If you have ever had a good trainer, then you know that after you leave the training session you should feel like you got your butt kicked. You should feel as if you’ve given it your all and pushed past the point where you thought you could ever go. That is why we pay for them right? However, sometimes you have to kick YOURSELF in the butt. Why continue to do your same routine day in and day out without a challenge? Just think about everything else in life. When you went to school, each class was new and challenging, and when you enrolled in college, some of your classes were a struggle…but you managed to get through it and as a result you learned something. You developed your mind and improved your skills. When you first learn how to ride a bike, you fall a few times, lose your balance, but eventually you ride! Why should it be different with your exercise and nutrition? The reason you are not making the progress you want to see is because you are not kicking yourself in the butt hard enough!
I realized this after I got off the stairclimber this morning. I absolutely HATE the stair climber. I avoid it like the plague but today, I got so bored on the elliptical and did not want to run on the treadmill….so, I got on the stairclimber. If you are not used to the stairclimber, it can really start to burn after about 10 minutes and I had 30 minutes ahead of me. I just told myself to get it over with. Every time I wanted to slow down, I increased the level of difficulty. I had my magazine on the machine to distract me from my thoughts and feeling of the burn. (Looking at pictures of someone else’s amazing abs really is great for motivation. Even though I can’t read the article because I am barely surviving through the cardio workout….I can stare at pictures. 🙂 ). Something just made me push a little bit harder today. I have finally found a strategy that works for me during my dreadful cardio sessions (just being honest). I turn my music up, think about walking across that stage and all the girls who are training to be on that stage, how I want to work harder than them, and how much work it takes to get there. I select a photo or quote to stare at, and I push through the session. Whenever I feel like quitting, I just push a little bit harder. I tell you, it will do something for your confidence if you just kick your own a$@ every once in a while.
You need to be honest with yourself. Are you really doing everything that you can to get to where you say you want to be? In order to do this, you have to critique yourself and it is not always pretty. However, once you do, you can have a place to start and you only go up from there! Speaking of critques….I finally have the courage to post my progress pics. When I look at the first set, I cringe a little. They are not bad but man my mid-section looked horredous…anyway here they are. They were taken 3 weeks apart. Hopefully with the next set, I will have my competition suit or shoes at least. The suit in these pictures is just a regular bikini. Here we go…
( I see some progress and I credit clean eating, harder lifting, and extra cardio to the changes. I am also doing more ab work). I am about 21 weeks away from the competition. My areas of improvement are my abs, back, butt and obliques.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”-Zig Ziglar