As I discussed in my last 'Rebuilding' post, most people get very easily discouraged when starting a new healthy lifestyle journey. They go into that first workout with guns blazing, believing in their heads that they are physically stronger than they really are. They spend only a fraction of the time working out on day one that they had intended to because their body was not prepared, they start feeling that burn right away and wake up the next morning feeling in more pain than they were in when they went to bed the previous night. And that is just half of the lifestyle. There is also the part about eating healthier. And with being in that much pain, the last thing we want to do is scarf down a bowl of salad and some fruit. Junk food, afterall, is called 'comfort food' for a reason. because it knocks you out.
Physical pain after a workout can have the same effects as emotional pain. A lot of us will just want to eat it away with junk. We do that and then for most of us, there is no day two of working out. No day three, four and so on.
|It was taking shape rather nicely!|
So how do we stay motivated to continue?
I was in crazy pain when I woke up on day two. The ten minutes of extremely basic yoga the day before took its toll. I didn't feel like doing it again, but I did. This time, I lasted a little less than ten minutes, but I told myself that less than ten minutes is better than no minutes at all. Within a week of doing ten minutes of yoga a day, I was quickly feeling less and less pain as my body was waking up. The first stage of rebuilding is basically a lengthy warm up. Much like we do before a workout, if your body had been inactive for so many years, as mine was, I needed to spend a few weeks warming up and getting my body prepared for what was to come down the line.
The early stages are when the weight comes off at a quick pace, I found. I had a lot of fat to lose and it was coming off rapidly. My clothes were getting looser to the point where I had to manually put new holes in my belt. The new holes were a confidence booster as they were proof that what I was doing was working. And it was just over one month into my rebuilding process when I started doing the inevitable. I started taking selfies and posting them online.
|Day 100 of rebuilding. They poked fun at my selfie lifestyle but now I have archival content. Bwahahah!|
Shedding pounds meant buying new clothes. New clothes meant more selfies. I posted a new selfie three or four times a week to not only show people my progress, but to get that positive feedback that would encourage me to keep going, and honestly, to boost my ego!
The more selfies I posted, the more positive feedback I got, the harder I worked and the more inflated my ego became. When I would go on "Beastwalks" to my local mall and wander around for an hour or so like retired people do, I kept my head up and didn't quickly look away when my eyes caught somebody else’s. I started a new little game against people on the street where the first one to break eye contact loses, and I won every time. I was the MAN!
After 100 days of sticking to the new lifestyle, I started taking post-workout selfies and posting them online. Wearing a sweaty t-shirt, looking in my bathroom mirror, and posted them online with whatever day it was of my rebuilding phase and an inspirational or motivational quote I found or came up with. And I did this pretty much every day!
It didn't matter to me that there really was no noticeable difference in the pictures from one day to the next, I just did it anyway. I felt that I had every right to. There is nothing wrong with showing off your accomplishments, especially when it comes to getting in shape. You not only prove your doubters wrong, but you show others that it is possible and in my case, simple.
You can’t be worried about what strangers might think if you check yourself out in every reflection you come across. Who cares if it comes off as arrogant and egotistical? It is also motivation and a reminder of how far you have come and how much further you can go. So don’t be afraid to not only check yourself out as often as you can or want, but throw yourself a little wink and maybe even a thumbs up!
When I do my UFC cardio, I do five minute rounds with a one minute rest period in between each round. During the rest periods, I take a drink of water, walk over to my full length mirror and admire the awesomeness! Flex a little. Sometimes give myself a thumbs up and a, “yeah, baby!” I’ve earned it. I have not only proven doubters wrong but myself as well.
When I do my weights workouts, I take a one minutes rest in between sets, walk over to that full length mirror and pose a little. Maybe a bicep flex and some pectoral flexes, too! I have every right to. There is nothing wrong with it. You hear people say all the time, “you should be proud!” I am. Don’t tell me that I should be proud of myself and then cop an attitude when I get a little full of myself. I have every right to be and so do you.
|January 18, 2016. Day 747!|
Don’t tell ME that YOU can’t do it!