Happy Monday. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I know this post is a week late, but I want wanted to write it because I believe it is important to be 100% honest with you all.
We started 21 day fix extreme the day after we finished Hammer and Chisel, and it started out fine, but after the first week I found myself dreading the workouts. Actually, both Erik and I started dreading the workouts. I was still determined to finish; after all it’s just 21 days right? Well guys, 21 days or not, I couldn’t do it; jumping up and down with weights was really hurting my bad shoulder and it was compromising my form.
I would be lying to you if I told you it was an easy decision or that I was happy about it at the time, but I knew it was the right decision. I felt like a failure and a hypocrite. I even thought about keeping it to myself. I mean how would it look, here I am, an online health and fitness coach, and I can’t even stick to a 21 day workout program. Pshhhh. Why would anyone else want to listen to me if I wasn’t even listening to myself? How can I tell people in my challenge groups to keep pushing and work through the hard days, when I wasn’t doing it? But then I realized I was going to send a different kind of message; one about listening to your body and doing things that make you happy. Sure I feel like quitting completely sometimes, but my desire to be better outweighs my desire to quit.
In this particular situation, one of the moves in 21 day fix extreme really tweaked my shoulder and I knew I had to stop. As you can probably see by now, I still have residual pain from my car accident/surgery from time to time, but for the most part, I have learned to work around it. Last week reminded me of those limitations and was taking me back to an emotional state I refuse to go back to, so we decided to switch back to a workout program that was making both of us happy.
I know this is super cheesy, but guys, do what makes you happy. Don’t do something because other people are doing it, or because you “think it’s the right thing to do”. You will never get results or succeed if you have that mindset. Life is too short to be anything but happy.
I hope everyone has a fabulous Monday.