Pushing Myself to Do MorePosted on Mar 23rd 2011 12:00PM by Ashley Wisniewski
Is this my mantra, epiphany or moment of greatness? Regardless of what I call it, it's my new motto, and I'm sticking to it.
On Tuesday nights, I settle in to watch "The Biggest Loser" with some really awesome, fun and knowledgeable folks via the Twitter world. On the most recent "Biggest Loser," one tweeter asked a question about what we had learned from watching it.
"I can do more than I think" was my answer, and in the few days following, I've noticed that I find myself repeating my new motto.
In my workouts, when I feel like stopping, I have started to remind myself that I can do more, that I can push more, that I can give more. For example, in my cycling class this week when the instructor said to increase our gears, at first I thought it wasn't possible. I was going as hard and fast as my legs could push! Then I started thinking about doing more, and I did. I ended up being able to push through two more gear changes.
This short, seven-word message sticks with me because I want more. I want to reach my goal weight, I want to run multiple races and I want to be healthy. To get there, I have to push myself to new limits and continually strive to do more than I think I'm capable of doing.
I am capable of reaching my goals, and I am capable of making this a lifestyle change. There are days, sometimes weeks, where it feels like I'm failing or that I'm not getting the results that I want. There are times when I really want to throw in the towel, walk away and fall back into my old habits. Unfortunately, there are also times when I sabotage my success.
But then I have moments of clarity and remember that not only can I do more than I think I can accomplish, but I deserve more. I deserve a happy, healthy life. We weren't put on this earth to be unhealthy and miserable. We were put here to move, do great things and reach our full potential -- whatever that means to you. For me, it means leading a satisfied life. Part of a satisfied life for me is being physically fit and healthy.
I am not an expert, but from my experiences, I have learned that sometimes we need to be our own cheerleader. There are times when giving up would be easier, but that doesn't mean it's the best solution. Often I need to remind myself that I did the hardest part and committed myself to making changes. It is easy to complain about my weight, my lack of physical fitness or other aspects of my life, but what am I willing to do to fix it? I am going out on a limb, but I would be willing to bet we are all greater, better and stronger than we think or realize.
Perhaps when you and I are thinking about giving up or think that we can't run that extra minute or don't know how we will resist a food that tempts, we can remember that we can all do more than we think. I know that I can -- and will -- do more than I ever thought possible.