Drop And Give Me Ten

“Life is inherently risky.
There is only one big risk
you should avoid at all costs, and
that is the risk of doing nothing.”
– Dennis Waitley


I spiraled downward the other night.

I was going to lift. I changed into my workout clothes. I made a pot of coffee. I had a plan.

And, it didn’t work out. I didn’t get to lift, and the weight of the world came crashing down on me.

Monday, I didn’t lift because I chaperoned a field trip. Wednesday, I didn’t lift because I ran two seminars at the University. And, now it was Friday and I realized I had only squatted on Tuesday and Thursday. Twice. That was it. I needed to squat.

But, the universe had other plans, so I found myself at 10:00 pm pissed off and almost in tears because I wasn’t going to be able to train again.

I spent so many months working my ass off to get my squat up, and I could literally feel it disintegrating in that moment. How will I ever squat 150 kg if I’m not even training?

I asked Nick for advice because I was so pissed off, I was literally shaking.

He told me to do 10 pushups. I mean, he really said that. Go do 10 pushups.

He said, whenever you feel like you haven’t trained, drop down and do 10 pushups. And, then you’ve done something. Maybe you didn’t squat. Maybe you didn’t snatch or clean and jerk. But, you did 10 pushups.

Doing something is always better than doing nothing.

I’m struggling with this. I really am. I want to think that doing 10 pushups is better than doing nothing because of course it is.

But, it’s still not squatting.

I made myself do a lot of shit on Saturday and Sunday that wasn’t squatting. I mean, I did actually squat on those two days, but every time I found myself with an extra minute, I did something else. Pullups, curls, leg extensions, front raises, lateral raises, shrugs.

So, I did have a much bigger workload than I would have if I had only squatted. I suppose if I hadn’t squatted, it would still have been better than doing nothing.

Part of my brain knows this.

The other part of my brain is still pissed off that I only squatted twice last week.

I’m working on it. I’m not there yet.

Author: Tamara Reynolds

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  1. I never thought about it this way. I am going to start having this mental mind 🙂 That Nick is so smart! haha

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