One of the most cliched phrases when it comes to fitness and working out is, “Push Yourself.” It’s simple, narcissistic, and most of all- true.
Every time I work out, I create tiny personal goals inside my head.
“Just one more minute.”
“5 more “manly” push-ups.” or recently,
“You can, must, and WILL complete this nearly 4 mile run in 30 minutes.”
These voices are welcomed and encouraged, especially during workouts. It’s the negative devilish ones that I have a problem with. How do I combat when the bad outweigh the good?
Running faster, repping harder, or my personal favorite- turning up a jam that appropriately fits the situation.
The past week I have been feeling drabby, so it was quite difficult to even get up for a yoga class, let alone RUN.
My affair with running has actually been quite painless, almost enjoyable…until last week, when I hit a hurdle (literally) and was bedridden with exhaustion.
What got me out of bed?
With a little help from pinterest and my lovely inspirational friend, Maria, I was able to live by my latest mantra, “I’d rather be sweaty, not sorry.”
I thought about all of those not fortunate enough for natural or accidental reasons who aren’t able to run. God gave me legs, so I should use them. I should be grateful for rest days, but when not resting…if you aren’t using it, you are probably losing it. (In my case, muscle definition and endurance)
Off I was…I completed a 3.45 mile run and a combo of a few of these moves. I have decided I will also be pushing myself yet again- by hoping to reach 5 miles by October. 🙂 GOALS. GOALS. GOALS.
BTW- SIDENOTE- today is DAY NUMERO UNO of my personal 30-day Paleo Challenge. I already feel like I could eat an entire field of wheat in the Midwest, followed by some cow-tipping and indulging at a few dairy farms along the way. (HOW AM I GOING TO SURVIVE?) Encouragement, recipes, and inspiration welcomed!
What are you current fitness goals? How are you pushing yourself?
Peace, love, and pushing!