#114: Can You Do One More?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not." James Gordon

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Often, we feel defeated. We feel we can't go any further, that we are out of energy and can't resist temptation any longer.

When these negative feelings overcome us, what do we do?

Many times we simply give up. We stop our workout. We quit our run. We reach for the food we know will make us feel miserable after we eat it.

But what SHOULD we do? If we are honest with ourselves we know the answer.

Keep going. Hang tough. Be strong, physically and mentally. Do not give up. Resist temptation.

Easier said than done, isn't it?

Although many of us will falter occasionally, the answer is: Not really.

When you feel the end is near, ask yourself if you can do ONE MORE repetition, even with a light weight. Ask yourself if you can take ONE MORE step or resist that food for ONE MORE minute?

Sure, a time will come when you can't go farther but the point here is that until we push ourselves we will never know what our limits really are.

Until the first time I ran two miles I thought I could never run that far. Admittedly, the last few laps on the track were at a shuffle but the last half lap was at a sprint. When I stopped, I then wondered if I could have sprinted three-quarters of a lap instead of a half, or maybe even one full lap. I never knew because I didn't push myself.

When you feel your resolve slipping, picture having to walk or jog ONE MORE block in order to save a life. Picture yourself needing to resist taking that next bite for only ONE MORE minute in order to to lose that next pound.

Could you do these things? If so, then you haven't pushed yourself to your limit.

You might be amazed at what your endurance truly is.
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    I do struggle with this. I need to push myself way more than what I do.
    4191 days ago
    When I walk on the treadmill ...I have to push myself just to get in 30min. When I start feeling that urge to quite I tell myself that I am walking to ward off diabetes that runs in my family or to improve my circulation....these thoughts help me to keep moving .

    When I do weight bearing exercise 3xaweek ....I could easily quite after one set but push my self with thoughts that I am working to improve my bone density and up my metabolism as muscles burn more calories . These benefit thoughts keep me pumping.

    When I think about my desire to remain flexible as I age then I think about getting off my butt and doing some yoga . For me thinking of the benefits gets me moving.

    Why don't the same thoughts help me with food - emoticon
    When I eat all I can think of is how hungry I am or how good the food taste etc.

    Thanks for this blog, now you have the wheels of my brain turning again. That is where it all starts....in our brains.
    4192 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Great blog:
    I needed the reminder thank you . God bless. emoticon
    4192 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5002230
    My history includes very little limit pushing. I am willing to embrace the habit!!!! Great Blog!
    4192 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    Great Blog!
    I know I need to push myself just a little bit further sometimes.
    Thank you!
    4192 days ago
    Oh Lou, another wonderful blog! You are so right; I think too many times we stop ourselves before we push to our limit. I love this perspective. Thank you so much for posting this!
    4192 days ago
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