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Have You Cried During A Workout?

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Have you ever cried during a workout?

I've done it on a track, at the beach, in groupX, while slamming sledgehammers, after squatting.

This is the exact stretch of beach where I've cried. I was doing 800m "sprints" and reached a point where my mind gave up before my body. Sprints is in quotes because I'm sure if there was video, I'd be doing a walking-shuffle-falling-forwar
d-ugly-crying thing instead of actual running.

"I can't do this", "I don't wanna", "Why?!?!" repeatedly spun through my head. I could only focus on one step at a time, and even that felt like too much. But, I had a plan for the day and it didn't include quitting (plus my hubs was my accountabili-buddy and he wasn't going to let me quit either).

Reason no. 746,192 why fitness is amazing: You get immediate proof that yes, you ARE stronger than you think you are. You CAN go further, longer.

Each workout is an opportunity to wake up to who you are, to fight back against your inner critic, to defy self-defeating thoughts, to override limiting beliefs. Decide beforehand what kind of person you want to be, then work hard to be that person. Finally, give yourself a well-deserved high five and mega dose of self-appreciation.

Here are 3 questions to help you WAKE UP (to who you are), WANT MORE (for yourself), and WORK HARD (when the struggle is real):

1. What's my why? What's your honest-to-goodness, deep-in-your-soul reason why you're doing this fitness/health thing?

2. What do I want for myself? Get very specific. Get detailed with your senses - what will you see/hear/touch/smell/taste when you get what you want? What thoughts will you have, what emotions will you experience?

3. What's the next teeny tiny action worth doing next? When the struggle is real, when you want to quit and give up, what miniscule action is worth doing to keep moving forward?

Would loooove to know what you think. Please comment!

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    I've cried during a workout as well, but not for the same reason. I got to thinking about how much farther I had to go for my goal, how ridiculous and pathetic I must look huffing and puffing along, and it really got to me. We are our harshest critics! I had to take a step back and tell myself that I'm not doing this to look good for everyone else... I'm doing this to look and feel good for myself! So now, each and every pound I lose is a milestone for me. So I think you're absolutely right, we do need to ask ourselves those 3 questions. It keeps our mind on track so that our weight loss journey can stay on track. emoticon
    1421 days ago
    Those are some real good questions to ask ourselves and I'm going to ask our ladies at our weight loss group tomorrow night to think about these. And you've made me re-think the "I'm not going to the gym tonight I'm too tired" excuse that I left the house with this morning. Thanks!! emoticon
    1421 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2015 12:43:48 PM
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