Dawn likes to joke that Coach Kilgore and I have a “bromance”, because two days-a-week I get to work out with Coach on my own, but the truth of the matter is, I respect Coach a whole helluva lot. He takes time out of his day to teach me and help me become a healthier version of myself, and I appreciate the work he puts in to the point that it pushes me to do more. That being said, Coach pushed me right up to my limit yesterday. When I finished Day 25’s workout on the Calorie Bike(a.k.a. “The Devil’s Bike”), I was so winded that I couldn’t even spit properly. That may be a little gross, but just think about how easy it is to spit, and imagine not being able to do that properly. That was me, for at least 10 minutes after I got off the bike.
That is the main thing that I believe will keep me from plateauing like I did the last time I tried to get healthy. The willingness to push past what you thought your limit was, and a drive to find a new gear that you didn’t know you had will be invaluable as I continue this health journey. I owe that willingness to Coach’s patient and informative guidance, and I think I’m finally starting to see why people say you can get addicted to working out. The same way you want to reach the next level on Candy Crush, you can get just as excited about overcoming your own pre-conceived notion of individual limitations and reaching new personal bests.
All of that to say this…
If you struggle with getting motivated to workout, find yourself an accountability partner. Whether it be a family member, a friend, or even just someone you trust like a co-worker or your pastor, ask them to hold you accountable. It could be something as small as conversation over text for a couple minutes a day, but knowing that someone is in your corner can make all the difference between giving up on a tough workout and seeing it through to the end.