You know that feeling when your heart is pounding against your chest and your lungs feel like they’re going to explode? You’re huffing and puffing heavier than a fire-breathing dragon, your mouth is drier than Death Valley and water is worth more than gold to you. You’re hustling, you’re working hard, you’re challenging yourself in a whole new way and – NO – you’re NOT out of shape.
We’ve all been there, and if you saw my blog last week with the video where I was balling my eyes out, you would know that even I am in that space from time to time. Last week, I decided to put myself up to an intense challenge, because I was feeling a bit stronger since my injury in May. I’d recently been cleared to exercise, so I committed myself to a focused weight lifting regimen.
I created a challenge of 20 burpees, 20 knee-tucks, and 20 star jumps – with one minute of rest after the back-to-back sets. Then I would repeat that whole sequence two more times. It sounded like a GREAT idea in my head, but I thought I was gonna die about 1/3 of the way through.
Shocking – I didn’t die. Not even close. I finished every single exercise I said I would, even though it took me twice as long as I thought it would, and then I proceeded to cry like the vulnerable young woman that I authentically am when it was all said and done. It was cathartic and beautiful. Humbling and empowering. And, most importantly, it was eye-opening.
I had moments of feeling like I was out of shape, but in actuality – I was simply working harder than I had in a really long time. And THAT, my friends, is ninja-level awesomeness.
If I had decided to sit on my butt and do NOTHING that afternoon, that would’ve been a truer definition of “being out of shape.” If I had said, “I just don’t feel like doing anything to remove myself from this currently-comfortable experience of lounging on my overstuffed sofa,” that would not have been a description of a ninja-in-training. Can you tell that I secretly wanna be a ninja?
Bottom line is this: you have options each and EVERY day to become a better version of yourself – or not. The choice is simple and it’s entirely up to you. Also be conscious of the time and space that you’re in. If you were injured and are on the mend, you don’t have to put Bootcamp-Style-Pressure on yourself to make a comeback right away. You will get there when you get there, but take action steps toward healing.
Remember, a setback is nothing more than the beginning of an AWESOME comeback. Be present and loving with yourself on your journey. Don’t be angry because you don’t feel like a rock star yet. That won’t serve you in any way whatsoever.
You’re amazing, beautiful, unique and POWERFUL! Remember that ONE pushup is better than ZERO. Ten minutes of walking up and down the stairs is better than ten minutes of sitting on your behind. Doing errands by foot is, without a doubt, cooler than driving a couple of blocks to the store. Use your body and move the best you can.
When my foot was injured in May, I couldn’t walk or even use crutches. I had the option of sitting around for a whole week on the sundeck of a cruise ship while I felt badly for myself – OR – I could’ve explored the entire ship in a wheelchair while I got a killer upper body workout. What do you think I did?
I’d love to see you all challenge yourself this week! What are you going to do to get out of your comfort zones? Comment below and decide RIGHT NOW how you’re gonna step up your ninja training!
Love all that is you,
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Jenna Phillips is a Total Wellness Philosopher, Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer & the founder of her lifestyle brand I’m On A Mission. Follow her on Twitter and be inspired.