If memory serves me right, every time I run I mentally quit 10 times. Every. Time.
Before my New Years trip I broke my running record and did a 10km run; it was amazing, I felt like I am on top of the world. Fast forward to today, I can barely do it through a 5km! What happened?
Taking 2 weeks off didn’t help, neither did the food I ate, but it couldn’t possibly be that my body can’t run that far again, could it?
I think if I had to, I might do a 21km today from a physical perspective, but mentally I am still struggling at my 4.2km mark. What Krissy pointed out to me is I have a wall that hit me every time at 4.2km, no matter what the circumstances, I will tell her I need to walk at 4.2km.
This same mental wall applies to working out in general, when I first started training I would find excuses to cancel; I’m too tired, I’m sore, I can’t do it. All these thoughts would swirl in my mind the night before my session, but never once did I cancel (unless I was actually sick). After some time these workout sessions developed into a habit, and that habit stuck with me even when I travel; my workouts became part of my lifestyle, and it took about a year for that to happen.
I had the typical mentality of “everything is going wrong, so f- it, I’m going to eat that bag of chips, and then polish off that cake”. The next hours would be me berating myself for being such a loser I couldn’t do anything right. This happened a lot.
Once I stopped beating myself up every time I got off track, I managed to get back to my schedule much faster, and the less damage I did. It’s very easy to let yourself get carried away when things go wrong, especially when you are struggling to lose weight, but when it comes to progress, this quote hit the right cord for me (I posted this previously):
A setback is just that, a setback, don’t give it more credit than it deserves. When you build momentum a small slip will not stop it, you are the one that does. Even if you do the bare minimum, you are still building momentum, you just have to mentally realize it.