Yes - today we talk about jump rope.
Feel free to listen to this song while reading...it's a keeper!
It was just about 4 years ago when I started training for my first 10k. I had done several sprint triathlons and 5ks before that. I was excited to try a new distance and a new race.
Physically, I was ready. I probably could have gone out and run 6 miles with little training just because I was in good enough shape at the time.
What stopped me? My head. For some reason, getting past that 5 mile mark was TOUGH. I just didn’t want to or didn’t believe in myself. It seemed too hard – but it wasn’t.
So what got me there? I just made myself do it, and I talked myself up. I mapped out a 6 mile run with NO shortcut options and went on my way. And I did it. And I enjoyed it.
There are still days that I struggle with my mental game more than my physical. I don’t think I can run as fast as I want for my interval workout, or I doubt that I can conquer a certain hill or distance. But I can. And you can too.
So I guess today I just want to challenge you to BELIEVE in yourself. Believe that you can go that extra mile or just a little bit faster. Believe that you can do hard things. You can.
Do some positive self talk, come up with a mantra, reflect on past triumphs…anything to get you to see just how powerful you are. Go get em!
**Disclaimer: there are times when you need to listen to your BODY over your MIND…don’t go so hard you get injured and over train. Be smart about it :)
Have you heard about Vogue coming out with the decision to ban too-skinny models from it’s pages? They have made the decision to “not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder.”
I think it’s about time.
Things are finally starting to change, encouraging fashion model companies and magazines to relook at what they are telling young girls is beautiful.
"We know that there is an impact for young girls – and boys, by the way – of what is put in front of them in terms of media," said Elissa J. Brown, professor of psychology at St. John University and founder of The Partners Program, a specialized therapy program for children and adolescents.
Their new goal is to show that “health is beauty” – which I believe is what people should focus on.
Beauty comes in so many forms, and most importantly comes from who you are on the inside. At times it is sad to be a “health nut” and have people come to me asking for help all the time. While I love helping people get healthy and change their lives, I often see far too many people so disgusted with their own body and telling me what or who they wish they looked like, now what they want to feel like and be able to do.
It’s important to have goals and to have a desire to change – but it is just as important to love the body you have been given. We are not meant to look like models. We are not meant to all look alike. We are not meant to be at a body weight that compromises our body’s ability to function at its optimum level.
So be smart. Love your body, and by loving it, then decide if there are changes that need to be made. We can all become healthier and make better choices – but that doesn’t mean those healthy chooses should lead to a size 2 pair of jeans.
Have you seen this video?
Hope you have a great Monday!
It’s Cinco De Mayo tomorrow! And I pretty much love having a reason to celebrate. So here are some Mexican themed dishes that might be fun to add to your day. Have a fun weekend!