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You’re just having one of those days. You know the kind – you wake up late, are frantically rushing out of the house with a bagel in hand (as if I should even be eating that, you think to yourself) and realize that you’ve spilled coffee on your white jeans. Nice.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse – someone cuts you off in traffic and proceeds to give you the bird. Even better.
The day trapped in the office goes by slower than you’re capable patience. Right when you begin to question your 5 o’clock gym time, you receive a call from your boss that’s going to require you to stay much longer than planned…oh the dread.
Soon, you’re considering staying home on this rainy evening with a supplemental episode of Grey’s Anatomy. You start to question whether your goals are even worth this horrific day you’re enduring. Staying home in comfort with your emergency chocolate (or not so emergency, maybe necessity) sounds MUCH more ideal.
Besides, why would I want to face that dreaded gym with grunting men, or go on that contraption of a machine that you feel oh so confident with? (Lot’s of emphasis on the sarcasm).
Do these lies sound familiar? You don’t have to give in to this mindset. Friend, believe me when I tell you that obedience does not require feelings. As surprising as it is, some of your best work (or in this case, workouts) come from days of built up emotion and stress.
Let’s uncover the three large lies you tell yourself on your way to the gym and discover why they are NOT true.
Lie #1 “It’s going to suck”
The important thing to remember is that you never regret a workout. No one goes back to think in hindsight “Yikes, I wish I didn’t do that workout.” No way! If you do find that person, please, find me and let me know.
Yeah, it might take a hot minute to get into the groove of your workout, but that’s okay.
Give yourself grace and persevere through the uncomfortable… because the olive must be pressed in order to get the oil. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV). Pressing through these uncomfortable situations will surprise you and make you into the strong woman you’re meant to be.
Lie #2 “People are judging me”
Do you think to yourself: “Everyone watches me workout and judges my form”? Well, it’s just not true. No one is watching you and thinking those things.
Everybody goes to the gym for one thing – to improve. They aren’t watching you. They are focused on their own workout and their own form. Don’t let the fear of being judged scare you out of your dreams.
Lie #3 “I’m not seeing any progress, so what’s the point?”
This lie couldn’t be further from the truth.
You look in the mirror and see yourself every day, and it’s easy to become immune to the way you look and not notice little changes that mean progress.
The truth is that you’re making progress; whether it’s visible or not.
- Your outlook.
- Your mindset.
- Your decisions.
- Your behavior.
- Your relationships.
- Your confidence.
- Your performance.
This is PROGRESS!
The point is that you need to resist throwing in the towel when these changes aren’t always visible. The fact is that when you get uncomfortable and discouraged a breakthrough is about to flourish. Goals that are worthy of cherishing will never develop overnight.
The reality is that we all tell ourselves these lies, whether we realize it or not. You must learn to recognize these excuses while they are happening and overcome them with determination.
You are called, equipped, and loved. It’s time to live that way.
What lies are you telling yourself? I would love to know! Connect with me in our Fit Me Forever Facebook group below and let’s empower each other.
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