I often talk about the lazy bug that attacks right before I go to the gym. It says things to me like, “oh you worked so hard yesterday, you deserve to take a break,” or “you haven’t even eaten yet, you should eat or you’ll have no energy to work out anyway.” Yea, this lazy bug is quite manipulative and knows exactly what to say. How I have been countering this is to just rush out the door, and blast some crazy pump music on my headphones.
However, yesterday, I had a new and unique experience. I was hanging out with my awesome friends, doing awesome things, and could have had all the reasons to not go to the gym. The day before yesterday, I worked out for almost 4 hours. I had a big lunch. My friends and I haven’t gotten together as a group in a while. But instead of thinking of reasons to not go, I became excited about going.
In my head, I thought “wow, only two hours at the gym today, this should be easy! I will be exploding with power!” and “I can’t wait to get a good sweat.” I surprised myself. Every experience up until now, the positive feelings from the gym came AFTER, not before, I went in. What happened?
How I interpreted this was that I am pass the initial stages of implementing a change, and have now become the change. Going to the gym became a pattern in my life and a source of normalcy. It has become a time that I get to spend on myself, and work on the things I want. The key words being work and want. My body and mind had adjusted to being happily willing to work for what I want.
Developing habits are integral to success, and you will know when it has become a habit when obstacles become a consideration rather than excuse. A final note, the shitty feelings associated with being a beginner do go away, so keep striving. The rainbows come after the rain.