2. I sometimes repeat the mantra, in my head, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”.
Think about where you started. It may seem hard, but remember when you thought you would never get to where you are now?
That being said – remember that exercise SHOULD be uncomfortable. You’re trying to train and change your body, and the only way to do that is to put it under some physical stress. It’s not going to be comfortable. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. 🙂
For me, when things get tough, that’s how I know I’m really doing something meaningful for my body. When I’m breathing heavy and my muscles are burning, that’s physical proof to me that there’s something great happening. I like to associate that discomfort with the mental image of my body changing.
Most people stop exercising way sooner than they should. When you hit a wall and your brain says “I can’t do any more!”, realize that your BODY actually CAN do more. Push yourself just a little bit longer than your brain wants to. You’ve got this!
And I don’t know what kind of workout you do but if it’s something like biking or running, you can kinda zone out and as a famous runner I once interviewed told me about his long runs, “I think the good thoughts. I solve problems and I think the good thoughts”
Ive also found that it takes a bit of practice to find my rhythm. For the first, say 20% of the distance, I’m catering in my head, ‘this is boring, I could be sleeping,’ etc but after that something shifts and my effort becomes lighter and the breathing more natural and rhythmic. I hope it will be the same for you.
Also please make sure you are super well hydrated.
I hope this helps, and keep at it!! Fun sharing this journey.
Good luck to you!!