Usually I want to run marathons, ULTRAS even, when I can’t even walk down a flight of stairs because I have an injury plaguing my beloved calves (#sorrynotsorry?!)
Oh, the things I would do right now if I could, I say silently to myself, as if I actually would if I could. Who am I kidding? Rebecca! Are you bonkers? The answer to that question is obviously yes in most cases when I ask that question, but I find it both humourous and ironic that in most cases we crave to do the thing that we can’t more than anything in the world.
I feel like maybe if someone started a really nasty rumour that the world JUST ran out of turnips, and there was only one left that I, Rebecca P., had the opportunity to try – then maybe (just maybe) I’d eat one. I’d probably gobble the whole thing up like it tasted like a buncha Cool Ranch Doritos and be sad that there wasn’t more.
I promise I do have a point.
My point is, the mind is a powerful thing! Half of working out and eating properly on your health journey has to do with your mind. Obviously if you’re injured, it’s a bit of a different story, however, if you can’t run because of your calves, then you know for a FACT that you can do arms, or you can do abs. You probably won’t do an Ultra even though your mind wanders and wants you to, but you don’t really have excuses to jump completely off the fitness train. If you do make excuses you’re choosing to be a victim to your crazy thoughts of the “I can’ts”. Sometimes I wallow in my own self pity when injured, so I get it. The best thing you can do is figure out what you CAN do, and be open-minded about things.
Turnips and I may never be friends, and I may never run an Ultra marathon (injured or not), but I WILL make sure that I aim high in my fitness/nutrition challenges and give each and everything a shot, or taste for that matter!