Are you a cherry picker?
The term used to describe the picking and choosing of workouts, based on what you are good at or feel like doing.
You hate lifting heavy, and you know it’s a heavy lifting day. You tell yourself it is sooooo boring and you don’t feel like you get a lot out of it, so you choose to leave it today.
You are tired, and find out that today’s workout is a 40 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) and you decide, it’s best to maybe just rest instead. Forty minutes might be too long for me today, right?
You wake up and it’s raining…and the run you planned with a mate is debated over via text message starting with, “Hey, it’s raining, should we leave it today…?”
We’ve all been there and that “we” includes me.
But it leaves us missing the whole point of this fitness game.
Little bits done regularly add up over time, to give you strong muscles to chew through fat, a fit heart so you can bound up stairs and vitality to combat stress and have you glide through your day.
And here’s what cherry picking gets you (from my own personal experience)…
…it gets you de-motivation and the guilt trips – that sucks for sure.
… sore muscles, stiff joints and aches & pains from lack of consistency with your training.
…lazy friends who support your *cherry picking* who help justify your x, y, z reason.
…getting on and off the bloody bandwagon, which is downright exhausting.
I’ve test and measured just showing up vs cherry picking. Showing up has helped me in so many ways that I could not have imagined.
I show up to my training when I tell myself I’m too busy, and it transfers over to the paperwork that I’ve avoided since Nella was born. Filed. Done.
I show up to my training when I’m tired, and it lifts my mood and motivation so that I do more in the workout than what I first expected. Bonus work means more results.
I show up to my training in the windy rain and walk for 2 hours with soaking wet clothes, blisters on my toes and end it with the deepest feeling of satisfaction from experiencing the power of discipline. Doing something when it was the last thing I want to do.
Self-esteem boosted. This girl is on fire!
And here’s how you show up.
Stop any conversation from starting in your head and just start moving out of bed, to the car, before your brain has any idea of what you are doing. I dare you to show up and see where it takes you.