Thursday, January 30, 2014

You have to have the right mindset

If you're new around here, then you may not know that I kind of enjoy being in the gym. Do I enjoy waking up at 4:30 in the morning (on days when I have to work 7a to 7p) sleepily getting dressed and driving in the dark while eating a banana just so I have time to make it to the gym befor 5:30? Not exactly. Do I enjoy nearly killing myself five days a week? I wouldn't say it in those words.

So what do I mean when I say I enjoy the gym/working out? I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. I enjoy feeling my muscles get stronger. I enjoy doing more this week than I did last week. I enjoy watching my body change (for the better) week by week. I guess you can say we have a love-hate relationship, me and the gym (unlike me and cardio which is a strictly hate-hate relationship). I don't necessarily enjoy the act of going to the gym, but I sure as hell enjoy the results. 

I think the problem with a lot of women (and men) (really just a lot of people in general) is that they have this mentality about the gym - that working out it punishment. We have to go to the gym and repent - for being lazy over the weekend, for eating those four donuts when someone brought them to the office. This mentality is so wrong in so many ways. First, we shouldn't think of food as the enemy. Second, we shouldn't think of the gym as punishment.

The gym is a place where you go to enhance your body and food is the fuel you need to get it there. 

With the new year (yeah I know we're already a month into it) there are a lot of people who resolve to "get in better shape" or "change their lifestyle" but neither of these things can happen without the proper attitude. So if you're one of those people who hates the gym but thinks you "have to go" because you ate that donut, do yourself a favor and QUIT thinking that way. (No I'm not saying eat as many donuts as you want and then skip the gym) but don't punish yourself. 

I'm not saying it's easy, or that it even comes naturally to me. I'm not saying I don't eat donuts or other crap (because I do). It take time, and energy, to train your mind to not hate the gym. But I promise that once you do, you'll open up so many doors for yourself and your body.  


brooke lyn said...

posts like this always make me happy. like you said, it's not always fun getting yourself to go, but it is pretty much always worth it.

The Handey Way said...

I absolutely agree with you on the food/gym mentality. That is what majority of a work out is, purely mental. I've noticed that since I've pushed myself in running, it's become less focus on the hard and more focus on how it makes me feel afterward.

Gina's Agenda said...

Totally agree on attitude and thinking. We are opposite. I love cardio and hate the gym. Im trying to learn to at least like it though!

Fairy Princess Jord said...

Love your perspective here girl! Also you are SO motivational, I can't imagine waking up at 4:30am...but sometimes that is what needs to happen!

Rambling Hermit said...

Such a great way to look at it!

Jamie Pilgrim said...

Ditto! While I'm not nearly as dedicated as you, I love whenever I work out and feel sore the next day - the feeling of knowing that I'm getting stronger is so encouraging!

Whitney Alison said...

This is something I need to be so much better about. I have no trouble with food. I love it, and never feel like I need to be punished for chocolate or donuts. I just need to look at working out almost like brushing my teeth. Something I just NEED to do.

Kayla MKOY said...

I couldn't agree more! I've slowly started to like getting up before work and hitting the gym...I feel SO much better about myself, and my attitude all day because of it. I love this post, girlfriend!

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

I love the gym and the strength that it brings! We have to change the minds first! Great post!

Ashten @ alwaysashten said...

Ugh. Yes ma'am. I will get this mindset. Except you need to send me motivations. kthanksbye also i miss you kthanksbyeforreals

Brittany Tennant said...

I love this! And I think the BEST way to go about this is to find something you truly enjoy doing. I have tried to turn myself into a runner and it just DOESN'T work. Yoga, on the other hand...absolutely in love. I'm definitely keeping this quote in mind while I try to keep up my new year's habit of getting in shape :)

triley2 said...

I love that quote: "Exercising should be about rewarding your body with endorphins and strength not about punishing your body for what you've eaten"! So true, so true, so true! I'm gonna go hang this on every wall in my house :)

Take All Chances - Missy said...

I really like working out and feeling like I am working my body. My issue with the gym is that I get bored, that's why I do classes where I am pushed to work haha!! Love your blog and a new follower from Sarah's link up :-)

Missy xx

Caitlyn said...

I really love going to the gym. It's difficult to get there, but once I'm there, I usually enjoy proving to myself how much I can do. Then when I'm nice and sore the next couple of days, I want to go back and make other parts of my body sore too.

I agree with your take on Cardio though. I love lifting, but I hate cardio so much. My sweat glands don't work properly, so I get really red and hot when I do anything related to cardio. It's kind of awful.

Venus Trapped In Mars said...

Gosh I adore this and couldn't agree more. It is all about your mindset. Ok, you've inspired me to get up and go to the gym at least one early morning. I mean, I don't have to be at work until 8am. There is no reason I can't get up early and go, right?!!?

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