Mental Picture

For a handful of reasons, most of them related to my youngest daughter, I have been slacking on the morning workouts the past few weeks. I miss those workouts. They energize, challenge, and fulfill me. My days are better because of them.

Last night I decided to do one of my favorite workouts this morning – Butt & Legs at Barry’s Bootcamp. I love this workout (so you have heard) and really did not want to miss it because of an excuse I make (i.e. my kid kept me up what felt like all night) when my alarm goes off. So, I painted a mental picture last night of my post-workout self.

The moments after a wonderfully intense workout are so good. Am I right? They’re full of accomplishment, exhaustion, adrenaline, and excitement. My fifteen minute drive home from Barry’s is my time to enjoy all of these feelings. I am drenched in hard-earned sweat, blood is pumping through my body, I’m high on life, and anticipating the rest of the day.

As I focused on a mental picture last night, I told myself to wake up with the picture in the front of my mind. Each time I got up in the night with my kid I thought of this picture. When my alarm went off I thought of this picture. This morning I wanted to cozy up and savor every last moment of sleep that my family would allow. Instead, I looked at my picture in my mind and remembered the accomplishment, exhaustion, adrenaline, and excitement.

I got up, geared up and was off. It was a killer workout and a very satisfying drive home.

mental picture made real

What is your mental picture that motivates you in the unmotivated moments?

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    Ashlee Spear
    09/24/2013 at 9:52 pm

    This is a smart idea! I need to figure out what my mental picture is. What’s your secret to getting up and giving a workout your all after a night of so little/intermittent sleep?

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      09/25/2013 at 2:26 pm

      In a nut shell – “fake it till you make it”. I find that once I am in the game, I won’t back down. It helps to be engaged in something with a lot of energy or an element of friendly competition.

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    10/01/2013 at 11:05 pm

    Needed to read this! Going to bed with a mental picture 🙂

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