Life is full of ups and downs, victories and struggles, lessons won and lessons learned. I like to think that lessons won and lessons learned are one and the same.
I recently learned a lesson, which to me, I know see as a lesson won. 4 or so weeks ago I started a new workout program that was tough from the get go. I was extremely excited because I started having those mornings where I would wake up sore, and I thought to myself that my previous workouts must have gotten stale if that was the first time I woke up feeling sore in quite some time.
With each workout and each week, I felt stronger, but I also felt weaker. I had an insane hunger to lift heavier weights and just kick major butt with my workouts. Well, while I accomplished that, I also beat my body down to a pulp. I was falling asleep before 7:30 every night, and on weekends I would literally live on my couch because I was too drained to go out.
I thought that it was all just a result of my workouts, but this past weekend my Mom told me that I’m too young to be feeling so exhausted. I thought to myself that maybe I am working too hard in the gym. I’m taking my rest days, but my workouts might just be too much for my body. The only change I was seeing in the scale was skyrocketing up, not down. I took this past weekend to really evaluate my eating and fitness mindset. I was eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep, taking rest days, but not seeing the results I wanted.
The simple fact, that I believe to be true, is that I wasn’t allowing my body to recover, that my 1-2 rest days weren’t enough, and lactic acid was building up.
I could have easily given up. There were days where I wanted to, but I didn’t let myself. There will always be moments in your life where times get tough and you don’t see how there can possibly be a positive outcome. Maybe it’s in a relationship, a work issue, or fitness related. What matters is that you don’t quit and don’t give up. You might have to alter your mindset and come up with a new plan of attack, but if you believe that there is a new route that you can take that will be better for you, take it, but be patient.
Last month Get the Label contacted me about being a part of their #GetFitDontQuit campaign, and honestly, it could not have come at a better time. In all of this, I have been reminded to not give up and to work towards finding my “fit,” even if it takes a few trial and errors. Get the Label sent me the softest and most comfortable Nike funnel neck hoodie ever, which I have been living in all fall, so every day while I’m wearing it, it’s a constant reminder not to quit.
In order to get my body back on track for making the progress I know it’s capable of, I’m taking this week as a deload week. Monday I took a complete rest day, and by Tuesday my body felt a lot better. I am making a strong effort not to have a lifting workout this entire week, so Tuesday I simply jogged for 30 minutes, and this morning again, I jogged for 30 minutes and did 2 back machines at a super low weight.
Once I start doing a full workout of lifting, I will be starting at lower weights and not overdoing it. I was talking to my friend at work yesterday about how my workouts were killing me and she reminded me about how I didn’t like how my body responded to heavy weights with CrossFit, and how my body started changing once I lifted moderate weights. I got so caught up in seeing my strength improve and wanting to lift more, that I forgot about how my body responds to certain elements.
So while I have my own motivation, I am thankful that I have a Mom who will remind me that I shouldn’t be tired (haha), and friends who will offer advice and listen to me talk. With my friends and family, they make it possible for me to re-position my goals to get more fit and not to quit.
This post is sponsored by Get the Label. I was provided a Nike sweatshirt in exchange for a blog post geared towards their #GetFitDontQuit campaign. All fitness struggles are my own. 🙂