Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"I Hate Weight Training," and Other Lies I Told Myself

My mother always taught me that I didn’t have to believe every thought that floated through my head.  It is an important lesson that helped me tremendously in my life.  Your thoughts lie.  They tell you that you are fat, that you are not good enough, that you can’t achieve things, that you might as well give up. If you don’t know any better and you believe these thoughts, they can destroy your confidence, your dreams and your ambitions.  We all could benefit by learning to control our thoughts, identify the self-sabotaging ones, and counteract with positive thinking.  If you tell yourself that you are beautiful, you are strong, you are capable, you are deserving, you are a bad-ass, then you will start to believe it, and that my friends, is the first step in the road to achieving your dreams. It kind of reminds me of that old Saturday Night Live sketch, Stuart Smalley - Daily Affirmations. "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and dog gonnit, people like me."

So, I’ve been telling myself that I hated weight training most of my life.  I didn’t know why.  I just knew I was a runner and weight training sucked. I didn’t enjoy it, I didn’t want to do it. I don’t know where these thoughts came from exactly, considering I hadn’t even done much weight training in order to make any kind of educated decision. I had joined a couple of boot camps along my fitness journey, and I did really enjoy those classes, but that wasn’t real weight lifting, that was weight training-lite. Going to the gym sucked, lifting weights sucked, I hated it all and wanted no part of it. These are the lies that I told myself for years. 

I am a runner!  I ran six miles a day, five days a week and a long run on the week-end! I was putting in 40-50 miles each week. Running was the most important thing to me. I was afraid that any kind of serious lower body weight training would cause muscle soreness and interfere with my ability to put in my daily miles.

This year I made a few New Year resolutions and starting a more serious weight training routine was one of them.  I have met all my weight loss goals (and then some), It was time to get serious about getting stronger.  I had to learn to push past my self-imposed limitations, step outside my comfort zone (i.e. running) and do whatever it took to get to the next level.

I learned fairly quickly that I actually loved weight training.  I loved the gym. I loved getting up at 5am to get in my work out before I start my day.  My weekly training schedule has been turned on its head.  I run fewer miles a week than ever before, but I am smaller than I have been since high school (a long time ago in a galaxy far far away). Running will always be my first true fitness love, but a more well-rounded fitness routine including lifting weights and Yoga has propelled my fitness to higher places. Guess what? Since I started heavy lifting, my natural running pace has improved by a minute and a half per mile!  So much for weight training interfering with my running!  Weight training has made me even a better runner.

Now one of my fitness goals is to do an unassisted pull up (yep, just one to start).  I am very close on some of my goals.  I wrote them down in my journal, I read them every day, and continue to tell myself on a daily basis that I can do it, that I will do it, ("
and dog gonnit, people like me.")

This eye opening experience has me wondering, what other self-imposed limitations am I placing on myself? 

1 comment:

  1. I can't say that I love it yet, but I agree that I used to say I really hated it ...I also said yoga wasn't for me...ha whoops!


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