A big year of fitness and the power of positive reinforcement
It’s been a significant year of fitness for me so far, and spring has only just sprung! So before I do what I do best and launch into the next big thing, whatever that might be, I wanted to take a minute to take stock. It’s all too easy these days to focus on what next and I think a lot of pressure can be released in just making time to reflect on what has been achieved so far. I know I’ve always been pretty self-motivated, but honestly, I don’t think I have done all this on my own…
Interestingly, (and I don’t know if you’re into “cards” or that sort of thing, but occasionally I am), on New Year’s Day I pulled a card and asked what the “theme” of this year would be for me. The card I pulled from Doreen Virtue’s Healing with the Angels deck (my first ever, and a gift from my uni mate Jono) was “Body Care”:
Body Care: “The angels urge you to care for your physical body. You are asked to eat healthful foods to exercise regularly, and to avoid toxins.”
Card Meaning: “This card is your angels’ way of asking you to pay attention to your physical body. Perhaps you resist this guidance, and the angels have repeatedly come to you about this topic. They remind you that the body is an instrument that, when well tuned emanates greater harmony. Your spirit is like the music of a grand piano, and the angels ask you to maintain that piano. Your angels know that is if you follow this guidance, you will feel terrific. Your increased energy and happiness is your reward for following the angels’ suggestions. They will help you find the time and motivation to exercise. They will also help you lose your cravings for unhealthful substances. And, the angels will help you enjoy the new found pleasures that come from purifying and maintaining your physical body.”*
– Doreen Virtue, Ph.D
I’ve always been health conscious, so I wasn’t sure how much more of an influence this “theme” could play in my life, but then all this happened…
In February/March I registered for my first Crossfit Open (do you see that pain face?!).
In March I had a two hour training session with Commando Steve – talk about inspirational!
In April I competed in the Titan Macquarie Mud Run – something I thought I would NEVER do. Who would want to traverse 21km, swim across rivers, launch themselves over hay bales, and crawl under barbed wire through knee deep mud? Turns out, I did! This is me (front and centre) and my team…
In May I celebrated my first year of Crossfit and attended the Crossfit Pacific Regionals (as a spectator, obviously). Again, talk about inspirational!
Then came the biggest month so far…
In August I attended flying trapeze lessons, participated in the City 2 Surf for the second time in my life, competed in a female Crossfit team at the Gosford Riot Squad, and completed my first half marathon (21.1km) at the Dubbo Stampede in 1 hour and 48 minutes.
This isn’t a brag post. This is a “holy shit, I can’t believe I did all that and I have never considered myself an athlete”, reflective style post. However, it often takes someone else to shine a light in order for us to see our own potential.
As I said, I have never considered myself an athlete. So thank you to my Crossfit coach Duncan who knew I had “an engine” and that I could do a Crossfit competition. Thank you to the Commando, who knew I had stamina. Thank you to my fitness pal Ruby who knew I could do a half marathon before I did. Thank you to my adventure loving friend Sheri who took me to trapeze school because she knew I could fly! (I’m sure there are so many other people I could thank this year!)
Maybe I would have done all these things if no one had said anything or believed in me, maybe I wouldn’t have. I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t ever hold back on positive reinforcement. If you’ve got something nice to say, then say it! Spread that stuff as thick as you would nutella!