FitnessThousand Pound Club

Day Three

There are some days when you don’t feel like working out. Your body is tired or sore, so your mind justifies ways to get out of working out or studying or whatever. Today was one of those days.

I’d gotten off work late, I was dehydrated from being outside in the sun all day, I needed to beat level 523 on Candy Crush… The truth is your mind will make all sorts of excuses not to put forth any more exertion.

It’s days like these that you need to ignore your mind. It’s the days that you feel lazy, or feel like you can’t, that will determine whether or not you meet your goals. Because these “I can’t do it days” add up, and they infest your mind with negativity until you start doubting your goals can even become reality. These are the days you find out what you’re really made of.

So I chugged some water, rationalized to myself that I didn’t even play Candy Crush (much less had the capability to make it to level 523) and I hit the gym.

Today’s Workout:

1 Mile Run @ 7:45/Mile Pace

1 X 10     @ 95 LB Squat
1 X 10     @ 185 LB Squat
6 X 6       @225 LB Squat

2 X 12 @ 180 LB Leg Press
2 X 12 @ 200 LB Leg Press
2 X 12 @ 220 LB Leg Press

1 Mile Run @ 8:00/Mile Pace

After the workout I felt great. Tired, but great. I was proud of myself for finding the motivation to push myself even when I wasn’t feeling my best. Because it’s those days when your mind says “you can’t” and you prove yourself wrong, that help you succeed in the end.

7 thoughts on “Day Three

  1. Love the post! I have a habit of doing the same thing when I’m supposed to go running >.< Definitely keeping this in mind!

  2. Hey Jack, I was wondering what the King in the title of your Blog referred to?
    I also go to the gym 3-4 days a week usually for 1 hour and 10 minutes. I do a mix of cardio and weightlifting.
    On the issue of dehydration I am always amazed how few people take a water bottle to the gym.
    I usually drink at least a litre of water and never get cramps the next day.

    1. I always fancied I had an alter ego. There’s one side that’s adventurous and athletic, and another side that’s super nerdy (not that I have split-personality disorder). So I guess the King is the more active side of me.

      That’s awesome! I read some stats somewhere that only 13% of men were actually physically fit, and that was a little depressing to hear. As a fitness nut I’m glad you make time in your schedule for exercise.

      You mentioned you were from the UK? What’s the ideology of working out like there? I know in the US people idealize muscles, but most are too busy or too lazy to actually put any sort of workout routine together.

      1. It is a very similar outlook. UK people admire fit bodies but generally are not prepared to put in the effort to get in shape, or they want instant results. The ones like me who do stick it out and continue to exercise come to appreciate our improved fitness and shape because we know how much hard work it takes. 🙂

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