Tortoise Days

Quite often people look at fitness and see their ideal, thinking that it’s too far for them to reach. Someone else got lucky. It’s easy to consider the hard work someone else put in and think, “it’s easier for them than it is for me”. It makes us feel better, but devalues the sacrifices they had to make to get to where they are.

We’re not being fair to ourselves either by entertaining those thoughts and following that belief pattern.

There are days when I feel like I have my life dialed in. I’m surely on the right track and every workout feels so on point. It’s my favorite feeling. Even though exercising consistently is hard, seeing the progress and even more importantly FEELING the progress makes it fun.

Then I forget.

EVERYTHING.

I forget why I’m doing what I’m doing, and why I’m on this path to begin with. I forget what I should be doing to keep moving forward, and why I felt motivated on those good days. Some times I swear my body even forgets how to be coordinated. And why it shouldn’t devour an entire chocolate cake. It’s hard to deal with that.

Some days you’re going to have low energy. Or no energy! You’re going to crave all the things that will counteract all the time you just spent on the straight and narrow. You will crave both the sugar and the time on the couch eating it. Pure bliss.

I get lost in those times too. Everyone does. Personally, I would prefer to enjoy the treats and rewards when I don’t feel any less than great for indulging. I want to feel like I’ve earned it enough to feel good about enjoying these perfect moments. But that’s just me. I like to stay on target for as long as I can before rewarding myself.

Those times when I am feeling low on energy and inspiration, and I look at my dreams and goals and think it really can’t be done, I remind myself that each and every person who has succeeded has had those moments, and even have let those moments overtake them. But they worked through and didn’t give up.

Keeping overall momentum is such an important process. You can stay the course and have an accidental chocolate bar or doughnut. Contrary to popular belief, you can even miss a day or two at the gym without losing all your gains.

Don’t be hard on yourself about it. Just enjoy that doughnut and keep on keeping on, because every goal you feel compelled to chase is possible to reach with enough hard work and dedication. And that is completely up to you.

You will always have tortoise days. It’s how you choose to work through them that builds the best habits.

Next week I’m going to share my tips on how I get out of a pre-workout funk, how I stop procrastinating and end up having some of the best workouts ever.

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