Mental Changes Leading to Physical Changes

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I'm going to start by saying that I don't drive. Well, I have a car and I know how to drive, but with my boyfriend working 45 minutes away and us having one vehicle between the two of us, I don't drive. Not often. This morning was the second time this week I have missed yoga due to a coworker that I go with being late (different coworkers each time, at least). But considering I went on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday and will go tomorrow I can't let it get me down.

It almost did, though. I had feelings of dread about missing my workout, even though I've already surpassed my calorie burn goal for the week. Perhaps it's because my unlimited pass ends next Thursday. Perhaps it's because I don't like telling myself I am going to do a workout, and then not doing it. I have gotten into the mentality where I don't miss workouts. It is too easy to spiral.

After pondering this for a while, I realized that this mentality has screwed me over in the past. I have to realize that life happens, and it doesn't make me a failure. Sometimes something will come between me and my planned workout; instead of being bummed about it I can accept that plans cannot always be kept, and I can do a different type of workout when the situation allows.

I am thankful that I have been doing my HIIT workouts, because they have shown me how great of a workout I can get at home. Without doing some regimented program on repeat each week. A new workout every day, it is a surprise what it will be often times. And there are repeats for sure, but not on a regular basis. I'm constantly confusing my muscles.

So I did my workout for the day, in my living room. I killed it (maybe it killed me... We'll see in a couple of hours). And then I went through a series of the yoga poses that I really want to keep progressing in, once my muscles were already nice and warm. And I felt great, and I still do. I don't feel like I gave it 50% because I allowed myself to get down for missing my 80 minute sweat session. I feel like I really pushed it because my body DESERVED a good workout today.

Ah, progress. How I love thee. The emotional and mental progress is just as rewarding and the physical, if not more. I am going to go have a lady date with a friend, eat at our one wholly organic/vegetarian restaurant in town, and maybe have a glass of wine on a patio somewhere else afterward. And feel like I earned it.

Hope you're having a great Thursday!
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    I love your attitude and your flexibility in dealing with changed circumstances. Plus, I very much enjoy reading your blogs. Now that it's Friday, I hope you're having a good one!

    DeAnne, Missourians Team
    2848 days ago
    I know what you mean about the spiral of missing a workout--but yes, sometimes life gets in the way.
    2849 days ago
    Oh yeah, plans have a way of being thrown out the window when you're relying on another person to come through! Definitely don't let it get you down. I too sometimes suffer from the all or nothing attitude, and it just way better to be able to roll with the punches and change plans on the fly!
    2850 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Glad to see that you've got your attitude towards your workouts focused in a healthier direction. Blessings.
    2850 days ago
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