How to Unleash Your Inner Beast

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Unleash your inner beast when you workout!  How do you do that?

The answer will be different for every person.  For example, sometimes people who are paralyzed in an accident and are told they will never walk again will somehow find a way to walk.  Other times, people with serious health conditions that are given only a short time to live not only outlive their timeline, but they go on to compete in a sporting event such as a marathon, triathlon, or even a show like American Ninja Warrior.  These are things they were told were impossible, yet somehow they made it happen!  That is one of the most amazing things about the human spirit in my opinion.

For me personally, I get motivated when I’m having a difficult time exercising and I think about the limitations that I’ve encountered because of hypothyroidism.  Since being diagnosed in 2009, there have been so many days where I had pain, no energy, no motivation to do anything, no desire to speak, feeling like a shell of a person, getting sick every few weeks, having horrible menstrual side effects, and so many more issues.  When I think back on those days, I get really fired up!  I start to think “f**k you hypothyroidism – you’re NOT going to keep me down!”  Once I get into that mode, I kick it into high gear and try even harder. When I finish a workout after getting fired up like that, I feel even more accomplished than I do when I complete a workout on a typical day.  I have always been the type of person that doesn’t just accept that life is a certain way.  If you tell me “that’s just the way it is”, that motivates to prove you wrong.  Not because I’m competitive or confrontational (quite the opposite), but for my own peace of mind.  This trait has come in really handy for me when it comes to my health!  Without this determination I would probably still be on synthetic thyroid hormone and feeling terrible.  Because I refused to accept that I had to be on hormone replacement therapy for life and that there was nothing I could do to feel better, I researched, changed my diet & lifestyle, and I feel like a new person because of it!

You may know right off the bat what your “why” is.  It may be a disability, a disease, or perhaps you’re simply motivated by wanting to be healthy.  If you don’t know your why, you may have to do some soul searching to figure it out.  Everyone has a “why”, it’s just a matter of determining what it is.  My suggestion is to think of something that you want to do but feel you can’t.  Why can’t you?  Is it possible that you can, but you fear failure?  Perhaps you can use that as fuel!  Overcoming a fear may end up being your why.

Think of something you view as impossible.  Has someone else done it?  If so, then it’s not impossible at all!  If the answer is no, has someone come close?  Break it down into small steps.  Can you achieve the small, individual steps?  Maybe you can easily knock out a few, but not the others.  Do you need to learn a new skill to get through some of the tasks?  How long will that take?  The time and effort is usually what scares people away from trying something difficult.  Rather than admitting that, though, often times people just say “it’s impossible”.  Sometimes your life circumstances make something difficult seem unachievable.  But remember that you didn’t learn to walk the first time you tried!  You have to fail before you succeed.

Often times what we think is impossible is actually possible, it’s just extremely difficult.  As Audrey Hepburn once said “nothing is impossible.  The word itself says I’m Possible.”

I hope you find this post helpful in finding your inner beast.  Thanks for stopping by!

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