The antidote is always the same. Simply:
- Increase your heart rate
- Drink water
- Drink more water
- Drink even more water
- Eat a boat-load of veggies
- Toss the leftovers
- Meditate away stress
- Yoga asap!
- Don't beat yourself up
- Take negative thoughts captive
- Lift again!
I wobbled back and forth about it all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I almost canceled several times, but I kept thinking about that moment when I registered. I wanted to honor that. I learned a long time ago that honoring these commitments build my self-esteem. And violating them tends to shred it.
So, Wednesday came and I didn't cancel. I rushed home after Tread. Dropped the dog off with a smooch and a few treats, changed my clothes, grabbed two bottles of water, a towel and my mat. I got there just in time, and had an awesome workout. Brutal. Challenging. Sweaty. Awesome.
I'm trying to think of a single time that, instead of canceling, I honored my commitment and didn't walk out of there feeling like Wonder Woman. Because not only did I conquer the workout itself, I overcame that beast that tries to rob me of my workouts in the first place.
It sounds like this. "I don't have enough time. I'll be hungry. I'll be sweaty. I won't have a normal dinner. It's too much rushing around. I'll do it next week. I'll find a different time. It won't matter if I don't go today. My dog needs me. My business needs me. My boss needs me. My family needs me. My couch needs me. I can't get out of work. I can't get out of the house. I can't get out of my head! Help!"
Maybe not exactly like that, but you get the picture.
I struggle with that! Everyone that works at Clear Rock struggles with that. We get it! We understand completely.
"Resistance is always lying and always full of shit." - Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
Whether or not we win our inner battles depends on our level of commitment, and our commitment depends on how rooted/connected we are to our true selves: the part of us that knows - absolutely, positively knows - that taking care of ourselves is of the highest priority, especially as we age.
Otherwise, as you may know, everything hurts and stops working right.
Look, we really get it. I get it. Margie gets it. Kim gets it. But we know from experience, and from coming alongside you as you fight your inner battles, that resistance can't win even thought it is always, relentlessly present.
I call this battle the fitness cha-cha-cha (insert jazz-hands here). It's that two steps forward, two steps back dance we do when we're trying, but resistance is overwhelming us:
When we register, then cancel, register, cancel cha-cha-cha.
Our night-before-the-workout battles and decisions being made cha-cha-cha.
Our late cancellations, forfeited sessions and no-shows cha-cha-cha.
The good news is this! We are high accountability rock stars. Which means, when we see the cha-cha-cha, we're going to bring it to light, and ask you if we can help. We're not going to ignore you and pretend we don't see you struggling and inner-battling and tug-of-warring. We can't. We can't ignore you. We know what it's like and we've been there. Plus, we need to practice our own healthy boundaries with our schedules, and trust me, that is graduate level boundary work.
The even better news is this! We know how to coach women beyond resistance and into the health and fitness of their dreams. So, allow us to hold you accountable. If you are struggling, say so. We're here FOR YOU. We promise to help you in any way possible, from a place of love and not shame. From a place of belief and not fear. We already know you can do this, be consistent, keep your commitments and feel fabulous about yourself.
We absolutely know you can. We want nothing more than for you to know it, too. Empowerment to battle resistance is life-changing. Conquer it here, and it spills over into every other aspect of your life. You feel it within. That new inner strength and confidence, and the rock-solid core value of knowing what to do, and doing it.
We love you, we're for you, we're with you. You do not have to face resistance alone. None of us do. Together, we shall overcome. Cha Cha Cha!