People often ask me how I stay so motivated to work out, but the truth isâ€¦ sometimes, I donâ€™t want to work out at all! :) But I do work out with regularity because Iâ€™m always signed up for SOME new, fun race, and I find that to be extremely inspiring when I feel like slacking off.
I was REALLY dreading going for a swim tonight because Iâ€™m been struggling with my swimming lately. The triathlon is getting so close, and I donâ€™t feel quite ready for the 1.5K open water swim. So much of training for a race â€“ any distance â€“ is just gaining confidence and convincing yourself you CAN DO IT. Athleticism is physical, but itâ€™s also very mental.
I decided to try one of the Mind Gym tricks tonightâ€¦
I REFUSED to let myself quit in the pool. I got tired and slowed down a few times, and I floated on my back a few timesâ€¦ but I refused to hang onto the side or stand up. You canâ€™t hang onto a ledge in the middle of the lake, after all! 🙂 It took me 36 minutes and change, but I did it, and now I feel so much more confident about the race.
I had about 1.5 cups of brown rice with some Alfredo sauce mixed in, plus kidney beans and leftover roasted mushrooms and asparagus.
And an orange for dessert!
Afternoon snacks included Pumpkin yogurt and 1.5 servings of granola:
And a bowl of organic fake Cheerios. I was craving carbohydrates after my two-a-day!
Do you use any mind tricks to motivate you during your workouts? I love mantras (like, â€œpain is temporary, quitting is forever!â€).