A client of mine asked me this question at the start of our workout. My answer? “Keep going.”
We all have those days when we feel bloated, heavy, and sluggish. Our minds tell us to stay on the couch and eat comfort food. There are days when that may be the best thing for us, like when we’re sick. But more often than not, that makes us feel worse and perpetuates the feeling.
So how do we workout and eat foods that help us when it feels so hard? I find there are two ways that work: faith or focus. I’m not talking religion here. I’m talking about a trust that if we do what’s good for us there’s a payoff of feeling good. We see others do it and we know there’s hope. We think about a time we struggled and pushed through to the other side. The hard part is that when we’re feeling heavy, tired, and slow, it’s hard to trust.
The other approach is to ignore the thoughts and focus on the action in front of us. Horse trainers use blinders to keep the horse’s attention on the race instead of distractions from the crowd. We cannot stop the destructive thinking, but we can decide to let it pass and take the action anyway. It’s even easier to do this when we remember we’re not alone. There are millions of amazing, dynamic, successful, competent people who sometimes have hard moments. We don’t have to be superheroes; we only have to take a step to help ourselves. The momentum that follows may surprise you.
Back to my client. She pushed through and hung in there for the rest of the class. At the end she said, through sweat and a smile, “I did it! I made it through.” We both knew the rest of the day would be that much better.
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