Celebrating A Mindset Victory

Last night I looked at today’s workout and immediately thought: “Looks like a good day for a rest day!” I quickly started creating a story about how I could workout at home, how I have a lot of work to do, how that amount of running might irritate my knee. Basically, I started making a bunch of excuses. I started talking myself out of the workout.

It looked hard. Running. Box jumps. Pull-ups. Wall balls. More running.

Here’s the thing though: I didn’t need a day off. I just didn’t want to do a hard workout.

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I went to bed last night planning to workout at home today. In my head I was planning out a biking, kettlebell, burpee workout for my living room.

I woke up & didn’t go to the gym at my normal time.

As I waited for my chiropractor appointment, I thought: I’m avoiding this workout because it sounds hard and I don’t feel like working hard today.

BOOM.

A voice inside my head immediately responded: the thing you’re avoiding is the thing you need to do.

What I don’t want to do is what I must do.

I drove home, changed my clothes and went to the gym.

As I warmed up I kept repeating that in my head:

What I don’t want to do is what I must do.

What I resist because it feels hard is the very thing I need to embrace and commit to.

The workout was as hard as I thought it would be.

Kelen Helly

400m run

30 box jumps

30 wall balls

400m run

21 kettlebell swings

12 pullups

400m run

21 kettlebell swings

12 pullups

400m run

30 box jumps

30 wall balls

puke on the ground

Just kidding about the puking on the ground. I managed to avoid that.

As I worked through the WOD I kept telling myself, “You don’t need to stop, you just want to.

I’m SO glad I saw through my own bullshit and decided to go. Those are the kinds of mental victories that represent growth & change.

On the food front:

I was in the work zone this morning so I didn’t eat until after my workout which was around 2pm. I didn’t get hungry either, which is one of the awesome benefits of fasting. After my fast last week, I’m just not as hungry.

I did have a mega-meal post workout: my cabbage salad bowl with raw cabbage, bacon, eggs, walnuts and Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo.

Around 7pm I had a huge plate of spaghetti squash with ground beef in a marinara sauce with some goat cheese. Yum! So simple & so good!

 


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