Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Adjust the Sails

I know that I just posted a few days ago, but I ran across a quote that I really like and it seemed appropriate, as I seem to keep applying it in my life.

"You can't direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails" - President Thomas S. Monson

Even when I have small hurdles, I don't just keep doing the same thing over and over again, I adjust and try something different.  I don't want to get into a rut and just stay there because it's comfortable.  I want to challenge myself and my body.  TRX is doing that for me right now.  It's a tough workout and there are times that I want to quit because it's that hard.  Quitting is not an option though, so you adjust and you make it work for you.  I will eventually be able to do spiderman push-ups and burpees, just not at this moment.  My job right now is to do what I can to make myself stronger so I can do them.  It's not going to just magically happen one day.  I have to do my part.

My goal once I have my CFT certification and can start training people, is to instill in them a desire to keep pushing everyday, even if they're not where they want to be right now, and even when some of the tasks are still out of their reach physically.  There are going to be some things that might be too difficult right off the bat.  That doesn't make them weak or inadequate, it just means that we need to take a step back, adjust the sails and work on a plan to get of where we want to be.  Life is full of ups and downs and challenges, we just need to work on getting through or over them, even if it means asking for help.  We can't expect a neglected body to perform at a high level.  We need to nurture it and feed it and then reward it for the work it has done for us.

My challenges have been with injury as well as my diet.  In the past I have asked a lot of my body and my muscles and I didn't properly feed/fuel it or reward it.  Thankfully I have learned from my mistakes and have actively made changes to both fuel and reward my body.  I have a supplement strategy to make sure that my muscles are getting what they need to be strong as well as to help them repair.  I'm taking a detox supplement because years of poor eating have caught up with my digestive system and I am finally setting the reset button.  I am strengthing more muscle groups so when I do ask a lot of my body during runs I won't have any imbalances that will overtax other muscle groups.  And the reward process for me is to stretch and foam roll sore muscles.  We only get one body, so we had best take care of it now.

Hopefully someone outthere is getting something positve out of my ramblings.  Happy running or lifting or TRXing!

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