"You know you had a really hard week this week". "You haven't worked out so you are doing great and can stop now." "What do you really gain by doing this is you can't push really hard?" "Why the hell am I doing this when I know I don't want to??" Any of these comments sound familiar? Its that voice in your head and it talks to all of us. I have been having a tough time lately and yesterday I was excited to be able to come and workout......... and it sucked! Literally halfway through it, I wanted to stop. I came up with a TON of good reasons to stop and it was very hard to come up with ANY reasons to keep going. I would stop, just about to quit, then talk myself back into it. Then stop again, then talk myself back into it again. I would bargin and deal with myself. I allowed myself to go slow just to finish, then I would get pissed at myself for letting myself do that. Am I training for anything right now? NO. So then what is the big deal? For me, it's about keeping myself in the game. It doesn't mean I need to PR everything, but it does mean that I need to be able to work and keep working. As much as it's important to realize that there will be somedays that you need to rest instead of workout, the line between being smart about recovery and just being a baby is very, very thin. There needs to be a VERY HEALTHY amount of honest talk. I wanted to stop, but I know that if I would have then it will be easier to do that next time. It was more important for me to get myself through the workout because I didn't want the voices to win. These are the same voices that tell me life is too hard or I'm too stressed. I need to not let them win, EVER. Not in life and not in a workout. My score was NOWHERE where it should have been. BUT, I was able to beat the voices and that's a win. It's not an EGO thing. Ego has to do with people outside of you. This is all about me telling myself to quit and then myself telling me to hang in there. As shitty as the workout was, it was a GREAT time for me to learn and push. I have said before that the worse thing you can do during a workout, or in the heat of any battle, is to get into a dialogue with yourself. Stay out of the conversation. Keep to short meaningful mantras. Keep pushing. Be smart but don't be a baby! The more times you win this battle, the more times you will win in the future!! :)
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