Today Jocelyn writes about an affliction that hits all of us at one time or another–lack of inspiration.
Last night I received an interesting email from a CF West member that really got me thinking about a common topic. It was an email that I myself could have written on many occasions in my athletic career. It’s been over 6 weeks since we launched the Paleo Challenge and this particular person was a little discouraged because food and cheating had been on her mind quite a bit lately. Although she has lost some weight and many pant sizes, she was hoping that it would have registered as more poundage on the scale by now. She is scared that she is about to cave, and she just needed a little “pep talk.”
Not only have I been in this exact boat myself diet-wise, but I can relate on a training level as well. It’s been almost 5 days since I last picked up a weight or even jogged to the 200m mark down the road. I made a deal with myself that I would take a full week off after the Games. I find myself moping around the box, trying to figure out what my first workout will be when I start up again, but I can’t seem to find that deep burning desire that I had when I first started training CrossFit. As a former professional athlete, this feeling is all too familiar. And I have to remind myself of one very important thing… this is only temporary.
Diet and training lulls:
Everyone gets them. Starting a new adventure like CrossFit or a Paleo lifestyle can be really exciting, especially when you throw in a little thing called “beginner adaptation,” where results in strength as well as appearance can be seen almost immediately. It seems that right away we lose a bit of body fat and just about every week we PR in something. But as time passes, and growth begins to slow, it isn’t uncommon for your mind to fatigue.
It can be tough to stay on track all of the time. Many of us are tempted or even guilted on a daily basis, in many ways, such as by family who would love it if you would just have some mashed potatoes and garlic bread with them at dinner time or friends who really want you to have just one margarita at happy hour. Maybe your boyfriend or girlfriend would love it if you could just skip your workout today so you can get to the beach before the crowds, or go shopping, or see a movie. And being that you have grown beyond that beginner adaptation, you might not be losing weight as fast, or PRing as often, and thus beginning to feel less inspired.
When it comes to slumps, remember this: it is only temporary; just like anything else in life or sport. If you’re in a slump, it’s time to re-inspire. Go back to the source that got you wanting to take that first step to begin with. If it was a video you saw, then watch the video again. If it was the way you looked or the way you felt, look at an old picture or recall a time when light activity left you fatigued and gasping for air. If it was a person who twisted your arm, have another conversation with them. Think about how far you have come already, and how you don’t want to stop now. Think about your original vision of where you were headed when you first started and get back on track. Set new goals. Look up the recipe to a new healthy dish. Try to inspire someone else to make the same life change.
Most of us have made tremendous gains since we first started and I can guarantee you that we are all an inspiration to the people around us who have witnessed that transformation. Most of you probably don’t even realize that the people around you (particularly at the box) are rooting you on. We all want to see each other succeed because, in turn, it re-inspires us as well.
So get back on in, dang it! There’s no time to mope around or even thinking about falling off the wagon. You’ve got work to do. Why? Because you’ve still got room to be better. Take it one day at a time. Just be better than the day before.
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5 Rounds (one round is the following):
5 Thrusters (135/95)
2 Muscle Ups
5 Thrusters (135/95)
2 Muscle Ups
100m Shuttle Sprint (to the wall and back twice)
If muscle ups can’t be performed, sub 5 pull ups and 5 ring dips for every 2 muscle ups.
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