Yesterday, Columbus Day, 2019 was LEG DAY… nothing unusual about that. We are currently training Push/Pull Upper body: Back and Chest or Shoulders, on one day and then legs with a Squat (Push) preference on one of the leg days and a Deadlift (Pull) preference on the next leg day, and back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. No real rest day, unless my “free time” is taken up by something else. In which, case Eric goes on without me 🙁 In reality, he is better to live with if he gets his workout in :0
So back to yesterday: it was one of those days when nothing felt really good. As a matter of fact, I could not even do my normal lifts with my normal weights! I had to “chip it” and I still was unable to finish my reps. I was sore from the day before when I was “trying to do” pull-ups — jump up and try to hold myself in place. LOLOLOLOL. It looked more like me falling from the sky! However, as I was falling from the sky, my biceps were trying to slow me down and so they were SOOO sore I couldn’t even straighten my arms. (giddy laughter).
I was mentally having a hard time reconciling my performance: So my upper body is cooked from the day before. I had decent sleep. We were just coming off of my cheat meal: pizza. Thank you very much. So I should have been “full” of calories and fat and salt and energy to burn…. but no. Not. Even. A little. Bit. In my head, it made sense that if there were days that I felt strong and KNEW I could pick and move more weight, then that pendulum had to swing back the other way occasionally – to the “weak zone”. The bell curve has both ends. In my THINKING BRAIN that made sense, but in my EMOTIONAL BRAIN, I was …. upset, disappointed, crumbling…. Even though I KNEW I should not be.
So I discussed it with my Trainer (slash hubby, slash workout partner)… when I suggested that maybe I should have taken the day off, he said that coming to the gym and just going through the motions and doing what you can do on any given day is ALWAYS better than doing nothing. He was not saying “don’t ever take a day off”, he was saying that not every day is a Barn Burner, but that is where most people lose their fire, their motivation, their steam peters out. It is the MANAGEMENT of those less than stellar results (most likely temporary) that dictates how successful you will be….
In reality, I think this applies to anything we set as a goal. If there was not something challenging about it, we would not set it as a goal; and we would most likely have already achieved it. When we set a goal, inherently there is some kind of STRETCH for us in it, which is uncomfortable, maybe even unknown. However, if we can manage the waxes AND THE WANES, then we will move towards our goal.
Now, this is assuming you a have a legitimate ACTION PLAN to follow; then you can MANAGE the waxes and wanes, so that the great days as well as the sucky days (the high highs and the low lows emotionally) have very little to do with the process (action plan).
So then the question becomes: first: do I have a legitimate action plan? Yes, yes we do. Great! Then, while we work this action plan – this lifting program – it becomes a matter of me training my mind to MANAGE my internal state so that I just keep working the plan. Of course, the 2nd question somewhere along the line would have to be: “is the action plan providing the desired results?” In this case, yes: I am getting stronger and more muscle tone and density. So since my answer is still yes, then I am still back to “Toughen UP ButterCup!” 🙂
I did finish my workout 🙂 and it did not turn a corner and improve. I just put my chin down and went through.
But! Wait for it… then the next day I PR’d my flat bench press. 🙂 If I would have let yesterday take the wind out of my sails and I skipped today thinking: “why bother” or “I need a rest day”, I would have MISSED the PR!!! And I didn’t just PR, I moved up to a new weight that I did well AND I was confidant enough to get under an even heavier weight than I have EVER even come close to, AND I failed that weight, TWICE. Which, and I find humor in this, did not phase me a bit! LOL.
But I got under that heavier weight, and I will get it next time. Or maybe the time after that. So that is my “story” which I am learning is REALLY ALL THERE IS! MY STORY is what dictates my success and the energy I send out to my Universe. So consider this ROUND 2 of Drinking the Kool Aid 🙂 And if you don’t follow what I mean, then go back and read:
So Dear AFC AZ Readers: do you have an Action Plan? Is it working? Are you MANAGING your “state” to ride the ups and downs? And most importantly: do you know where You need to refine, improve, or rewrite YOUR STORY? Or do you just need to REPEAT it to yourself more? Personally, I am working on both refining and repeating 🙂 I hope that by my sharing you feel the freedom to do whatever you need to do to create Your Story and with it your Success so that when the Drudgery hits (and it will:) you know to put your head down and just keep going, because on the other side of it is YOUR PR!!
Until we meet again: Be Well Adjusted!!!