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Monday, July 08, 2013

A thing that provides resistance, delay, or obstruction to something or someone.
impediment - obstacle - obstruction - barrier - handicap

There are many, many things I could blame my nearly-7-month plateau on. The last 6 months have been, in a word, awful. I sometimes wonder how I'm still upright, never mind only a few pounds over my lowest weight.

But the last few days it's slowly dawned on my that my biggest hindrance is More specifically, my mind.
If I ever stop a workout before the end it'll be because my mind told me it was too hard and I listened.
I eat a little too much of everything because my mind justifies it with "it's only one", "we can work it off", "you deserve it" and so many more.
And it's not just fitness. The reason I have so much trouble being sociable and suffer from social anxiety is because my mind is constantly running through any and all things that could possibly go wrong/embarrass me in any situation.

I've been reading a few fitness blogs and Facebook pages, and when I read their daily workouts I think "how can they do so much in one day? I could never do that!" But now (finally) I'm starting to wonder why could I never do that? They're just a person, like me. They weren't born with a set of dumbbells in their hands, or able to do 100 squats the first time they tried.

What if I really could do that? What if I could do even more? How much am I missing out on by letting my brain and not my body dictate when I'm done?

Now, I'm not quite sure how you go about reprogramming your own brain but I'm sure as heck going to try. I am ready to be Superwoman (and start losing again) and achieve all my body is capable of!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JMARIES51 7/14/2013 1:24PM

    Great blog, and insight. There is a superwoman in every one of us. I told myself all my life that I was not athletic. Now in my 60's I actually feel like I was wrong. Wow, can you imagine spending your whole life believing one thing only to find out it was all in your head? -- yes, hindrance isn't it? emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 7/11/2013 8:56AM

    I let a plateau get the best of me once, so I doubly applaud your efforts to keep going! emoticon

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AMBER281 7/10/2013 9:07PM

    You can do it!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/10/2013 5:40PM

    Big emoticon

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    The thoughts inside just pop to the surface without any provocation. Sometimes exercising is the worst because the body is moving and then the thoughts in the back of my head takes advantage and run amok. It is not easy to reprogram a recalcitrant mind.

Love your blog and the pumpkin pi

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DISAPPEARING1 7/8/2013 7:14PM

    Just keep telling yourself you can do it. Saying it aloud to yourself really helps too. Then congratulate yourself for pushing harder.

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ROCKMAN6797 7/8/2013 4:02PM

    Just do....

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NEEDBU66 7/8/2013 3:33PM

    I'm right beside you sister. It's been a wonderful weekend, but it's back on the saddle again. And it's not that this skirt is too tight, the zipper is just kinked or something. Yeah, that's it. Kinked. emoticon

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RASLALIQUE 7/8/2013 11:40AM

    I can sooo relate. Just take it one day at a time and when the negative thoughts come remember that they are just tricks of your own mind.

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    It really is mind over matter, but you also have to work up to it. If you are talking about strength training, another part of it is structured workouts and nutrition. There are different workouts (number of sets and reps) for building muscle versus burning fat. You'll want to start out by building muscle, so you can "do" more. Then when you are good and strong, change to more of a fat-burning workout. And while you are doing all of this, you probably need to increase your protein to help your muscles.

Looking back, I never would have thought I could do it either. But when I stopped thinking about it and just started doing it, I amazed myself.

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PKBOO3 7/8/2013 10:18AM

    Great pep talk not just for yourself, but for me, and probably for many more of us. We all need motivation and self-discipline.

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PESKIGIRL 7/8/2013 9:53AM

  Cheers for Superwoman!!! You're so right -it's all in our heads! I do the same thing, the excuses come from my head not really from my body -we gotta push ourselves harder and we'll make it. Keep up those spirits!!!
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NKING1982 7/8/2013 9:52AM

    You can do it Superwoman!

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