Monday, July 6, 2009

Motivational Mondays (July 6)

Back to the basics.

Sometimes, when you are trying to find something that works, something that's going to jumpstart your training regimen or help you re-dedicate yourself to eating right, all it takes is getting back to the basics and starting from where you started from in the first place.

For me, that means getting back to what's worked for a long time.

My little saying.

I don't really have a great name for it. I just kind of referred to this as "my little saying" which I'll grant you isn't the greatest name. But it's known as that, so I guess it sticks.

What is it? I've blogged about it before, but I think it bears repeating every now and again. After all, I say this to myself before every workout, every run, every time I'm going to test and challenge myself physically.

Yesterday's over. You can't do anything about it.
Tomorrow's too far away.
It's all about this moment.
It's all about today.
It's all about right now.

Are you willing to give yourself everything you have for this moment?
For right now?

It just works for me.

It helps me regain my focus when things aren't going so great during a run, or when I feel as if I've given all that my body has to give. Usually, all I have to do is to think about that and I snap back into shape and find something that's inside of me.

It also helps me keep things in perspective. While I might be struggling to get something done in that moment, I know that moment will pass. I know that I will be resting at some point, possibly soon. So all I have to do is tough it out for just a little bit longer and I'll be good.

It's just a reminder that you have to be true to yourself. When you work out, you're doing it for yourself, your own benefit. So if you are willing to give everything you have to yourself, you will be doing yourself a great favor.

So why sell yourself short?


Angie Eats Peace said...

Great post, and something I definitely needed to hear, after a weekend of way too much beer and food.

Willoughby said...

Great post. I love your "little saying" (I'd call it a motivational mantra). I usually give myself a pep talk before I work out, but it's more along the lines of "I can do this".

Amanda said...

I really like that. I'm definitely going to put that to use at my 5k this weekend.

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

I like it- and it's true, taking care of yourself is really the best thing you can do- it's also a great example for your children.