Happy last Tuesday in October!
I am linking up today with awesome Jessica Joy (from The Fit Switch) and Jill Conyers (from Jill Conyers) for the DISH THE FIT link up #7. I say they are awesome because, well, have you seen their blogs!?
Jessica mentions in her post today that people often think she is crazy and wonder how she finds the time to blog so frequently, stay active on social media, make weekly workout videos, and be a mom! I literally thought that to myself as I was reading her blog yesterday. Jessica says her secret is to wake up early every day before her family gets up to enjoy some time with her coffee mug, blog, and basically just “conquer the day”!
On days I don’t have to be at the gym at 6:30 am, I try to wake up early and enjoy a cup of joe while reading, blogging, or watching Good Morning America! But, sometimes…. sleep wins out! :)
What my past has taught me about living today…
1. On training hard
I learned some of the most valuable information about making fitness gains when I was training to be and was a college athlete. There is a reason for those phrases like “no pain no gain”, “go hard or go home”, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”, “if it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.” Yes, if you are an average Jane and just looking to maintain your weight and be healthy, I would not imagine you are going into the gym to “train hard.” But there is something to be gained from pushing the body to the limits, and then pushing a little harder!
I used to practice soccer throw ins with a basketball instead of a soccer ball… my throw in distance drastically improved that summer! If you want to throw the ball further, practice throwing with a ball that is heavier than the one you normally use.
That same summer, I ran hill sprints up the road in front of my house. They were not fun. But talk about seeing results, try running 10 hill sprints and then time yourself on a flat surface. Those 10 hill sprints SUCK, but they work!
You have to get out of your comfort zone and push your body to uncomfortable limits to see noticeable changes. If you want to get more power in your baseball swing, practice with two bats. If you want to get stronger, lift heavier weights. If you want to jump higher, add resistance to your jump. You get the point.
2. On eating healthy
And if I thought blood, sweat, and tears during a workout was hard, eating healthy is so much harder! No matter how beast mode you go in the gym, you cannot out smart your body by putting junk in it. That being said, life doesn’t have to be a strict diet and I think it is totally necessary to indulge now and then!
3. On life and learning
Never stop learning! There is so much to learn in a lifetime. Learn from others, be inspired by others and share your passion and knowledge with others! We can all learn something from someone else. Pretty amazing if you think about it.
4. On love
I have loved my mom and dad and sister and brother since as long as I can remember. We love others because they are our family, because we think we have to, because they make us happy, or maybe just because they are so cute and cuddly… Yes, my childhood dog popped into my head when I was thinking back on everyone I have loved. But love is so much more than that. Love is not just a feeling but an action.
So, right back at ya…. What has your past taught you about living today?
Did you notice I have my Christmas mug out? Are you as excited for Christmas as me!?