Accomplishment equals empowerment

I walked into the gym today anxious, as if it were my first visit.  It’s been a week and a half since my last training session.  I’m coming off a cold and have only trained once in the last three weeks. I was excited yet apprehensive to get back at it.  How easy it is to break routine.  Would I be able to lift what I did last time?  If I had to scale it back, how would this sit with me?  Could I accept and trust that I would get back to where I was?  Am I strong enough?

I’ve struggled with self-confidence, self-love, and self-compassion for many years.  My yoga practice has helped and continues to redefine my perception of Self.  But once I step back from something or start something new, these feeling come rushing back.  We are often quick to tear ourselves down, while we forget to boost ourselves up.

How could I encourage myself in this darker, weaker moment?

Last night I spent some time with a dear friend.  We were discussing motivation and how she approaches each lift.  What mantra do you use to prepare for the task at hand?  I thought about that today before I stepped up to the squat rack – What is my mantra? Loud and clear: I AM STRONG ENOUGH.  While I struggled with my squats today, I continued to say I AM STRONG ENOUGH. Sure we had to scale back, but rather than feel defeated I was grateful.

I am here, I am healthy and I am doing things I never thought I would be able to.

It all paid off, I deadlifted my personal best today – 125lbs.  Oh and I was also soooo close to a full chin up.  Next week I’ve got this!

So maybe by taking a step back and fully recovering I am renewed, refreshed and indeed stronger.

Accomplishment equals empowerment.

So go pick something up and put it down today!

I’m grinning from ear to ear.  Allow the light to shine.

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