Haven't we ALL!!!!
Many things that I hated as a child - I learned to LOVE as an adult. And vice versa!
Funny how that works.
Many things you took for granted as a kid - you sure do miss as an adult! (lack of responsibility, no real worries.... and NAPS! Man I miss NAPS!)
Anyway - almost every child hated SCHOOL growing up... you hated getting up, you hated going, you hated homework, who needs to learn Algebra?! or about History?!
... really it's that whole tip-toeing into adulthood there that we loathe!!
But never the less, we all grow up and we have to begin to take responsibility for ourselves. You now have things that YOU have to do... no one can/will do them for you. Buy a house, buy a car, pay your bills, the list goes on and on.....
One thing that I have learned to LOVE as I've grown up is LEARNING!
the SCHOOL of.... LIFE!
*Let's not even touch on how I must LOVE to learn things the HARD way though!* sigh....
I always joke about how I know a little bit about a LOT of things..... and this is because I just love to learn about things. (and then I lose interest quickly... I contribute that to my ADD! lol)
I also for some inherent reason think that I AM capable of doing anything.
I might learn the hard way
I might make mistakes
I might not understand right out of the gate....
given the time and the patience and a few
I eventually figure things out
and THAT is the GREATEST feeling in the world.
I am finding this to be ALL TOO TRUE in powerlifting.
Here is my journey so far in a nutshell.
Day 1 - Didn't want to do it. Didn't have a CLUE about it and didn't CARE to!
(I just wanted to train for a 6 pack - as does EVERY girl! well... every girl WANTS one, just maybe not to TRAIN for one!)
Meet 1 - Did a meet with my boyfriend (for his birthday present because that's what he wanted)
Though that really WAS all it took me to get hooked; my competitive "I can do anything" nature took hold.
And I began REALLY training.... to pick up HEAVY WEIGHTS!!
And in the beginning....... being NEW and all.... it was PR after PR after PR!!! (aka Pat on the Back, after Pat on the Back, after Pat on the Back... you're AWESOME!)
Guys... that's easy when you've never done a DEADLIFT in your life!!!
But ALAS..... over time...... those easy PR's don't come so EASY.
And I have found myself frustrated and overwhelmed by disappointment in myself.
I struggled so much (and still do) with my bench... my number wasn't going up and I couldn't figure out why. I trained to get stronger but I still couldn't get the bench number up. So I focused on form. And I FINALLY feel better in my form so now it's just GET STRONGER! (and of course PERFECTING that form I worked so hard on!)
and ...... NOW - I'm struggling with my squat. I'm at a standstill. I hit a number in February.....SEVEN MONTHS ago - that I have only hit a couple of times since... and definitely nothing ABOVE that number. It's very frustrating. Add on top of that a constant criticism of my form. I can't seem to sit BACK in my squat! I'm ashamed to tell you how many times recently I've had to walk away from the bar (in tears) and go "walk it off"!! (in Tammy terms.... that means CRY! that's how I show anger and frustration... FRUSTRATION at its finest!)
And then today - I was reminded....... I am doing things I never dreamed I could do!!
I have picked up 300 pounds off the ground (off boxes) but that's 300 POUNDS! Are you kidding me?!
Today someone said to me "I've been following your training." And in just THAT one simple comment - I was reminded ....
I'm STILL LEARNING TOO!!!!!!!!!
And so are others!!!
I also saw something posted by a powerlifting trainer that reminded me... the learning comes over years... not in just a few months. So much to learn. So much to improve. Constant training and learning and bettering myself to come...
I have been powerlifting for LESS than ONE year. ONE
And although in my MIND I think I am invincible and capable of the IMPOSSIBLE ..... I am not.
There are things that just take time!!
I have a TERRIBLE tendency to look online at these girls that lift insanely huge amounts of weights with beautiful form... and then I carry that to the gym with me.
And it's like trying to be a supermodel walking the runway on stilettos without ever wearing a pair of heels before... it doesn't just happen overnight!
You know how they say life knocks you down and makes you stronger... and if that's the case, I should be able to bench press a BUICK!
Well I think life teaches you lessons EVERY SINGLE DAY and makes you SMARTER!!! You know how as a kid you thought adults were so stupid and didn't know anything!!! Well...... I wish I could take the KID version of myself and knock myself over the head with every adult that ever tried to TEACH me anything. You just can't be THAT smart until life has TAUGHT you about LIFE!
So in conclusion - I have learned alot this week! About life and the sport of Powerlifting.
I've learned that EVERYTHING takes time and patience...and that's a good thing. When things are handed to you on a silver platter with no effort, they just don't seem quite as dear to you.
I've learned that when you have a bad day, you should always remember that someone somewhere is watching your every move and comparing themselves to you. Remember to SHINE!
I've learned that no matter how much you are disappointed in yourself - there is always someone out there that is proud of you and envies something about you. And that is motivation.
I've learned that getting down on yourself about anything only destroys you and your confidence. And it's just not worth it. We all have bad days.
AND - I have learned that just when you think you have NOTHING to give or show for all your hard work, just when you least expect it........ life will SHOW you that everything you have fought for is worth every single minute!!!!!
**I did a mock meet last night..... and without going into much detail, I hit my biggest bench EVER, my biggest deadlift EVER, I matched my highest squat (with some still in the tank - and left it because I've been struggling with my squat), AND I hit my BIGGEST TOTAL EVER!!!**
Life will give you JUST enough to make you stronger...... not KILL YA! Trust it!
In the words of DRE....... "it was a good day"