Blog #6 The Jane Experiemnt
Pain: Ow! Learning to grow: Uncomfortable.
I don’t particularly enjoying being sore, stiff or aching. I don’t mind pushing myself a little during a workout or a dance class and ‘feeling the burn’, but the left over limping burn is not my best friend.
And thus, I’ve been avoiding/skimping on my workouts…
I was off to such a great start! Then I over worked myself a bit, got a little sore and got sick, and now, (I feel silly about this;) I’m kind of afraid. I probably just shocked my system, but now it seems like I just want to crawl back into my shell (bed).
When I was checking in with Chad this week he says this is actually a common obstacle. We feel pain; we face the reality of where are bodies are at, and then we want to change but we don’t want to hurt. Apparently I’m not the only one!
It’s also been a challenge to even fit in my workouts. I’m also trying to look at what the fears are behind the limitations.
Scheduling is actually tough. Sounds like a cop out, I know! I don’t believe in the age old “not enough time.” Trust me, I have time, I just chose to spend it elsewhere, or on other projects. Or I don’t quite know how to make this part of my life and routine yet.
Time is much easer to look at than the fears…
I don’t like feeling uncomfortable. I like soft fabrics, being snuggled and my very cozy bed. Right now I am repetitively choosing comfort over health and wellness.
The funny thing is once I get used to that little bit of pain or discomfort I will probably feel much more comfortable in my body: the ultimate dream!
Looking back at previous attempts at ‘life changing’ or diets, I can see a pattern of when things started to get easy, or started to get hard and how that effected me wanting to slip up or quit.
For example I’ve been doing really well with the food choices that Chad and I have been discussing. Such as cutting out a lot of processed sugar, it has made a tremendous change in my energy, sleep and what I choose to put in my body. I can see the greatness and feel it too, and even the scale and my jeans have noticed! But now that I’ve lost a few pounds I have the strong urge to slip up!
I’ve also seen how even just eating healthy can make a difference, so I don’t feel motivated to work out any extra.
Its quite a conundrum. And a pattern I’m trying to watch very carefully.
This is when it’s great to have a Coach/trainer/friend who I can ask these questions too and we can discuss what the fears are and how to look at them!
I think at the moment, this week, and hopefully in the future, I want to practise more patience with myself. Rome wasn’t built in a day and we’re always growing, and learning, and changing. So, I might as well accept I won’t look like Kate Moss tomorrow. But I can choose to make these ‘growing pains’ a joyful experience or a rotten one.
How do you look at your growth? With admiration or like a drill sergeant? It’s interesting how different people like a different approach.
Have a great weekend! I’m off on a little mini-road trip; hopefully I won’t trash my diet…