Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mind powers

I blogged about my less-than-spectacular workout yesterday, when I had to skip some of my weight training exercises. What I didn't mention though, was how that affected my day. I'll tell you now:

Not. At. All.

I'm practising maintaining a positive attitude, which means retraining some of my less helpful mental dialogue. There have been times in the past when I would have been in a grumpy mood all day, because I felt I'd "failed" for not completing my full program. Sometimes it's hard to live up to your own high expectations. But instead, I told myself that I'd done a great job for getting up and going to the gym when I was in a bit of pain to begin with. And I knew that I'd done my best and made the right call on not continuing with exercises that were clearly aggravating things.

I did the same thing when I had a go at a Boxfit class on Thursday. I simply told the instructor that I hadn't done any boxing for a LONG time, and that I was working on getting back into my fitness routine after injury and left it at that. The class was challenging, and I struggled to keep up with some of the regular participants at times. At the end of the class, the instructor smiled and commented "You did really well", and I just said: "Thanks. I enjoyed it" I did not moan "Oh, but my fitness is soooo crap! I used to be much fitter than this." For one thing, I don't need to justify myself to anyone (and I doubt the instructor cares anyway), and for another, I gave it my best shot and was happy with my efforts.

I know that I'm doing my best, and that improvements will come. So I'm giving myself credit for my efforts, and not worrying about the "results" I'm achieving. Continual gentle encouragement, even if it is coming from yourself, is way more effective than any amount of criticism or sulking.

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Today we're going to test out new beds. It's way past time to replace our mattress - I bought it sometime before The Baby came along, which makes it more than 15 years old. Yikes!

I think my back will be grateful for a lovely new supportive sleeping surface. :)

1 comment:

linda said...

well done on the postivie mantra- just getting to the gym or the exercise you have in mind is a credit ( in my book) As for the bed- good luck with getting a good one! I was in Harvey Norman today and tomorrow we're going to be looking for another one too!

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