Hang on. Don’t give up. And don’t listen to that voice in your head that tells you this is all too hard.
You’re already on the road to stronger, even if you woke up this morning feeling tired or a little frazzled, like you didn’t sleep well. Maybe the baby was fussy, or the bills whispered to you from the back of your mind. Or that old love appeared in your dreams again and you don’t know why they can’t just go away forever, like they did in real life.
But hold on. You’re already doing better than the old you, even if you have to work all day, fit in some gym time, walk the dog, pick up the kids, and make dinner. In between all of this, you need to make smart nutritional choices and log your food. Sometimes, it feels like it’s all too much. You’re wondering if you should give up and go back to your old ways.
Don’t do that. Don’t give up. Hang on. You can do this!
“This is not how your story ends. It’s simply where it takes a turn you didn’t expect.” — Cheryl Strayed
See, I understand. I’m a single mom trying to fit needs into the same 24-hour frame. I get how difficult life can be, and I’m not going to tell you it will get radically easier, mostly because life doesn’t have a great track record for getting radically easier. Even those folks who win the lottery inherit a new crop of problems. (“Hey, Uncle Ed, can I borrow $20,000?”)
But here’s the really cool thing we overlook when we’re stressed: if you keep doing the work, you grow more capable. If you do the work, you grow stronger—physically, mentally, emotionally. And that strength? It’s everything.
This is the part I really need you to listen to, not that voice in the back of your head obsessing about your work and your fatigue. I need you to listen to the little voice inside you that whispers, “I got this” and then let that voice grow louder. Because you’re already on the road to stronger. I don’t care if you’ve been tracking your macros for a year or a couple of weeks. I don’t care if you’ve been exercising for a decade or a month. You already started, so you’re ahead of where you were before you started.
You’re on the road. Keep going.
And look for those moments, however small, when something (anything!) feels a tad bit easier. Savor those moments. Because strength of any kind makes things feel easier, and that’s what you need. (Well, that and a fabulous vacation or maybe a new sports car, but we’re not going to sidetrack on those things right now.)
We’re all working towards the same goal: a better, more capable body to help us do our work and live our lives. A better, more capable spirit. A better, more capable life. And, this is how we get there: challenges, obstacles, ordeals. We all feel tired at some point, but that’s okay, because nobody gets stronger in a vacuum. Nobody gets better without overcoming. Nobody learns without stretching their minds or their bodies. Such is the nature of the human experience. And that’s why you need these times, these moments, these struggles to grow that strength.
If you could grow muscles by sitting on the couch, everybody would be strong. But you can’t, so you need the gym or the trail or road. Or all three and more, depending on what your goals are.
If you could track nutrition just by eating food, everybody would be hitting their macros. But you can’t, so perhaps you should use a notebook or My Fitness Pal or some other kind of app.
What it all comes down to is this: you need support, sleep, good nutrition, exercise, love, fun, and hugs (and even SSWCBA). But what you don’t need is to listen to the voice that tells you to quit or that you can’t do this. That voice is a liar.
You’re getting stronger. You got this. Keep going!
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