Getting past my mind-blocks
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Last night I was working out with my trainer. He had me doing the side steps onto one riser plus the stablizer mat. That makes it more of a balance thing in addition to the normal side step up, side step down. The first one was my ah-ha moment. It took me longer to put my weight down on the foot on top of that stablizer mat the first time. Because it felt funny. Not solid (which kinda was the whole point of the exercise.) And I realized as I did it - that I could do it. That most of my hesitation was coming from my mind and not really my body.
And I've been thinking about this ever since. My mind is most of what is holding me back. I give in to the negative thoughts too often. The ones that say - oh you can't do that - you're too fat! You're too out-of-shape! You're too out-of-breath! Well guess what! When I ignore those negative sounds in my brain I find that I can too do it! It's a stretch sometimes, but I can do it!
I think Jillian and Bob call it stepping outside your comfort zone. Well, duh! Yeah, that's exactly it. My mind says no, you can't. My body isn't really saying no you can't. It doesn't care. It will do exactly what I ask of it - until I drop. It's my mind holding me back. It's my mind saying you can't run more than a quarter mile at a time - when at my last walk/run race my body was able to jog that entire last 1/2 mile. So, yes I can run more than a quarter mile at a time.
I got to quit listening to my thoughts and just press on and let my body tell me it can't. Cuz it certainly can do a heck of a lot more than my mind thinks it can. So, that's it mind. I'm putting you on notice. You're either with me or you're against me. And for to long now in my struggle to lose weight and get into shape - you've been against me. I'm gonna quit listening to you for the next month or so and see where that takes me. And then we'll have a little talk about your attitude. Cuz dude, it's not where I need you to be! You need to be my biggest supporter - not my biggest naysayer! I can do a lot more than I think I can!