Wow, I thought I just wrote in a blog it was weigh-in day. Well, it is again. I have to stand on the scale and see what punishment it has in store. It’s cold. My feet are cold. It stares a cold hard stare at me. I’m doomed. Wait, maybe it’s doomed. Maybe I did okay this week.
Remember when I left you thinking and saying (and I quote) Say, “I like exercise.” “Exercise is keeping me healthy.” “Exercise is fun.” Attitude. We have to develop an “I Iike exercise” attitude. Without it, we fail.
When asked, Jim Lynch, an 86-time marathoner author of the forthcoming book, One Foot in Front of the Other, said his mantra when running a 26 mile race was “Relax, breathe and put one foot in front of the other.” He said, “I saw it on the side of a road when I was struggling through a marathon and kept repeating it to myself until I started to feel better. Now I use it in every marathon and long training run.”
This is self-talk. You are telling yourself you can do it. If 86 time marathon runners have to talk to themselves, then it might very well help us. If we hear something enough times we start to believe it. Like the little engine who kept saying, “I think I can.” Our minds are what hold us back.
Henry Ford said. “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” We must take control of what we think by what we say. Let’s say we can, instead of we can’t. Let’s say we will instead of saying we won’t.
The main point is turning the anti-exercise attitude into a pro-exercise attitude. This is something I plan to get started on right away. In fact, I think I will go get on the bike for a while.