I had a rough day yesterday, motivation-wise. I did the workout, but it took a lot to stay in there. Kat came up with the way that got me through. She said, “Do you want to write on your website later that you did it all, but you felt tired, or do you want to write that you just didn’t feel like it?” Worked for me. Strange motivation, but I’ll take mine where I can get it.
Yesterday’s workout was strength, physioball, and some movement prep (which is stretching). There’s one exercise that kicks my butt. I can’t remember if I already cried about this on Tuesday, but it’s called split curl to press, and you hold a leg up on something high, and then curl two dumbbells. Then, go from a curl up into a shoulder press. Man, that one is still my personal bitch.
But now, after completing the second week, I feel much stronger all the way around, and I feel much more competent with the workout. I’m sweating like a crazy person, but my breathing is fairly down, and my heart rate is just great. Even after a 20 minute cardio session tonight, I kept well within my zone and felt great.
I was sitting in the car with a sleeping daughter while Kat attended a quilt show. I read The Winner Within (most of it) , and though the book on the whole wasn’t the most amazing thing I ever read, it got my thoughts going. It got me closer to setting up some goals to follow. Oddly, it helped me come up with some direction on what to do at work. Now, I just have to apply it for home.
One thing I liked that I read was that championship athletes don’t “accept” losing; they absorb it. They take it into themselves, learn from it if they can, but they never give themselves sympathy and pats on the back for doing less than they planned for themselves. I like this, provided it doesn’t get mired up in a perfection-level. I’m going to learn more about it.
I have three books from the library to browse tonight. Two are about boxing, and the other is Lance Armstrong’s autobiography. I’m looking for further insights into the way top athletes see the world versus the way I’ve been viewing it. So far, I’m enjoying lessons along these lines.
So, here’s my Saturday night. I’m sweaty from a hard workout. My belly is full of tuna steak, grilled asparagus and portabellas, 1/2 of a grilled sweet potato. My daughter’s asleep and Kat’s at a party. I am feeling GREAT.
How are you?