I Can Do Hard Things

Those of you who have followed me or the Primal Potential podcast for a long time know that “I can do hard things” is one of my mantras. Lately, it’s practically an unending chant.

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I spent too much of my life talking myself out of things – talking myself out of living fully. I spent more time focused on what I couldn’t do, wouldn’t do or didn’t think I was capable of than on what I could achieve.

I basically talked myself into weakness & fear.

Workouts were too hard. Self-discipline was too taxing. Consistency was out of reach. I was self-prescribed as too shy, too tired, too stressed, too fat…you get the picture.

Now, when I find myself wrestling with fear or inadequacy I remind myself: I can do hard things.

I ask myself, “what’s the worst that can happen?

Usually, the worst that can happen is embarrassment or discomfort.

It’s never anything permanent or dangerous.

If a workout scares me, the worst that will happen is that I’ll be really tired & have to stop. So what? What’s bad about finding those limits? In fact, that might be something I should strive for rather than avoid!

Most recently, I’ve been reminding myself that I can do hard things as I prepare for my daily hormone injections. (If you missed it, I’m freezing my eggs.)

I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? It stings? It hurts? I cry?

Okay. None of those things are fatal, just temporarily uncomfortable. I can do hard things.

You can, too.

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The last thing I wanted to do this morning was go to the gym. I thought through about 14 different valid reasons to skip before I asked myself, “fast forward 3 hours – what will make you feel better? Having completed the workout or having skipped it?

No brainer. I’ll feel better with the workout done. Decision made. To the gym I went.

Because I need to avoid high impact stuff while administering these injections, I swapped out box jumps for step ups. The workout looked like this:

“Tine”
3 Rounds:
500 Meter Row
12 Deadlifts
15 Step ups

It felt good. I wasn’t looking forward to it but I felt great when it was done.

On the food front:

I started the day with bulletproof coffee.

Around noon I had my cabbage salad bowl with raw cabbage, bacon, eggs, walnuts and Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo.

I sipped on more coffee while driving down to Cape Cod (quick trip just for the night – I have to be back in the morning for a doctor appointment) and while out to dinner I had 1 shot of tequila & shrimp cocktail.

Make it a great weekend! I love you guys!


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