Two steps forward, one step back. That’s how my lifting journey has been. I’m definitely hugely stronger than I used to be and I have way more energy, but I still struggle not to constantly comfort myself with peanut M&Ms and soda.
It’s crazy how much of physical fitness is mental, emotional, and spiritual and I can easily see why it is a spiritual discipline for many. I’ve decided to take it on in that way myself. So, in addition to working out, etc., I’ve added extra meditation time to my daily practices and a half hour of silence to my morning routine to prepare myself. I also spend much more time observing mental and physical silence between sets than checking Facebook. I also repeat mantras or hold an image in my mind as I lift or run.
We all know that muscles are made in the kitchen so on the food discipline side I’m substituting so-called “bad” comforts with so-called “good” comforts until I can eat the “bad” stuff mindfully. For now that means I’m drinking a fuckload of tea these days every time I want a Pepsi. I have no idea if this will work but it’s about discipline, yeah?
Getting in touch with your body has a weird way of also forcing you to get in touch with your emotions, motivations, and defense mechanisms. It’s not pretty but its a good step in the direction of spiritual wholeness, or enlightenment or whatever the hell you want to call it.
So, how about you? Do you have a serious physical practice? How have you dealt with blocks and setbacks?