Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Just do it

I recently realized that I’ve hit a plateau in my fitness regimen. In the first two years of my fitness journey, everything was so new. I was hitting personal records and knocking out goals right and left. It was easy to do when you go from completely nothing to venturing into a little of everything. Now that I’m wrapping up my third year of a fit lifestyle, I’m seeing how I’ve entered a maintenance phase. I’m still moving regularly, of course, and teaching classes, which is a good thing. I don’t know how much I’m challenging myself anymore though, and I think it’s time to step up my game.

I have to be honest. I think I stopped pushing myself because of fear. The idea of adding more repetitions or more weight made me nervous. There was a mental block to running farther than the distance of my longest race. I already felt a sense of mastery right where I was and didn’t know if I could or should push beyond. However, it’s been said, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” There’s nothing wrong with just maintaining for a period of time. There’s a lot to be said about just being consistent and keeping with the routine. You just have to know when it’s time to push again so aren’t lulled into complacency and get stuck where you are.

So, this week at the gym has been a push. I’ve added weight and added sets. I’ve had to take a break in between at times. I’ve had to grimace to get in the last few reps. I’ve had to mentally tell myself, “Just two more…just one more.” It hasn’t been all that fun for me necessarily. But I do feel a fire igniting once again. I feel energy and motivation propelling me forward. I feel a fight rising up in me as I start the climb once again and push myself to the limits. There’s really no deep strategy involved. Don’t over think it. If you want to go beyond where you’ve been, then like Nike says, just do it.

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