If you are new to exercise do you ever feel like fit people don't have to work hard to look good and be fit? I mean look at them - they are amazing. It can be difficult for you sometimes because like a lot of us you've been working really hard and they have already met some really good goals and keep making progress. I know that sometimes it might feel like that to you. I know when I started that I thought to myself, "Oh my gosh, I'll never get to that level," or, "Ah, they must just look fit. I don't know how they do it." So I want to address something with you. I had a friend of mine, a really good friend of mine who I've known for a long time, over 20 years. She actually is turning 65 tomorrow. She called me a week or two ago and said that she just started CrossFit. I was proud and shocked at the same time. She wanted to ask my advice because it was SO HARD.
I asked her, "How long have you been doing CrossFit?" "Four weeks." I said, "Well, first of all, thanks for reaching out, but I've been doing CrossFit for seven years and it's still hard." I shared with her that actually just that morning I had my butt handed to me in a workout. I was dead last, wasn't able to breathe really well, was having a really tough time. I didn't give up though and did my best. That happens a lot. It's not just because of who shows up that day, or if I'm having a bad day. It could be anything. My body is different every day, and I shared with her to just take it one day at a time. I know we're not perfect and we're going to have days that are great, and you're like, "Yes, that was the best workout ever. I crushed it," and other days where it just crushes you and it makes you want to cry and it's hard.
And I think we need to be more forgiving and easier on ourselves. Our bodies are different every day. Some days I feel really strong and other days I do not. Sometimes I feel like I want to throw up or cry, and sometimes I do cry. I come home and I don't let myself stay in that very long where if I start to have that, "Oh, I did really bad today, and what's wrong with me?" No. I think of the things that I have accomplished and just move on to the next day, because I went to the gym. There was a time when I didn't go to the gym at all. So any day that I go is a great day, no matter how hard it is. I just wanted to share this with you because I'm sure some of you are feeling like, "Oh, I went and it was so hard I don't know if I can go back." I just want to encourage you, please keep going. You don't have to go every day. Your body needs rest too.
When I started, I went every other day, and that worked for me. And then I moved up to my goal which was getting one to three times in a week. So what if I went one time? That happened. Oh well, next week I focused again and worked on getting my three days. But I kept going back. The key to stay consistent. I know you can do this. Add a comment or share with a friend who needs to hear this.