Dear Doug, I Hate You. Love, Will

I’m typing this now because I fear I might not be able to tomorrow.

Today was my first serious workout with personal trainer Doug Walker from The Training Station. His "intermediate workout" may not look like much on paper, but (like everything!) try it and see. By the time I left the gym, my arms were like rubber. Doug pushed me and I pushed myself but more importantly, I started. This whole thing is tough because like everyone, I have the inertia of sitting behind a desk, typing and watching TV for a living. My kitchen is steps away and I love to eat.

I know now that ignoring my health is the fastest way to lose it and that inertia works both ways. It’s as exciting to know I’m getting healthy, to feel the pump in my triceps and shoulders, as it is to drink a nice Scotch. (I’ll still take a dram of Auchintoshen over a pyramid set, but …) I know that drinking a protein shake might not have the same taste as a Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper, but in the long term I know which one will get me what I want. Believe me, it’s very easy to just sit here in the Steelcase Leap and write.

As you can see by the workout, it was chest, shoulders, and triceps. I used to nearly live in the weight room when I was in high school and college. I was smaller than everyone (I was 5’5 when I finished high school) so having any kind of strength or endurance advantage was what I needed. I’m very, very tight and have been ******* down water and AminoVital and protein in hopes of keeping some of the soreness out, but I know that when I wake up tomorrow, I’ll be cursing Doug’s name.

What’s important is that I’ve made the first two steps:
1. I made the decision.
2. I started.

The next step is the most important: I’ve got to keep going back, keep working at it, and keeping the commitment I’ve made. There’s no failure in sight here. I knew from the very decision. Tony Robbins reminds us that the word ‘decision’ means ‘to cut off all other possibilities’ and that’s what I’ve done. There’s a long way to go on this journey, but I know the results will all be worth it.

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