Recently* I started doing some new things at the gym.
I raised my bicep and shoulder weights in my weights class, and I began doing cycling and combat-style classes to replace my treadmill walks.
The lessons I’ve learned from these changes have surprised me. And I’ve realized that they apply outside the gym, too.
Here are the 3 life lessons I’ve learned…
1. When You’re A Newbie You Look Like A Goose
My first combat class was an exercise in humiliation. The choreography was challenging, the moves were alien, and the pace was hard.
The instructor looked like she was actually fighting. I looked like I might, at any moment, pirouette. I felt lost and looked silly.
But now, several weeks later, I feel more confident and I absolutely love it.
From everyone I’ve talked to – including the instructor – that’s how it is for everyone.
To start something completely new, you have to go through the feeling-foolish stage. It’s part of the journey.
This applies to exercise, learning a musical instrument, dancing, making friends, learning a new skill, starting a new job – anything you haven’t done before.
Expect to go through the I-feel-foolish stage. Embrace the gooseness. It’s the only path there is.
2. Being Tired Doesn’t Mean You’re Doing Your Best
After using the same weights for many months, I increased my bicep and shoulder weights in my weights class. I’d always felt tired after the class, so I expected this to be a major adjustment.
Turns out it wasn’t.
I still feel just as tired after the class, but now I’m using heavier weights and gaining more fitness benefits.
You know what surprised me most? Being tired didn’t mean I was doing my best. I was capable of more. I’d never have known that if I hadn’t tried.
Just because you feel you’re making an effort, it doesn’t mean you can’t do more.
Could you be more productive at work, more focused in your business, kinder to your family, warmer to your friends, tidier in your home, more disciplined with your money, smarter about your appearance?
In what life area can you ‘raise your weights’?
You may be capable of more, if you try.
3. Thinking About Lovely Legs Eases The Pain
I also took up cycling classes, which I find ridiculously hard. But with summer approaching I thought they’d be a good choice for getting nice, toned legs.
Here’s what I noticed.
When I thought about how hard the class was, how much I was working, how desperately I longed to lie in a fetal position in the corner, I found it a huge struggle to keep going.
But when I thought about my nice toned legs in a pair of spunky shorts, pushing those pedals got easier.
To have the things we want in life, we often have to pay a price. It might be hard work, exercise, healthy eating, patience, persistence, optimism or something else.
The more we focus on the struggle or sacrifice, the more energy we lose to those thoughts.
Instead, focus on the benefits you want – vitality, an attractive body, achievement, good relationships.
You’ll find you gain energy to help you rise to your challenges.
The more we focus on the struggle or sacrifice,
the more energy we lose to those thoughts.
Your Life Lessons
What life lessons have you learned from your diet, exercise or weight-loss journey?
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Michele Connolly is into writing, books, simplicity, love, TV, productivity, and staying thin in a world of chocolate.
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