Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Workout Mentality

Lately this has become more of a health/fitness blog than anything else. Sorry if it's not your thang. I'm gonna be doing some more spring fashion stuff soon! But back to the fitness!

But the other day I started thinking about how my workout habits have changed throughout the years. Then my mom brought it up tonight while we were on the phone. So I'm apparently not the only one who noticed the huge changes I've made since high school.

This time last year, I started doing group fitness classes for the first time in my life. After about 6 months of claiming I hated cycle classes, I finally let my guard down and did one. And now I spin multiple times a week. Then over break I tried CrossFit and fell in love. Tonight I did a Fight Club class at my gym. I want to do that every day of my life.

The key here is that I let go of my workouts. And that may sound strange. But here's the back story... In the shortest way possible to explain it.

I played some sort of sport most of my life. I quit my junior year. After I quit, I ended a gym to keep myself in shape. My parents got divorced that same year. My life was essentially out of my control and I felt like I had nothing to keep me grounded. 

So I turned to the gym. That was the only thing I could control. And it took me about four years to relinquish that control. And now that I have, I feel like my workouts, and life for that matter, are in a much, much better place. 

I wasn't seeing results doing what I'd been doing. But maybe branching out scared me. Or I was worried I would fail. Or that it "just wasn't for me." All of that has been proven wrong. And I'm finally, finally seeing results. Turns out I actually enjoy people yelling at me. 

Being able to essentially let go and have someone else tell me what to do is a great feeling now. I spend my days on a particular schedule and everything has to happen just so. Letting someone else yell at me and tell me to push myself a little bit further has been the difference. 

So I suggest you let yourself go and try something a little bit out of your comfort zone and see what happens. I did. And it changed my life in and out of the gym. Because somehow, letting go of something I thought meant so much, opened up so many more doors. 

Has working out changed your life like this? Or am I just strange?

xoxo, jgp

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