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4/03/2014

Carpe Your Workout

Hello lovelies! 
I hope everyone's week is doing well with lots of fun plans in mind for the weekend ahead. 

I jump started my day with a hot coffee and a big breakfast at a local diner. After asking the waitress to make sure my potatoes were cooked with very little oil or butter and the coffee served black (I don't work out all week to just eat the fat back on!!) I was rewarded with the perfect meal. Can't beat cafes and diners, they have THE best food! 



So yummy and so proud of myself for resisting the French Toast Compote. Is it just me or is there a shortage of places to find clean raw food!! Until then, yes, I will be the one at the table ordering everything a la carte, or even worse, bringing my own food :) 

Well, I'm on my way out the door to dominate my next workout rite now, but in the meantime, here's a peak at what I was up to yesterday. 

I usually grin and put on a big smile to push through my workouts, but on the finale here, I was dragging myself to do the hanging raises. This was definitely an angry grin and bear it face, but it worked! I made it through whether my mind wanted to or not. I have to say, my body is thanking me rite now for the final round. Leave it all on the table. If you have any extra push left, go for it and leave it all on the gym floor. 

Your body is capable of much more than your mind allows. When it reaches its comfort zone limits you have to train it to push through and push further, otherwise your calculating and rational mind will pull you back to your safe zone. You count your reps, add weight, time yourself, and figure you've had a solid workout. Yes, that's true, but to get to the next level you have to push just a little more than the time before. 

Whether your pushing your mental or physical limits you have to go just a bit further, faster, harder than you did yesterday. As soon as your mind wants to quit, push through just one more rep than you did yesterday. That's a beauty of fitness. Once you achieve one big hairy goal, you realize how far you have come and how much further you can go from here. 

Last year, I trained for 2-3 months for the Tough Mudder. I'm not much of a runner, and I've only been on my fitness journey for a year and a half now, so for me, this seemed huge! I built it up in my mind as this massive, impossible obstacle course, the end all be all of mud races. 12 miles? What did I get myself into? I've never ran 4 miles much less 12. In the end, the Mudder was a blast--a total adventure race with music, friends, even costumes and, I think, everyone should try it. (Seriously, go check out the site--sign up early before the fees go up). What I thought was such an impossible feat turned out to be a blast and a lot easier than I had built it up to be. Of course, completing a Spartan might be more of a challenge, but I'm happy with my Mudder status. 

Don't let fear, old mindsets or your comfort zone pull you back into your safety net. What's there to be afraid of? Go out there and surprise yourself.