I hope you’re all having a fun weekend! It has been really beautiful and warm here (for winter) and it is a long weekend! Huray!
I have been thinking that I have been lagging on the fitness posts lately. I have been working out but it has been nothing special. They have not been easy sessions, but they have not been interesting or glamourous. I read a lot of fitness blogs for inspiration. Not necessarily in the direct sense that I want to do what they are doing (although often I do). But for whatever reason reading about someone training in one realm inspires me to get motivated and get moving, even if it is in a totally different way. Did that make sense?
It has been getting cold here and I feel much less motivated to exercise in the cold weather. It is darker and I never feel appropriately dressed – I either feel like I’m lugging too much clothing or I’m freezing in too little. And I think the darker days affect my mood in a negative way.
That said, I am so much more proud of myself when I actually get out there and do something on those cold days.
Anyway, when I start reading and thinking about workouts and training it is often in favourable light. I think about how much better I’ll look and feel. I imagine those endorphins that rush after a session. Think about how well I’ll sleep. When I picture myself training it is always Awesome! I think that is a good thing, positive imagery is powerful and can make for better results.
BUT, sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. Or I’m going to go ahead and say often it isn’t so pretty. It hurts, it is hard and I don’t feel like being there. I have to push myself. My clothes aren’t looking awesome like on a Lorna Jane model, but fitting awkwardly and irritating me. I’m hot and sweaty or cold and stiff. It can be uncomfortable and it can be BORING! Yep I said it, sometimes I get totally bored.
I think sometimes it is important to remember that sometimes working out sucks. Obviously when it comes to blogging we share the triumphs, the good and the memorable. Occasionally I read an “I had a bad session” post, but I don’t take it in the way I do with a great triumph, where I want to share and cheer on the blogger. I enjoy them and I find them refreshing, because they make me feel better about my bad sessions. However, I think it is human nature to share the highs of life more frequently and I enjoy reading about them more frequently.
So the point to my post… still not sure there is one…! On those long, cold days where all you want to do is curl in bed and not get out there. Remember you’re not alone and that is kind of what training can be about. It is about working through it to get the results you want. It is about being comfortable getting uncomfortable. It is about pushing yourself, setting goals and following through. And then pushing yourself more. Some of the satisfaction is in the end goal and the triumph, but some of the satisfaction is making it through those difficult sessions when you don’t want to be there. It builds muscles and it builds strength of mind and character.
My two cents for the weekend. What gets you out to your training when you want to be anywhere else but there?