Day 13 Prompt: Change your mindset and start thinking of all the things you CAN do, instead of all the things you can’t.
I’ll go ahead and state from the get-go that I just got home from an awesome workout at the gym and am flying high on endorphins! I woke up early with Ronny (my husband, for those who don’t know his name) and hit the gym around 6:15 am, worked my back with weights and plyometrics between sets for one hour, then did 30 minutes of cardio on the stair mill and 30 minutes on the elliptical – all high intensity. I knew it was a kick ass workout when I’d finished up and felt like I hadn’t had enough, like I could do more. Being the smart gal that I am, however, I chose to cool down and head on home; the last thing I want to do is go overboard with training and be out of the game for a few days or longer due to exhaustion or an injury. To be totally honest, I probably will do another hour of cardio this afternoon though We’re heading to the beach in two weeks and I’ve put myself on a competition training schedule to make sure I feel good in my bathing suits!
With all of that being said, today’s challenge is piggy backing off of yesterday's blog about not letting negative cycles start (as in slump, lazy periods). Though I’m going hardcore for the next two weeks with exercise, I’m really just kicking off a scheduled training period that I committed to over a month ago. Basically, I want to get back into competitive figure bodybuilding – as an ostomate. I’m doing it for myself and also for the ostomy community to show that as an ostomate, I CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON THE THINGS I CAN DO, RATHER THAN THE THINGS I CAN’T.
I read posts almost everyday on various IBD and ostomy forums where people talk about all the things they can’t do because of their condition. Why the hell aren’t we focusing on what we CAN do?! Okay, so you can’t go jog a mile for whatever reason, but can you walk it? Probably. I understand the fear behind doing too much and setting yourself back a few steps in your recovery, but you can only let fear control so much of you for so long before it completely consumes you and keeps you from doing anything that could improve your quality of life. Fear does not protect you in this case – IT HURTS YOU.
To be clear, I’m not advising anyone to start an exercise program going balls to the wall. What I AM advising is for you to make a commitment to yourself, a promise, that you WILL start. Sit down and make a plan and don’t let excuses inch their way in because, believe me, for every excuse you come up with, I GUARANTEE you I can find a way to stomp it down.
So, like I ended yesterday’s prompt, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TODAY TO BE MORE ACTIVE? And what are you going to do tomorrow? Because I can tell you what I’ll be doing: I’ll be at the gym busting my ass, no excuses.