By Michele Zehr
Again this week I had some traveling ahead of me and I checked to make sure the hotel had a fitness center. When I got there, they told me that the fitness center was being renovated so it was closed. What?!! Now what am I going to do? This brought up the “trust myself” issue all over again. See, I’ve played the games like so many of us do. I’m supposed to exercise, but I don’t feel like it so instead I tell myself that walking around the grocery store while grocery shopping earlier today is an adequate substitute for running.
Here comes the black and white thinking issue again too. Mo is not an “extreme” trainer in the sense that he understands that life happens, and he always says that maybe my workout won’t be perfect but I still need to do “something.” I get really stuck on believing that if I can’t do what I planned to do then it’s a waste of time and I might as well not do anything since what I will end up doing won’t be as effective. I really have no idea where that string of beliefs were formed during my life, but it’s clearly a bunch of B.S.
This thinking has continued to provide some of my most challenging moments on this journey, and when you’re in the habit of thinking a certain way, it’s going to take some time to “carve a new groove” as I like to say, so my thoughts follow a different path instead of the path that is not the most loving path.
What I have to do is test all of these beliefs out in order to challenge them. I can’t change my thought if I don’t really believe (experientially) that it is untrue. So for now, I’m tracking how my body responds (via looking in the mirror, how my clothing fits, how I feel, and the occasional weigh-in with Mo) when I have a week where my workouts just don’t happen the way they are “supposed to.”
So back to my motel without a fitness center. I had two choices, I could run outside in a city that I was not familiar with or I could swim laps in the hotel pool. I know that swimming is a very good form of exercise and it’s totally gentle on the joints, but for some reason I have this belief that if I don’t have sweat running down my face that “it’s not working.” Again, where did that come from? I also know that I’m not going to have sweat on my face if my face is in the water so duh!! So I chose to swim laps for 45 minutes.
I have to say I noticed a tremendous difference in my cardio. I tried to get into swimming about a year ago and even though I love being in the water it was just hard to keep the form up as I wasn’t conditioned at all. This time, I could get a good rhythm down with my breathing, and it sort of felt like I could swim laps indefinitely. It was a really cool experience of acknowledging that the work I’ve been doing is really changing my level of fitness and health. It’s all very exciting and to think, when I walked into Club Mo for my consultation, the first thing out of my mouth was, “I don’t believe my body will respond, but I have to try.” I love proving myself wrong!
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