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What Are YOU Emphasizing?

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.
― Carlos Castaneda

I’m pretty sure I’ve written about this before.  But hell, if I did, I’m going to again.

Part of the above quote is hanging in Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake.  A gigantic banner on one of the walls.  In fact, there are several hanging amongst the pictures of competitors surrounding the weights, plates, bells and machines.  Come in and take a look around sometime.  Heck, drop into my kettlebell class, too.  It’ll be fun.

I digress.

I see the above quote each time I’m there.  It resonates.  It comments on every single facet in life.  Work, life, health and fitness.  Name it, it is reflective of some part of  your life.

HappyIf you emphasize how crappy your life is (just read Facebook – apparently a lot of society has a crappy life), guess what?  It’s going to stay crappy (just read Facebook – apparently a lot of society has a crappy life – and they say so in multiple posts each day).  It’s not very often a grumpy person has what we term “a great” or “lucky life.”  They’re always sick, broke, hate their job and life.  Nothing ever goes their way.  I can be a real drag being around these people.  I’ve actually started to eliminate these people from my News Feed.  Who needs all that negativity?

Gotta change the way you think and what you emphasize.  Dump the ‘woe is me‘ attitude.  Does everyone have crappy day once in a while?  Yep.

Same when it comes to your health and well-being.  Dump the ‘I’ll never get healthy’ attitude.  Trust me, one salad and one half hour of session of cardio isn’t gonna get you a six pack.  It takes work.  A lot of work.

However, if you emphasize in your mind and verbalize a healthy lifestyle, guess what?  That’s most likely what you’ll get.  It’s true.

It’s the Law of Attraction.  Put it out there and see what happens.  Surround yourself with the correct people.  Look for a support system.  Change the way you think and things will go your way.  In all aspects of life.

Will it happen overnight?  Nope.  But it will happen.  Look for the small silver linings.  If your goal is drop twenty pounds but such and such a date and you didn’t reach it, adjust the way you think about it.  Did you lose a less amount?  Good.  You dropped more than you would have if you stayed in the couch.

Example, the Kenny Rogers song “The Greatest.”  A young lad is at a baseball diamond by himself.  He has a bat and ball.  Like most kids they toss the ball up and try to hit it.  The boy claims he’s “the greatest when the game is on the line.”  He chucks it up, swings and misses.  Three times.  Strikes out. He chose to make himself happy and says “”I am the greatest, that is understood, But even I didn’t know I could pitch that good!”

It’s all in what you emphasize.

Now turn that frown upside down.


Working Through the Pain

We’ve all heard it “walk it off” or “work through the pain” or “it’s just a flesh wound” or “man up” or “no pain, no gain.”  Hell, I’ve even said some of these on occasion, but in jest.

Read this: “Funny thing about pain. People think its a signal you can train through. It ain’t. It’s a STOP signal…not a DO MORE signal.” That’s from the Facebook Group “Stop Chasing Pain.body-pain

Seems pretty sensible.  Alas, it’s not for some.

The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve started to believe that sentence above.  Young studs seem to think ‘working through the pain’ will toughen them up.  Maybe temporarily, but if it’s not attended to, it could harm you in the long run.

I guess at this point I should point out what ‘pain’ I’m talking about.  I’m not talking about the pain you feel when you start moving and using parts of the body you haven’t moved in ages.  I’m talking about the kind of pain that hurts.  Sharp bursts the make you buckle over clenching your jaw.  The kind of pain where you need to immediately drop the weight you’re holding.  That stab in the back that drops you to your knees.  That twist in the muscle that collapses you mid stride on your afternoon jog.  That’s the kind of pain I’m talking about.

PAIN.  Debilitating.  Excruciating.  MAKE IT STOP kinda pain.  Not a little muscle work.  Trust me.  If you felt both you’d want the ‘muscle work’ sorta pain to replace the MAKE IT STOP pain.

If you get the kinda pain that makes you want to run (assuming you can) screaming, seek some help.  Stop what you’re doing (put the weight down, studly) and get some medical guidance.  You might be twenty now, but you won’t be twenty forever and what you do at twenty (or don’t do at twenty) will affect you at forty (or earlier).

Don’t work through the pain, man up, grow a pair or any of that.  Man up be seeking some help.

Need some guidance in that department?  I know a few people.  I’ve stopped working through the pain for a while now.

Oh, and as a P.S.: where it hurts may not be the actual cause of the pain.  But that’s a story for another day.

“When someone’s back hurts they don’t want to blame their lifestyle, fitness level, or daily patterns.  Instead, they want to blame their back pain on starting the lawn mover last week,  which, in reality, is probably just the straw that broke the camel’s back.  Human beings live under the philosophy of, “I have a snowball and I have to throw it at someone.”  – Gray Cook