By the title I’m sure you are thinking this post is about exercise. All I have to say to that is…
The irony of this post is it’s correlated to fitness somehow.
Ok, let me cut to the chase…
This week I was feeling very uncomfortable physically and mentally and I could not put my finger on it. It was strange because, in my mind, I was doing everything I was supposed to do such as eating sort of healthy, working out, meditating, reading and taking small breaks when at work. You would think this would have been the best week but it was not. It was the most uncomfortable.
So I called my counselor, my mom, and she started laughing. Of course this did not make me feel better so I proceeded to tell her the actions I took place to reach my goal and she replied, “Thanks for the list of the things you are supposed to do”. Perplexed, I began my ” Ma, you don’t understand” speech.
Quick disclaimer: Of course she understood me as she’s been 33 years old before.
Basically I was throwing an adult tantrum trying to convey what I think may be causing all of these emotions. I could imagine on the other line she was thinking…
After I realized I was hearing crickets on the other line, I changed the subject and explained how sore I was from the previous day’s work out. As I was explaining this, she cut me off mid-sentence and said, “So basically you are just feeling the burn.” I instantly agreed as I thought she was referring to my workout but instead she clarified that she was referencing my former complaint. She went on to say, “change brings discomfort and what you are feeling are the effects of that change.”
So I thought on that thang (not thing) for a while…
She made a great point as change is quite uncomfortable. When out of shape, the discomfort from working out is quite similar to how a person feels when they are first creating a budget. Or maybe a person who experiences grief when leaving a toxic relationship. The commonality of both scenarios are all individuals were uncomfortable in their changing state while simultaneously mourning their old habits or circumstances.
This pity party thrown for old habits could be caused by the fear of backtracking or just the mere fact it’s uncomfortable as hell. If you are feeling the burn when changing bad habits it’s indicative that change is actually occurring. In order to get to the other side of your “change of choice” you must endure the burn. After the new routine forms into a habit the burn will inevitably disappear.
So I say this in my most personal trainer voice: “FEEL THE BURN!” because afterwards you will reach your weight goal, become financial stable, fulfill that dream, start that business, end that habit and so on.
Just remember… you have to go through uncomfortable things to reach desired results.
P.S. Thank you Mom! You get me after all!