Do you ever have a workout day where you just KNOW you half-assed it? You know without a shadow of a doubt that you did NOT push yourself half as hard as you could have and you cut everything short? Just because.
This is how it was for me one day last week. COach says I am numbers obsessed. Numbers of all kinds, whether it is scale numbers, calorie burn numbers, or IP addresses (yes, I USED to have a tracker that told me which IP addresses were repeat readers of my blog and I would be so curious as to who these people were that were reading my words). Anyway, I tend to disagree. I think the numbers are a good indicator of progress made (IP addresses excluded) and I am anxious of course to see progress.
With that said, I KNOW what is possible for me to burn in a 1 hour workout session if I really push myself. I know what pushing myself feels and looks like and I know when I am not and it shows up in the numbers. Now that is not to say that all days where my calorie burns are lower are because of not pushing myself, some days it is because I am simply doing less cardio so the burns will be less.
Anyway, I digress. One day last week, I had a lower calorie burn day and I knew it was because I simply was not pushing myself. I knew it during the workout and I knew it after the workout. While knowing this, this thought came to mind.
“Kim, you are settling for crumbs, when there is sooo much more to be had!”
Now, I get annoyed sometimes when Coach or Aaron tell me something I know to be true but don’t wanna hear in the moment, but man, I get plain ole pissed off when, in the moment, I recognize what I am doing, and am able to name it…and don’t care enough to change what is going on.
Crumbs are crap. They are the leftovers. The little nibbles no one wants to take the time to eat. I don’t eat crumbs when I am talking food, so why, at times am I willing to settle for crumbs in my workouts. Why am I willing to settle for 600 mediocre calories burned in an hour, when I KNOW that I can get at least 800 burned or more, depending on what I do and how hard I push myself?
Now, please don’t hear that 600 calories burned is no good. It IS good! Except when I know I am settling for less than what is possible. I settled last week for Good, when Great was on the agenda and was possible.
600 becomes great when I know I gave it my all…like in my workout yesterday with Darrell when at the end of the workout, I am spent.