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!