There I am. ...Again pre-shower, high pony tail, post-sweat beads. Like it. Love it. Want some more of it.
Before we get super deep and serious, look at the health that happened over the weekend...
YES. That is a beer. YES. That is a corndog...WHAT. THE. FUCK.
...But we went to Coney Island, baby!
It was mandatory to eat like shit! ...It's also worth mentioning the fact that I had a colossal double-scooped ice cream cone (unfortunately not pictured) while I watched Honey Buns get launched a million feet into the air on a ride otherwise known as "Slingshot." Let's just say ice cream was the way to go...HB would beg to differ. <wink wink>. He thoroughly enjoyed getting launched.
...Speaking of the devil...HERE HE IS in all his White Castle glory. This was, of course, inhaled post-hotdogs and post-Slingshot. HB was very happy about this.
...We got back home, showered to the third power, then vegetated on the couch the whole rest of the eve. It was fabulous. Likewise, I hope all of your eyeballs had THRILLING WEEKENDS...But now it's already Tuesday, so you should be back in the game ready to fuck shit up this week. Comprende?
Today I want to talk about ADVANCING.
ad·vance·ment noun \əd-ˈvan(t)-smənt\
: the act of moving forward
: the act or result of making something better, more successful, etc.
: the act of being raised to a higher rank or position
Don't we all want to advance in some way?
Whether it be at work - get a promotion, get paid more dolla dolla bill$, get more clients, expand our business, help more people - Or personally - learn more, get healthier, get happier - Or physically - lose weight, eat healthier, get stronger, get faster, lift heavier weights, increase mobility, flexibility, etc. Whatever it might be doesn't our world go-round because of this incessant drive to improve the quality of our life? Maybe not for everyone, but I only think that is because they don't believe they can do better - it's something they don't yet see in themselves, but it's in ALL human beings - the ability to do better.
So the question is - HOW do we get better?
The ANSWER: We FAIL.
And I know this might be hard to believe, but I FAIL ALL THE FUCKING TIME.
When I do Pilates, Crossfit, and, yeah, even when I teach! I am human.
Although I often post annoying photos of me doing crazy ass shit with my body (and my technique is fabulous) - I have days where even the simplest of movements are a challenge. I will show you. I have many weaknesses - lack of mobility in my shoulders and thoracic spine, tightness and weakness in my side body, I failed all but 2 of my snatches @ a measly 63# on Saturday (and have bruises to prove it), and I have really slow footwork in my jerks to name just a few things I suck at right now. Depending on the day, I'll get upset, but it also gives me motivation and something to work toward.
The first thing you need to understand is that the process of ADVANCEMENT is UNCOMFORTABLE as shit.
Think of being too comfortable and at-ease as a RED FLAG for...you're not pushing yourself enough. I know it's easy to fall into the "I am content with my routine," trap, but that only lasts for so long. You'll get bored and crave a change, which is code for - wanting to advance - wanting something more exciting - wanting something better.
Now, let's establish some FACTS:
Comfort does NOT render advancement. Discomfort renders advancement.
These are some feelings you might experience when you're in the process of advancement:
WANTING TO QUIT
SADNESS - you might cry like me. Yes. I cry.
And contrary to how it looks on paper, these are all FANTASTIC SIGNS! They're signs of growth. Take them. Be okay with them. Use them as motivation. Use them to GET BETTER...and know that you will have good days and bad days - BE OKAY WITH WHERE YOU ARE IN THE MOMENT.
...Now <pause> before I go, I have one more bomb of knowledge...
HB and I were watching this new show called American Muscle, and there was a scene where NFL star cornerback, Richard Sherman was mentoring a young athlete and something he said stuck with me...
"The butterflies never go away. If they do, you know you're done."
Butterflies keep you on your toes. Butterflies make you better.
Boom. We're done.
I've said my peace.