Its so much easier to say “I can’t do it” then to put in the effort to try. My accounting degree tells me:
doing nothing (effort) + thinking about doing something (intentions) = Start tomorrow (lack of results)
The problem with “can’t” is it feels like shit. The great thing about “doing” is how satisfying it feels. When you do something you didn’t know you could do, its very rewarding. You are proud of yourself and it increases your confidence to do more.
Challenging by definition: requiring full use of your abilities or resources; "performed the most challenging task”
Challenging myself along the way has been a key to my success. Moving up on KB weight, or trying a heavier one are great ways to challenge yourself. Worse case you are unable to do it, so did you fail? NOPE! Failing is defined as “unsuccessful in achieving one's goal.” Because you couldn't press the red KB over your head today doesn’t mean you will not be able to do it tomorrow or next week or a month from today.
I have also challenged myself with food, to eat less, to eat better, to get over my Peanut butter addiction. There are days (like today) where by noon I was at 80% of my daily calorie intake but did I fail today? No, while my calories suck for the day, I didn’t eat peanut butter (score!). I making a great dinner and I will do good for the rest of today. Tomorrow I start fresh and will stay in my calories!
One little saving grace I have today is that I ran a 10K at the casino. It was my challenge to myself on June 1. June 1st was my 1 year anniversary of the start of MVBW at Next level and being fully committed. On that day I signed up for the 10K to push myself, to prove how far I had come. I was running about 4.5 miles at that point and figured 2.5 months would allow me the time to get up to 6.2 miles for the race.
Prior to today, the longest I had run was 5.9 miles. I didn’t know how today would go. I just didn’t have the time to get more runs in – I would rather go to bootcamp then run! In the middle of the week I had major stress going on and considered not running. But I remembered my challenge to myself, and off I went to the starting line at 8am.
The first mile took me 10:10; 3 miles took me 31:13; 5 Miles took 52minutes. It wasn’t easy, running up hill from mile marker 2 – 4 on route 31. By the down hill portion of Stoney Brook my legs were so sore – like they feel after 4 rounds of 20:10 squat jumps and burpee finisher – you know what I am talking about! Around the 5th mile you could see the casino and it motivated me to keep moving, don’t give up. I had to walk a few times over the 6.2 miles but I kept the breaks short. .. “you get out what you put in”
Finally the finish line! One hour and eight minutes later (and two blisters!). I did it! Not only did I finish, I blasted my time expectation. Right in front of me was a 18 year old kid that sprinted past me at the 6 mile mark. As he crossed the finish line – he puked! I was in better condition than he was! I walked past him to receive my water, my power-aid and MY METAL!
The first metal I have ever received! I am so excited and proud! So what are you going to do this week to challenge yourself. Think about it, write it down and post it some where as a visual reminder thru the week. Good luck!!