That man has said a many great things when it comes to body building and strength. Even about determination and success.
Here are some of my favorites:
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn't think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.
Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn't matter.
The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.
Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.
This week, I have had to learn the workings of my current body. It is not the same as it was when I was in my 20’s. Let’s be honest, it is not the same as it was even a year ago.
Your body changes with each life change. For example: puberty, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, etc., having a baby, menopause, quitting drinking/smoking, diseases and ailments such as cancer, diabetes, migraines, or fibromyalgia. And so on. You get the point.
I have four children. That is eight times right there that my body has gone through changes. I am turning 40 this year; I am a woman and like all women, my hormones go to the amusement park every month; I quit smoking; I suffer migraines; I was in a car accident that left me coping with vertigo issues. I have experienced numerous changes and learning opportunities.
My point is, to sculpt your body you must know your body. You need to take into consideration all of those changes and how they affect your body. You have to take keep in mind calorie intake versus your caloric usage. You have to know your limitations and how far you can push those limits.
Right now, I am on a new learning curve. My accident was a year ago at the end of this month. Just a few months ago I was able to look up at the sky again without falling over. It was time for me to slowly get back into my active routine. And slow it is. It has only been a couple of weeks that I have been … let’s say … WJ meaning movement somewhere between walking and jogging. Okay. It has been two weeks that I have been dedicated to my 6am WJ route three times a week. To someone who trains, this is a joke. But to me, this is a big deal. Running was not my favorite thing to do to begin with.
After the first week I was hit with a lovely migraine. Got a new prescription and it was dealt with.
But, as soon as that was dealt with and out of the way, my body decided that I was strong enough to cope with more and I had another vertigo episode. At first I thought nothing of it. Maybe I sat up too fast. But when the second one happened as I was checking out a ceiling tile, I knew, my vertigo had returned.
I went on my WJ regardless. I mean, I don’t have an episode while I am moving, so why not. I just can’t look up at the sky. Or Look at my feet. Or turn my head quickly. Or …
Damn, this sucks!
Okay. But I really feel I have no choice. Really. I am glad I can’t look down to be honest because that sight, not so pretty anymore. I am okay to look forward. Because forward is where I am going.
This is my body and I am the sculptor. Only I can sculpt it to be the way I want it. The inner workings of my body may throw me curve balls, but I just need to learn from them and readjust my sails.
(c) Rachel Rennie
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