Students would often complain to him, “I’ve been working out for so long, but I barely see any results.”
And he would reply, “It is a ‘physical certainty’ that change is happening… even if it isn’t apparent to you yet.”
Just keep working at it. The change is coming…
It also helps not to judge myself against others, but rather focus on myself and accept that what I am doing, however small, is important because its purpose of being a small goal is to make me feel successful. It serves its purpose and ultimately I find myself moving toward health again.
Get going if you feel tired or have limitations, but I think starting small, and achieving that, is progress. Music is a big motivator for me, I find a few inspirational songs that will get me going.
For me physical activity is a celebration of the body possibilities. I enjoy looking at my self toned and I remind my l self that I'm an example of behaviour for my kids who look at me for inspiration or excuse for their behaviour.
I try to remember that in the parolympics there are people who face conditions much worse than mine and they are on a world level.
So on mine private level, it is possible, and if it IS possible I WILL do it.
I’ve found it beneficial to set boundaries between work and recovery. To really prioritize the recovery time, and accepting that you can’t accomplish everything today. You’ll become more rested, and less stressed, and more prepared for tomorrow creating a snowball effect.
I’ve also found it helpful to create a strong, motivational morning routine. Instead of laying in bed, listening to the negative self talk that I’m not physically motivated, I choose to focus on my list. Drink a glass of water, turn on the lights, play motivational speeches or music to replace the self talk, do some pull-ups. It creates a series of small wins, that are easy to do even on a bad day, and creates the momentum to start the harder things.
Realize you have limits and don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to yesterday, and focus on being a stronger version of you. You’ll get there.
Self-love and realizing your own worth, is probably the most benefitial thing you could do for others, by lifting that burden from their sholders.
You deserve to be healthy, so if getting there means doing uncomfortable things at this moment, so be it. What’s important is the long run and the journey goes along with it.
I wish you all the strength to get well soon.
Always love yourself
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