The Beginning of a Beautiful Thing

Today was a good day.

I woke up, did a half-assed workout in an attempt to better myself, showered, and started watching A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix (another good show!). As soon as I was halfway through the first episode, I was talking to my friend (for lack of a better term at this time). She invited me to come and workout with her, because she wanted to show me the lifts that I will be doing at football practice. I was grateful for this, because I still don’t know what to expect when lifting weights.

I like knowing as much as possible before diving into something.

I spent over 2 hours with her. We worked on push-ups, squats, core, and lifts. She taught me the lifts that I knew I would need to learn. Afterwards, I felt great. I still feel great. It has given me a new sense of why I want to play football. I’ll probably write a blog post about that, because there’s several reasons. However, a really good side effect of playing is getting in really good shape.

I’m excited to improve. It had been about a year since I’ve done a push-up. And now, I find myself struggling to knock out ten decent ones. I’m excited to be able to do that, and to be able to lift weights. I’m excited to be able to keep my core tight, because I found out that I do the worm a lot (which means I tend to not engage my core during exercises where I need to). Being in shape is a great thing. You have more energy to do things, and you feel better about yourself.

I need to work out. It’s definitely something that I will be using as a coping skill. However, I need to figure out how to channel some internal motivation to workout as hard as I do when I’m with others. When I’m with others, I tend to focus on encouraging them. It takes my mind off of the exercise that I am doing. I tend to work harder because I want to impress them, and show them that it can be done. When I’m by myself, there isn’t that external motivation. I find that as soon as I start to get winded or tired of an exercise that it is hard to continue. Hopefully this is something that I will learn in the coming months. It might be motivational to see the change that will occur, and that will motivate me to continue in the off-season.

The other good thing that I did today was going to my write-in. For those of you who do not know, a write-in is a gathering of writers in an effort to work on their novels and/or find community with other writers. I am currently working on a novel that I started in November. Monday nights are when I get the most done, and I try to write everyday.

Despite, only accomplishing two major things today, I feel good. For the first time in awhile, I’m excited for something. It’s not about how much you get done, but how you feel about what you did get done. Quality over quantity. It’s more than just a thing to keep in mind while lifting.

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