Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Operation Pro Mindset to the Rescue!

Yesterday was quite the day. I've talked before about making lemonade when life hands me lemons, but yesterday, I just couldn't quite get the bitter lemons to transform into sweet lemonade. I swear, they were rolling at me at an astonishing pace! Nothing was going right.


I've admitted that it takes very little for the waterworks to start up. I cry easily, whether I'm at work or at the gym. So I guess I should be proud of myself for holding off the tears until I got into the car at the end of the workday. I blubbered to J for a couple min, then wiped my face, squared my shoulders, and marched into the gym, ready to tackle my workout.

Operation Pro Mindset

Once I changed into my workout clothes (and tried on my new stage heels!), I was able to put the disappointments and frustrations of the day behind me and focus on my workout. J didn't have a client at that time, either, so he trained me and helped me push further than I would've if I had trained by myself. By the time I was finished with my workout, I was in a better mood.

My new stage heels. Aren't they purdy?! J'adore the rhinestones.
We decided to change my evening cardio from the treadmill to the bike this week, so I hopped on the bike, turned on my iPod, and buried myself in a new book. Lemme tell ya - switching cardio modes was interesting! I had to keep an eye on my intensity in order to avoid an unexpected asthma attack.

I'm thankful I was able to put my frustrations aside and really focus on doing what I needed to do for prep. I feel great about my workout, and it really did help improve my mood and outlook.

While prep can be difficult and tiring at times, it can also be a positive thing in so many ways. It's a tangible goal that provides an opportunity for focus and self-discovery.

For all you competitors and future competitors, how has prep helped you?


  1. I love the new look! Prep helps me to stay focus and have an end goal which I love. I love structure and organization and that's what prep is all about. You are so right that yes, it can be difficult, but it can also be positive!

  2. I only prepped for 2 weeks, but even in those two weeks it certainly helps bring up my food issues... where and when exactly I want to emotionally eat. I am also a cryer and it can happen at any time... Prep certainly made me aware of what to expect when I'm in full prep.
    PS Kari-Thank you for sharing your struggles! It helps someone like me realize I'm not alone in those emotions. :)

  3. Isn't it interesting how having a date marked on the calender, that is constantly getting closer helps you to focus.