5 Life Lessons that Weight Training Taught Me

The pain you feel today is the strength you’ll feel tomorrow.

~Anonymous

Earlier this year when I was wondering about what’s it that life’s heading to and you know what’s the destination, I decided let’s write all this down. Let me put down my personal goals and then take it from there. The first thing that I wrote was- To lose Weight.

And I stopped at that. It came back to me that for as long as I could remember that was the only 1st goal that I had had in my life. What’s worse I had never really put my all into it. So every other year that was a life goal for me.

This year, I thought- let my first goal be to take this up seriously. That’s where I stayed. I don’t have a second goal yet.

This week I enter the 19th week of my fitness routine. Yes, I have come far enough to call it a routine. The numbers from my Fitbit show that I am in the game.

So what’s the so-what of this 18 week journey?

a.       There’s still a lot that I can’t do or don’t know how to ergo Humility. Every time I lift something heavier, I become aware of how much work there is yet to be done. From doing hammer curls with 2.5kilos, today I am at 7.5 kilos. It has taken 4 months. It’s a slow Process and requires consistency and discipline. But everything worthwhile does.

b.      There’s a lot that I can do that I couldn’t have done earlier ergo Gratitude and Pride can co- exist. From not being able to do planks to doing full body pushups, I can only marvel at how strong the human mind is.

c.       There’s a lot that a few words of encouragement can do ergo Encourage. Every time my trainer says “ma’am this was a powerful workout”; I can barely wait to come back and do it all over again

d.      When you struggle, you know that subtle changes are happening ergo Self- awareness even if it may not always show. Every week my trainer ups my weights. Suddenly we are doing shrugs with 20 kilos or crunches with discs or weighted squats and every time that I struggle to keep my balance I can feel my strength.

e.      When you can’t lift to save your life, come back tomorrow ergo Don’t Give up, but know when to tap out. All that effort and you may still feel that you are up against a wall. Come back tomorrow. Try a new strategy.

Week 4 was a bad week for me. I injured my lower back doing side lifts, spent a week fretting in bed and questioning my resolution. Came back the 5th week and killed it.

18 weeks averaging 3.8 training days and 417 active minutes. It’s not great; it’s a start. I have also learnt to set bigger goals.

As you grow in your journey, you may realise that what started as the destination could be a mere by-product. Today when I feel my triceps and my calves, weight loss isn’t my destination. I know that will happen. Eventually.

But what’s more exciting is “Will I be able to do that 50kg deadlift this week?”

And if you are still thinking about joining a gym next year, trust me “even if you go for it today, you are far more capable of handling yourself than you take credit for”!

It’s time you start lifting. 

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