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.
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.