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Breaking Through Barriers…Or Not
Once I started running again after my back injury, I got stuck at about 3 miles when I’d go for my runs. Don’t get me wrong…3 miles was really good considering I was out of commission with lower right back pain and sciatica for over 2 months.
But I knew that what was happening to me had nothing to do with my physical ability to run longer or the lower right back pain or even my diminishing vision. I had simply hit a wall. Albeit a mental wall, but a very real wall to me, nonetheless. I knew that I was now capable of running longer, but my mind was playing games with my body, telling me I was too tired to go any further and that I needed to take it easy on myself.
So after some consideration, I decided to call the Discovering Wellness Coaching Program that is provided free of charge to clients of my chiropractor’s office.
I knew I needed some gentle nudging, and that’s exactly what I got when I spoke with Rodrigo the Wellness Coach. No Biggest Loser show Jillian-style rants for me…as much as you’ve got to respect Jillian and what she’s accomplished on the Biggest Loser TV show, I just don’t respond well to that. I love Jillian, but of the Biggest Loser trainers, I would definitely perform better with Bob…Anyway, back to the point…Rodrigo’s immediate and simple suggestion was that maybe I could run 5 extra minutes 3 times a week.
Well yeah…I could do that.
We also discussed my diet and decided I was not eating enough carbs, and this would account for my low energy. So we upped my carb intake too. Along with some other suggestions and small goals, I was set, and Rodrigo would call and check in with me same time next week.
When I hung up the phone after talking with my coach, T looked at me and said, “I’m pretty sure I told you all those things, too.”
Of course she did, and she was right, but sometimes I think we just have to be hit over the head with the same information multiple times before it finally sinks in! There’s also the added authority that sometimes exists when information comes from an outside source.
So the next day I started out my run with the intention of going 5 extra minutes. When I got to the place on the trail where I had been stopping to turn around, I simply stepped around the wall in my mind that had been blocking my progress. You see the wall wasn’t very big at all; in fact, it was quite small. I had just made it big in my mind.
But once I moved around it, I was free. I ran an extra mile. About 10 more minutes! It felt great. I could have kept going, but I also knew I needed to be smart and not increase my mileage too fast at the risk of injuring myself.
So what mental barrier have you thrown up to block your forward progress?
Sometimes it just takes a little outside coaching and encouragement to help you realize that you don’t always have to expend all that energy trying to break through the wall. You can just find another way around it. That’s what I did.
How ‘bout it?