People often ask me, ‘Where do you get the inspiration / find the motivation to train 6 days a week and go to the gym so early?’
Honestly, I don’t really think about it.
I don’t wonder if I am going to or even ask myself if I want to. Even on the days when I think I don’t want to, I will have wanted to finish; so I do it.
I get up, eat breakfast, journal, and drive to the gym on autopilot every day. In fact, it takes work to not get up early and go to the gym. On an average day it is literally harder to not train than to train.
Totally weird, I know.
Then there are some days when working out is a mental game once I get to the gym. In my world, these days can also be referred to as ‘functional training’ days. These are the workouts where you run around the gym like a crazy woman doing 45 seconds of one exercise, then another, and another, and another, and then still yet another.
Continue through exercises until you want to die, rest for 60 seconds, and repeat 5 more times.
- Set one complete.
I don’t like backing down from a challenge, so I do these workouts. I choose a good attitude, plug myself into a good podcast, and get ‘functional’.
After flopping on the floor like a beached whale from burpees and completing 60lb overhead presses, I was slated to jump rope.
The jump rope was dutifully picked up and I got skipping.
Why are there so many danged mirrors in the gym?
Everywhere I looked, there I was flopping around like a fish out of water dying a slow, painful, and horrible death. My body was not moving as a cohesive whole.
Nope, not even close.
Jump roping in a mirror is bad for your self esteem. Then when you catch a horrified stare from a thin, lithe woman who has seven percent body fat reflecting in your general direction, you quietly put the jump rope down and take a long drink from your water bottle while contemplating your body fat percentage.
I was already feeling extra ‘fluffy‘ this week, but the jump rope fiasco confirmed it.
Let’s just say I did cardio after and no jumping of any kind was involved.