Rocktober is going pretty good so far. I'm doing the 30 Day Shred, along with my DDP Yoga, plus I am just generally trying to be more active throughout the day. I keep reminding myself..."sit less, move more!" I have my awesome Spark activity tracker clipped to my shoe all day long, and it really motivates me to move, move, move! I love getting my "glow getter" trophy every day!
This morning I went to Kmart to make a payment on my Christmas layaway. Since I got there so bright and early, there were plenty of parking spaces right up close to the store, but I parked at the far end of the parking lot so that I'd get more steps. Parking further away is my strategy whenever I go anywhere, and although it irritates my hubby sometimes, he goes along with it without complaining too much!
As I was walking into the store, I was thinking about the 30 Day Shred workout DVD, and something that Jillian Michaels says on it. This is not what she said verbatim, but close enough..."So often we are told to 'just take the stairs'. That is a false message of lethargy that isn't doing you any good."
The first time I did the workout and heard her say that, it really hit home with me. In the past, even though I weighed 286 lbs, I thought I was doing okay because I would sometimes take the stairs instead of the elevator. I would sometimes park further away. I would tell myself "I'm doing the best that I can." But I was lying to myself! Even at 286 lbs, I was capable of so much more than simply taking a short flight of stairs or walking a little further across the parking lot!
Of course, at 286 lbs, there were a lot of things I was NOT capable of. But then again, there were plenty of things that I COULD do, but didn't do. Instead, I just satisfied myself with the false message that I was doing enough. I would give myself a pat on the back for my wimpy little efforts, instead of pushing myself to really do more and be more.
I know that there are people with health and mobility issues, and for them maybe taking the stairs or walking further is truly the best that they can do. I applaud anyone who really does their best, even if it might not seem like much to other people. But for the ones like me, who are capable of so much more...what are you waiting for? If you are healthy enough to do more than walking a little further or taking the stairs, then why aren't you doing it?
When I finally started being honest with myself and admitting that I was able to do more, my life started to change! I started out with workouts that really pushed me to my max. Sometimes it was hard and uncomfortable, and to be honest it wasn't much fun most of the time. But I knew I was capable of doing those workouts, and that if I stuck with them I would get better, stronger and healthier. I knew that if I stuck with those workouts, I would become capable of doing even more.
I've lost 71 lbs, and I feel better than I have in years. I surprise myself sometimes with the workouts I am able to do now. A year and a half ago, I started honestly doing the best that I could do, and now my best has gotten better. I still take the stairs and park further away, but I no longer tell myself that its enough for me. I know what I'm capable of now, and I always push myself to do it.
If you are simply doing "just enough" but are capable of doing more, I encourage you to start doing it! You are worth your personal best effort every single day.
(Disclaimer: I don't look like any of the women in these pictures, but I'm still an athlete because I always give 100% of what I'm capable of when I workout!)