Steve’s 90 Day Fit Quest UPDATE: Man vs. THE BRAAAIN

IMG_5816I can’t do it.

I’m not strong enough.

I’ll hurt myself.

“I’m not going to make it.”

What’s the point in trying if I know I’m going to fail?

Have you ever talked yourself out of doing something? I sure have. I’ve been guilty of this too many times to count. I’ll dip my toes into the metaphorical pool and before I jump in, my mind slams on the brakes.

“It’s going to be coooollllddd.”

“If the water tastes salty, it’s probably pee…”

“You saw Jaws. This can’t end well… What if there’s a Poolnado?!”

Then I carefully back away from the edge, go sit down and dream of frolicking in the world that might have been.

IMG_5833RANDOM FACT: I almost talked myself out of doing this challenge. I thought it would be too hard and I would fail.

But then I remembered it’s called a challenge for a reason. So instead of walking away from the pool, I closed my eyes and cannon-balled into the deep-end. I didn’t give my brain a chance to think about it and I haven’t looked back since. This challenge is doing more than sculpting my body. IT’S SCULPTING MY MIND!

I’ve done things that I never thought I would be capable of during this fit quest. I know. I know. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. From the devils staircase to lifting 270 lb tires and jumping on super-high plyo boxes, I am challenging myself every single day. The challenges aren’t always physical. For example, taking fast food out of my diet and replacing it with home cooked meals is a HUGE mission… Stay tuned for my experience with Loreen at Revive Wellness. She’s awesome-sauce!

IMG_5834As one-third of my journey wraps up, I have a lot to be proud of.

  • I’ve lost fat, gained muscles and kissed about two pounds a week good-bye.
  • My core is stabilizing and I’m not as wobbly as I used to be.
  • I’m getting up earlier and still finding I have more energy during the day.

I’m not quitting now and I look forward to seeing what I look like coming out of this with a stronger body and mind. Like a giant metaphorical tire, I just have to keep lifting that sucker forward.

Instead of saying “I can’t do I,” I am just going to shut-up and try. Quieting my brain will be one of the biggest challenges I’m going to face, but I can’t wait to slay that dragon. Come on ____________, try shutting your brain up and letting your body takes over for a change. If you have to stop, it’s because you’re body is tired of trying. Then just take a step back, rest and then try it again.

100 per cent of the time, it will work every time.

I don’t know what the upcoming weeks have in store for me but I am sure that sweat, tears and maybe vomit will follow. I am excited by this… well not the vomit part.. but the part where I am boldly going where I’ve never gone before.

IMG_5833Thanks again for joining me on this quest and I can’t wait to hear your stories!

And if you’re scared or if your brain won’t shut-up, drop me a line. I’ll hold your hand and we will jump in the pool together. So will Chris. I hear he has the coolest pair of water wings…

Please post your favourite brain-quieting technique in the comments section below. Until next week Fit Geeks!

Excelsior!

SH

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Yoga quiets my mind- because you have to focus so hard on your breath and body that your mind can’t wander and tell you mean things!

  2. Hey Steve,

    I am probably the BIGGEST self-talker-out-of-‘er- on the planet. “hey, That looks like a lot of fun, but I can’t because [insert excuse here]” as opposed to just going and doing it.

    Since having re-constructive ACL (knee) surgery when I was a teenager I’m more than paranoid that I’m going to re-injure, or tear the other one. That’s gotten better over the last 12 years or so, getting back into jumping or whatever, but I still have that nagging feeling that something bad is going to happen if i do that last jump, or that last sprint.

    My brain is always talking to me – you can’t, you won’t, are you out of you’re *bleeping* mind?! or simply “no, we’re not doing that today!.” So, yes. I would very much LOVE for someone to either just push me into the pool with those cool water wings ; or take my hand and we’ll jump on 3… or maybe 4.. or 2 1/2. 🙂

    You’re not alone, the brain doesn’t like “scary” change 🙂 but tough! That’s how we reach our goals. and evolve 🙂

    Tonya

    P.S. Congrats on everything you’ve accomplished so far in you’re journey; and I look forward to you’re progress update next week 😀

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