You are laying in bed, comfortable. You crack open an eye and the weather is dreary but it’s your scheduled run day. Runs haven’t been going well for you at all and the last thing you WANT to do is get up and get out there.
Or maybe you have been slammed with deadlines at work. You are barely eating anything yet your clothes feel like they are bursting at the seams and you just can’t seem to make the scale move in the right direction.
You are frustrated.
We have ALL been there at one point or another. Things just don’t seem to be working in your favor. The weather. The schedule. The results. UGGGHHH!
So what should you do to get over this hump when all you really WANT to do is grab a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and call it a day?
1. Don’t quit. First and foremost recognize that this is exactly what we said – A HUMP. Not a mountain (although some days it certainly feels like we are staring at the summit of Mt Everest) While things may seem like you aren’t getting anywhere, it will pass. Stick to your guns and your plans.
2. Is your frustration stemming from soreness? If it is, keep this in mind, soreness means that you are doing exactly what you should be doing. Our muscles, especially if we haven’t worked them out in a while WILL be sore as we adjust to our new routines and each time we bump up our level, we will experience soreness again. (Please know that there IS a difference between SORENESS and PAIN) Embrace your soreness as a badge of honor and know that as your strength grows, the soreness will go away.
3. Be patient! If you are working toward a weight goal, please remember that it didn’t magically appear overnight, so you shouldn’t expect it to fall off overnight. Plan for losing/gaining 2 pounds each week. This is a healthy rate and will make it easier to maintain our goal weight once we get there.
4. Practice makes perfect. If you are struggling with push ups, the only way to get better at push ups is to PRACTICE push ups. Don’t focus on the areas that involve struggles but don’t toss the hard stuff to the trash either. Challenge yourself so that you can feel amazing when you conquer things.
5. Keep the BIG picture in front of you. Yes, I KNOW. We have been preaching the baby step theory until we are blue in the face around here but if you are frustrated – sometimes it helps to take a step back and consider the entire scene. While you may be frustrated about not being able to do 10 box jumps during your work out, you need to consider that you couldn’t do a single one when you first started. Celebrate the 5 you CAN do rather than being pissed by the 5 you haven’t been able to yet. In the same token, its difficult to be upset that your scale isn’t moving the way you had hoped when you step back and consider that you have dropped 25 pounds in total so far. Right? Big picture.
6. Finally, don’t be afraid to reach out for some help or encouragement. If you find that you are in a rut and are doing some serious self bashing, reach out to a supportive friend or a trainer that can maybe help point out the silver lining for you. It takes a lot for us to admit that this health and fitness stuff is hard as crap! We don’t have to be super heroes all the time. We all need wing men. Let yours help you if you need it.
Frustration can be healthy for us at times. It usually forces us to re-evaluate or sometimes even push harder to move past it. Use frustration as a tool to step up your game and maybe even learn something about yourself.