Have you seen one of those self-righteous slogans that says “Your workout is my warm-up”?
It’s annoyingly uppity but it’s popped into my head lately, right when I’ve finished the warm-up in Crossfit. I often feel slightly nauseous by then (mostly when it’s an early morning class) and staring at the barbell in front of me that’s now meant for the actual workout, my brain has actually verbalised (silently) a few times “I’m not sure I can do this“.
But then the clock beeps and the workout starts and after a minute I’m in the swing of things and one rep at a time I finish the workout.
People often wait for motivation to exercise but whereas I have mojo in general – as in I pack my gym kit every day and look forward to Crossfit, there are plenty of times when I’m not feeling it until I actually start moving.
So whenever I feel a bit “ugh” and not sure I will make it, I just start.
I figure what’s the worst that can happen. It’s Crossfit, not the Olympic Games, I just have to do my best and complete one rep at a time.
Sometimes I don’t finish in the time cap, but most of the time I do. And either way I feel great. Either way I have learned something.
I have learned a lesson that even if you feel daunted or think you’re tired or not fit enough – just start.
Just start where you are, just the way you are, just at your own pace.
Just start and you’ll get there.