Thoughts for the Week…
Oftentimes during what seems like the hardest workout ever our trainer will say, “You’ve got this…your mind will give up before your body, so KEEP GOING!” So we keep going and low and behold those thoughts of “I’m literally going to die” are not valid because all of us are still alive. Having that encouragement during a workout reminding us that we CAN do this is awesome. Many of us would never make it through a workout if we didn’t have that. That’s on the gym floor, but what about while you’re in the kitchen? Your trainer isn’t in the kitchen with you reminding you to have that mental strength to resist those foods you know you shouldn’t eat because it will not help you move towards your goal. It’s here…in the kitchen, at the gas station by yourself, all of those places where you’re by yourself and nobody’s watching, that we MUST have that mental strength to push passed those thoughts of eating something that is not part of our plan. This mental strength is as important, if not more important, than the mental strength we need on the gym floor. We can exercise everyday for an hour, but if we are going over our calorie budget, we are NOT going to see the weight loss results we want. Our habit of just mindless eating that we’ve perfected has to cease. Is it going to be difficult? Is it going to suck? Absolutely! But the feeling we get from having that mental strength and not succumbing to our “old self” behaviors is empowering. And the more we practice resisting, the closer we get to our goal.
I’m teaching summer school and am the “fearless fitness leader” for Tuesday/Thursday workouts during the month of June for summer school teachers. We did a TABATA workout last week. TABATA is where you work really, really hard for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds and complete 8 rounds. Here’s the TABATA workout we did last week:
- Bicep Curls
- Push-up or Chest Press
- Hip Bridge Hold