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Energized By Change

Yesterday was a very encouraging day. At least it was for me while I was at the gym.
You see I’ve been plateauing as of late at the gym and it has me concerned that I’m only maintaining and not improving.

To my astonishment though I was able to step it up to the next level. For weeks if not months I had been bench pressing 135pds for 10 repetitions and 145pds for 8 repetitions. But for the most part that was what I was eeking out with no improvement in sight.

Then, however, just yesterday I made a mental commitment. I trusted in myself that I could take it to the next level. I convinced myself that I had taken the necessary steps (i.e. – building deep muscle tissue) to incrementally increase the weight and pump out more reps.

So I gritted my teeth and hunkered down. I started off with 135pds and put it up 10 times. Then I took a deep breath and put the weight up to 155pds. Amazingly, I put it up 8 times. Then, somewhat hesitantly, I increased the weight to 165pds. Ambitiously, I put it up 5 times for 2 sets.

Absolutely energized and thrilled with myself, I sprung out of the workout chair and felt alive! I felt an enormous sense of achievement and pride beam through me. I had done it. I had taken it to the next level and challenged myself to be better and stronger. I didn’t know I had it in me. Sure, when I was 19, I could bench press 225pds but those days are long gone. Or are they? Now at the ripe age of 33, can I build myself back up to the tolerances of when I was a teenager?

Regardless, this can all be boiled down to being energized by the change I experienced while at the gym. I pushed myself. I believed in myself. I went for that which I did not feel comfortable with. I pushed the limits. As a result, I felt the high and enjoyed ecstasy.

I felt a new sense that I could tackle the day. I could tackle and overcome anything. This is the way that positive change makes you feel. You become more than energized; you feel like you can break the boundaries of your (sometimes self-imposed) limitations.

But it takes time. It takes patience. You have to trust in the fact that your hard work and dedication is going to pay off. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve worked with a personal trainer for a little less than a year now but this doesn’t change the fact that I have exerted my own efforts and am now reaping the benefits.

Do I still have a belly? Yes. I have a paunch. And it’s something I’m always working on. It is my next goal to tackle. In the meantime though, I plan to continue to incrementally increase my bench press and take my strength and power to new levels.

Do you want to feel energized? Shoot for change; in any aspect of your life.

As always, it’d be great to hear from you,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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