Fitness Specter 14 – Mind Over Matter

This column is going to be a little different than normal. I am going to talk about a variety of things and one of those things is overcoming your own mental limitations. I’d go so far as to say that my own mental hurdles are far more imposing than anything else I face, personally, when it comes to getting healthier. Sometimes, I just need life to smooth out a bit.

I have talked about a routine, the emphasis on the part where you have one more so than just performing one at a gym, and I don’t really have one at the moment. Life isn’t working with me and I just don’t know why everything has to be so difficult.

When I get the chance, I normally work out. I haven’t had the chance in over 2 weeks, now, and that really bothers me. I’m working longer hours, trying to get a different position to move out of town in, and I’m really wanting my house to sell to send my wife out to our new house. All of that frees her from being in horrible weather, frees me from horrible weather (or the worst of that weather), and we can both start moving forward rather than just spinning our wheels.

I’m mentally having my own ass kicked because things just don’t want to work out.

Rather than turn this fitness column into a “woe is me” column, I want to mention that I am a member of BodySpace, BodyBuilding.com’s own little social network. I really enjoy tracking my workouts so that I can see improvement but I’m also noticing that by limiting myself to what I have set up on BodySpace for workouts, I’m doing less of them because I just can’t seem to fit them in. Sometimes… sometimes I just need to do concentration curls while watching TV and not track them and I really need to mentally defeat that hurdle of needing to track it.

Nutrition is important. Physically being fit is important. No one ever seems to concentrate much on the mentally holding oneself back for one reason or another. What do you think?

Lift with me.