITY and POSSIBILITIES that exist.
Focus POSITIVELY on it.
Maybe that sounds corny or goofy to you.
Let me just as you ONE THING then...
How's that negativity been treating you?
How's that victim mentality been treating you?
How are those crappy beliefs and attitudes helping you?
OK, that's three things.
But you get my point, I trust.
You have a CHOICE to make.
You can either choose to be REALISTIC about where you are and POSITIVE about what you can accomplish.
Or you can choose to beat yourself up about where you are and fill your head with negativity.
It is YOUR choice.
I encourage you to choose to look at life as it is and to recognize that YOU are strong.
And by recognizing where you are and that you don't have to remain there, you can effect...
Increased emotional stability and strength
And the thing is that there's a FEEDBACK LOOP with those thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
Do you understand that?
When you bring about
and behaviors in your life,
those feed back into
what you believe
and your attitudes
towards events in your life.
So whether it is the plank, or improving your diet or increasing your walking distance or whatever it is in your life, recognize that...
You are strong.
Strong enough to see things as they are.
Strong enough to avoid allowing yourself to wallow in self-pity and negative attitudes.
Strong enough to recognize that change takes time but is ABSOLUTELY possible.
Strong enough to make changes in your life and fight for the future you.
You are MUCH STRONGER than you think you are.
I'm sure of this.
Make it a great day!