About a year and a half ago, I started on a journey to loose weight. I made a goal with my karate instructor that my next belt would be one size smaller. It worked. I lost 10 pounds, got a new belt, it is a size smaller and the world was great. Since then, I have not been successful in loosing any additional weight. I know that part of the reason is because I have gotten stronger, and so when there is an easier option, my lazy self does the easier option. In a way, it was a lot easier when EVERYTHING was hard.
So, I decided to make my next tourney a goal. It’s the first tourney I’m going to do as a blue belt, so I kind of feel a little more pressure to perform well. During karate class, we usually end with a 5-10 minute workout of varying types…usually some combo of situps, pushups, squats, burpees, etc. So I imagined that I was on the mat during competition, and every time I felt like pausing, I thought “if I were competing right now, if I stopped I would get choked out. I would keep pushing.”. And that prevented me from “letting” myself take a break. Did I have to slow down? Yes. Did I stop? No! Did I push myself harder then I have been? Yes!
Note to self for the future- HAVE A GOAL!