You’ve seen those post-workout social media posts with people (including myself) smiling and “feeling pumped” sharing how energized and motivated they feel after their workouts. Is it fake? Nope. But not every workout will have you feeling like rainbows and sunshine. Even if you give it all you’ve got, you may still leave feeling worse than when you walked in. It happens, and the best you can do is keep going. So, why am I sharing this? Because, check-in week was a very rough week for me. I mean the whole week! My energy level was so low; I had a lot of aches and pains, and I just didn’t feel good after my workouts. I mean, I got through it and even pushed through the pain, but I mostly just felt frustrated with my broken-down body.
Growing up and to this day, I promise there is always and I do mean always something physically bothering me. It could be my back one day or a headache the next. It’s usually random and hard to explain. My husband looks at me crazy half of the time, but the rare times I see a doctor, there’s always a name for my random ailment or pain. I even did physical therapy last year for my ears. MY EARS! I had to do vestibular rehabilitation therapy to correct my dizzy spells and balance issues of all things.
I also had a loose bone in the back of my ankle surgically removed last year, because it was causing inflammation to the nerves in my foot. My feet burned all the time and one year post-surgery, they still burn from time to time. So, when I’m working out on certain machines or wearing the wrong shoes, I’m in a lot of pain. The surgery also put a lot of stress on my knee making it more difficult for me to push myself as hard as I would like to. It was so frustrating that several times last week I had to stop mid-workout just to stretch. Ugh! My body always seem to put up roadblocks when I’m trying to lose weight. The devil stay busy, y’all!
To add insult to injury, I was on week three of zero pounds lost. I felt like I was doing everything I was supposed to do, but it just wasn’t paying off. Let me tell you, I was so worked up and frustrated that I had an anxiety attack. That’s when I realized I needed to take a moment to calm the hell down and reflect. I recognized that every week will not be perfect, and I needed to intentionally think positively going forward. Clearly, frustration was getting me nowhere. So, I listened to my body, put my ankle and knee braces on and kept it moving! I also did yoga exercises that specifically focused on relaxation, stress & anxiety relief, and I finished the week strong!
So, let’s talk. Do you feel good after every workout? Ever had a rough week like mine? How do you motivate yourself to keep going?
Listen, the more you know the more you grow. (You know I love a good proverb). Yoga has taught me that when I’m holding a difficult pose and really feeling the burn to focus on my breath and ignore any distractions so that I can keep going. Don’t let the devil distract you! However, understand that you will have a bad day or even a bad week. It will happen! But remember, the more negative energy you pour into it, the tougher it will be to pull yourself out. I probably will always have random aches and pains that I can’t explain, but I will continue to listen to my body and not make any excuses for it. So, when you having a rough day or even a rough week, focus on your breath, let go of any judgment, and keep going. . . because you’re worth it!