Have you ever wanted to do something but you held back because you feared you wouldn’t be able to pull it off ? That’s how I felt for the past year about my physical strength. I had always considered myself someone physically strong, well as strong as someone that worked out once in a blue moon. However, when I got Hashimoto’s and Fibromyalgia I watched my body deteriorate slowly. I became extremely weak and began to gain weight.
I knew something had to change, I began to workout and slowly I started to get healthy again but I was afraid to push my body. I knew my body was craving a challenge but I was always waiting to ” fully get healthy” to do something great. I would say, ” when I get completely healthy I will do a 5k run.” A 5k run seemed so out my reach. Even at my healthiest 5 miles seemed like something only an athlete can do. Then one day I ran 5 miles, I couldn’t believe it! Then I wondered if I could do it again, and I did. It was in my 5th day that I wondered if I could do this for 30 days. That would be 150 miles in 30 days. I wasn’t sure I could pull it off but I tried and yesterday I finished my last 5 miles and I couldn’t be happier. I learned so much from this experience and I am so glad I did it.
This is 30 things I learned from running 5 miles for 30 days that can help you with your mental game.
1.Don’t wait for a magical time
I wanted to wait for this magical moment to run a 5k to prove to myself that I was healthy again. Truth is that the perfect time, perfect circumstance will never come. You have to create it. So stop waiting and start doing.
2.Just because you haven’t done it, doesn’t mean it can’t be done
Okay so you have never gone out your comfort zone, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. 5 miles seemed like an impossible accomplishment, two miles seemed to be so much as it was but I tried anyway.
3. Change must be done for you.
Don’t change your body or mind to satisfy someone or to fit into something you are not. Do it for your own growth and happiness.
4.Just start and show up
Stop thinking about it and just do it. Show up one day at a time and get the work done.
5. You are more capable than you think
You don’t give yourself enough credit. You are more capable than you think, you just have to be willing to put in the work.
6.Don’t let fear stop you from trying
Everything you want is on the other side of fear. That sounds so cliché but it is so true. Be brave and go for it because..
7.Self doubt is the killer of possibilities
When you allow fear to dictate your life your life will become an existence without spark.
8.Trying new things will help your confidence
Have you ever finished a new recipe and after completing it you felt so accomplished and you felt really good about yourself?! Trying new things will helps your confidence because it allows you to see you are capable of figuring things out.
9.Divide your goal
150 miles may seem like an impossible goal and if I had seen it as a whole I might have not even tried. However, 5 miles per day seems more feasible. Even more 1 mile per every 10 minutes. Divide your goal and conquer.
10.Pace yourself to avoid burnout
At the beginning of this journey I wanted to do my 5 miles as fast as I could. I was causing unnecessary stress on my body. I didn’t think I was going to make it. Then I paced myself and I was able to withstand 30 days of running. Going all in and hardcore may seem like the right thing to do but in order to create longevity you must pace yourself in anything you want to do.
11.Focus only on what is in front of you
Always focus only on what is front of you. Like I said before thinking of the bigger picture may seem like a lot. when climbing a mountain you may look at the top and feel like its such a long way, focus on the steps in front of you and you will accomplish more.
12.You can always do more
This is as simple as it sounds, you can always do more. This goes back to giving yourself more credit.
13.Everytime you step up to do something its an opportunity to show what you are made of
Every time I stepped into the treadmill I got butterflies. I am not kidding you. I always walked in with a humble mind that I was going to give my best to accomplish my goal. It didn’t get easier, I got stronger. Every time I tried to give my best. Remember every time you show up anywhere really show up or don’t bother to show up at all.
14.Small changes lead to big results
Make one change today that can help you get what you want. We all want to change and evolve all at once, the truth is that change and evolution is done with small steps at a time. Be kind to yourself. You don’t have to change from one day to another. Make small changes that can add up to big ones.
15.Obstacles are opportunities
Half way through my journey I hurt my toes. I thought my journey was over. Then I realized it was an opportunity to see what I was really made of. I showed up anyway. I ran without shoes, I paced myself and I didn’t give up
16.The body doesn’t change until the mind does
We always want proof in order to believe. That’s not how it works. Remember that we create our reality with our minds. You must believe first in order to see change. If we don’t believe its possible we will not do the work to make it possible.
17.Be patient with results
If you believe change will come, trust in the process. Trust in your hard work and be patient, results will come.
18.Block distractions when its game time
In doing this challenge I learned the value of putting on my earphones and giving in to the process. You see before, I loved multitasking. I thought I could do a million things at once. The truth is that we humans are not made to multitask, no matter how much we wish we could. You must focus all your attention in one task at a time. Block off the world and get to work.
19.Mark your progress to see how far you’ve come
I love to keep mental notes but lets be honest I lose track of them most of the time. Once I printed a calendar and marked down everyday I was successful it was like a celebration doting down the progress. Make it visual for yourself. It will motivate you to keep going.
20.The bad days are the most important
The days when you don’t want to do the work are the days that matter the most. You must create discipline. The hard days are the true test of what you are really are made of. Don’t give up or wait to feel like it.
21.It’s not over till its over
There were days when I hit the 4 mile mark and I wondered if I could continue then I would remember a quote by rocky balboa which is “its not over until its over” I didn’t stop until I hit the 5 miles.
22.Its all about calmness and control
Many people think that working out is like this hectic ahh type of activity. You see all these videos with fast forward workouts and hardcore motivational screaming (insert people yelling and cursing ) but working out is about calmness and control. How calm are your mind and your breathing? Because the moment you allow your mind to panic your workout goes down the drain. I learned how to control my breathing and calm my mind.
23.Small wins lead to bigger ones
Don’t forget that small wins should be celebrated. Allow yourself to be happy you got through another day of hard work. Life and your goals are a journey not just a destination. Truth be told once you reach your first goal you will set your eyes on bigger things, learn to enjoy those small wins.
24.Consistency is everything
As I was doing this challenge I watched people come and go to the gym, it is a small gym so you can keep track of the three people in it. Some people I saw for half of my journey. Some I only saw once. Consistency is the name of the game. Many times we think outworking someone is staying up late and waking up early. Outworking anyone comes from showing up and being consistent. People can’t keep up with consistency.
25.Change will hurt, soreness means progress. It is all worth it
Oh man does it hurt! There were days when I could walk! As someone with Fibromyalgia I always struggle to take my first steps in the morning. The needle pain is sometimes too much. However, pain of growth, pain of hard work feels 100 times more different then pain from letting yourself go. It feels good! It felt even better when I began to see my body change. Then it really felt good!
26.Do what works for you
There are a million and one blogs out there that told me to not do this because stress would make my thyroid worse. But I saw the opposite effect. I feel better than I have in such a long time. So remember, do what is best for you. You know your body better than anyone. I felt my body needed a bit of a challenge and so I pushed myself.
27.Necessity creates change and action
Like I said at the beginning of this blog I was watching my body slowly gain weight and deteriorate. That became a necessity for me to take action. Just to be clear I didn’t do this just to lose weight because I want to look thin. I think all body types are beautiful. The problem was that with fragile joints the heavier I was the more I was in pain.
28.Believe in your self already!
You got this! Stop listening to the voice inside that says you can’t, that’s just fear talking, shut it up but taking action.
29.Its okay to slow down
Some days you may need to go slower than others, it doesn’t matter just show up. No one said you have to go 100 miles per hour every single day. As long as your giving your best that’s all that matters.
30.Share your journey
The one thing I do wish I had done was share this journey with you from the beginning. I told people on social media on day 20. Saying out loud what you want will make it happen. Sharing your journey will create community. The little time I did share my journey the support from people was amazing, so share what you are trying to accomplish it will help you stay motivated and hold you accountable.
And enjoy the journey!!!!!
No matter what it is you are trying to accomplish. Whether it’s running for 30 days or starting a new project, a new business, just enjoy the process. It’s fun to see how much you are really capable of. There are no limits to what you can do if only you get your mental game right. I hope these tips help you conquer your next challenge. Remember, you can do this!!
Written by: Lupita G.