It’s Friday night. The baby is asleep. I’m watching a movie (“Coming to America” haha) and drinking a beer. I should be in full on relaxation mode, but I just have something I want to share first. The other day while I was watching Maddux play in his Jumparoo for the first time, I thought about my workouts recently. Yes, my mind jumps around that much. Just try to follow, okay? 😉 Anyway, he couldn’t quite reach the floor, so we added some books under his feet. Essentially, we modified his workout.
Did it bother him at all? Nope! He still had a blast and worked his little baby booty. When I have to modify my workouts, I feel like a failure. I usually think “Damn, I guess I couldn’t pull it off the real way” or “I’m just wasting my time”. Basically, I let it get me down. I’m still getting used to the fact that I need to work my way back up to where I was before. Some modifications lately have included: lower the speed of the sprints in my intervals, lowering the reps for certain moves, lowering weights for specific lifts, and cutting short my “usual” ab routine.
The truth is, though, that fitness isn’t an “all or nothing” deal. Every effort counts. Only have time for a short jog? Go for it! Only have the strength for one set? Get it done! Have to modify your push-ups, pull-ups, etc? At least you’re moving! Do what you have the time, strength, or skills for at that moment. You will get better. It will get easier. Every workout now is a building block for the future. You can’t build anything without a foundation.
So, the next time you think “what’s the point?” just remember that everyone was once a beginner. No one started out as an expert. Seriously, picture a baby born as a bodybuilder. Cracking me up right now. And for those days that it seems like you are progressing painfully slow or you just don’t have a ton of time to devote to your workout, remember that you build a house BRICK by BRICK. Small steps. So take one step. Then another. You can do this! And so can I. 😉
Now that I’ve given my motivational speech today, I’ll share a quick warm up I did tonight with Ryne’s help. He literally stood by the treadmill and pushed the buttons for me while I ran. Teamwork!