So much of this journey has to do with confidence.
When you are over weight for most of your adult life, you tend to not have much confidence when it comes to body image. I was never good at sports, so even though I can ride my bike 100 miles, run 5 miles and lift weights, I lack confidence with pretty much anything fitness related.
|Me, laying flat on my back during my recovery. Uggh. (Cool filter, isn't it?)|
After I wrote my last post, Breakthroughs, I got to thinking about my own lack of self confidence.
|I am really starting to find my inner joy again.|
When my sons were little, they had to learn how to do a variety of different basic skills from walking to riding their bike and swimming. We had a pool, so they were used to being in the pool with various flotation devices. As they got older, we taught them how to float on their own, how to tread water, and ultimately how to swim. One of my boys was terrified to swim without assistance. We brought him to swimming lessons and he basically had a complete melt down. He needed to have courage to face his fears and he needed to put aside his belief that he had to have a floatie (or a noodle or Mom / Dad) to swim. Out of the two weeks of lessons, he probably only got into the pool half the time. It was not what I would consider a success. That summer, we focused on skill building with him. The following year, he got into the pool with no problem. He went on to join the local swim team and swam right through high school. He had to have courage to replace his belief system.
The same holds true with the journey on this road to fitness.
|Believe in yourself! You CAN do it! Smile! Put one foot in front of the other.|
Working with a personal trainer helps a LOT. I started working with Ashley about a month ago and I am so please with how well things are going for me. She has given me specific things to work on building both my endurance and strength. The workouts she has me do target my specific weaknesses without causing further injury. She's also been available in between our sessions. I will send her a video of a workout and say, "Hey, this is how I'm doing with this, what do you think?" Then at our session, she provides me with strategies to improve. She also provides a lot of positive reinforcement, which I realize I need. I need to know I am doing a good job, and hearing it from someone else, especially a professional, really gives me the confidence I need. It's worth the financial investment.
|My riding buddy, Erica|
|Friday morning we both went out for a ride, but not together. I sent Erica this selfie, taken at the top of a very aggressive hill I climbed. It was a major accomplishment to get up that hill!|
Stick with it. It's worth it. Give yourself positive affirmations daily. Yes, daily. This is not about becoming arrogant, conceited or self-indulgent. It's about building your self-confidence, giving yourself the tools you need to accomplish your goals.
Think about one thing you want to accomplish and haven't gotten around to it because fill in the blank . Then, go out there and do it. What is it? How will you make it happen? Check back with me periodically and let me know how you're doing with that goal.
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Now, this song should REALLY motivate you to get out there. Don't let anything hold you back!
There's Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes
You take all my inhibitions. Baby, there's nothing holding me back.
You take me places that tear up my reputation, manipulate my decisions.
Baby, there's nothing holding me back. There's nothing holding me back.