“My legs are so weak, I can’t squat, I’m giving up.”
“I can’t do push-ups, I’m such a failure.”
“I’m not losing any weight, why bother continuing.”
I’ll start on Monday.”
It’s only a thought and a thought can be changed – Louise Hay
What are you saying to yourself about your workouts or your potential desire to start working out??
Do any of the above thoughts ripple through your mind?
If so, you are sabotaging yourself and any results that you want…honey, you’ve got to flip your thoughts around and start practicing positive self-talk. You’ve got to believe in yourself.
Self-defeating talk leads to poor performance, says Michael Mantell, PhD in Behavior Science for the American Council on Exercise, and I will even add that it sabotages you from even starting.
See if you can implement these thoughts into your mind…
“My legs are powerful and allow me to sit, stand, get on and off the toilet, in and out of my car. I so appreciate my legs and I want to make them even stronger to carry me forward into the years that lie ahead. I’m going to do what I can to continue to strengthen my legs.”
What you tell yourself vibrates throughout your entire body. You are a human being not a failure. Can you hold yourself in a push up position (on your knees/against a wall – have you tried every option?) and lower yourself 1cm? Then yes, you are beginning to do a push-up. Instead of giving up, break the exercise or task into its smallest part and start from there. Trust me, we do a lot of this in class…it’s not about the end result..it’s about the journey.
A scale doesn’t measure the weight of your memories or your daily stress, the smiles you display and the lives that you touch, the hours that you sleep, the level of your hormones, the brightness of your future…it just measures your physical mass when you step upon the scale. And for all these reasons and many more, we don’t need a scale to tell us whether to continue to exercise or not……dig deeper than the scale and know that you are performing miracles in your body every time you do something healthy.
The present moment holds the power….right here, right now, sit up straight, take a breath and feel the energy travel up and down your spine, connect with your “tingle”, smile, maybe even squeeze your butt cheeks or stand up and stretch. Stop thinking that you have to commit to an hour…it’s always the simple things that add up….then you will be wanting to spend more time moving because you become inspired by how this simple exercise makes you feel. I always tell my clients that the hardest thing is starting, the hardest thing is getting to class…but once you are here…there are never any regrets.
You are stronger than any excuse
You are more powerful in the present moment
You are a magnificent human being capable of magnificence
Sending you the energy to believe in yourself,
Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending. You can get your PDF copy here