I went to bed last Sunday evening with the intention and expectation that the week ahead was going to be the best ever. I set my alarm for 3:45 a.m. and drifted off to sleep. When my alarm went off, I hopped out of bed, grabbed breakfast, and headed to the gym. As I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed that there wasn’t another car in sight, and lights were off. It hit me that the gym doesn’t open until 5:00 a.m. on Mondays. That’s how my week started and that’s the pace it kept. I struggled to keep my chin up and one foot in front of the other. My energy was low, I felt tired, I felt frustrated with myself and everyone else. I recognized, though, that these feelings were irrational and unreasonable and I focused on not taking out my feelings on anyone, including myself.
Wednesday morning, I got up as soon as my alarm went off, again, and snuck into the bathroom to change without waking my husband. I peeked at my email and saw my plan update from Big Jon Fitness. Low carb meal plan to start the next day, I can do that. Not a problem. The next line was the sweetest thing I’ve seen in three weeks, a cheat meal on Sunday. It’s been 22 days since I’ve had a cheat meal. My mouth watered even as I read the sentence. Something to look forward to! It’s fascinating to me that knowing I had a free meal on the horizon changed my energy completely. Food is so powerful. (**Below is a beautiful picture of my “cheat meal” from The Counter at The Village**)
I’ve learned so much about the sport and the culture of weightlifting over the past few months. It seems so basic and so simple from a bird’s eye view, but there’s way more to it. I have a few epiphanies to share this week:
- You get stronger and build muscle, of course. But in doing that, you also build confidence and it shows in every area of your life. You set small goals and you attain them. You see the results and it feels good. That can’t just stay in the gym, it spills over everywhere. How cool is that?
- You must be disciplined in order to stick to your meal plan and get your ass to the gym, otherwise just quit. If you practice self-discipline so you’re successful with your diet and so that you get your workouts in, that’s going to spill over into other areas of your life as well. It has to.
I’ve been working with Big Jon Fitness and with my trainer for almost three months. I’m beginning to see the results of a lot of hard work.
The physical results are super fun and they’re tangible, so it’s easy to react to those. But it’s so rewarding to notice that I’m also walking with my head a little higher. I’m taking more chances and pushing myself harder. I’m more confident and so much more self-disciplined than I’ve ever been. That feels good.
I’ve only just begun to explore this culture, but I’m so glad I’ve stumbled into such a cool world. The tools for success are provided. The support is there and so readily available. But my success or failure is on me. I get to own that.
I’m so excited to see where this path leads…