One of my goals this week during my Weeklong Recharge is to hit the gym and hit it hard. During the semester I spend so much time sitting between class, driving, and homework, and the workouts I do are squeezed into my schedule and often not as long as I would like them to be. I’m hoping that by really pushing myself this week I’ll get my body (and mind!) into a better habit of getting those workouts in when I’m back in class.
I went to the gym this morning with the intent of doing 10 minutes on the stationary rowing machine, in addition to the rest of my workout. I don’t know about anyone else, but when it comes to working out I am very much a creature of habit. The elliptical is my “comfort zone”, and I would happily spend all my cardio time there, all the time. However, I know that this is not really doing my body any favors, so I’m slowly building up my repertoire; ultimately I’d like to spend my cardio time rotating between 3-ish machines, and hopefully doing different circuits on different days. This means I’ve got a lot of branching out to do!
All this to say that by the time I hopped on that rowing machine this morning, I had already done 25 minutes on the elliptical, and my legs were feeling it. By the time the timer was nearing 5 minutes, I could already hear the voice in my head: “Maybe you could just do 6 minutes today, and work your way up.” “It’s not like you have to do 10 minutes.” “This is hard!” My self-defeating attitude was kicking in.
In the past I have definitely given in to that voice, and let’s be honest, I probably will again in the future. It’s in my nature, one of my personal battles.
But today, I am happy to announce that I kicked self defeat in the butt! I countered my negative self-talk with some positive, and reminded myself that I had made a commitment to myself which I intended to keep. And you know at the end of that 10 minutes I was feeling pretty darn proud!
It’s one small step, but it’s a step. Today I told myself ~ and showed myself ~ that I deserve to keep my promises, because I am worth it.