There is no disguising a bad day in my books. When it’s a bad day, I tell it like it is and just admit it.
It wasn’t that anything bad happened, it was just a really long day at work where I still didn’t get everything I wanted to get done, done. I didn’t feel particularly well (I may be coming down with something) and I’m getting kind of tired of chicken.
I stomped through the front door this evening at about 7:30 and my boyfriend was standing there. “I had a horrible day!” I hollered as I threw down my keys.
He always likes to look on the brighter side of things. As he approached me I said, “I know that I should be thankful for all that I have, for the job that I go to every day, for the paycheck I get, for the people I work with, for all the things in my life, but despite all of that I still had a crappy day!”
I didn’t work out yesterday and took it as a rest day. Today, I had grand plans of working out in the morning, but when the alarm went off my body did not spring into action.
I hit the snooze button and slept for another hour and told myself I would work out in the evening.
By the time I walked out of the office it was 6:45. I had worked non-stop all day. I was exhausted and slightly miffed and to top it all off it was leg day! Ugh. Hard.
The whole way home the only two things that were on my mind were: 1. my job and 2. am I going to workout tonight?”
I had almost talked myself out of it.
After a brief pep talk at home and a few laughs, I decided that I would hit the gym after all. I threw on my shorts, threw back my pre-workout shake and walked down the street.
Someone once told me that you should never be frustrated or angry in the gym. You shouldn’t go there looking to fix yourself, you go to the gym because it is your refuge. It is your place of peace and meditation.
And so I entered the gym and focused. I began with leg presses and fought out all the angry, moved to squats and kicked out all the frustration, then did hack squats where I got out all the negative things in my head, then deadlifts, leg extension and hyperextensions.
I finished my workout with a smile on my face, two very tired legs and one very happy heart.
I had pushed all of that negative energy out of me; got myself ready to face tomorrow with a smile and a sense of calm and peace.
The gym is a place of renewal and strength for your body and your mind. No matter what you do when you are there, that is your time to focus not only on the outside of your body, but on the inside, where it counts.
And, in case I start to focus on things beyond my control, I have a little soap dish in my kitchen where I keep my sponge that reminds me every day how I should always feel:
How do you keep positive?