I managed to make it through day 3 of Insanity today. It is a tough workout, but I enjoy tough. The frustrating part is not being able to keep up the entire time.
Often, I have to take a step back and remind myself that I am not the same person I was a few years back. I am not able to just force myself to keep up. That lesson is a difficult one for me. I am always preaching the need to have your mind control your body rather than the other way around. So, I feel a bit of a hypocrite when I cannot seem to convince my body to continue.
I guess what I should be teaching is that the ideal situation is one in which you tell your body what to do and it does it. Sometimes, though, we want our body to do something that because of injury or genetics or lack of practice, we do not have the physical capacity to do. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, it only means that we are not currently able, but we shouldn’t quit trying and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up when our body says NO.
My body seems to say no a lot. I wonder though if it is really my body saying no, or if my mind has decided it can’t. So, how do you decide if the problem is with your brain or body or your brain and body? I believe that anything you are afraid to do, unsure about, anything new, anything more difficult than you are used to doing creates with a mental block. In other words, our brain is the problem. In order to be successful, we must first conquer the mental side of things. We need to help our brain to accept the challenge and let go of the fear. Once we have established that it will be alright, our body is now able to make a full effort without the brakes of fear and insecurity on.
Today I managed to remove all brakes and despite a need to rest, I knew for the first time in a long time that I would be successful. I know that if I continue to push myself, brain and body, I can overcome my challenges and reach the goals I am pursuing