I’ve noticed a decrease in motivation lately in myself, which I wrote a little bit about in finding and setting intentions. I also find it really useful to look back on where I’ve been and how far I’ve come.
For one, I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I don’t like being upside-down (because I feel like I’m going to smash my face with my body weight behind it) but I was doing a yoga video and the instructor led into a headstand pose to finish the class. It looked easy enough so I tried it, and WOW, it wasn’t scary at all and was actually really fun!
Then last night I had the idea to see what my back looked like. The picture on the right is from March 21 and the picture on the left was last night. That’s only 10 weeks into this program and I can’t believe the progress.
Last (and my favorite so far), I’ve been working on pull-ups this whole time. I’ve done them with bands, I’ve done them with the skinniest resistance bands, I’ve done negatives, I’ve done fixed arm hangs, and I’ve done ring pull-unders trying to make my arms and back stronger. Occasionally I’d try to do a dead hang pull-up, and I’m getting closer and closer.
Today I wondered about chin-ups, which are a little easier because they engage your bicep for help. Not only could I do one, but I could actually do TWO. IN A ROW. The last time I could do even one I was about 10.
I was so excited I set up my phone and tried my best to squeeze out a couple more (shown in the video).
I still haven’t mastered not doing crazy things with my legs (like trying to use them to climb imaginary air stairs for help) but I am SO EXCITED with how much progress I’ve made so far. I never would have thought I could do this in such a short time. It’s so hard to imagine where you’ll be at the end, and I don’t always see the progress in myself along the way so small markers like these confirm that I’m on the right path and that I just need to
- Do the work
- Trust the training